For the Middle-Eastern food lover that I am, it was extremely important to find a nice lunch place as soon as I moved to Dublin. Umi was a great find and is now my first go-to option when I need a quick and healthy snack in town.
“Umi” means “mother” in Arabic, and the company prides themselves in caring about customers the way a loving mother would. The ingredients are always fresh and juicy, and the falafel is made to order and prepared just right: crispy on the outside and soft inside. I usually go for the Palestinian falafel: it has the most ingredients and is really delicious. They also have a selection of Mediterranean salads and other lunch options, such as soup or sandwiches, and the restaurants are open until late so it can be a good pre-drinks option.
The Umi team have two restaurants in Dublin, both very conveniently located in the middle of popular going-out areas (Dame Street near Temple Bar, and Rathmines). When I’m in town, I like ordering a takeaway falafel on a warm day, and sitting down in a park or at the riverside, although sometimes you’ll have to share with the seagulls!