02 September 2015

Great Food on Dublin's North Side: Da Mimmo Italian Restaurant

Da Mimmo Italian Restaurant Dublin Review

If you’re a North Sider, it gets frustrating listening to the rhetoric about the best things in life being available only South of the Liffey.  Well, this weekend, I had the best Italian food I’ve eaten outside Italy – within a 5 minute walk from my (north side) house.

Da Mimmo is a tiny and unassuming Italian restaurant on Dublin’s North Strand. We got a tip from a friend, or we’d never have gone in: from the outside, it looks like a glorified takeaway – and indeed, they do a roaring takeaway trade, especially if, like us, you visit on match days (they’re about 5 minutes from Croke Park).

Inside, you’ll find about 10 tables squeezed in to a small and fairly unassuming space. Clean and colourful is about the best you can say for the d├ęcor, but when it comes to the food, well that’s an entirely different ball game.

They serve up a great selection of authentic Italian dishes, from antipasti to pizza and pasta along with a small selection of meat and fish dishes too.  We ordered bruschetta between us, and then two of the pasta specials, displayed on a blackboard behind the counter. Himself’s came with broccoli and Italian sausage and was very tasty – but it couldn’t stack up to my tagliatelle al tartufo.

Da Mimmo Italian Restaurant Dublin Review

The first time I tried this dish was on Italy’s Amalfi Coast when I heard whole choirs of angels sing – and I’ve ordered it from every menu I’ve spotted it on since. Da Mimmo’s is the only one that’s measured up. There was only a handful of ingredients but they were all superb: the pasta was homemade, the truffles were fresh, the olive oil fragrant and light. I was ridiculously happy - and ridiculously full.

We also enjoyed a carafe of red wine, and two complimentary liqueurs - and the bill came to less than €50.  If you're going, make sure you book, because this place is jumping - and that doesn't surprise me one bit.

Find Da Mimmo on 148 North Strand Road Dublin 3, Fairview, or check out the website.

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