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dublin ireland guinnessIreland may not be famous for its cuisine, but the restaurant scene in Dublin goes far beyond the ever-present potato. If you're looking for traditional favorites like shepherd's pie or Irish stew, try a pub or microbrewery -- otherwise, you're more likely to find sophisticated international cuisine in Dublin's upscale restaurants. Smoking is no longer permitted in any of Dublin's bars or eateries.

For the friendly service, hearty food and lively atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub, head to the Parnell Bar. The menu boasts plenty of comfort food and Irish favorites: burgers, Irish stew, traditional bacon and cabbage, beef and Guinness casserole. Portions are generous.

Steps from St. Stephen's Green, One Pico offers Continental cuisine at its best. Innovative dishes might include rare breed pork with seared scallops, sea bream with barley and white onion risotto, or Wicklow venison with red cabbage puree. Reservations are essential.

Sure, wine's the name of the game at Peploe's Wine Bistro, what with hundreds of bottle listings -- but the cuisine is certainly no slouch; look for dishes like the monkfish pie or the roast loin of venison with smoked bacon. Peploe's offers a special pre-concert dinner for diners planning to spend an evening out.

You might not go to Ireland expecting amazing Asian cuisine, but you'll find it at Langkawi. This Malaysian restaurant earns raves for offerings such as chicken rendang (a dish involving roasted coconut, lemongrass, lime leaves and other spices) and mee goreng, a "hawker-style" fried noodle dish with chicken, shrimp, bean sprouts and chiles.

Considered by many to be Dublin's best French restaurant, Pearl Brasserie relies on locally sourced ingredients to create dishes like roast loin of venison and Irish beef fillet cooked to perfection. There's a dedicated menu for vegetarians.
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