With temperatures soaring, outdoor dining has never looked so good. While there are plenty of excellent places to enjoy the warm weather, these five restaurants have managed to hit the sweet spot of summer dining. Here’s where to eat and what to order this week …
The Diavola Pizza from Goats Gruff at The Strawberry Hall
Where – On the banks of the river Liffey, the beer garden at The Strawberry Hall is a special spot, especially on a sunny day.
What to eat – Try the Diavola pizza with San Marzano tomatoes, Toonsbridge Fior di Latte, Iberico chorizo, chillies, ‘nduja and red onion. Wash it down with an ice cold beer to the backdrop of rushing water and birds singing. Heavenly indeed.
The seafood sharing platter from Michaels
Where – The terrace at Michaels in Mount Merrion might be small, but it is certainly perfectly formed.
What to eat – The seafood sharing platter. Fish lovers rejoice. If there was ever a perfect fish dish, this is it. A selection of freshly caught Irish fish which can often include sole, halibut, crab and prawns with excellent chips and herby butter drizzled over the lot. It will set you back €35 per person but believe me, it will be money well spent. Paired with a chilled white wine, enjoy one of the most perfect summer pairings there is.
Steak Frites from Marco Pierre White, Dawson Street
Where – The terrace at Marco Pierre White’s Dawson Street branch is among the best in the city and their daytime menu is exceptional value at €26.95 for two courses.
What to eat – start with the shrimp cocktail with crunchy iceberg lettuce and then try the steak frites. The steak is generous, the chips are good and the béarnaise is excellent. The house Sauvignon blanc is decent but the ‘Tempted’ Irish dry cider is excellent.
Cheeseburger Spring Rolls from Hawker at Hang Dai, Camden Street
Where – Hawker is the new(ish) street food offering from Hang Dai that promises to transport the senses to the far east. So far, it appears to be delivering.
What to eat – The cheeseburger spring rolls should be on your list to try but honestly, everything looks good here and the vibe is fun and relaxed. Thirsty? The cocktails will not disappoint.
Taco’s and Margaritas at El Silencio
Where – Hidden down a narrow lane just off Dublin’s South William Street, El Silencio is a small bar with a big attitude. From the same stable as Jerk shack ‘All Hail’ on Dawson Street, El Silencio is another great find.
What to eat – Tacos and margaritas are the name of the game here and I highly recommend the Smokie Rita with its addictive Tajin rim. Licking a glass has never been so satisfying. Food wise, the tostadas and the tacos will not disappoint, being light enough to enjoy during the hot weather while also satisfying the heartiest of appetites.