Wondering where to eat in Dublin? These are the cuisines to enjoy and the places to eat this summer. From Italian and Spanish to Japanese and Thai, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Dundrum Town Centre that are giving us all the holiday food vibes!
In traditional Japanese cuisine each dish tends to follow the rule of five: five colours (black, white, red, yellow, green), five techniques (raw, grilled, boiled, fried and steamed) and five flavours (bitter, salty, sweet, spicy and sour). Also known as washoku, this way of cooking ensures every dish is varied and balanced.
When it comes to modern Japanese food you can expect to see some of these traditional cooking qualities in your dishes: perfectly presented delicate sushi and sashimi salmon which almost looks too good to eat, sweet and sticky mochi (a Japanese rice cake), thick and silky udon noodles, irresistible gyozas, and crispy tempura prawns.
Try this at Wagamama: Naked katsu kokoro bowl made with grilled curried chicken, brown rice, edamame beans, shredded carrots, mixed leaves, Japanese pickles and a side of katsu curry sauce
From pasta to pizza and everything in between, we’re all obsessed with Italian food and its simple yet bursting-with-flavour dishes. The Italian cuisine has it all…
How about something shareable like antipasto? It’s a mix of dry-cured meats like prosciutto and an assortment of cheese such as soft and nutty Gorgonzola. Or perhaps you’re after a meal straight out of Nonna’s kitchen like a rich Bolognese? (Perfect for scarpetta – the Italian word for scooping up your food with some bread!)
And thanks to the Italian’s love of endless courses, you can sit back and spend the afternoon tucking into everything – from the primo to the dolce and maybe even a little digestive con caffè!
Try this at L'Officina by Dunne & Crescenzi: Prosciutto Toscano cinta senese DOP 24 months, buffalo mozzarella from Campania and pesto
Indian food is packed with tradition and wildly loved and celebrated around the globe. The cuisine is heavily influenced by regions, meaning you get vastly different dishes depending on where you are in the country.
The north celebrates rich dishes like tandoori chicken and tikka masala. The east is known for desserts including their creamy rice pudding called kheer, while fish curries are enjoyed in the west. Then there’s the south, where you can discover stew-style curries such as Keralan-style beef.
Try this at Ananda: Goan halibut (pan-seared halibut, rice vermicelli, crab claws, sea fennel fritter, timur patio prawns and mangosteen bouillabaisse)
Thai cuisine is a celebration of lively and fragrant flavours! From aromatic spices like cloves, cinnamon and chillies to fresh ingredients like lemongrass and coconut milk, Thai food carefully balances four major tastes of sweet, spicy, sour and salty to create mouth-watering dishes.
As food is very much a social activity in Thailand, dinners often include a platter of meat and fish dishes alongside sides of noodles, rice and soup. Some of their much-loved food include a traditional Thai green curry called gang keo wan, a wonderous spicy shrimp soup called tom yum goong and the fried noodle dish of pad Thai, which is one of Thailand’s national dishes.
Try this at Siam Thai: Green curry
From tasty tapas to vibrant seafood, Spanish food is full of character and pairs quality, local ingredients like cured hams with rich flavours such as paprika. Each region is renowned for its own style of cooking – sauces, seafood and savoury empanadas (pastries packed with intense fillings like chicken and chorizo) in the northern regions of Galicia, and rice-based dishes in the east like paella Valenciana.
So, wherever you’re holidaying in Spain, you can always expect to discover a new dish to try!
Try this at The Port House: Calmares rabas a la Andaluza