Restaurant evaluate: Eatokyo, Talbot Road, Dublin

There’s no scarcity of eating places (or crowded pubs for that matter) in Dublin metropolis centre, particularly across the historic and touristy riverside neighbourhood of Temple Bar. It’s cobbled streets are at all times filled with boozy out-of-towners having fun with the hedonistic vibe. Nevertheless it’s not at all times essentially the most stress-free place to dine out, and the costs may be fairly eye-watering.
However stroll a couple of minutes over the River Liffey to Talbot Road and also you’ll uncover Eatokyo, a gem of a spot serving up Japanese avenue meals. Talbot Road has a quieter vibe and is just some minutes’ stroll from the Spire of Dublin and GPO (Common Submit Workplace), which comprises a implausible museum in regards to the Easter Rising. 

Eatokyo Talbot Road opened in October 2018 and is the second member of the Eatokyo household in Dublin. Proprietor Jie He spent three years in Tokyo honing his expertise within the artwork of Japanese delicacies, and it’s clear plenty of ardour goes into the dishes right here.

Jie is supported by Head Chef Alex Pang and sushi chef Lin, in addition to the restaurant’s charming Supervisor, Jack, who first got here to Dublin to review at college.

The restaurant inside is neat and cheerful, with Japanese lanterns lining the doorway and huge photos of Tokyo avenue scenes on the partitions. As we sat down we have been provided a warming cup of Jasmine tea, a welcome consolation from the nippy chilly exterior.

Eatokyo eel avocado sushi roll

Avocado Sushi Roll

Eatokyo Rainbow roll

Rainbow Roll

Together with the à la carte menu there’s a lunchtime particular served Monday to Friday, the place you possibly can select a bento field, sushi platter or Rainbow roll, all for €12.50 or much less.

The Rainbow roll is Eatokyo’s hottest dish: a successful combo of prawn tempura topped with salmon, tuna, avocado and spicy mayo. I ordered this as a starter and was jubilant at each the style and presentation of the dish. Even the salad resembled an ornamental backyard and regarded virtually too fairly to eat. It was additionally a lot bigger than I anticipated – sufficient by itself for a light-weight lunch.

My accomplice opted for the extra daring eel avocado sushi roll, and judging by the smile on his face, he loved it. I had a style myself and thought it was very contemporary and complemented completely by the spicy punch of wasabi.

The à la carte menu is huge, with an enormous number of Japanese avenue meals together with sushi, sashimi, maki, grilled meat, noodles, wok fried rice, ramen and traditional nibbles in addition to gyoza (Asian dumplings) and spring rolls. Admittedly it took me some time to choose what to eat as there have been so many scrumptious issues to salivate over.

Eatokyo vegetable yasai gyoza

Vegetable Yasai Gyoza

Eatokyo duck spring rolls

Duck Spring Rolls

In the long run we shared the home yaki soba (stir fried noodles with rooster, beef, prawns and veg) with a aspect of duck spring rolls and vegetable yasai gyoza (vegetable dumplings). I additionally loved a glass of plum wine with my meal.

All three of those dishes regarded pretty unassuming at first look, however they tasted implausible. The duck spring rolls have been paler than I used to be anticipating, however have been actually exceedingly crisp. The yaki soba was contemporary and flavoursome, with a delightful zing from the pickled ginger.

Verdict: with so many eating places to choose from in Dublin, it may be formidable to know the place to start out. Should you like Japanese meals, save your self the angst and head to Eatokyo, the place the meals is implausible, costs affordable and ambiance pleasant and welcoming.

When: Eatokyo Talbot Road is open from noon to 10pm Sunday to Thursday and noon to 11pm Friday to Saturday.

How a lot: Dishes at Eatokyo Talbot Road begin from €three.99 for a starter, €11.99 for a fundamental and €three.90 for sushi.

Getting there: Stroll alongside Talbot Road heading in direction of Amiens Road and also you’ll see the signal for Eatokyo in your left.

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Disclaimer: this text was sponsored by Eatokyo Talbot Road

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