There’s a little cluster of establishments in Donnybrook that are well worth a visit next time you’re strolling the area. 

O’Connell’s of Donnybrook provides some of the best value daytime dining in the Capital, at around €12.45 for a lunch main course. Yes, we can’t believe it either, given the superb quality of the impeccably sourced ingredients at this restaurant.  Tom O’Connell and his team have a daily quest to bring  good value dining to regulars and visitors.  Menus are always seasonal and daily specials reflect the pick of local produce.

Tucked behind the main street in Donnybrook, behind the Bang and Olufsen store, Mulberry Garden provides Irish fine dining in the most unusual of ways. This intimate spot, situated in one of the area’s old houses, offers a completely seasonal set menu every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. The chef concentrates on sourcing the best seasonal local ingredients, to offer a choice of two starters and two mains, with dessert or Irish cheeseboard, plus a dedicated three course vegetarian menu. It’s a simple but very brave philosophy going down a storm in the area.

Marco Pierre White’s  Courtyard Bar and Grill does what it says on the tin – concentrating on finest aged steaks and meat grills, adding just that little bit of sass as only MPW knows how. Enjoy the NY feel of this brasserie style bar and restaurant.  See and be seen!  Enjoy a cocktail before dinner – or at lunch if you are feeling decadent! 

Home cooks need look no further than the magnificent array of goodies on sale at Donnybrook Fair. Seasonal ingredients. The best Irish meat and responsibly sourced fresh fish and shellfish. Exotic items to add that extra bit of oomph to your cooking. And cookery classes for those who want to brush up and hone their skills. Add to that a casual dining restaurant on the premises and you have the perfect food lover’s package.

All these places are within a few moments walk from one another – how lucky is this Dublin neighbourhood?