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Dublin: urban chic dining at Neon Asian Street Food

Dimitris Kossyfas | 30 September 2017
Neon Asian Street Food
4.0
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Neighbourhood:
Portobello
Specialises in:
Curries, Noodles, Wok
Cuisine:
Asian
Price:
$
Best time to visit:
Lunch

Asian street food? Authentically made? And with a soft ice cream cone in the end? We’re down for it!

We normally put emphasis on the high-end restos and other more sophisticated establishments when we think of good food. But it comes so often that some authentic joints out there do indeed pay tribute to what most people want: simple, tasty (and decently priced) food.

Neon Asian Street Food launched in early 2012, offering budget Asian fusion dishes (dine-in, takeaway or delivery) and has ever since been nothing but a great success story in the circles of Dublin foodies.

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I often find myself in the rainy (and you got to admit, somehow dull) city and it’s no wonder I can find very good food options! A buzzing young crowd, coming from all sorts of different corners across Europe, has inhabited the Irish capital in the last few years with the result being an influx of new flavours, food joints and restaurants across the city.

Trying to get food during lunchbreak’s rush-hour at a nearby establishment, I recently came across this urban-rustic diner serving Asian-inspired dishes, with communal tables and a home delivery service. Hungry as I was, I quickly made it to the counter (self-service, yes!) and ordered my favourite Asian goodies: a chicken-chilli rice with cashew nuts and vegetables, Phad Thai noodles, hot crispy veggie spring rolls and a cool Singha beer to wash everything down.

At Neon, everything comes in small white boxes for you to open and mix with the hot rice or noodles (whatever you’ve ordered) that goes with it. Bowls, chopsticks and cutlery are by the table for you to man on your own. In the end, my favourite bit… a classic waffle cone for you to fill at the soft ice cream vending machine nearby.

Bliss!

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