what recession in Dublin Ireland?
Eating out in the suburbs of Ireland is very expensive; however
restaurants appear to be busy even on a Monday night in late June. Although jobs
are going, some people look like they have money to burn.
are many signs of slowing up of the economy in Ireland
as it is now officially in recession.
I have noticed on my visits this year that that there not so many 09 registrations
on cars and in fact when I was in Dublin
in early March took four days to see nine new vehicles with 09 number. A year
earlier and three months into the new year there would have been hundreds of 08s
on the roads.
prices have fallen dramatically and it is now fairly easier to get hold of a basic
plumber or builder with flyers being put through front doors once again advertising
media is full of stories about unemployment rising, however you wouldn't notice
a difference in some of the restaurants in one of the main approaches from Dublin
Airport to the centre via Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
As part of
a walk I give my dog when staying with relatives a walk down part of Upper Drumcondra
Road and whether it is early evening or later the restaurants look busy. Last
night was no exception.The 22nd June, a Monday evening. We booked a table at an
Italian Restaurant for 6.45. The restaurant has been there for a few years and
when we went in there were several diners in there. They might have been a mixture
of the left over customers from the "early bird" specials 5-7 eating a two course
meal for €22.95 or starting out for the evening.
establishments along the road also run their early bird specials. What is surprising
me is the prices these establishments are still charging. I appreciate they are
in a suburb of North Dublin, however the advertised prices look no different to
a year ago, but if people are prepared to pay and they clearly look like they
are then the restaurant owners can continue to charge high prices.
has a reputation of being one of the more expensive European cities to visit and
if the quality is there, I might not mind it so much.
Italian restaurant was expensive. Three people €120 including a tip. A few years
back when the euro was weak against sterling that would have been around £70,
today that is nearly £115 coming from my pocket.
son had a pizza €17 for a basic one, when he asked for oil to go on top he was
presented with a small eggcup size container with a small drop in. They should
have in fact had a bottle that they would have left on the table when delivering
the pizza. They made a great song and dance of offering black pepper from a large
mill that was not working well, but other basics were missing. Back in North London,
my son eats regularly at an excellent Italian establishment, getting larger better
wood oven pizzas for lot money and more flavour.
had Lasagne served with a side salad, lettuce and tomato covered in mayonnaise.
What is the problem making a fine green salad with tomatoes, olives etc? What
they are serving up is probably easier.
about some bread sticks, Italian bread, small chocolate or biscuit with the coffee
for example, or better quality napkins and not those cheap paper ones?
left before 9.00 and the place was filling up well, maybe the restaurant need
some real competition. A few weeks ago in Italy five of us had a great meal in
the French border. €120 including a couple of bottles of wine plus bottled water.
That place was also full, however you were getting value for money and quality.
Road Upper looking down towards Dublin City Centre
hope restaurants in the Dublin area wake up to the fact that the tourist market
is going through a very bad patch this year. Many UK visitors are not coming because
of the euro-sterling exchange rate. Although there are cheap flights, car hire
is fairly expensive and bringing your own car is very costly compared with taking
it over to France. The
Irish Tourist board is trying to encourage more Scandinavians, Dutch and German
tourists this year.
they won't return id prices are too high. Last weekend I was charged €4.90 for
a pint of Kilkenny, this was in a hotel in Malahide near Dublin that I had been
going to for some 30 years. Their carvery price is now €13 per person and OK.
They must be making good money however as they were in the position to run the
central heating radiators and air conditioning at the same time.
Suter of jml Property Services - June 2009
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