The first of the winter storms are hitting but we're getting a bit of an Indian summer with the pace of restaurant openings picking up. There are lots of new spots to keep you going through the onset of the darker months, so here's some inspiration for brand new places to try to fill the progressively longer evenings...
Kasi Café, Temple Bar
There has been a welcome trend of Indian street food restaurants opening in Dublin in the last year, and Kasi Café in Temple Bar is the latest to join the city's dosa revolution. It's taken over the former Sweet Churro spot on Crow Street and is open from 11:00-20:30, seven days a week. They're serving up dosas, samosas, chaat and momos, but the drinks menu appears to consist of standard soft drinks, without the creamy lassis we've become accustomed to from their contemporaries. They're also on Deliveroo for any office workers looking to get a pick me up in the city centre.
Samosa, Dorset Street
Dublin has its first (as far as we're aware) Somali restaurant, with the opening of Samosa on Dorset Street. There's no website or socials to speak of, but the Dublin Inquirer got the scoop here, and we're very interested in the lamb ribs, sabaayad (Somali flatbread) and of course those samosas.
3fe have opened their seventh Dublin location in Phibsborough, just a few doors down from the eternally busy Two Boys Brew. Coffee, brewing equipment for your home and 3fe merchandise are all available, but more importantly they're serving their usual breakfast, brunch and lunch menu seven days a week.
Mushashi's newest location is in the already spoilt for choice Blackrock village. Open from 12:00-22:00, seven days a week in the new Frascati Centre, and serving their usual array of sushi rolls, nigiri, ramen and Thai dishes, it's a dependable (if not thrilling) addition for those with a need for a taste of Japan in South Dublin.
Greenville Deli, Monkstown
Their sandwiches are already stocked by numerous coffee shops in and around Dublin, but Greenville Deli have just added to their Dublin 8 and Rathmines locations with their newest opening in Monkstown. You can expect the usual excellent sambos, salads, soups, and possibly Bread 41 pastries if the new spot takes after its older siblings.
Drop Coffee, Drumcondra
Taking up the mantle from former vegan bakery Bear Lemon, Drop Coffee is Drumcondra's newest option for caffeine and sugar. Their pastries are from Media Luna, and they're making some decidedly autumnal drinks, like Biscoff cappuccinos. They're currently open from 08:00-16:00 Tuesday to Friday, and 09:00-17:00 on the weekends.
Cluck Chicken, Tallaght
Cluck Chicken have firmly established themselves with a permanent home in The Square Shopping Centre in Tallaght. They're open and serving their free-range, buttermilk brined chicken burgers, tenders and wings from 17:00 Wednesday to Friday, and from 15:00 on weekends. On Sundays kids eat free alongside a dining adult, which is sure to go down very well with local families.
On the Northside there's another new option for wings, fried chicken, burgers and other culinary Americana. WingMan have opened their third food truck in the grounds of Clontarf Rugby Club, dishing up their spicy wings and hefty looking burgers. They're open 17:00-21:30 Thursday to Saturday and 16:00-20:30 on Sundays.
Allta, The Docklands
They've been on hiatus for nearly a year after their location on the top floor of Trinity Street car park wound down, but the folks behind Allta have been very busy. After rumblings in the last few weeks they've officially announced that their new location at 1 Three Locks Square in the Docklands is set to open in December, with a micro-bakery at the same spot following in January 2024. Given the lofty heights that their previous iterations at their original restaurant, Summer House and Winter House all reached, it's safe to say expectations are through the roof.
Amuri Deli, Chatham Street
The lads behind Amuri have already brought a taste of Italy's most famous island to Dublin, but they're soon going to be bringing Sicilian street food to the city too, as they're opening a deli in the former location of The Corkscrew below the restaurant. We're expecting arancini, panele, sfincione, cannoli and more, and are incredibly excited given how great the food up top is.
Mi Casa, Smithfield
Mi Casa is the new restaurant from the same people behind Smithfield stalwart PHX Bistro, and are stylising themselves as a bodega-style Mediterranean restaurant with small plates. They're heavily renovating the place at the moment if their Instagram videos are anything to go by, and are opening soon at 6 Queen Street in Smithfield.
Diwali, Camden Street
Jerusalem, the Middle Eastern mainstay on Camden Street sadly closed in recent weeks, but signs have gone up in the windows from Diwali, the Indian veteran on George's Street. No information has been released on an opening date, but we're expecting a traditional, no frills Indian, like in the original location.