So you make a snap decision to pop off to Dublin or Cork, have been lucky enough to find a last minute flight deal into the city from London and there you are, cosily ensconced for the weekend in one of the affordable four star hotels in the heart of Dublin. You could do worse than picking the Ashling Hotel on the banks of the Lifey in Parkgate Street for £ 63.97. Good things come in twos: you are all set to have a wonderful weekend and then sample some typical fine Irish fare.
Once you are set and have freshened up, the first thought to occur is: let’s go eat. You could pick the best dublin restaurants or middle of the road places where you can sample authentic local dishes it is something you can decide in the bar downstairs and also make plans to visit the Jameson Distillery, the Zoo and take a ride on the Luas tram red line. The best restaurants in Dublin Restaurant are a matter of taste but you could drop in at the Patrick Guilbaud on Upper Merrion Street where they will be happy to take £89 from you and treat you to a wonderful French haute cuisine. The Chapter One is another one highly rated and it is in Parnell Square where you can dine on salamis, smoked meats and creative Irish or French food starting at £49. L’Gueuleton offers no-nonsense French food like bourgignon and onion soup starting at £28 but you have to wait your turn in this busy place. Dunne & Crescenzi sound Italian and offer Tuscan bean stew, pastas, and other Italian delectables starting at £19. The Brasserie is one place you must visit. It is on Capel Street and offers lunch for two at a nominal rate. Have your fill of pan roasted salmon, beef bourguignon and mussel linguini here along with a glass of house wine.
If you visited Cork instead, enjoy good old Irish hospitality and Irish stew to go with it. For a change visit Lal Quila and dine on spicy Asian food from India. The beef masala and chicken karahi along with naan and rice are something that will make all other foods taste just plain bland. There is no shortage of restaurants in cork city centre. Instead, the profusion could confound. You cannot be expected to spend a weekend gorging on food and doing nothing else. Flip a coin and choose Clancy’s on Princes Street. It is a bar and the restaurant is called Prime where you can gorge on steak, chicken or fish with Irish stew its specialty. Thankfully, it is moderately priced. If you look down your nose at cheap stuff, head for the Ivory Tower on Princes Street where you can have fusion cuisine to fill your stomachs and empty your pockets at a rapid rate. Gambienis in Carey Lane is where you can stuff yourself with Italian food and still have change left over.
In Cork or Dublin do not forget to first get some discount coupons from an online discount voucher website and then dine at 70% discount. Coupons make dining light on the pocket and yes, good things come in twos: these coupons are also valid for hotels.