Is it just me or does is seem like Dublin is getting trendier by the day? The city’s restaurant scene is exploding all around us with new venues and eateries popping up constantly. Hey I don’t see anyone complaining!
Being forever on the lookout for authentic restaurants that offer unique dining possibilities, I am here to share my latest discoveries with you. Yes my dear friends, it’s time to try two new food revolutions.
New is exactly what these two funky restaurants are, only opening their doors to the public in the last few months. The two restaurants are show stoppers for their interesting décor choice and appetizing menus. Keep reading below to indulge yourself in two of Dublin most unconventional restaurants to date…
Have you ever travelled to Southeast Asia and delighted in the street food it offers? Oxaca takes you right back to those bustling streets in the heart of Dundrum town center (no plane ride necessary). Yes Oxaca offers diners street food encompassing a mix of Asian and Mexican nibbles. *Drools*
The layout and décor of Oxaca also resembles street market vibes with food being served from huts in little carry away boxes. You can tell Oxaca is the brain child of the people behind Xico because it offers the same rustic feel and energetic atmosphere. They play old school classics tunes and serve cosmos in tin cans (yes I’m officially a hipster now).
Must try dishes and prices at Oxaca
-Pad Thai (if you have been to Thailand you know how damn tasty it is) € 9
-Grilled Chicken with bourbon beans, biscuit and Gravy (yes really) €9
-Som tam salad( it was my staple diet when I lived in Thailand for a year so naturally it doesn’t taste as good here but top marks to Oxaca for efforts) €9
-Sweet potato fries, well hell they taste good no matter where you go! €4
-Wash it all down with a Mexican sundae or two in my case (because one is never enough for a greedy guts like me) €6 each
Pembroke district, level one, on top of five guys.
12pm -20pm Sunday- Thursday, Opens till 12pm on Friday and Saturday.
Hang Di Chinese
Hang di Chinese opened back in November and stepping in through the rainbow strip curtains leads you into a whole new world. A world where there’s an open kitchen, ducks hanging from the open fire and colour changing panels on the ceiling. Who said eating a Chinese had to be boring?
Certainly not at Hang di with their subway system seating with cleverly titled neon signs overhead. As far as Chinese restaurants go, this one doesn’t follow any rules with a DJ booth in the corner and a disco ball hanging from the ceiling.
We ate at the cocktail bar with its array of colourful lights and it covers nearly the length of the whole room. The mixologists are there whipping up cocktails as you nibble on your prawn crackers. If it’s relaxed and fine dining your after then Hang Di would not be a flavourable choice (haha).
Must try dishes and prices at Hang Di
-Crispy roast duck dumplings, they are divine (much too good for sharing) €6
-Apparently the whole duck is the go to food choice here but you need longer than an hour booking in order to have that and at €80, well I just don’t think I could part with that too easily!
-Szechuan Kung Po Chicken, it’s a shit hot spicy one €18
-Chicken special fried rice €9
-There’s also a fun cocktail menu to accompany the food
Lower Camden St, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2
Monday and Sunday closed, Tuesday- Thursday 5pm-11.30pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm-1.30am
So who is going to venture out this coming weekend to two of Dublin’s most authentic and undeniably exciting restaurants?
Are there any other funky and unique restaurants I need to try in Dublin?