Forget the spice bag or three-in-one from the Chinese takeaway after a night out. If you want authenticity, here’s our list of the ten best Chinese restaurants in Dublin, ranked.
While small talk in Ireland is usually about the weather, Chinese people love to talk about food. Chinese cuisine is a huge part of their culture, and food varies a lot depending on the city or province.
Luckily, luscious Cantonese dim sum and spicy Sichuan food are among just some of the Chinese cuisines Dublin has to offer.
But where to start? Read on to discover the ten best Chinese restaurants in Dublin, ranked.
10. Lee Kee – for a good feed
Lee Kee is an excellent place to start if you’re new to Chinese food.
The portion sizes are generous and offer great value for money. The menu is huge and versatile, so you can be sure that there’s something in it for everyone.
Address: 100A Parnell St, Rotunda, Dublin 1
9. Oh! My street food – for a quick bite
Whether you need breakfast or a quick snack on your way to work, Oh! My street food is the choice for you.
Be sure to try jianbing, the savoury ‘Chinese crepe’, which is a popular breakfast choice. Or, if you need a quick sugar fix, the Taiwan bubble tea will satisfy your craving.
Address: 4 Westmoreland St, Temple Bar
8. Xian Streetfood – for biang biang noodles
With two locations in the city, Xian Streetfood is a strong contender on our list of the ten best Chinese restaurants in Dublin.
We recommend the unique biang biang noodles, which are popular in China’s Shanxi province. These noodles are long, thick, and spicy. They will surely fill you up and keep you warm on a cold winter’s night.
Address: 28 South Anne Street, Dublin 2 & 16 North Earl Street, Dublin 1
7. Lee’s Charming Noodles – a stellar choice on our list of the ten best Chinese restaurants in Dublin
Lee’s Charming Noodles presents a versatile mix of food from different regions in a warm and friendly family-run restaurant.
The homemade dumplings are to die for, and you can’t go wrong with the price. The staff here are always open to answering your questions and recommending the best dishes for you to try.
Address: 105 Parnell St, Rotunda, Dublin 1
6. Jin Restaurant – for Chinese BBQ
Chinese barbeque is one of the most scrumptious guilty pleasures to be found in China.
Jin Restaurant offers a true Chinese BBQ experience. Each of their dishes is sizzling with flavour, and veggie lovers will not want to miss the roasted aubergine.
Address: 38 Abbey Street Upper, North City, Dublin 1
5. Sichuan Chilli King – a crowd favourite
Located right next to Lee Kee, Sichuan Chilli King’s fresh and well-presented food is almost too good to eat.
Just looking at the menu makes our stomachs rumble. You’ll find big portions at reasonable prices here, with many dishes on the spicy side, as the name suggests. We recommend the ten steamed dumplings for €7 – amazing!
Address: Sichuan Chilli King, 100A Parnell Street, Rotunda, Dublin 1
4. Duck – for meat-eaters
This restaurant’s Hong Kong BBQ meat is tasty, salty, and succulent. Meat lovers, this is the place for you.
Along with roast duck and chicken, you can try the restaurant’s baozi. These are soft steamed buns with meat in the middle – delicious and entirely indulgent.
Address: 15 Fade St, Dublin, D02 E197, Ireland
3. Good World – almost the best in the world
Good World takes the cake for the best presentation in Dublin.
This Cantonese restaurant serves a wide range of dishes that includes delectable dim sum in the shape of pandas, pigs, and even minions. Good World aims to be the Cantonese hub of Dublin, with Chinese cultural events to be held here in the New Year.
Address: 18 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
2. M&L – best Sichuan food in all of Dublin
M&L Restaurant must have the best Sichuan food in all of Dublin. Here, your lips will experience the numbing sensation and spicy, citrusy flavours that Sichuan province is famous for.
You can’t leave this restaurant without trying their mapo tofu, which is the signature dish of Chengdu, Sichuan’s capital city.
Address: 13-14 Cathedral Street, North City, Dublin 2
1. Ka Shing – for some of Dublin’s best Chinese food
Ka Shing is a clear winner on our list of the ten best Chinese restaurants in Dublin. This restaurant has great customer service, gorgeous décor, and tasty food. What’s not to like?
Enjoy some traditional Chinese tea here while browsing through the dim sum menu. The fluffy barbeque pork buns are a must-try for ravenous brunch-goers.
Address: 12A Wicklow St, Dublin 2