Although the weather hasn't been on our side all week, at least there are pubs/restaurants/hotels/cafes we can escape into when the rain is getting too much. Yesterday was our only full day in Dublin (we are taking the ferry home today) and while it was windy and raining, we had an amazing lunch, the boyfriend spent some time in the Guinness factory while I read my book, and we visited the National Museum and had too escape some drunks who were voicing their hatred for British people.
We have been staying at the Ashling hotel, which is not Dublin's best, but they have a very strong focus on customer service and both the rooms and the common areas are well taken care of. And it's really reasonable as well!
We had lunch at the Pig's Ear, which is a small restaurant close to the Trinity College campus. Dublin seems to have a lot of very good restaurants that take food seriously and also have great options for set menus, for both lunch and dinner, that will set you back around 15-20 Euro.
But this place? Oh the food, glorious food! The boyfriend had a poached egg with white beans, mushrooms and hollandaise, with some croutons for crunch. This was just beyond amazing. I went for smoked salmon which was so fresh, and also a bit mindblowing.
Main courses: pork belly and a mustard mash. Do I even have to tell you it was good? Didn't think so. And the other dish is, and I am not joking here, confit of duck pie with shallots and covered in mashed potatoes and topped with crunchy oats and nuts. I love you duck pie, I really do.
After lunch we wanted to stay a bit longer as it was raining heavily and also because the restaurant was so nice. So we ordered coffees (also good, this place can do no wrong) and I could not help myself: I had to take a photo of the sugar and milk, because this is just so cute, fun and individual. May all restaurants please do something similar.
The little sightseeing we could fit in before the rain took over, would be a quick walk through Trinity College, and walking in Temple Bar. Then there was rain. So much of it.
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x