Been a looong time since I’ve been to the Irish Village Markets even if it was super close to home!
Every Wednesday at lunchtime, there are food stalls selling freshly-made and easy-to-eat lunchboxes. The food options are quite good. There are gourmet burgers, paella, kebabs and the usual Irish staple – fish and chips! The location was literally just across the street from where we live but it’s been such a long time since I’ve been here! The market starts at around 11:30 AM and ends at around 2 or 3-ish in the afternoon. Roughly around the same time that I always get busy with meetings and work. But now that I am a stay-at-home Mom, I can finally grab a quick bite from the stalls! Yay!
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to drop by the food stalls to grab a quick bite. It was a coincidence my husband was working around the area as well – so we met for a quick lunch out.
I was lucky the food stalls are still available despite the autumn winds slowly creeping in. Well, got to make the most out of it as we prepare to transition, hopefully soon!
The Irish Village Markets was originally behind the convention center but they moved it to a vacant area close to the Spencer Dock Luas stop. Apart from the muddy grounds when it rains (as it do now), I think it was a great choice to have it here. There is much more space here and it feels much more relaxing to have the meal in this space. It feels as if you are having a picnic, LOL! The extra space also allowed them to setup a few benches and wide umbrellas, so the few changes were really good – I like it!
I took my time to decide from which stall to buy my lunch – it’s been a while and there were newer options available, too! My husband was craving for his fish and chips so went for that. But a Venezuelan street food stall caught my eye, I decided to give it a shot! I haven’t tried Venezuelan food before anyway and I am in a mood for something new, too.
My food reminded me a lot of Mexican food (barbacoa). Except for the slightly mushy consistency coming from the bread (arepa), the food looked like a different version of the burrito. It was tasty and flavorsome. The fried plantains gave it a mild sweetness and crisp with every bite. Too bad, the plantains were a bit cold, though. I think this would’ve been a lot better if they were freshly fried!
I am glad I experienced the Irish Village Market! This is definitely one of the things I will miss about Dublin!