Sooner or later anyone in their life wants to organize a party based on sangria and tapas, maybe enjoying some Mediterranean wine or hanging around dressed-up as a flamenco dancer. It’s an inevitable stage of life. The energy and joy of Spains, from the folklore cults to the culinary traditions are contagious and are spreading like wildfire in Europe. Reason why Ireland too was hit with a multitude of small restaurants, tapas and go, where to enjoy the homeliness and cheerfulness of Spanish dishes. Although simple and sometimes frugal as dishes, they warm the hearts of many Spaniards abroad in search of a bit of home, sun and flamenco and they fill the bellies of the Irish people in search of a culinary adventure.
Brace yourself to stuff your mouth with some great paella dishes and delicious tapas, not to mention the flavoursome portions of tortillas de patatas. So, pack your knives and forks as Babylon prepared a list with the best Spanish restaurants all over this mysterious and crepuscular country. Enjoy the ride and the vibe.
The vibrant city of Galway hosts this authentic Spanish joint. Aiming at summoning up and offer that peculiarly Iberian ease, this restaurant will help you to dive into this culinary adventure. Cava Bodega can boast a selection of more than 50 regional tapas. It’s no case that it was nominated as the best tapas place in Ireland and it defends its nominee quite feisty. Try, absolutely, the Pinchos – a type of open sandwich- especially the Octopus and Piquillo peppers one and the patata bravas with a juicy and creamy sauce. Besides discover the Leche Frita -Orange Sorbet a delicious piece of custards bread-crumbed deep-fried: the contrast with the freshness of the sorbet is a real bite of Spain.
Just outside Dublin, in the County of Kildare, lies this small corner of sunny Spain. This Iberian joint offers a wide range of flavours, varying from spicy, savoury, sweet, and everything in between. All the crew onboard is made by Spanish born and raised and they are more than welcome to suggest you the specialities of the day and of the chef. If you fancy a well cooked and prepared juicy steak, with the infamous trademarked Frank’s Sauce, definitely for the spicy food savants, this place fits like a glove. A popular destination with an Argentinian twist.
As its name suggests, Tapas are the main specialities here. However, for how surprising it may seem, it offers some great deal meals for the lunch or dinner menu. Driving south from Dublin it is possible to find this colourful joint that will instantly pervade your soul. Unmissable is the chicken paella Valenciana and the Pollo Marbella, (succulent Irish chicken breast cooked with paprika, chorizo, sweet peppers, onions, and white wine).
Combining local delicacies with some of Spain’s best tapas, the menu is as diverse as it is massive. Located in the Viking Triangle in Waterford City, the Olive Tree is a must if you are passing through Waterford! Therefore, you will need to try the Spanish meatballs, delicious meatballs based dish, slow-cooked seasoned with Spanish potatoes, carrots and spring-peas. A real treat and cooked like only mom at home in the middle of the Andalusian countryside can do. It’s Spanish, it’s home.
Where the two streets of Wexford street and Camden street just crossed their paths, it’s in here that you can find this lovely tapas-bar inspired restaurant. The two passionate owners will greet you with all the joy and happiness that only Spaniards can have, welcoming you to try the best combinations of ingredients all imported from Spain, from the chorizo, the morcilla, which is Spanish black pudding, or the pimiento de padon. So, get inside, have a seat and enjoy a fresh glass of traditional Sangria, with a long traditional recipe. Just like your Spanish Abuela used to prepare.
The Pintxo (pronounced “Pincho”) is part of the sweeping family of Port House restaurants in Dublin. Here is where the Spanish traditional cuisine comes to life. In the heart of Temple Bar, this joint offers a very romantic environment, where to share some fine bottles of the genuine representatives of the best Spanish grapes. Actually, the original idea for this place was to focus on a cellar providing wines from all over Spain. However, it turned out to be a special treasure for tasting some txistorras, hand-made in La Rioja and Alavesa regions. While strolling around Temple Bar, take a minute to spice up your day with something different and try this true corner of Spain.
This place’s idea of a Tapas Bar is not the usual. They took the idea of the Tapas-sharing-small plates’ concept to widen up the variety of Spanish dishes offered. Eating ‘tapas style’ is to enjoy your food by impulse, free from rules and schedules. So, chill out a bit and let the Hispanic attitude feed your body. In the middle of Kildare County, this restaurant brings the Iberian way of eating with an Irish twist. Try the stuffed peppers with crab and of course the Serrano ham tapas!
Alimenta tus sentidos is the actual name of this joint however the autenticos españoles owners like to spread the traditional cuisine via an English translation too. With classic guitars and flamenco scarfs hung on the brick-exposed walls, this Spanish family-run restaurant will help you to appreciate the Iberian cuisine. Therefore, make yourself comfortable and prepare to taste the unmissable Calamares a l’Andaluza and Queso Frito accompanying a generous Tortillas FYE (Feed Your Senses).
“Just one more” is the accurate translation of this restaurant’s name. And it couldn’t be more on point. Dish after dish you’d always want one more as the great combination of ingredients and flavours make you insatiable. Except for the great classic dishes from the Spanish tradition like The Morcilla or a generous portion of Paella Valenciana, it is possible to try a delicious juicy Delmonico steak for the fervent meat-eaters. Remarkable is also the variety in Spanish wines derived from every corner of the Iberian peninsula: from the Galician Godello to “Brezo Tinto” of Mencia’s wine grape.