For issue 08 of Here Magazine, we explored the history and culture surrounding Dublin’s culinary comeback. But as the Irish capital becomes a major force, some of the city’s best offerings still won’t cost you more than €10—even some of Dublin’s renowned chefs will attest to that. Below, four world-class Irish chef’s share their (rather surprising) favorite cheap eats in Dublin.
McFadden claims that their classic cheese-and-ham toastie, served with a jar of Colman’s mustard, is the best in Dublin. “It’s perfect after a few pints of Guinness,” he says. “It’s so good we even have a dish on our tasting menu inspired by those flavors, the Coolattin Cheddar Dumplings with Pommery Mustard and Crispy Ham Hock.” —Andy McFadden, head chef at Glovers Alley
Davidson calls this health-conscious spot a Dublin foodie “must.” With low-key co-op vibes, the menu features affordable seasonal specials alongside exceptional coffee roasted in Belfast. —Niall Davidson, recent Dublin transplant and former chef patron at Nuala in London
Hughes goes to this chill-vibes Mexican place at least once every month. “The margaritas are the best in town and there are so many to choose from,” he says. “Just start at the top and work your way down the list—my favorite is the Lobo Verde! The chicken-fried oysters are also amazing.” —Garry Hughes, head chef at The Saddle Room in The Shelbourne Hotel
This Chinese deli is sequestered in the back of a Newsagents. “They serve these steamed buns advertised as ‘Chinese burgers’ with pork and scallions and sticky chili sauce,” says Dalton. “Delicious.” —Holly Dalton, head chef at Gertrude