Comfy seats, upbeat tunes and friendly service make Saint one of the most welcoming spots in town. Perfectly pitched at the casual diner, it serves late, majors in tapas and has a refreshing laid-back vibe.
Opened as Dublin City Food, the original name is still emblazoned in glossy tiles on the back wall downstairs. By night a spacious upstairs room is open, its impressive leaded bay window overlooking Andrew Street. At street level the dining room has a quirky mix of tartan fabric feature wall, a smart bar and large windows which draw in diners.
By day they serve up some of the best sandwiches around, all hot and all named for areas of Dublin: Rialto is a house smoked pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, pickles and sauerkraut; Portobello, a Portobelllo mushroom with brie and ruby slaw served on sourdough or granary,
There’s a tapas menu too, which comes into its own at night when diners can create an affordable meal of sharing-sized portions. The menu pops with originality and the unexpected – tempura of jalapenos stuffed with Five Mile goat’s cheese and smoked mackerel might sit alongside mini lamb burgers or chargrilled gambas with Creole barbecue sauce. Meat is a speciality and the excellent house short rib is slow-braised and served with a sticky pomegranate jus.
Dishes are served as they’re ready, which may not appeal to all, creating a grazing experience as opposed to distinct courses. Two plates per dinner are plenty, but a side of sweet potato fries with annatto aioli and ruby slaw is recommend.
Front of house you’ll find extra helpful staff who are well versed in the dishes and frequently updated wine list. There’s an extensive sherry selection too for aficionados and if cinnamon-dusted churros with dulce de leche are on the dessert menu we recommend snapping them up.