With a wide range of dishes available for you to sample, you can get a real feel for a restaurant by trying out the tasting menu.
The best part about a tasting menu is that you don’t have to pick just one or two dishes to try as you’re given a number of different courses to try, specially selected by the chef. Alleviating the anxiety of ordering a delicious dish means that you often get to try dishes that you never would have before.
There are so many Dublin tasting menus available at the minute that you'll be spoiled for choice when you head out to eat. With such a wide variety available, there is something to suit every budget and taste. Read on for some of our favourites.
The Greenhouse, Dawson Street
Six-course tasting menu for €129 per person
This Michelin-starred restaurant on Dawson Street is well-known for its delicious food. The tasting menu is a great way to try a range of head chef Mickael Viljanen's creations, which are always inventive and delicious. There is an option to add wine pairings to your tasting menu for a further €100, so be sure to talk your server if you want to avail of this option. Find out more here.
Ananda, Cinema Building, Dundrum Town Centre
Tasting menu €65 per person or €105 with wine pairings
Ananda is one of our favourite Indian restaurants in the capital. There's so much choice on the menu, but chef Karan Mittal's tasting menus are also an absolute treat, showcasing a range of Indian flavours made with top-notch Irish ingredients. The menu changes regularly, but you can always be sure that you're in for a tasty dining experience.
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A new autumn dish on our tasting menu created by head chef @chefkaran.m - Beets & St. Tola Goats Cheese: Beetroot, hazelnut & goats cheese bonda, ash-roasted baby candy beetroot, lovage chutney, pickled beetroot, carrot purée & oranges. #sttolagoatscheese @st.tolaqueen #indianfood #irishfood #thisisirishfood #dublin
Mulberry Garden, Donnybrook
Six-course tasting menu for €80 per person, wine pairings an additional €50
Mulberry Garden in Donnybrook is super committed to offering a totally seasonal menu, so the menu changes weekly depending on what is available and in season. You're always guaranteed a variety of dishes using the very best Irish produce, so this is certainly one to add to your must-try list.
Dax Restaurant, Pembroke Street Upper
Five-course tasting menu for €80 per person or €120 with wine
Graham Neville is quietly cooking up a storm at Dax on Pembroke Street, with the surprise tasting menu offering some of the best flavours in the city. Using a range of seasonal ingredients, the menu is a surprise so we can't tell you what you'll be dining on, but the food is sure to be delicious!
L'Ecrivain, Lower Baggot Street
Lunch tasting menu €65 per person or €115 with wine pairings, dinner tasting menu €115 per person or €180 with matching wines
Another Michelin-starred entry on this list, Derry and Sallyanne Clarke's l'Ecrivain never disappoints, with impeccable service, fine wines and delicious food on offer. The two tasting menus available are always jam-packed with flavour, but if you're looking for a slightly cheaper option, opt for the lunch menu.
Etto, Merrion Row
Five-course menu €35 per person
The cheapest option on this menu, but one of the best, Etto is renowned for its food – it's so good that Nigella Lawson chooses to dine there when she visits. The menu changes a little each day, depending on what's available, so you'll be in for a delicious surprise every time you dine.
Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud, Upper Merrion Street
Eight-course tasting menu for €203 per person
Would any list about Dublin tasting menus be complete with featuring Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud? This two Michelin-starred restaurant offers an eight-course surprise menu daily, so be prepared to encounter delicious food, excellent ambience and a gorgeous setting if you opt for this experience.
Which of these tasting menus are you dying to try? Let us know in the comments below.