Karl Whelan has thought of everything in Hang Dai, including the fact that you need a custom HipHop jaxx system with a 400W Custom Turbosound speaker in the cubicle when you pay a visit to the bathroom. You might not have thought you needed it, but going to the loo is never quite the same again once you’ve been in Hang Dai. Thankfully, Mr Whelan is just as obsessive about food as he is about music, and the wam!bam! power of the food he sends out from the woks and from the wood-fired over brooks no disagreement: this is as much fun as eating gets in Dublin, and having the Hang Dai duck is a rite of passage in the city. The fermented aubergine and the pork Ma Po tofu are equally special, and don’t miss the cocktails by Gill Boyle and the new Gold Bar, upstairs, where you will find funky dishes such as dumplings stuffed with scallop and crab, salt-cured salmon, and asparagus spring roll with trout roe.
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