Pescetarians and fish lovers unite – this city is yours for the eating!
The beauty about living on an island (and its coastal capital) is that the catch of the day is only around the corner and usually available for a reasonable price.
We've put together a list (wouldn't be like us) of the very best fishy dishes this city has to offer, for those of you who want to skip the meat and pick a lighter option.
1. Shellfish Platter, Super Miss Sue
Super Miss Sue is slowly becoming the city's favourite fish haunt, and with treats like this, it's not hard to see why...
Not for the faint-hearted, this platter is about as decadent as platters get. This dish, priced at €70, is the perfect treat to share with friends; we'd recommend going on a Monday or Tuesday, as the price is slashed to €50 on those days alone.
2. Sumatra, Chameleon
Chameleon's menu is as long as the day is... well, long. But their set menus make it very easy for you and me to order many things in the easiest way possible.
Their Sumatra set menu is filled with delicious treats from the briny deep, including tiger prawns, haddock, fresh Irish catch of the day and poached prawns. They're all presented beautifully and exotically, and they taste absolutely divine.
3. Seafood linguine, The Seafood Bar
The Seafood Bar is a welcome and delicious addition to the street of Dawson, boasting dreaminess from the get go, and their seafood linguine is one of their most popular options.
The definition of melt in the mouth, this dish combines all the best things in life; fresh mussels, sambas, clam and pasta.
4. Mussels, Aqua
Heading out to Howth for just a meal may seem excessive, but you'll soon change your tune when you realise just how delicious Aqua's mussels are.
Their menu is unbelievable as is, but it's their mussels in particular that are otherworldly.
5. Swordfish, Catch 22
Arguably the best seafood joint in town, Catch 22 is known for their great atmosphere and greater food. Their name alone arouses warm feelings and sheer joy.
Their seared swordfish loin is a favourite with locals and first-timers alike, served with tomato, mint cous cous and mango salsa.
6. Oysters and lobster, Klaw
For casual seafood dining in the city, there's nowhere quite like Klaw. Their method of cooking fish is nothing short of a fine art, and will leave you craving it for months afterwards.
Their oyster and lobster plate is to die for.
7. Fresh Lobster, The Lobster Pot
Sheer and utter decadence, in its most delicious of forms. This dish is the motherload and The Lobster Pot nails it every time.
This is the dish they're famous for, just check out the description: fresh lobster with garlic butter or thermidor (brandy mustard and herb flavoured cheese sauce).
8. Fish & chips, Fish Shop
The one, the only.
This legendary Smithfield eatery is moving down the road from Queen Street to Benburb Street to a bigger complex, which is music to our fish-lovin' ears. Their fish and chips rivals even the dreamiest of establishments, with queues out the door every day of the week.
9. Any of the specials, Matt The Thresher
We didn't want to pin it down to one in particular, because they're all unbelievably deadly and all must be tasted.
Serving up their catch of the day with interesting and bold flavours, Matt The Thresher's menu is as appetising as it is impressive, and their ever-changing specials board keeps the whole thing interesting.