I have bemoaned elsewhere on this website the lack of decent quality street food to graze on in Dublin – presumably attributable to over-regulation and lack of cultural diversity. When Neon attaches the words “Asian street food” to its title, however, it is probably doing itself a disservice. The quality of the ingredients and cooking here is of a higher order than the term would imply.
With a bright, breezy interior and long communal benches, it is effectively an upmarket take-away. Go up to the counter to order and pay first, then hope to find a seat. They take your first name and promptly deliver the food to your table. The place is usually buzzing at weekends, but don’t be deterred as the turnover is quick.
Starters are generally priced around € 4 – 5, but I rarely order one as the mains – noodles, curries, wok dishes etc. – are pretty substantial. My personal favourite, for what it’s worth, is the Mekong Duck.
For dessert, the choice is straightforward: each meal comes with a complementary Mr Whippy cone which you dispense yourself from the machine.
Located on one of Dublin’s livelier strips, offering good value for money, and with friendly staff and efficient service, Neon has become one of my favourite spots to start a night out with a group of friends.