So most of the time I am able to try one or two places in Dublin per week and that keeps you up to date with all the new openings in the city. Something mad is happening in the city at the moment as an endless stream of new places open their doors. So rather than put them all under pressure with reviews when they're only just after opening their doors, we put together an epic list of 10 new places in Dublin you simply can’t afford to miss.
10th. Kokoro Sushi Bento
Only opened in the last week and we have a full review to come but there can never be enough sushi or bento spots in the city so great to see a place try to carve out a niche on this popular street.
9th. Alchemy Brown Thomas
The well known Kemp sisters (of ITSA and Joe fame) are behind this super healthy juice and snack bar in Brown Thomas, check out Emma's recent review here. You can have a healthy lunch or treat to make up for the guilt of having spent so much money on shopping!
Downstairs in the Westbury and again only opened a couple of weeks but they have done some great work on brightening up what was a dull restaurant before. Another nice place just off Grafton Street to help rest your feet after a hard day of shopping.
7th. 108 Rathgar
In another nod to the huge movement towards the whole craft beer movement this is an epic little pub that has been converted from “old man bar” into another outlet for the Galway Brewing company in Dublin.
6th. The Grafton Street Christmas Market
So the only bad news is that these are not going to be a permanent fixture but starting tomorrow and running for a month all along St Stephen’s Green this is going to be a truly wonderful celebration of food and drinks that will add to the festive cheer in the city.
5th. The Old Spot
One of the most impressive meals I have had in Dublin this year. A super high end gastro pub the likes of which we don’t have enough of in Ireland (L Mulligan Grocer would be only similar spot). Their Sunday roast is simply to die for.
4th. The Chocolate Factory
Just off Capel Street this building used to be an actual chocolate factory but now has been transformed into a great creative space with co-working and a super little cafe. Not one that you would stumble upon easily.
3rd. The Bridge
Part owned by our very own Jamie Heaslip and doing a roaring trade down in the middle of Ballsbridge. Perfect spot to try a few craft beers and some hearty grub before you head into a Leinster match or anything else happening in the RDS. Couldn’t really review it ourselves without risking the threat of a beating from Jamie!
2nd. Rio Rodizio
Gorgeous new spot in the heart of Ranelagh (as if they needed anymore restaurants in that village!) where they have a huge focus on meats. Deadly way of serving them as well.
— Richard Day (@DickeyDay) November 1, 2014
1st. Sister Sadie
Emma reviewed this spot lately and the folk South of the river finally get to have some of the best cooking on their doorstep that the folk around Capel Street have had for a couple of years in Brother Hubbard.