So Dublin is a port city, we all know that, but not many know that there is a true yacht spot, just in the middle of the city. Admiral Restaurant is a truly hidden spot and it hides behind… a boat. The whole restaurant has a sailing vibe: from the sails-like-ceiling, through fishing nets being the walls, to fake windows pretending to be marine life aquariums. The deco is unique for sure, but what makes this place so close to my eastern European heart is its cuisine.
The food here is a perfect nod to the wide variety of different dishes that I would be very familiar with, but with a restaurant-quality to them. Everything on the menu is absolutely authentic yet elevated. You can find here amazing soups, deconstructed salads, not-chewy calamari (my personal favourite) and absolutely divine main dishes that originated mostly in Russia, but also different versions from nearby countries. This is the taste of the East in the very heart of the West.
Fair warning, there might be an occasional karaoke happening that might not tickle your fancy, but it happens rarely. The food is worth it though.