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Saturday, April 15, 2017

[Review] Nightmarket, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

I've spent the past 16 months travelling every week for work, flying out to Amsterdam first thing on Monday morning, returning late on Thursday. But now it's all over, and I'm back in Dublin for the foreseeable future. On one hand, I'm delighted. Normal life can resume again, rather than living permanently out of a suitcase. But on the other hand, I'm already missing my flights and hotels, and of course, I'm desperately missing Amsterdam, a city in which I've spent close to 2 and a half years working. 

But being home does allow me to start visiting all those new spots I haven't tried yet.  And first up was Nightmarket, Ranelagh's newest restaurant, taking over the location left vacant by the recent closure of An Bhialann. It's so new that signage is still to be erected and the website is still in launch mode.  Owned by by Conor Sexton (known for Dublin's well-loved Koh restaurant) and his wife R, Nightmarket promises traditional regional Thai food. Sounds great.
Stitch & Bear - Nightmarket -  Yum Makeua Yao salad
Yum Makeua Yao
We were passing by on a recent Saturday when Nightmarket's brunch menu caught our eyes. I'm not a huge fan of brunch in general, as I find it all very samey samey. However, a spicy Thai brunch sounded just the ticket. 

With 15 dishes to choose from, ranging from small to large, it took a little bit of effort to settle on our choices. My eye was immediately drawn to the unusual sounding Yum Makeua Yao, a delicious and fragrant salad of grilled Thai aubergines with a soft-boiled egg and loads of fresh herbs (€8). Strongly flavoured by dried shrimp floss, this is definitely one of more unique dishes I've eaten, and I loved it. 

Kai Jiew Goong Sup, or Thai omelette with prawns and spring onion (€9), was light and fluffy, while Ping Moo, Gai & Nuea (beef, pork and chicken skewers) were beautifully grilled, served with name jim jaew dipping sauce (€8). Our final choice was a bowl of the classic chicken coconut soup Tom Kha Gai (€7), which was both intensely tasty and prettily decorated with drizzles of chili oil. 
Stitch & Bear - Nightmarket -  Thai omelette
Kai Jiew Goong Sup or Thai omelette
Stitch & Bear - Nightmarket - Tom Kha Gai
Tom Kha Gai
Stitch & Bear - Nightmarket - Thai brunch
Brunch at Nightmarket Ranelagh
Stitch & Bear - Nightmarket - Interior
The outdoor seating at Nightmarket
All dishes impressed us immensely with their depth of flavour and striking authenticity. Beautifully presented, and accompanied with punchy, aromatic sauces and dips, Nightmarket has made a really strong impression on me. According to Conor, there are more exciting developments planned, so keep an eye out.

And a word of warning, approach the chili-infused fish sauce with caution!

Nightmarket, 120 Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Tel: +353 (0)1 538 5200
URL: www.nightmarket.ie
Twitter: @nightmarketd6
Instagram: @nightmarketd6
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