Middle Eastern food is pretty much my dream! There are a few options around Dublin now and all feature a menu with plentiful veggie options including falafels, hummus and pitta breads…. yes please and thanks 🙂
I recently visited the newly opened Shakshuka in Rathmines which was previously Little Jerusalem. The Palestinian food was the number one draw but the BYOB policy is always a bonus. Situated down a little lane just off Rathmines main road, it’s a place you could easily miss. But once you walk through the doors you’ll be glad you ventured off the beaten path to find it. It’s traditionally decorated in brightly coloured cushions and wall art with lovely light features and little knick knacks.
It was a perfectly sunny Saturday early evening when we visited, and the perfect day for a nice bottle of chilled Marlborough that we only had to pay a €4 corkage charge for… happy days! Service was very friendly and efficient even after the place filled up later in the evening. The food was rustic, fresh, filling and tasty….
Stuffed Vine Leaves with rice, mint, tomato, lemon juice and pine nuts.
Roasted potatoes with onion, garlic, cumin, curry and olive oil.
Falafel platter served with hummus, Palestinian salad and pitta bread.
Minced lamb oven roasted served with hummus, Palestinian salad and rice
As always there was a little break required before dessert. Pushing aside my usual craving for something chocolatey at the end of a meal, we opted for something slightly lighter…
Baklava, traditional dessert of layered filo pastry filled with nuts and drizzled in syrup
We had a really lovely evening in Shakshuka… a nice relaxed atmosphere, decent food and our own choice of wine. The added bonus of paying just €30 for the meal for 2 on a Living Social deal made it extremely good value for money too!