Monday, May 31, 2010

Yo! Sushi

I went to Yo Sushi today on Clarendon Street for their 'Blue Mondays' special offer.

Yo Sushi is a sushi restaurant (of course) with a trolley system. Sushi plates of various colours circle around, and you just pluck the ones you want off the trolley-belt. Mmmm. Normally the price of different colour plates vary, with fancier ones costing more. On Blue Mondays, everything is treated as a blue plate costing €3 - one of the cheapest options. The offer is expected to run every Monday for several more weeks.

I like Yo Sushi, but even with this offer it's pretty pricey. Still, worth a look.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Indian Curry Club

South William Street was, until quite recently, a rather nasty and uninteresting street in the midst of an otherwise pleasant shopping district. And then... it started to change. I'm not sure when it happened exactly, but restaurants started to spread along the street from the direction of Exchequer Street.

One of these new restaurants is Indian Curry Club, which opened in February this year - the owners already had an existing restaurant in Kilbarrack. I went to the South William Street restaurant for lunch this week and was very pleased with the entire experience. The food was tasty, the menu had all the main dishes I expected it to offer, the service was quick and polite, and the prices were excellent. (I took a seat by the window, so I'll reserve judgement for now on the decor.) A main course with rice/naan was only €7.15! Adding a starter to that would have left the total cost under €10. Nice.

Possibly the best value Indian restaurant in the city centre?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca

I always love when I spot a connection between a country's past and present; a way in which its history has made it the country it is to day. On Sunday I was at the final event of the Dublin Dance Festival, the flamenco of Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca, and one of the most striking parts of the performance was the similarity of the singing (cante) and the wailing call to prayer of a muezzin. I suspect this is something many, many people are struck by: the resemblence is uncanny, and unsurprising given that flamenco comes from Andalusia, a region that spent centuries under Muslim rule.

The performance was enjoyable, although I suspect that like many forms of dance and music it is at least partly an acquired taste - knowledge would probably only improve the enjoyment. I like the way each element (hand-clapping, singing, dance and guitar) works well independently but also as part of the overall effect.

My only regret is that it wasn't one of those dinner shows... I'd sure have liked some culturally authentic food and wine to go with the flamenco. (I can't wait to go back to Spain!)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Dublin City Soul Festival

The Dublin City Soul Festival starts on Thursday 27th May. I quite like the sound of the opening evening event starting at 17:00 in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Docklands Maritime Festival

The Docklands Maritime Festival is on over the June bank holiday, from 4th June to 7th June. If the weather stays good, I'll definitely go along to this. There'll be a good atmosphere, live music and a wide variety of food stands. Oh, and there'll be a few ships as well, to, you know, make it a maritime festival instead of just an excuse to eat and drink on a long weekend...

Bloom in the Park

According to the website for Bloom in the Park:
Bloom, Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event, returns to the Phoenix Park Dublin this June bank holiday weekend for 5 days (Thursday 3rd – Monday 7th June). This year’s event will include over 20 spectacular showgardens, 50 floral displays and a large scale artisan farmers market.

Well there you have it. My interest in gardening is at best aspirational, but if the weather is nice enough then this could be fun. Might be a little pricey for the casual observer though... €15+ is not much if you'll enjoy a day at the event but a lot if you'd just like to take a quick stroll through the show.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Gaiety School of Acting - summer courses

The latest Summer Brochure for the Gaiety School of Acting is out. Have a look - if you've never done any acting or drama you really, really should. My experience of the GSA has been very positive, and it's in a nice, central location, so I'd wholeheartedly recommend signing up for a course. You won't regret it.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Introduction to the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History

Public tour, 15:00 to 15:45 on Sunday 23rd May 2010. First come, first served.

I've always found that museums are much better with tours - without a tour I usually lack the knowledge and context to really appreciate whatever it is I'm looking at.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Joy of Cha

If you're ever wandering around town and want a nice, relaxed tea or coffee, I'd suggest considering 'Joy of Cha' on East Essex St in Temple Bar. As the name suggests, it's more of a tea place than a coffee house - but the coffee is still quite nice.

They have a wide range of teas. My favourite so far is pear & cinnamon. Mmmm. And all of their teas are available for purchase in case you like one and decide you want to make some at home.

On a Sunday morning, when the weather is nice, sitting outside and reading is very, very pleasant. OK, that's true in general actually, but having nice tea and coffee available certainly adds to the experience.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Docklands Fun Run

The Fun Run was as described: both a run, and fun. I mostly run on grass so I wasn't sure how I'd find the route - but it was good. The run was enjoyable; there was a good atmosphere and the light rain was actually pretty good running weather.

My only criticism is that the start of the race was quite chaotic: it seemed to start early, without much announcement, and it wasn't entirely clear where the start was... I was gone by it before I was sure the race was on. But this is a quibble, and overall the organisers did a good job.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Taste of Dublin

It's back! Or at least, it will be in June. Taste of Dublin is one of the highlights of the summer - don't miss it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fallon & Bryne

Fallon & Byrne on Exchequer Street is one of the nicest shops in Dublin. I was very impressed today. One member of staff made a mistake, and left me waiting around pointlessly for quite a long time. But another member of staff went out of his way to fix the situation, getting what I was looking for from the restaurant (as it was unavailable in the shop).

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Docklands Fun Run

I've just been jogging out in Clontarf in preparation for the 10th Annual Docklands Fun Run on Tuesday 18th May. I just hope there are places left...

PS I'll be in Barcelona over the weekend for the Grand Prix so no posts here for a few days.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

'The Dead Zoo' lives again

The Natural History Museum on Merrion Square has reopened, so earlier today I went along to see it again. It's undeniably morbid - what with most of the exhibits having been killed and stuffed - and the top floor is still closed off, but overall it's good and enjoyable. Oh, and free of charge.