Dublin’s Budding Chinatown
Venue: The Hop House/Kimchi 160-161 Parnell Street, Dublin 1 Website: http://www.hophouse.ie/index.htm Price: Various Date: Ongoing Time: Mon-Thurs: 12:00 – 23:00; Fri & Sat: 12:00 – 23:30; Sun: 12:00 – 22:30
One of the best things about watching Dublin develop and grow as an urban centre is to witness the imprint “new Dubliners” are leaving on the city. Arts, culture, restaurants, theatre, pubs and sports are all being revitalized by new entrants to the city. Perhaps of all the changes, none are quite as stark as that of Parnell Street—once derelict and abandoned and now the epicentre of a thriving culinary scene of East Asian communities. Whatever you are hankering for: Chinese, Korean or Japanese— you can find it here. Better yet, most of it is fit for a student budget. When many of the Chinese restaurants were shut down on Moore Street a few years back after plans to redevelop the street into a shopping mall were underway, FIE mourned the loss of its favourite dry fried coriander beef for years. Now with a budding Chinatown developing around Parnell Street and an enthusiastic Lord Mayor of Dublin encouraging its growth—it is a veritable student playground. While away a lazy afternoon wandering into the plethora of restaurants this district has to offer—make sure you sample some authentic Asian cuisine along the way.
Recommended above is FIE’s top pick restaurant on Parnell Street: The Hop House/ Kimchi Restaurant was a traditional Irish pub in a former life—it now serves authentic Japanese and Korean food and has a lively pub attached to it. It’s great for an evening of food and laughter with new friends and old. FIE tip: try the beef bulgogi!