Nothing is better for working up an appetite than a day of shopping and what better way to reward yourself for all that hard work than with an exceptional meal. We are very lucky to have some excellent dining options in our shopping centres and cities to satisfy our post spending cravings.
L’Officina – Dunne & Crescenzi, Kildare Village Shopping Outlet
Whatever time of day you will find something to satisfy you in L’Officina. From breakfast through to dinner, this Italian serves up classic dishes using the best local and authentic D.O.P. ingredients. They have a great selection of daily specials and the quality of the food ensures this eatery is a food destination in its own right and not something to be settled for. Children are most welcome and the menu for the little ones is great value to further encourage their presence. Their outdoor area is ideal for al fresco dining on the rare occasions we get some sunshine and they do an Italian variation of Afternoon Tea. Treat yourself to a glass of wine or take some goodies home from their deli section, L’Officina is reason alone to visit Kildare Village Shopping Outlet.
The Restaurant at Brown Thomas, Dublin
This hidden gem in the centre of Dublin is often overlooked as a dining option by non shoppers. Last year the powers that be invested in a refurbishment and brought in Michelin Star Restaurateur Patrick Guilbaud to consult on the new menu. The result is affordable, accessible dining which might surprise those with preconceptions of grandeur and opulence. The children’s menu is particularly good value and to cater to their predominantly female clientele, there is a great emphasis on seafood. Provenance and sustainability are important here for improving freshness and quality. A visit to The Restaurant is a great way to finish off your shopping spree, whether that takes place in the halls of Brown Thomas or out on the streets of Dublin.
Clodagh’s Kitchen at Arnotts, Dublin
Arnotts has long had a special relationship with Clodagh McKenna. Her second floor restaurant Clodagh’s Kitchen continues the philosophy that she applied to her first venture Homemade by Clodagh; healthy, seasonal home cooking at affordable prices. The menu consists of freshly prepared dishes based on locally sourced ingredients and most of her suppliers are proudly credited. From lunch staples like soups and pâté to brioche burgers and roast crispy chicken, Clodagh’s Kitchen has something for everyone, all served up in a contemporary bistro with an inviting atmosphere. This restaurant is a great spot for tired shoppers who need some relaxation.
Roly Saul – Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin
When it comes to Dundrum Town Centre, you are spoiled for choice when looking for a great meal. It can be hard to choose between so many but we recommend that you visit Roly Saul The Restaurant at least once. The restaurant is a blend of old and new as they serve up modern Irish fare in a unique building that is 300 years old. Roly Saul provides a fine dining experience based on fresh seasonal ingredients from local producers. Relax and enjoy a glass or two from the considered wine list and enjoy the view from the impressive glass conservatory that looks out over the Mill Pond.
56 Central, Galway City
Shoppers in Galway can take advantage of the range of dishes on offer at new eatery 56 Central. Open from 8am diners can start their day of shopping with breakfast or brunch in a unique setting. The interior of 56 Central is decorated with industrial metals, raw woodwork and some contemporary art installations. The food is making the best of the West and all the local suppliers are credited and promoted across the menu. The relaxed, chilled out atmosphere of 56 Central provides a perfect oasis from the bustle of the city streets.
James Street South, Belfast
If you find yourself heading up north for some exchange rate bargains, you won’t do better for a pitstop than James Street South. Open since 2003, James Street South provides a modern dining experience with great food and an exciting wine list in a relaxed and easy environment. They don’t do complicated here, every dish is created to make the most of the produce and their grill. The great value of their menu deals means you can spend more in the shops and the extensive, glamorous bar is perfect for a relaxing drink at the end of the day.
Fenn’s Quay, Cork
You don’t get much closer to the shops in Cork City than Fenn’s Quay. Located right beside the English Market, its proximity to the main street make it ideal for resting your tired feet after a long day. Head Chef Kate Lawlor is a member of Euro Toques and ensures all her dishes are made from only the best local and seasonal produce. This means you are guaranteed an exceptional dining experience in the heart of a great shopping destination.
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