Hearty Meals to Warm You Up on a Cold Dublin Day
It’s April but my god that chill in the air is nasty. Since when is it this cold in Spring?
To heat you up as we all wait for the warmer weather of Summer (fingers crossed…) we’ve compiled a list of the warmest, heartiest, most soul-warming meals available in DublinTown.
Bangers and Mash
Bruxelles, Harry Street
I don’t know about you, but when I think of comfort food, it’s bangers and smash smothered in gravy that comes to mind. The dish in Bruxelles is just that – a couple of Hick’s Butchers famous jumbo sausages served on creamy mashed potato, topped with onion rings and a rich onion gravy….I can hear my tummy rumble.
Beef and Guinness Stew
Hatch & Sons, Stephen’s Green
The perfect family dish, the beef and guinness stew is a staple in every Irish (meat eating) household. A stew is an Irish bowl of hearty happiness and the one served in Hatch & Sons is no exception. I recommend asking (very) nicely for a Blaa if the guys have any left over from lunch – slather it in Dairygold butter and you’ve the perfect edible spoon. Mmmmm.
O’Neills, Suffolk Street
Needing no introduction or reasoning, the carvery is the most delicious meal of a Sunday – that doesn’t need to kept for Sundays with thanks to O’Neills. They have daily specials such as Half Roast Free Range Manor Farm Irish Chicken , Roast Loin of Irish Pork, Traditional Irish Corned Beef, Tender Roast Leg of Wicklow Lamb, and Tenderly Cooked Irish Collar of Bacon. The only problem is choosing what you’ll have.
Ham and Cheese Toastie
Grogans, South William Street
Grogan’s are famous for two things above all else – great Guinness and even better ham and cheese toasties. If it’s a cold day you won’t be sitting outside which is a pity, ’cause sitting outside with a toastie smothered in mustard with a pint in hand is a Dublin right of passage.
The Hairy Lemon, Stephen Street Lower
Love it or hate it, it’s the Irish version of Bovril. Coddle can either light up people’s eyes or turn their tummys. Personally, it’s a fan favourite that reminds me of my Grandad’s house in the winter time. What’s not to love – sausages, potatoes, veg, all in an oniony broth of deliciousness.
Traditional Irish Stew
The Oval, Abbey Street
I’ve learned recently that there’s a notion of some folk that a stew cannot be called a ‘traditional Irish stew’ unless it contains lamb, rather than beef. Well – whether this is true or not, The Oval’s ‘World Famous Irish Stew’ will warm up the coldest of souls on a frosty Dublin day. The hearty stew contains lamb shoulder and root vegetable.
Soup Dragon, Capel Street
It’s in the name really, isn’t it? King of Soup, the Soup Dragon has enough different varieties of soups that you’re sure to find one to tickle your fancy. Soup is like the crown royal of hearty foods, it’ll warm you up from first sip. Our personal favourite is either the brocolli and blue cheese, or the pumpkin, chilli and coconut – mmmm.
Any Daily Special
Cornucopia, Wicklow Street
Any meal in Cornucopia (varying slightly every day) is a plate piled high of some of the most nutritious and delicious food available in the city. All of it vegetarian, most of it vegan, you’re not left to feel that slumpy feeling of eating too much afterwards. Our fave is either the parcel of beetroot, roast squash & smoked tofu with peanut, lime & chili topped coriander pesto.
The Boar’s Head, Capel Street
My go-to at home when feeling the chill – a topped baked potato. Do mine taste as good as the ones in the Boar’s Head? No – But I try. With options like Chicken Bacon & Cheese, Tuna Sweetcorn & Cheese, Chicken Peppers & Onion the only real problem you’ll have is choosing which one you want and telling yourself ordering every single one of them will end in tears.
Madigan’s, Abbey Street and Earl Street
Cottage Pie = Shepard’s Pie with Beef – who. knew. Okay maybe everyone except me but I’ve been eating cottage pie all these years having no idea it WASN’T Shepard’s pie. I prefer my Shepard’s Pie with beef and not lamb…making it a cottage pie. Mind Blown. Anyway, the Cottage Pie in Madigan’s is phenom.