A little corner in Little Jerusalem in Rathmines this evening (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2012)
I was in Little Jerusalem tonight for dinner for a special celebration.
No, not Jerusalem in Palestine, but Little Jerusalem in Rathmines, where the Middle Eastern and Palestinian food is excellent.
Well, after the Chinese New Year – in Temple Bar, and Corfu – in Parliament Street, last week, it was time to reach out to somewhere else.
Two of us brought our own bottle of wine – admittedly, not our own, but a present from a student – and we made an evening of it, with a vegetarian mezze that included falafel, hummus, Baba Ghanoush, tabbouleh, olives, feta cheese and Palestinian naan or flat bread, followed by good Arabic coffee, flavoured with cardamom, and a generous helping of Qatayef, stuffed with nuts, coconut and cinnamon and soaked in rose syrup.
The place was full ... perhaps we should have booked a table earlier and lingered a little longer.
Little Jerusalem in Wynnfield Road is owned by the same people who own and run the Silk Road Cafe in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle. And they have a good takeaway menu too.