Once upon a time, the only ethnic food available in Dublin was Chinese. Thai, Indian and Japanese restaurants have since overtaken Chinese establishments in popularity and prolificacy, but there is still some excellent Chinese fare on offer all over the city, to suit any budget.
For the cheapest and most authentic Chinese dishes, head to Parnell Street on the north side of the city, which is lined with small casual eateries and restaurants offering food from all over Asia. The Chinese restaurants are patronised by Dublin’s Chinese community, and the menus feature (often amusing) translations of favourites from spicy Sichuan hot pots to Cantonese dim sum. Adventurous eaters will be in their element here, with all kinds of exotic fare on offer from boiled chicken feet to fried eel. Some have hot plates on the tables where you can cook your own food, and others have kareoke rooms upstairs that can be reserved for no added cost for larger parties. Dishes average around €8 and large bottles of Tsing Tao beer are less than €3, making these restaurants the cheapest places to eat and drink in the city by far. It is hard to recommend one over the other, so follow your nose and choose a place packed with Chinese people.
For more upmarket Chinese dining, it is hard to beat The Good World restaurant on George’s Street, which is famous for its dim sum, pork dumplings and duck rolls. The surroundings are opulent with plenty of dark wood and white linen, and the service is excellent. Wongs are a popular chain of Chinese restaurants dotted around the suburbs with a similar standard of food and service – see www.wongs.ie – they have branches in Ranelagh and Blackrock to the south of the city and Clontarf to the north.
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