If you have a hankering for Italian food, Grano is the spot. It’s a family restaurant that is so authentic, the mother is often still the cook. The reasonably priced restaurant offers appetizers under 10 euros and main courses below 20 euros, and they’re proud to have recently been listed in the Michelin 2020 guide.
Grano uses mostly organic and biodynamic Italian products. The food menu includes dishes such as spicy meatballs in red sauce with smoked ricotta cheese from Calabria, pappardelle in a wild boar ragu, eggplant parmigiana with pesto, stuffed ravioli with butternut squash, and amaretti with toasted hazelnuts on top.
Pro Tip: Most of the pasta dishes can be made with organic, gluten-free pasta.
With the explosion of artisanal coffee bars in almost every city on the globe, listing at least one is required when writing an article like this.
The rustic setting of Legit Coffee Co., with wood tables, counters, and floors, plus baristas wearing flannel shirts, give the coffee “legitimacy.” The coffee is from one of the top coffee companies in Dublin, Full Circle Roasters, and the menu includes espresso, cappuccino, lattes, macchiatos, Americanos, and filtered coffee.
The food menu is heavy on breakfast and brunch dishes such as homemade granola, sausage rolls, eggs and sourdough toast, almond and oat porridge, and pancakes topped with fresh berries, toasted almonds, orange butter, and maple syrup. The sandwich board offers roasted veggie and goat cheese melts, roasted chicken and cheddar cheese, and pulled pork in a brioche.
House-made desserts like brownies, granola coffee and dark chocolate bars, salted caramel cookies, and white chocolate and cranberry cookies, are last but not least.
Located in the old part of the city near Trinity College, The Pig’s Ear presents a modern Irish menu in a cozy and comfortable setting. House specialties include slow-cooked beef cheek with beets, black pudding, and truffles, barbecued pork belly with pineapple, butternut squash soup with chestnuts, and for dessert, the special Pig’s Ear vanilla cheesecake or chocolate custard with peanut butter ice cream. The Pig’s Ear is open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday, and for lunch on Friday and Saturday.
Since there’s a big theatre scene in Dublin, many restaurants offer pre-theater menus, sometimes with a set price for two or three courses. Reservations at the restaurants above are essential, and you can reserve online at most of them. The tipping policy in Dublin and Ireland is 10 to 15 percent.
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