I’m a huge fan of the Dine in Dublin initiative, a bi-annual event run by Dublin City BID. So when I got whats turning into my bi-annual invitation to their bloggers lunch I nearly put my finger through the reply button on m phone to RSVP. This time it was in The Exchange Dublin, in The Westin. It’s an amazing restaurant that’s almost hidden away under The Westin.

We were treated to several different forms of alcohol, all of which I can’t remember. Then came their Dine in Dublin menu, a full 3 course meal for only €25! I will admit however, the €25 menu is fairly limited, as sadly nearly half the menu have supplements attached. However that aside, it’s still a lovely menu, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I opted to start with the Crisp pork belly with caramelised apples, celeriac and cider butter. For mains I got fairly overwhelmed with choice and ended up ordering the Baked fillet of halibut, potato puree, creamed leeks and baby spinach,clam vinaigrette, and finishing off with a Banana and toffee parfait, buttered pecan ice cream. Overall the food and service was top-notch, if you’re looking to spend a bit more then I’d highly recommend trying to get a booking before Dine in Dublin is over.

Dine in Dublin 2013

Please excuse the poor & lack of photography. I was hungry, what can I say..

Being a huge fan of Italian cuisine, when I found out Carluccio’s had a Dine in Dublin special for €20 – Starter, Any Pasta Dish & dessert – I really couldn’t resist. It’s been quite a while since myself and Kevin had last been so I thought we might as well pop in. I managed to nab a table on twitter on Monday morning for a rather early dinner at 6pm Tuesday. I went with my usual Bruschetta, Lasagne and Tiramisu combo, which was fantastic as usual. Being fairly traditional I opted to have a bottle or two of Peroni, something that I only seem to drink either in Italy or in an Italian restaurant. Service & Food in Carluccio’s was outstanding. They have an amazing team of staff, who enhance the whole experience. If you’re looking for great food, €50 for two including two bottles of Peroni then certainly try make time for Carluccio’s.