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Situated in the heart of Temple Bar with large windows showing off its modern, bustling interior, Luigi Malone’s was never going to struggle for popularity. With a menu as hybrid as its name – Italian, Irish and plenty in between – the restaurant offers something for most in a laid back yet lively atmosphere. The ground floor is open and bright, with downstairs seating providing a slightly cozier option, and while the site itself has some historical significance (ancient friary walls still stand in the basement) anyone experiencing the delights of Luigi’s Toblerone cheesecake may find it hard to care. - Gareth Thornton
Yamamori is a popular Japanese restaurant located a stone's throw from some of Dublin's trendier pubs such as the Globe and Hogan's. It's a bright, airy and well-decorated affair, with large windows looking out onto South Great Georges Street. The food is hardly adventurous given Japanese standards, but always reliable, and with sushi, teriyaki and a variety of Japanese beers on the menu, it's an ideal spot for an early dinner. Yammamori also has a lunch menu with a range of noodle dishes that are certainly good value for money.
Extremely popular with Dublin's Chinese community, the Good World offers quality cuisine. It's not fancy and it's not trendy, but one can always be sure that it's authentic. Reportedly home to the best dim-sum in the country, you will also find unusual delicacies like duck's feet or steamed tripe on the menu. Late-night food is unusual in Dublin, which is another bonus-point for the Good World, as if it needed one.
The Brick Alley Cafe is one of those old-school cafes in Dublin and it can be explored for a hearty breakfast just before heading out on an excursion through the city, the place is also perfect for a quick bite for lunch and is open late nights making it perfect for a coffee or a glass of wine or beer, just before you call it a day. The place also hosts live music on certain nights of the week and music is best enjoyed here with a hot cup of coffee and a piece of cake.
The Dame Tavern is an intimate music bar just off Dame Street with a curiously minimalist décor and a committed local crowd. Featuring both local covers-bands and singer/songwriter evenings, you can hear live music from Wednesday to Sunday night. For a low-key but enjoyable evening out, the Dame Tavern is certainly worth a visit.
Just like its name, the restaurant has a wonderful rustic charm owning to its wooden seating arrangements and yellow lights that flood the atmosphere. Rustic Stone is an unconventional steakhouse, it is intimate in nature and serves meat with an interesting twist. From burgers, steaks to salads and more; everything comes out of the kitchen in massive portions and is made to look like a work of art. Delicious cocktails complement the meals perfectly and heartwarming desserts seal the deal.