Incorporating a gastro bar, restaurant, cocktail bar, and rooftop terrace all in one building, Fade Street Social is a celebration of Irish produce and personality concocted by “Masterchef” judge Dylan McGrath. Both dining rooms churn tapas-style tasting plates with international influence, but the restaurant focuses on tamer flavour combinations in a more refined setting. The flatbread selection never fails and both mushroom ravioli and duck liver are consistent crowd-pleasers. Head to one of the bars for pre- or post-dinner drinks to make the most of your visit. Chunky brick walls and sleek leather couches in the loft channel twentieth-century Dublin, while the low-key outdoor space lets the Fade Street view speak for itself.
Time Out tip: Veg, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available for your picky friend.
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