Alon Salman’s ramshackle Shouk has been killing it in Drumcondra over the last year, serving forth stonking Middle Eastern cooking in a room that is kindly described as “eclectic”. No one minds the lack of glam, however, as we are here, beside the Drumcondra Arts and Business campus, to eat pillowy soft pita with house hummus, the city’s best baba ghanoush, excellent chicken shawarma; deep-fried beef and lamb arayes with labneh, and the lovely malabi, a milk pudding that hails from Israel. Mr Salman unites Isreali, Iraqi and Irish sensibilities – his Mum Mary is from Wexford – with seamless sincerity, and the only problem you will face in Shouk is actually snaring a table. Plans to cover over their pretty courtyard should help this, and BYOB means the cost of the evening is a steal.
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