You may have heard that Cork is believed to be the gastronomic capital of Ireland or that Kinsale hosts a gourmet festival, but there are delicious meals to be found all around the Republic – as we discovered while visiting Dingle in County Kerry. Upon a recommendation, we took a table at An Canteen in Dingle for dinner. It was described as ‘new, but good’ and it was explained they had only been open since early June so this was high praise indeed.
The restaurant is run by two brothers, one of whom studied at CIT right here in Cork. Their passion is food and fairness as seen by their belief that no single menu item should be priced above €14. All it takes is a little extra effort to create a distinctive dish from affordable ingredients. We enjoyed a beer and a cider – No liquor available, but who wants the hard stuff when you’re eating anyway. Our main courses were the 16-Hour Braised Beef on Champ with a Red Wine & Beef Gravy (€14) and Cajun Chicken Breast with Garlic Mayonnaise and Rocket Salad on Warm Ciabatta (€8) then a sweet finish with house-made Bailey’s Cheesecake (€5) and a slice of Blueberry Cheesecake (€5). Every single bite was gorgeous!
An Canteen is located on Dykegate Lane in Dingle, next to the Hideout Hostel. I am including a montage of photos from our meal there (address, tel, menu, and map are in the image too) and a strong recommendation to dine there when you are next in Dingle. An Canteen has earned kudos from Kerryman and Ice Cream Ireland.
An Canteen on TripAdvisor
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An Canteen – delicious restaurant in the heart of Dingle, Co. Kerry