Fade Street Social – Dublin

It’s so much easier to write a review of a restaurant when it’s good! For a special someone’s birthday we decided to head to Fade Street Social by Dylan McGrath in Dublin. It’s somewhere I’ve heard a lot about and wanted to check it out for myself, so we booked in for some tapas in the Gastro Bar.

The restaurant layout is really nice. I love a place where you can see the chefs at work in the kitchen. We were sat by the window looking out onto Fade Street from one seat and into the restaurant from the other.

After an explanation about the menu we set about choosing some tapas. Picking one dish can be hard, but picking 2 or 3 each is so much harder. Everything sounded great, from sirloin steak to pasta and asparagus, soft shell crab to pork belly.

We settled on thinly sliced duck breast and confit duck spring roll, prawn tempura, salted popcorn with crispy free-range chicken, bacon and cabbage burger and pumpkin macaroni with spring onion and parmesan. The dishes arrived as they were ready so the meal was spaced out and we didn’t get full really quickly.

Each dish was uniquely delicious. The combination of popcorn and crispy chicken that had been rolled in sumac with truffle butter was great. It made for a nice starter dish we could just pick at. That was quickly followed up with some incredible prawn tempura served on crusty bread, and soon after the bacon and cabbage burger arrived. This was the highlight of the meal – “fried pork belly in balsamic, smoked pudding, crispy cabbage, peppered bacon, lyonnaise and a milk bun”. I could have eaten 10 of these!

The duck was served beautifully pink with orange dressing and a handmade confit duck spring roll. Finally, we feasted on pumpkin macaroni. A larger bowl of this would have been awesome as a big main. Having the selection we did across different tapas is such a great way to enjoy so much food!

It didn’t stop there though, we had a couple of desserts. Delicious praline doughnuts, which arrived warm, and some dark and white chocolate mousse with toasted brioche. And all topped off with some birthday ice cream!

Overall Fade Street Social was a really nice experience. The service was great, the music was good and the food was excellent. I’d definitely recommend it and will be going back again to try some more of those tasty tapas.



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