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9 Best (& Cheap) Asian Restaurants in Dublin

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Are you a fan of Asian cuisine, but get lost in an indecisive spiral on Google Maps when looking for dinner spots? This list has got your back (and cravings) covered.  

1. Encha
17 O’Connell St, North City, Dublin 1, D01 DW22​

Japanese food right on the biggest shopping street in Dublin. It primarily serves bento boxes, but it also has other food options. For €12,50 you can get a vegetarian bento box and be fed for the rest of the day. 

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2. Bao Bun
4 Aungier St, Dublin, D02 KT66​

As the name suggests, the restaurant primarily serves bao buns with various protein options and toppings, fusing traditional Chinese cuisine with other Asian dishes. It’s vegan and vegetarian-friendly. I noticed it attracts more tourists than locals, probably because there are plenty of East Asian restaurants of which some have a cheaper bill. 

3. Maneki Tea Talk
14 Anne St S, Dublin 2, D02 T868​

Best bubble tea and rice balls in Dublin. Maneki is always busy with customers. For the uninitiated, bubble tea (or ‘boba’) is usually made of black tea, milk, sugar, fruit, and tapioca pearls. Even if you can’t drink milk, you can still enjoy boba. I prefer a passion fruit tea with tapioca or mango pearls. 

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4. Pocha Korean Street Food
Millennium Walkway, Abbey Street Upper, North City, Dublin 1, D01 N2F9

Are you also feeling the hallyu-wave? Try easy yet popular Korean food at Pocha. From kimbap (a dish made from cooked rice, vegetables, fish, and meat rolled in seaweed) to yummy lunch boxes with a variety of Korean dishes. If that’s not your thing, there are plenty of other snack bars to try on the Millennium Walkway.   

5. Super Asia Foods
27 Capel St, North City, Dublin 1, D01 E2A0

Primarily an East-Asian supermarket, but a small restaurant as well for those that traverse to the back of the store. They primarily serve meat, such as fried chicken and ramen with beef, but they have a delicious vegetarian option as well.   

6. Okky
8 Aungier St, Dublin, D02 NX83

Japanese street food on the trendy Aungier Street, a must for those that need a quick bite but don’t want a full meal. Their menu ranges from rice and kimchi, to sweet potato pancakes with a variety of toppings.  

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7. Aobaba
46A Capel St, North City, Dublin 1, D01 P293

Cheapest yet most delicious Vietnamese restaurant in Dublin. It’s always filled with customers as all the dishes are flavourful yet priced quite low. The shop is small though, so you’ll probably have to sit outside, or take it to go. 

8. Pho Kim
162 Parnell St, Rotunda, Dublin, D01 F5F3

As the name suggests, the restaurant serves Vietnamese food with a focus on pho—a traditional Vietnamese soup with an aromatic broth, vegetables, tofu or meat. Just one big bowl will satiate you for hours to come. 

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9. Hyderabadi Kitchen
34 Camden Street Upper, Saint Kevin’s, Dublin 2, D02 TX06

Not a fan of sushi or pho and are in need of some spicy curry? Hyderabadi is a cheap yet delicious Indian restaurant with satisfying dishes. As it’s close-by Griffith College, it makes the perfect dinner spot when you’re tired of cooking for the night.

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Want to try and make these yummy dishes yourself? This Griffith student shows you around the Asian supermarkets in town and recommends you all that is good and delicious! Check it out!

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