We're all guilty of sticking to one type of cuisine when dining out, and while there's nothing wrong with having carbonara every date night out on the town, Dublin is absolutely brimming with young chefs who are bringing sparks of creativity to every dish they touch.
Whether it's a surprise tasting menu of fish smoked right in front of your eyes, or local farm flowers in a garden setting, these eight restaurants are where'll you find some of the city's most innovative eats.
Here's where to go for an explosion of bold flavours you won't taste anywhere else...
Prepare to fall back in love with food.
Richmond, South Richmond Street
Much, much more than your regular neighbourhood spot, Richmond excel in exciting twists and local produce.
Starter plates of crab cannelloni, mussels, courgette, wild asparagus, tarragon, and shellfish sauce will have you drooling, while regular Richmond addicts will love their Tuesday tasting menu - a five course menu for €33 which changes weekly.
Bastible, South Circular Road
Notoriously hard to get a booking even though it's been open two years, Bastible is a contemporary bistro that's reinventing what exactly a 'bistro' should be.
Their food is based on the seasons around them, sourced from dedicated artisan producers, and inspired by the creativity of their small team.
The Greenhouse, Dawson Street
Long considered one of the most consistently inventive restaurants in the city, The Greenhouse is the place to go if you want to be absolutely wowed.
With dishes such as Foie Gras royale, apple, walnut and smoked eel, and the restuarant only serving a 5 course surprise menu on the weekends, you'll taste something new every time you eat here.
Taste at Rustic, George's Street
Taste at Rustic fuses flavours from Japan, Spain and South America, the menu focuses on salt, sweet, bitter, sour and umami - a sensory savoury flavah.
Stand out dishes include a monkfish broth of truffle, ponzu, cucumber and seasoned vegetables, and grilled king crab with hot butter, yuzu chilli sauce, coriander and radish. YUM.
Assassination Custard, Kevin Street
An utterly perfect blend of Italian and Middle-Eastern foods, Assassination Custardwrite down their daily menu on little brown paper envelopes, ferment their own vegetables and cook up a storm in their tiny two-table cafe.
From grilled radicchio with a homemade date butter to seared goat hearts with sage and dried anchovy, you'll become obsessed with food you'd never even thought of trying before. It's just that good.
Forest and Marcy, Leeson Street
The sister restaurant of popular Forest Avenue, this teenchy wine bar and kitchen offers small plates of food & a tasting menu for €45. There's also a very special Farm to Forest menu, with all ingredients coming from an organic Dublin farm,
Quinoa crisp, courgette, basil, curd, pine nuts; broad bean mezzelune, smoked goat’s feta, tomato & whey broth goat’s curd with guanciale; coffee & lemongrass tart, coffee jelly, pink peppercorn ice cream are some of the highlights.
Heron & Grey, Blackrock
This tiny Blackrock restaurant with a Michelin Star to its name, Heron and Grey is already booked up for the rest of 2017 - yep, really.
A completely unique dining experience in Dublin, they strive for quality, freshness and creativity, with dishes changing all the time depending on what's available to them. Ingredients on the menu right now include Celeriac, Broad Bean and Kohlrabi. This place has been top of our wishlist for months.
Mulberry Garden, Donnybrook
Pretty, pretty plates of modern Irish food, Mulberry Garden's unique menu which celebrates the delicious and wonderful food heritage of Ireland.
Every week the head chef creates a completely different menu using only ingredients that are in season, with this week's menu including Dried Aged Beef CarpaccioTruffle, Young Buck Cheese Custard, Pear and Bone Marrow Dressing.
Next time you want a meal that's something different to what you'll find in the usual hotspots, head to one of these.
You'll feel like you're on an episode of Masterchef.
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