Exciting days for the Dublin food scene!
Before relocating to Dublin, I was a spoiled food enthusiast. Melbourne is considered to be Australia’s food capital and I can clearly see the reason why. The selection of quality restaurants and variety of cuisine seems endless – and I can just walk around the city center mindlessly and accidentally spot a trendy place to dine in. Regardless what I am craving for, be it Asian, Italian, French, or Fusion-inspired dishes – Melbourne has something to offer. Trendy cafes with cute desserts (cupcakes!!) are also to-die-for so it is impossible not to crave to eat out!
Dublin, on the other hand, was not like that when I arrived here. I can’t complain about the European restaurants around town but there are times it is hard to find a good place to eat Asian dishes or to look for something sweet that is not a pastry or a tart. There are a few Asian restaurants around the city center but sometimes, it is nice to eat in a different place instead of going to the same place over and over.
The past couple of months, it seems that Dublin is having a food makeover (if you will). I see a number of newly opened restaurants and minimalist-inspired cafes around the city center offering Asian-inspired dishes that are not only limited to curries and noodles. BBQ is also on the rise – evident from the new “hip” restaurants selling grilled meat, pulled pork, and ribs. Apart from that, a sweet tooth revolution is also up-and-coming as a number of food stalls selling cupcakes and cafes with quirky donut flavors are also now available when a few years ago, it is almost impossible to find a place selling donuts – apart from the donut sprinkles available from groceries, of course.
It is exciting to see a potential birth of a new food capital in Dublin. Especially for somebody like me who enjoys sampling dishes from around the world! So, are you ready for the new Dublin food scene? I know I am!