Monday 23 October 2017

Lunchbox: Iskanders

30 Dame Street, Dublin 2 Tel: 01 6704013 - 3.5 STARS

Sophie Gorman


Pack up your burritos, the new dish- of-the-day is the falafel. Now, deep- fried patties of chickpeas might not sound like the most elegant of delicacies, but wrap them in flatbread, throw in lots of fresh salads, pickled vegetables and both a hot sauce and a tahini sauce, and you have yourself a vegetarian feast fit for carnivores.

The Cost: €8.50 for takeaway falafel (€6.50) and chips (€2).

The Look: The interiors are extremely basic, not exactly inviting, the chairs fastened to the floor, the sense is that this is somewhere you might find yourself at ungodly o'clock after a night dancing. But it does appear clean and the wall tiles give it a somewhat Greek feel.

The Goods: The menu seems to be all about kebabs, with lots of talk about various meat shawarma and shish, but the word on the hipster beat is that this place is really all about serving up the best falafels in town.

The Bad: It is hard to get past its very basic façade, to think that there could be creativity in the kitchen, that the kitchen is essentially a big stick with lots of little pieces of meat stuck together on it.

The Result: But everything is prepared fresh to order, the flatbread heated up to pouf out properly, the salads giving good balance to the surprisingly delicious falafel. Though I am not yet entirely convinced this is the finest in Dublin, it certainly is a contender. If you have any nominees, tweet us on @dayandnightmag

Sophie Gorman

Irish Independent

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