Some weeks ago we were in Ireland to see some friends get married. So here’s my (fast becoming customary) glu-tard’s guide to travelling in the Emerald Isle.
I’m not sure whether Celiac’s disease has become more commonplace and so we are better catered for or whether it was always like that, but I just never previously had any reason to notice those little “gees” on menus. What I can say is that I didn’t have any problems finding tasty, safe food in Ireland. And last time I visited Ireland 5 years ago I never noticed a thing about gluten.
With the (rather tragic for a former beer drinker) exception of missing out on Guinness from the source, I couldn’t have been happier in the culinary sense in Ireland.
Firstly I might say some thing about the place itself. I like Dublin. It’s quaint little alleys, and heritage-filled pubs. Hardcase locals and vibrant musical scene. Even the rough edges somehow. And outside of Dublin: The lovely rolling green countryside reminds a Waikato lad of home and yet the old stone walls and villages remind you that you’re in a different land. Not to mention the people: charming, full of good humour, friendly and welcoming. Not much to complain about really.
And on to the point of this. In Dublin itself, there were a few places I’d pick out for particular mention. Once again I’ll have to admit that this will be reflect the title of this blog in a perhaps less than fully helpful way. Which is to say, it’s a tips for a glu-tard carnivore and a non grain-challenged pescetarian. So if you’re afflicted with both simultaneously then apologies upfront.
The Elephant & Castle, has reputedly the best chicken wings in Dublin. We had a lovely lunch there, me: bunless burger and Betty: vege pasta. Which was actually so lovely that Maiju decided we’d go back for another lunch there some days later. When we both had salad. I had a Mexican salad which I must try to replicate and put up here.
The Porterhouse I also have to mention. For a start the atmosphere of the place was great. It’s a big, multileveled place but still managed to keep a nice, cosy vibe. That might perhaps had something to do with the close quarters and slightly Escher-esque, and definitely non-NZ-fire-code compliant staircases. The pub style menu from which I could have happily (and safely) eaten about half of. I had one of the best steaks I’ve had in a long time and I think Maiju also quite enjoyed her fish and chips. They also had glutenfree beer! A rare treat in a restaurant.
And while not enitrely related to glutenfree food I could also mention the hotel we stayed at: The Gibson. Out in the gentrifying former docklands, it’s ultramodern and chic. It was 100€ a night for our room. So not exactly cheap. But not what I’d call overly expensive either (for 2 people). And actually, I felt it was pretty good value. Sometimes it’s nice to be treated really well. Very nice place. Great, professional, friendly staff. And great glutenfree breakfast. A short walk and an even shorter tram trip away from the centre of town.
The last place I liked was a little place named Butler’s Chocolate Cafe. I got the sense that it was probably part of a local chain (chain-stores being something I couldn’t admit to being overly enamored with) but as it’s part of the nicest walking part of Dublin and we had a lovely coffee and macaron afternoon tea there one day I had to throw it in too.
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