The 13 Dishes You Should 100% Avoid If You're Going On A First Date In Dublin
Because sweating and crying is not sexy
A few months back we did a survey on the site about whether or not going to a Burrito Bar on a first date is a good idea or not.
Here are 13 places in Dublin that – much as we may love them in normal circumstances – you should maybe save for date #3.
1. Donner kebab @ Zaytoon
No. No no no. Even if it's been an amazing night, and you think it would be hilaaaarious to finish off here: NO.
2. Any burrito @ Any burrito bar
As great as they are – and by GOD they're great – burritos involve a lot of grace and hand-eye co-ordination that we just don't possess at the best of times, let alone on a first date, when we are all a-quiver.
3. Anything @ Captain America's
You're not 12, you don't want a food coma, and you absolutely don't want to be interrupted midway through the date by a clown singing Happy Birthday.
4. Fried chicken @ Crackbird
Great craic, good tunes and a perfect location – what's the problem?
Huge, enormous pieces of greasy chicken to be eaten with your hands. That's what.
5. Wings @ Tribeca
Is it even possible to go to this place and not order the wings?
Do they even serve other food?
6. Pizza @ P Macs
Has potential to be voted both 'the loudest place on Earth', and 'least likely Dublin institution to ever find a seat'.
Throw in the astronomical odds of running into someone you know, and the terrifying prospect of having to eat pizza while standing, and there you have it.
7. Sushi @ Ukiyo
Potentially an outrageous call to make, but unless your sixth sense is that of chopstick-using ability, you're going to fall flat in Ukiyo.
Not to mention it runs a karaoke bar downstairs which is a favourite with hen parties. Nothing's going to ruin your date more than a troupe of drunk women murdering 'It's Raining Men'.
8. Wings @ Elephant and Castle
We really can't emphasise the wings thing enough. Really.
(But also, avoid Temple Bar.)
9. Pornburger @ Cleaver East
Burgers that are so damn good that you have to unhinge your jaw to eat them. It just won't end well.
10. The Meat Feast @ Pitt Bros
Okay, the meal pictured below was a once-off two fingers at Catholic Ireland for Good Friday.
But in general, if you go to Pitt Bros and order something that wouldn't be suitable as a Man vs Food challenge, well then you're simply wasting your time.
11. Street Salad @ Staple Foods
It's got a fine healthy image, it's not going to send you into a carby slump and absolutely delish – see, you'd think salad would be a fine contender for attractive date food.
But no. It's sloppy, bitty, gets everywhere and is not to be trusted. At all.
12. Ghost Chili @ Cortina's
A spot known for its ludicrous spices and sauces, Cortina's certainly wouldn't be advised for a first date in any way shape or form – unless your date's into sweating and crying, in which case, fine.
13. Phall @ Spice n' Rice
Home to Ireland's hottest curry. Say no more.