Following on from my Lovin Dublin post, I'm going to give you a flavour of what makes Dublin such a great food destination.
The Dublin food scene is experiencing a revival. Fantastic cafes, restaurants and bars are popping up on every corner, and the food is becoming more creative and delicious. Local produce is being used more widely and there's an emphasis on fresh ingredients.
One of the restaurants we visited on our trip was Coppinger Row, a Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of the city, very near to some of Dublin's famous landmarks and the large shopping area. It's an informal relaxed place to go, but the food is fabulous and interesting - owners Marc and Conor Bereen's philosophy is to keep their ingredients seasonal and their menu broad, but focusing on core flavours.
We started with some taster dishes, including Carlingford oysters, Jack McCarthy black pudding and Liscannor Bay Crab Claws, before moving onto our main courses and ending with Cavanbert, Corleggy Cheese. There was a good choice of vegetarian options, something which is often overlooked these days (I'm not sure why!) I really liked the Liscannor Bay Crab Claws with garlic butter, which I had not had before. The crab was really fresh, very well cooked and the amount of garlic butter was just right. My favourite dish was the Kilmore Quay Mackerel with Moroccan spices, fennel, olive and orange, which was beautiful! I loved the hint of spice, and the orange and fennel balanced the fish perfectly.
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They also sell meats, chutneys & food gifts
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Chocolate Christmas bauble
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It doesn't always rain in Dublin, we enjoyed two glorious sunny days, but do prepare yourself to be immersed in green! Also check out the Lovin Dublin website for up to date restaurant reviews, events and the latest on Dublin's food scene.
Thank you to Visit Dublin, and Lovin Dublin sponsors O'Briens Wine, Heinz Ireland and SuperValu for giving me the opportunity to visit Dublin.
Disclosure: I was invited to Dublin for the Lovin Dublin event, all views expressed here are my own.