Eating out midweek? You fancy Dan. You’re in for a treat though, there are some great bargains to be had if you can dine out off peak in this city. Restaurants that are usually beyond your reach are suddenly within your budget. Here’s our pick of the bunch.
A gem in Dublin’s dining scene, Pichet is a “modern take on the classic bistro”. Their prices might also be slightly out of your range, unless you go for the early bird that is. Two courses for €20 or three Courses for €25, available Monday to Saturday from 5pm to 6.30pm and Sunday from 1pm to 9pm.
Whitefriar Grill is a bistro style steakhouse, serving excellent food in a really attractive dining room. As well as cosy evening meals it’s popular for brunch. The early bird menu has some really interesting choices. It’s €19.50 for two courses and €24.50 for three and it’s (rather generously) on all night Sunday to Thursday (excl bank holiday Sundays) and Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 6pm.
Coppinger Row, off Grafton Street promises the finest seasonal ingredients and the best standard of Mediterranean food in Dublin. It’s a lovely little spot where you could easily while away an evening with a cocktail and some great food. If you do it Monday to Wednesday 5.30 to 7pm or Sunday 5.30pm to 9pm you can get two courses for €21.50 (add a glass of wine for €25.50) or three courses for €24.50 (add a glass of wine for €28.50).
The Green Hen offers classic Irish cooking with a French twist and true to that the Early Bird menu reads just like the ‘Menu Du Jour’ at a chic Parisian bistro. Choose from mouthwatering choices like duck confit and blood orange cheesecake. They’ve got two courses for €19.50 or three courses for €22 served from 5.00 – 7.00pm Sunday to Thursday.
At €17.50 for two courses this is the cheapest option on the list. La Cave’s Early Bird is available from 5pm to 7pm every day. They’ve got over 40 wines by the glass in their basement restaurant off Grafton Street. Dublin’s oldest wine bar is casual and cosy and well worth a try when you want a casual bite to eat that won’t break the bank.
Eden’s “Early Birdy” (aaaw) makes the list just for the name alone. It’s a bonus then that it’s also a gorgeous menu and the food at this South William Street restaurant is top notch. The dining room is modern and swanky enough for a special evening or a date. Two courses for €20 or three for €24.50 – Sunday to Wednesday all evening and Thursday to Saturday 5.30 to 6.45pm.
It’s no coincidence that there are several French restaurants on the list as set menus are a staple feature of almost every restaurant in France. Chez Max is a casual French bistro that’s perfect for a cosy meal for two (or more). Their early bird is excellent value at €19 for two courses from 5.30pm to 7pm Sunday to Thursday.
Fallon and Byrne have a lovely seasonal menu with a very Irish feel. This would be a perfect place to bring someone if you wanted to showcase the best of Irish food. The early bird or pre-theatre menu is available all night Sunday to Friday and up to 6pm on Saturday. Two courses are €24.50 and three courses €29.95.
The best value way to enjoy this modern Italian ‘New York style’ is the early bird menu – two courses at €19.50 or three courses at €24.50 from 5pm to close on Sunday to Thursday and 4pm to 7pm on Friday and Saturday.