It’s no surprise that the rise of Dublin’s Silicon Dock has resulted in the area becoming one of Dublin’s most prominent places for great food, a perfectly made espresso, and a refreshing cocktail or craft beer. For the non-techies who don’t know their Airbnb from their Accenture, Silicon Dock refers to Grand Canal Dock and it’s surrounding areas, a place that became Ireland’s version of Silicon Valley when the likes of Google and Facebook opened headquarters there years ago.
With the inevitability of more tech companies setting up in Silicon Dock, this area will continue to be a culinary hotspot in the future. Whether you are a Google employee who needs some food after work, or a foodie looking to try somewhere new, we’ve got a list of the best places for food and drinks in Grand Canal and Ringsend.
Those who use the DART to get to and from work have no doubt longingly gazed at the entrance of Osteria Lucio and yearned for some of their modern Italian cooking and pizzas as they go by. Chef Ross Lewis of Chapter One fame and Luciano Tona have united their love of Irish and Italian food, giving customers the opportunity to try the very best ingredients of both countries which are cooked to perfection.
Dine on cured pork neck Capocollo Franchi, fresh hand rolled pastas like tagliatelle with Irish Wagyu ragu, pork rib alla Milanese, or one of their many delicious pizzas. Finish your meal with a classic Italian dessert of cassata with pistachio sauce and a glass of one of their fine Italian wines and you will soon be thinking you jumped down a rabbit hole to Sicily!
Visit Bath Avenue on a weekend and you will find it overrun with foodies, with Juniors being particularly popular for those seeking out brunch. If you’re lucky enough to grab a table, culinary delights like sweetcorn fritters with chicken marinated in lime and chilli await you, as well as more traditional brunch staples like Eggs benedict. Those with more of a sweet tooth can have some of Juniors amazing buttermilk pancakes with blueberries and maple syrup.
If worst comes to worst and you cant get a table at Juniors or simply want something bigger than a brunch, pop into their sister restaurant Paulie’s Pizza and chow down on what most people consider the best pizza in Dublin!
Farmer Browns distinctive red branding may have caught your eye when walking by it on the way to the Aviva stadium. However, their amazing slow cooked baby back ribs, big burgers and 21 day aged Hereford strip steak are what’s going to get you to keep paying a visit each time Ireland are playing in the Aviva.
With brunch, lunch and dinner options available at a great price, Farmer Browns is the perfect venue for some pre or post match food. In fact, when you eat their Parmesan and truffle oil fries, you may find it hard leaving to catch the rugby or football in the Aviva!
Grand Canal Square in the summer is truly one of the more beautiful parts of Dublin. Whether it’s during the day or night, the Bord Gais Energy Theatre with its red resin glass paving which leads to the water and dotted with illuminated red poles will leave you amazed each time you see it. How do you possibly improve on such a thing? With equally stunning food and drinks from HQ Restaurant and Gastrobar of course!
Choose one of their phenomenal cocktails made with natural ingredients and Irish craft spirits to wash down some Barbary duck breast with potato gnocchi and chestnut mushrooms or their classic 8oz rib eye steak. The interior of HQ is stylish yet comfortable, ideal for a post work drink, but when the sun is out you would be amiss not to sit outside on their terrace and watch the world go by.
With Bord Gais Energy Theatre hosting a variety of excellent events throughout the year and HQ restaurant being just a short stroll away, you couldn’t ask for a better night of food, drink and culture!
Foodgame on South Lotts road is all about simple, honest, tasty home cooking done to perfection. It’s the sort of coffee and sandwich shop that you would end up visiting every weekend or before work on Friday to give yourself a nice treat for all your hard work. Get hearty dishes like a ham and cheese omelette, a bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich, or one of their daily specials. Wash it all down with a double espresso while you read the papers, and you have the perfect way to start your weekend!
Artisan Parlour in Ringsend Village does it all, from being a deli and coffee house to a restaurant to even a Supper Club! Their ethos is about serving good honest Irish grub, even giving customers the option to order food for take out.
Sandwich aficionados are particularly catered for with their PBLT, aka slow cooked pork belly with lettuce, tomato and Dijon mustard as well as a delicious sounding blade of beef with peppers and horseradish sauce. With dishes constantly changing you will always find something new and special to indulge in when paying Artisan Parlour a visit!
The Old Spot
The idea of going out for a big Sunday roast with the family hasn’t quite taken off in Dublin, but the team at The Old Spot has been changing that with their Sunday Lunch Roast menu. The Old Spot ticks all the boxes for the perfect gastropub. It’s quaint and cosy, serves delicious comforting food, and has a great wine, beer and cocktail selection.
Choose from classic gastropub dishes like fish and chips with pea puree and tartare sauce, a 10 oz rib eye with peppercorn sauce, or split one of their Sunday Roast dishes with a loved one if you dare! How could you resist sirloin of beef with duck fat roast potatoes, cauliflower and cheese and red wine jus. The Old Spot has definitely livened up Sunday afternoons in Dublin!
With all this talk of great food how about a post-meal drink or two? Gasworks Bar from Galway Bay Brewery is situated right beside the DART station and is the perfect place for craft beer lovers. Or if you are looking for something a bit more romantic, it doesn’t get any better than The Marker rooftop bar and terrace. Order an Old Fashioned and a pear vanilla sour and take in that wonderful view with that special person in your life! With more and more tech companies setting up in Dublin, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Silicon Docks.