Take a tasting tour around the world without leaving Dublin.
A melting pot in its own regard, Dublin plays host to some of the best international eateries around. With inspired menus and authentic ambiances, as well as the shopping and eating destination Ulfert’s Center, there are options for every palate. Here’s how to spice up your next culinary adventure.
First stop on the tasting tour is the Americas. From brunch staples and old-school steakhouses to Latin-style tapas and margaritas, Dublin offers fare that spans the two continents. Denica’s Real Food Kitchen, right off I-580, is a favorite breakfast and brunch spot. While they don’t accept table reservations, you can call ahead to reserve one of their famous cinnamon rolls. For fine surf and turf dining, the menu and wine list at McNamara’s Steak and Chop House are remarkably well rounded. Take a trip below the border at Casa Orozco, which has been a Dublin establishment since 1984. It’s a popular spot for Mexican food, and kids eat for free on Mondays. Coco Cabana, a swanky restaurant and lounge, is great for date night, girl’s night out or even a nightcap. Their menu draws inspiration from all Latin American countries, and their cocktails are surprisingly inventive. Bonus– they have a happy hour seven days a week.
One Bay Area town is home to the largest Afghan American population in the US, and neighboring Dublin hosts some of the most reputable Afghan restaurants in the East Bay. Over at family owned and operated Pamir Restaurant, it’s all about the exotic flavors and careful presentation. They specialize in traditional Afghan food, and the lamb shank, which is simmered for over 6 hours, is highly recommended. Kabul Kabob & Grill, whose name pays homage to the capital of Afghanistan, is another go-to for Middle Eastern eats. Their sheer yakh (Afghan ice cream with pistachios and cardamom) is the sweet ending to a spicy meal. Khyber Pass Kabob, right off of Village Parkway, serves a mix of Afghan and Mediterranean cuisine. If you want to try your hand at home cooking, stop by Sahara Market and stroll through the aisles of international grocery items. Alternatively, they also offer affordable, ready-made kabobs, shawarma and more.
For a more Far East movement, stop at one of the many celebrated Asian restaurants. Blue Gingko has just recently opened its third door– this time in Dublin. Local chef Philip Yang focuses on small, pretty plates and high-quality sushi. And speaking of sushi, Amakara offers specialty hand rolls and plenty more. For an authentic, grill-it-yourself experience, Ohgane Korean BBQ is in a league of its own and makes for unique corporate events and parties. While you may think meat when you think of BBQs, vegetarians do have options here. Dining in Dublin cannot go without mention of the dim sum and dinner favorite Koi Palace Dublin. It’s nestled in the Ulferts Center, which is also a hub for other Asian eateries and bakeries like Osaka Ramen and Kee Wah Bakery.