Favourite high end restaurant: Jacques
Favourite Bistro: Isaacs
Favourite medium priced restaurant: Market Lane
Favourite Italian: Casanova
Favourite Chinese: Ying’s Palace
Favourite Hotel restaurant: Pembroke Grill in the Imperial.
Favourite pizzeria: The Brick Oven in Bantry.
Favourite Dessert: While the desserts in Jacques are excellent, my vote goes to Jacobs on the Mall for its Date and Butterscotch Pudding.
Hard to go wrong here as you will get a decent lunch in most places in town, especially Market Lane. The outskirts are also well served: try Killumney Inn on the west, The Boot House on the north and the Elm Tree on the east. You will get a good roast of the day in any these.
For something different why not try Boqueria, the Tapas Bar in Bridge Street. On a recent visit I enjoyed a bowl of paella (loads of chicken and shellfish and served with a tarty side salad, for a €10.00). Just to add a note of caution, a glass of wine here (starting at €7.00 and mostly from Catalonia) is a full 25cl, a third of a bottle, and substantially more than your usual glass.