Korean food has gone through a long-overdue appreciation in recent years. Centered around rice, vegetables, seafood, meat, and of course the ever prevalent kimchi, Korean cuisine has proven to be a hit in Dublin since the first Korean restaurants opened their doors. A unique blend of salty, spicy, and savoury with a particular emphasis on small side dishes, Korean food is a must-try for any budding foodie in the capital.
In this post, we share the best Korean food in Dublin.
Map of Restaurants
The following map shows the location of every Korean restaurant highlighted in this post:
For an authentic taste of Korean food in Dublin, you can’t go wrong with the oldest Korean restaurant in the city, Kimchi Hophouse. The unpretentious and unfussy pub and restaurant serve up cracking Korean cuisine and drinks in a friendly and familiar atmosphere.
Kimchi Hophouse also offer an outdoor beer garden area where you can enjoy a drink and some fine Anju tapas, tasty morsels of Korean food that go great with beer.
Location: 160 Parnell Street, Dublin
Named after one of the many names of the Han river that runs through Seoul, Arisu is the place to go for Korean BBQ in Dublin. Since setting up shop in 2010, Arisu have been enchanting customers with their fine, filling, and delicious barbecued delights. Located on Capel Street in the city centre, the restaurant is proudly Korean in decoration and would not be out of place tucked away in a side street of Seoul.
Arisu also offer a range of sushi and noodle dishes, as well as a selection of traditional Korean spirits and Korean beer.
Location: 120 Capel Street, Dublin
Featured on our list of the best fried chicken in Dublin, Chimac bring a mouthwatering Korean version of fried chicken to the table. Good fried chicken and cold beer is such a beloved combination of Koreans that they actually invented a word to describe the two, ‘chee-mac’, from which the Aungier Street based restaurant takes its name.
Chimac’s passion for great fried chicken flavoured with all of the range of Korean cuisine has created something truly special. Customers can have their chicken on its own with a range of sauces, or in a burger.
Location: 76 Aungier Street, Dublin
Tucked away in the back of Super Asia Foods store is Brothers Dosirak, a true hidden treasure. Dosirak is Korean for lunchbox (Brothers Dosirak literally translates to ‘The Brother’s Lunchbox’), and a dosirak is the Korean version of the famous Japanese bento boxes. True to name, they serve up authentic, delicious Korean dosiraks filled with meat and vegetables. Generous with their portions, you are guaranteed to satisfy your hunger cravings here. The friendly, happy staff are another selling point of the restaurant.
Brothers Dosirak also offer a range of wings and other Korean delicacies.
More information on Brothers Dosirak can be found here.
Location: 27 Capel Street, Dublin
Another hidden gem, Han Sung is located in the Han Sung Asian Market on Great Strand Street in Dublin’s city centre. This restaurant serves up excellent Korean fare at very reasonable prices. Highlights include their Korean fried chicken offers and kimchi chips.
Location: 22 Great Strand Street, Dublin
A mainstay at Blackrock market and many other Dublin markets, Korean Burrito offer a taste of Korea wrapped up as a classic Mexican burrito. Their flavoursome burritos are a truly innovative fusion food experience. The menu includes a range of meats, including rib beef, steak, and chicken burritos, as well as vegetarian options.
All options are also available in bowls.
The final entry on our list, Jaru, is an unusual one in that it’s only open for takeaway on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The restaurant doubles as a small food production kitchen for the rest of the week, producing Korean food using fresh Irish ingredients and traditional Korean recipes.
From their kitchen in Nutgrove Enterprise Park in South Dublin, Jaru offer a range of outstandingly innovative and delicious small plates that can be ordered online for collection, including kimchi mandu, kimchi cheese chips, and Korean fried chicken. They also offer mains, including Korean friend chicken burgers and rice bowls.