Two Chinese restaurants in Dublin have been included in a list of the top 50 Chinese spots in Europe.
Hang Dai on Camden Street and China Sichuan in Sandyford were the named among other restaurants across Germany, England and France, coming in at 32nd and 14th place respectively.
The top 50 list was compiled by Big 7, a Dubai-based media company that specialises in rounding up the best experiences, food and drink spots and activities around the world. Drawing from recommendations and tips from readers, the editorial team also add in their contributions.
Hang Dai is relatively new to the scene, opening in late 2016 to a riot of press attention and neon lights, its trendy interior as impressive as its menu. Designed to look like the inside of a subway car, with panels of neon lights, a glowing bar and rows of roasting ducks, the fare is equally slick and modern, putting contemporary spins on Chinese classics.
"There's a lot to say about the truly unique atmosphere and dining experience to be had at Hang Dai in Dublin", the editors write. "But, we’re here to talk about the food. First-class, top-notch, ultra-delicious. Whatever you want to call it, it’s definitely some of the best Chinese food in Ireland."
Particularly noteworthy are the dumplings, while the double-fried aubergine is utterly addictive.
China Sichuan, however, is decidedly classic and committed to serving sleek and modern "Cantonese classics" that champion Irish produce.
"China Sichuan uses fresh Irish produce as the protagonist for all of their dishes and then lets the ingredients melt together to form the most delicious Chinese delicacies in all of Europe", the editors write.
Whether its crispy wontons and beef in black bean, or the humble classic chicken curry, there are few things as comforting as a Chinese meal. The first Chinese restaurant in Ireland opened as early as the 1950s, though some debate remains around when exactly, and we've been a tempura prawn-loving nation since.
But competition is tight across Europe, with revered spot Michael Wan's Mandarin in Blackpool, England topping the list at number 1 for its elegant and world-famous dishes. FuLu Mandarijn in Amsterdam comes in at number 2, while Jolly in Berlin rounds out the top 3.
Here are the top 10 restaurants:
- Michael Wan's Mandarin – Blackpool, England
- FuLu Mandarijn – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Jolly – Berlin, Germany
- Palais du Bonheur – Paris, France
- Yi Chan – Brussels, Belgium
- Melo-Jia – Barcelona, Spain
- Barshu – Copenhagen, Denmark
- Surfers – Stockholm, Sweden
- El Buda Feliz 1974 – Madrid, Spain
- My Noodles – Paris, France