We’ve always heard Dublin is an expensive city, so it wasn’t a surprise to find that it’s pretty much the same price as, if not more expenny than London.
However, there are some great deals to be had and you can eat smartly for a fraction of the price of some of the more tourist oriented restaurants, if you know where to go.
Bunsen is a great burger joint off Templar Bar, one of the main bar districts/ cultural quarters in Dublin City centre.
When we got there we had to queue to even get in the door, and then after that we gave our name and phone number; they’d text us when our table was ready. Half an hour later, and after a drink in the infamous Templar Bar Pub which had such good ambience, we were sat at our table.
The menu is simple and unfussy, so simple in fact you can print the menu on a business card: burger, double burger, cheeseburger, double cheeseburger. Sides are fries or sweet potato fries.
We went for two cheese burgers with all the trimmings (tomato, gherkin, lettuce, onion) and a portion of sweet potato fries to share. The burger meat was great, an Aberdeen Angus burger, freshly made every morning. There were good sized portions – we were happy we shared the fries ‘cos there were loads! All this came to €20 which in other restaurants in Dublin just about covers one main meal!
The next place we tried was The Rolling Donut. Just off O’Connell Street this place is a must for those with a sweet tooth. The choice of donut is almost dizzying but in the end we went for the raspberry ripple and chocolate and peanut butter donuts.
For €3 each it’s easy to get carried away with these delicious and freshly made donuts.
Our trip to Dublin was short but sweet. We’d definitely recommend both Bunsen and the Rolling Donut, but we are sure there are plenty of other places which are worth trying. When eating out in Dublin our advice would be not to accept that you have to eat somewhere expensive. Sticking to a budget can be done as there are loads of decent places to eat for under €10 but it can be easy to fall into the tourist trap.
If you’d like any more information on any of the restaurants we’ve reviewed, please free feel to contact us.