Food For Thought…
The world we are living in is a growing mixing-pot of culture and lifestyle. In today’s modern world, with the connective benefits of the internet, we find ourselves exploring and experiencing other cultures from across the globe in our very own backyard!
Dublin is now a cosmopolitan city, home to a vast range of nationalities and cultures. This is reflected in the ever-growing number of authentic restaurants and cafes throughout the city. However, while all pallets are catered for the modern Ireland has moved on from confining itself to traditional Irish fare and it’s the Irish that frequent the, once considered, exotic and varied establishments…
With an estimated 199 different nationalities living in Ireland, according the 2011 census, Ireland offers different traditions and costumes into our own cultural, and what is at the heart of every culture and lifestyle? Well, food of course!
Thanks to the growing and diverse lifestyles in Ireland, we find ourselves able to discover these wonderful cultures through the many international food restaurants right in Dublin’s City.
So, take this time to travel to the corners, and kitchens, of the world… without needing your passport.
A must-visit restaurant on any food lover’s guide is the extremely popular, Thai restaurant, Camile. Voted the best Thai food restaurant in Ireland, 2016, making Camile an absolute must for lovers of spice. This new exciting restaurant has twelve restaurant locations across Dublin. Camile offers their clients different options in which is bound to appeal to all the different eating experiences. These options are a sit-down dining service, a take-away and a delivery service. So there no excuse not to experience Camile. Their menu includes a wide variety of dishes including Ramen Noodle Soup, Crispy Chilli Chicken and Chu Chee Curry. As well as appealing to their adult client they also have a Camile 4 Kids menu, making it a sure family favourite. When I mean the whole family, it includes your 4-legged members, in Camile, they offer a novel approach to been all inclusive. Camile offer doggy treats speciality, so no one is left out.
And finally, Camile use locally grown Irish vegetables, Irish beef, pork and free ranged Irish eggs. Thai food using Irish products a win win deal for everyone. Camile’s menu is also suitable for vegans, vegetarians and celiac patrons.
Next up on our list of exotic restaurants is a traditional African restaurant, 3Sixty5. This restaurant is located right in the heart of Dublin, just off Henry Street. 3Sixty5 is a unique restaurant offering a variety of food from various parts of Africa including Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana to name just a few. Not only do they offer the traditional style of eating experiences, sit-down or take-away service, they do however have within their two storey establishment four private dining rooms which are designed for large dinner parties, family gatherings or intimate dining experiences. All dishes are based on traditional African cuisine, including these dishes from Nigeria. Ikokore which is a savoury dish that consists of yams, and Nkwobi which is a beef delicacy cooked in palm-oil spices. So, if you’re from the beautiful African continent or an adventurous foodie this restaurant is a must for you.
And finally, we will travel to Mexico, and without even leaving Dublin. Our travels will take us to El Grito Mexican Kitchen. Situated in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar surrounded by expensive and lavish restaurants this authentic simple take-way establishment with its small counter space offers wide variety of Mexican food. This cheap and cheerful food establishment is very reasonable in price however its portions are more than generous in size. Burrito, Torta, Guacamole is part of the staple Mexican fare but their speciality is the Taco, which like all the dishes, is cooked fresh to order. None of the food served was any way over spiced but if it’s a HOT and spicy that you require then you can add any of the extra sauces available to suit your taste.
It’s clear to see that Dublin city has so much to offer for every type of food lover out there, and this article is just the tip of a very big iceberg. So, the next time you’re in the mood for something new and exciting to tickle your taste buds, don’t reach for your passport but your leap card instead!