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Dublin's Take Out, Great Quality And Plenty Of Options



Take out food is no longer just the standard fish and chips or dodgy Chinese takeaway that used to characterise the market. Take out in Dublin has reached a pretty great level with more restaurants than ever offering take away collections as well as sit in meals. Some of the best quality take outs in Dublin are Asian cuisine, but there are also some great pizza, burger and mediterranean restaurants that you can enjoy from the comfort of your hotel room/chowing down by the canal or in a local park.


If Thai food is your thing then Camile, Kanum and Saba for Thai and Vietnamese are great take out options. If you’re looking for a fiery curry then Bombay Pantry is a great option that offers great value meal deals. Neon on Camden Street prides itself on authentic Asian street food and you can take away from the restaurant itself or have it delivered to anywhere in the city centre environs. If you’re craving falafel or baba ghanoush then look no further than mediterranean and Lebanese restaurants Keshk and Rotana. For pizza, it’s got to be Paulie’s in Beggar’s Bush but you’ll have to collect your pizza. Meanwhile Jo’burger in Rathmines lets you take out or collect some of their delicious burgers that are cooked to your preference with some interesting flavour combinations.


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Bunsen is the newest addition to the Wexford Street food trail and it promises authentic, American-style hamburgers with the perfect arrangement of beef, bun, cheese and toppings. Proprietor Tom Gleeson went through 12 different prototypes before settling on his current recipe and it's an excellent combination. Expect perfectly cooked Aberdeen Angus beef, oozy cheese, a soft bun and crunchy fried, all served on a classic red, plastic tray with a milkshake. The décor is very much in the minimalist camp but the concentration is definitely on the food and expansions in the coming months look to be very exciting. A typical meal will only cost you at most €15.

Recommended for Take Out because: Bunsen has the real feel of a genuine US take out, the wrapped burgers make this an easy meal to take to go.

Emily's expert tip: Ask for a double hamburger if your stomach can't be satisfied by one patty.

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Tucked away on the corner of South Lotts Road and Upper Grand Canal Street is a small restaurant serving what is arguably the best pizza in Dublin. Paulie's is always packed to the brim and serves up delicious wood-fired pizzas cooked to an authentic Neapolitan recipe. They use only approved flour, tomatoes and slow-proved dough cooked to perfection at 450 degrees celsius. If pizza isn't your thing never fear, there are plenty of delicious Italian main courses and pasta dishes with just as much attention to detail worth trying. Mix this with an intimate, bustling atmosphere, great music and outdoor seating with a canopy and blankets for cooler evenings and you've got a winning combination.

Recommended for Take Out because: Paulie's offer collection on their pizzas as well in case you want to enjoy yours by the canal.

Emily's expert tip: Book ahead as Paulie's is a small restaurant and often fills up fast.

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Located in the leafy suburb of Ballsbridge and overlooking the Grand Canal, Keshk specialises in Middle Eastern and Egyptian cuisine. The standard is excellent, the portions are hearty and the costs are incredible reasonable. It's also BYOB to sweeten the deal and make sure your pockets aren't too light upon leaving. If you want to bring the taste of the Middle East to your own home Keshk offer a collection service for some of their delicious dishes. Their Baba ghanouj is a must-try for those who haven't before and their lamb is super tender and delicious. Well worth it if you're staying in the area.

Recommended for Take Out because: Keshk is very friendly and a lovely place to dine - even better to take out when the tables are full.

Emily's expert tip: Keshk don't serve any alcohol so make sure to arrange your own if you need it.

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Located on bustling Camden Street, it would be easy for Neon to get lost in the abundance of asian restaurants that line either side of the road. The concept and execution however put them a cut above the rest. With chic d�cor and long, sharing tables you order at the till and with lightning fast service even in rush hour you'll find a large, hearty portion of your dish of choice. Neon also deliver to the local environs and seeing as their in-house meals are served in takeaway boxes you'll be having a very similar experience to those in the restaurant proper.

Recommended for Take Out because: A fun dining experience and the option to take out is very handy.

Emily's expert tip: If you're staying nearby Neon also deliver if you want to be guaranteed decent Asian food at an affordable price, sadly no ice cream included.

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Saba is another top-quality Dublin Thai restaurant that skews more towards Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Saba has won numerous awards and has been featured in the Bridgestone Guide for best restaurants in the country. Their head chef at their Clarendon restaurant has previously cooked for the King and Queen of Thailand. Saba also has a series of farm co-ops in Thailand and fresh fruit and vegetables are flown from Bangkok to Dublin each week, the rest of the produce used in the food is sourced locally and ethically. Their Saba to Go restaurant is in Rathmines and promises a taste of these delicious dishes fast.

Recommended for Take Out because: A top-quality restaurant offering top-quality take out that doesn't get much better.

Emily's expert tip: The sweet potato and corn fritters are very moreish.

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Kanum Thai is another great Thai take out establishment that has weathered the recession surprisingly well. Founded in 2009 by brothers Marc and Niall Fitzharris, Kanum began as a single restaurant and take out service in Ballsbridge and has since opened another restaurant in Rathgar. Kanum only use Irish meats and Irish seasonal vegetable where possible. With over 80 dishes to choose from there are plenty of options, including vegetarian to keep everyone happy and a range of spices for those with a more delicate palate. Kanum also has stalls at many of the local farmers markets on Spencer Dock, Mespil Road and Sandyford.

Recommended for Take Out because: An excellent Thai take out at very reasonable prices in good locations.

Emily's expert tip: The Massaman Curry here is particularly good.

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Bombay Pantry is one of Dublin's longest standing takeaways but has managed to stay both current and dedicated to quality over its 15 years in the business. Starting as just one small shop in Glenageary that sought to provide top quality Indian food to go, Bombay Pantry now has 7 shops scattered across the city and seeks to maintain a high standard across them all. The handmade street food portions are particularly delicious and the meal for 2 is great value, with some street food dishes on offer as well as two curries, a naan and a portion of rice. For those who want to try a bit of everything there are small plates to sate your indecision.

Recommended for Take Out because: A quality establishment with great deals on delicious Indian food.

Emily's expert tip: The butter masala here is seriously addictive.

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Rotana's speciality is Lebanese Halal cuisine and was voted one of the Irish Food Guide's best restaurants in Ireland this year. Famed for its falafel and baklava, Rotana now offers a takeaway delivery service if you can't manage to drop into their restaurant by the canal in Portobello. Their mezze plates are real winners, with a number of Lebanese treats like stuffed vine leaves, Fatoush salad, Baba ghanouj and much more. Their 'Manakeesh' or flatbreads with various toppings are also a winner with halloumi and a lamb and tomato topping as the stand-out combinations. Top it off with some of the Lebanese specials and you'll be well and truly satisfied.

Recommended for Take Out because: A Lebanese cafe with great local cuisine and shishas for diners.

Emily's expert tip: The baklava here is outstanding.

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Camile is one of the stand-out Asian take out establishments in Dublin. The competition may be fierce, but Camile is a fully Irish owned business that takes its inspiration from the glamour of the 1930's Asian Art Deco movement. Many of the chefs have trained in 5 star hotels in Thailand and insist on using only fresh, quality ingredients to create their unique sauces. The style is described as 'pan-Asian' with aspects of European cooking to be found in their recipes. Their catchment areas are broad, from Dún Laoghaire to Phibsborough and taking in the South Circular Road, Sutton and Rathmines. No matter where you are in the city you'll likely find one nearby.

Recommended for Take Out because: Camile began trading in the height of the recession and it's to its credit that it has grown so much.

Emily's expert tip: Camile also offer unique Thai cooking classes, check their website for details.

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Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe...  More About Emily

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