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by Sarah Finnan
20th May 2022

The world has reopened and so too have our social diaries. With so much happening around the country, it can be hard to narrow our weekend plans down… enter the IMAGE Weekender guide, where each week we’ll be suggesting somewhere fun, cool and different to check out. 

On this week’s agenda? Dorian Restaurant, a stylish new addition to the Donnybrook food scene. 

Where is it? 

Located in the space previously occupied by Roy Fox greengrocers, you’ll find Dorian at 49A Donnybrook Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. 

What is it? 

Open as of November last year, Dorian is only really coming into its own now.  A wine bar and bistro with flair, their newly launched summer menu was curated by Head Chef Rowen Babe and focuses on small sharing plates with simple, fresh flavours. 

The drinks are the real standout, though. Boasting an extensive wine list of over 60 wines  – 20 of which can be sampled by the glass – their own self-titled wine is well worth trying and comes especially from a vineyard in Burgundy, France. 

Mixologist Dorian Pappalardo heads up the cocktail list. Inspired by the speakeasy classics of the prohibition era and Victorian Britain, signatures include Dorian’s Pineapple Margarita or the Pink Lady, made using Glendalough Rose Gin, Italicus and lemon juice. 

Who to bring

Date night, girls’ night, long-overdue catch-ups with friends – Dorian is suited to all manner of occasions, though it’s not necessarily the best setting for little ones (the menu is aimed at a slightly more mature palate). It can also be a little noisy inside if busy; the dining area comprises one small, intimate room and most of the tables are set quite close together so privacy is not its forte.

Vibe

Modern with a touch of grown-up glamour. Heralding the return of the (new) roaring 20s to Dublin 4, Dorian is all about good food, good wine and good company.

Opening hours 

Tuesday – Thursday, Saturday: 5pm to close 

Friday: 3pm to close

Sunday, Monday: closed