5 delicious budget bites in Dublin

1) White Rabbit

This Korean-style lunch box canteen in the back of an Asian supermarket is as authentic as it gets. For 10 or 11 euro you can order a huge portion of rice, miso soup, your choice of meats and a variety of side dishes. It’s an absolute bargain and a great hidden gem. You can order online and take out or eat in-house.

restaurant interior of White Rabbit

Klaudia Labieniec

2) Lucky Turtoise

When it comes to value for money, Lucky Tortoise has one of the best offers around. For about 28 euro you can sample everything from their individual menu. Buns, dumplings, rice, okonomiyaki and more. The food is superb. There’s also a separate 15-euro lunch deal menu and wines on tap.

interior of Lucky Turtoise restaurant

8 Aungier Street


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3) Sprezzatura

A much-needed addition to the city; affordable and well-made Italian food. They do all the classics, with most dishes around the 15-euro mark. There’s something of a home-cooking feel to Sprezzatura, with its generous portions and comfortable setting. There’s also wine on tap and their own lager to match the excellent dishes.

restaurant interior of Sprezzatura Dublin

5/6 Camden Market, Grantham Street


4) El Grito

El Grito is one of the best and most beloved Mexican eateries in Dublin. The food is exceptional. It’s an utterly charming little place and the prices are very reasonable. The menu covers all the classic Mexican dishes and drinks you may have heard of – tacos (2 euro), alambre (12 euro), burritos (8 euro), chimichanga (9 euro), chelada (6,50 euro), horchata (3,50 euro), and many others.

colourful Mexican-style interior of El Grito restaurant

James Bacon

20 Mountjoy Square E

+353 (0)1 548 6410

5) Han Sung

This Chinese/Korean hybrid food stand looks very much like a canteen hot food counter and serves up huge dishes on plates you then take to your seat on trays. The menu is full of vegetable and noodle dishes along with variations on stews and kimchi fried rice. Exceptional food, all around 11 euro.

people enjoying food at Han Sung Asian market

in the back of the Asian market, 22 Great Strand Street

+353 (01) 887 4405


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