Two nights in Dublin and two meals that were good. Not amazing, but very solid cooking. Worth a try if you're in the nabe. (Apologies that these are not detailed descriptions. Am a bit tired from lots of traveling.)
First night was at the Waterloo Bar and Grill
This is a very large modern pub with a long wooden bar and what looked like a spacious upstairs for private events. We were there on a Sat night, but the place was only moderately busy.
Started with beet root salad with goat cheese. Not terribly inventive, but very fresh and yummy. My DC had clam chowder with a large number of plump and tasty clams.
Main was lobster risotto, that night's special. Really couldn't believe the amount of lobster in the dish. A bit of a spicy kick as well.
My DH had a Fisherman's Pie with delicious smoked fish (maybe mackerel?) as well as shellfish. It had a strong fish taste, but in a good way, if that makes sense.
Second night was at The Larder, a modern restaurant/bar. Very affordable. They had a steak and fries special for 12 Euro, which we did not try. They also were advertising an early bird special - 19 Euro for 2 courses. We did not order that since we weren't there early, but they gave us the early bird price anyway.
We shared a starter of goat cheese and fig bruschetta. Tasty.
Mains: I had a lamb and mixed vegetable Moroccan salad, which was a nice, light dish (after my Guinness Stew lunch).
My DH had crispy pork belly on smashed green onion potatoes and raspberry chutney. (Not light at all, but good.)
Order a glass of wine and get a huge pour. Two glasses of wine was almost the same amount as a half bottle, I'd guess.
36 Upper Baggot Street
8 Parliament St