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This afternoon.

Across Dublin city.

A rickshaw tour containing food critics, bloggers and nom fans of every stripe of the capital’s eateries to launch Taste of Dublin 2017, the Electric Picnic of grub this June.

More as they chomp it.

Taste of Dublin 2017

Top pic via Rebecca Lawless

Second pic via Taste

24 thoughts on “We Need Coolie Heads

  1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    Pickle’s food is fierce tasty. Fierce pricey, too. I think the curries are over 20 snots and rice is extra. EXTRA!

    1. Doood

      It’s on my spicy hit list. My last trip to Kinara was surprisingly disappointing, standards seemed to have slipped. Ananda in Dundrum is king for now but I’ve heard pickle is the biz. I think mr pickle learned the ropes in ananda

    2. De Kloot

      Lunch is a bargain as is their early bird. It’s not your average curry house – ya get what you pay for.

      1. MoyestWithExcitement

        “No need”. Yeah! They’re living like kings on that minimum wage. Sigh. I wish *I* were on minimum wage.

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐƃᴉq

      Just remind them they’re on at least the minimum wage and they can go and feck off. Give them NOTHING, you hear me?
      If they start a scene just tell them you know John Joe. They’ll never expect a tip from you again.

      1. Serval

        Is there only one minimum wage in Ireland or is there a lower wage for waiting staff in restaurants (which is why tipping is customary in USA)?

      2. sǝɯǝɯʇɐƃᴉq

        Your criteria for tipping or not should be based on the service you received, not customs or culture.
        There’s no obligation to tip, but it isn’t frowned upon either.
        You won’t upset anyone by tipping them, however small, I think…

        Just be nice.

        1. Serval

          Oh, so I assume Irish people tip their bartenders if they receive good service, eg if a bartender pours a pint of Guinness correctly should you tip him/her 1 Euro?

          1. mauriac

            if they’re really friendly it’s the custom to slip a fiver directly into their back pocket

        2. sǝɯǝɯʇɐƃᴉq

          Nope.
          You asked about waiters.
          Barmen are barmen. Much more dangerous to get on the wrong side of one of them lads.
          We don’t tip barmen. We treat them with respect and give them a nod every now and again. They know what it means. You don’t have to.

          But seriously, we tip in restaurants, proper restaurants, not fast food, unless it’s getting delivered to your door. We don’t tip barmen, except in Hotels when we’re allowed drink real late and stuff…

          1. Serval

            I don’t understand.
            If you don’t tip barmen, how do they make money?
            Do barmen normally get paid much more than waiting staff?

          2. sǝɯǝɯʇɐƃᴉq

            And dare I say it, some of us tip taxi drivers.
            (We don’t tip bus drivers, checkout operators, policemen or blokes banging two empty 7Up bottles off their knees on Grafton Street. Some people tip priests, but mostly on Sunday and only if their neighbours are watching.)

            Hope that clears things up.

          3. sǝɯǝɯʇɐƃᴉq

            Serval, the concept of earning your wages through tips doesn’t apply.
            People get paid a proper wage to begin with.
            Think of like the tip is already included in the price, which pays the wages. Simple, eh?
            It’s customary to tip for good service in restaurants, hotels and in taxis, but not obligatory. Unless it’s REALLY good, and you’d be embarassed if you didn’t tip because it was so good…
            This is much more complicated than I thought it was. Can I take a break, please?

          4. MoyestWithExcitement

            Yes, significantly more. I found it very odd thst barmen were tipped when I went over to the states first. But. You can tip whoever you want. It’s not expected of you but floor staff would appreciate it. They’re not exactly rolling in it on minimum wage.

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