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The Best Chinese In Dublin: 9 Restaurants To Nip Into In 2022

The Best Chinese In Dublin: 9 Restaurants To Nip Into In 2022

There are some outstanding Chinese restaurants in Dublin City and across the wider county.

North, south, east or west, County Dublin has you covered when it comes to authentic Chinese flavours, once you know where to look, that is!

From Duck and Chai-Yo to BIGFAN (the newest Chinese Dublin has to offer), there’s plenty to choose from.

Below, you’ll find where to grab the finest Chinese food in Dublin, from popular spots to several often missed takeaways. Dive on in!

The best Chinese in Dublin (our favourites, first)

Duck restaurant dublin

Photos via Duck restaurant on Facebook

The first section of our guide is packed with what we think are the best Chinese in Dublin, the majority of which are in the city.

These are takeaways and restaurants in Dublin that we (one of the Irish Road Trip team) have munched away in at some point over the years. Dive on in!

1. Chai-Yo (Baggot St.)

Chai-yo dublin

Photos via Chai-Yo on FB

Chai-Yo describes itself as, ‘Dublin’s most entertaining dining experience’, and it’s here that you’ll experience live Teppanyaki cooking in all its glory.

After ordering, you’ll watch on as skillful chiefs slice, dice and work their magic at the grill right in front of you.

On the Teppanyaki menu, you’ll find everything from the Chai Yo Special (Fillet Steak, Chicken Teriyaki and Fresh Salmon) to the Tasting Menu (King Prawns, Chicken Teriyaki, Fillet Steak, Seabass & Duck) and more.

If you, like me, tend to base where you eat off the back of online reviews, according to Tripadvisor, this is the best Chinese in Dublin (#1 at the time of writing).

2. BIGFAN (Aungier St)

bigfan restaurant

Photos via BIGFAN on IG

BIGFAN is one of the newer Chines restaurants Dublin has to offer. It launched in 2020 and, in under a year, has racked up rave reviews online.

BIGFAN specialises in handmade dumplings and fresh bao. If you’re not familiar with ‘bao’, it’s a plain steamed dumpling that get’s filled with the good stuff.

The two winners on the menu here, for me, are the ‘Legend Of The Ox’ (Juicy Beef Shin Ball, Kataifi Pastry, Sweet Soy Mushroom Blend) and the bao with Crunchy Chicken Thigh Marinated Big Fan Style, Kimchi, Hot Sichuan Mayo.

This is quickly becoming one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Dublin for good reason. Get yourself here and make those tastebuds happy!

3. Hang Dai (Camden St.)

Hang Dai restaurant dublin

Photos via Hang Dai’s restaurant on Facebook

The very unique Hang Dai is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Dublin for a night out with friends – the foods delish and there’s a nightclub vibe, with neon lighting and live music.

They specialise in the apple wood-fired duck, but also serve other delectable dishes like steamed eggplant and asparagus spring rolls. Crispy duck dumplings can be found on their snack menu and there is a carefully crafted cocktail menu to enjoy.

An elegant spot located in the centre of Dublin on Camden Street, Hang Dai boasts a cheerful ambiance and is an ideal place to visit for a special occasion.

4. Duck (Fade St.)

Duck restaurant dublin

Photos via Duck restaurant on Facebook

This Hong Kong-style roasted meat deli is an-award-winning eatery that offers authentic flavours of Hong Kong style roasted meats.

The interior, with vintage posters and suspended birdcages, looks spectacular and the menu at Duck is sublime.

What makes this BBQ stand out from other places in Dublin is a traditional Bullet Oven, under the watchful eye of Master Chefs Kwan and Yip, is used to perfectly cook the meat.

Other very popular Chinese restaurants in Dublin

As you’ve probably gathered at this stage, there’s an almost endless number of great places to grab Chinese food in Dublin.

If you’re still not sold on any of the previous choices, the section below is packed with some more highly-reviewed Chinese restaurants in Dublin.

1. Lee’s Charming Noodles (Parnell St.)

Lee's Charming Noodles

Photos via Lee’s Charming Noodles restaurant on Facebook

Lee’s Charming Noodles has been keeping bellies full since 2005, when it set up shop on Parnell Street and it’s popular with both Dubliners and tourists alike. 

The menu here boasts soup noodles, Chow Mein, noodle mix and plenty of other Chinese stir fry options, as well as an array of gluten-free dishes and options for vegetarians.

When ordering, just keep in mind that the portion sizes in Lee’s Charming Noodles are generous.

2. Kites Chinese Restaurant (Ballsbridge)

Kites Chinese Restaurant restaurant

Photos via Kites Chinese Restaurant on Facebook

To enjoy the rich flavours of Sechuanese cuisine in Dublin, head out to the popular Kites Chinese Restaurant in the affluent Ballsbridge.

Spread across two floors with elegant interiors, it is one of the more popular Thai and Chinese restaurants in Dublin City.

On the menu, you’ll find everything from roast duck in plum sauce and stir fried chicken & prawn with snap peas to pan-fried meat dumplings, crab meat & sweet corn soup and more.

3. M&L Szechuan Chinese (Cathedral St)

M&L Szechuan Chinese restaurant

Photo via M&L Szechuan Chinese restaurant on Facebook

M&L Szechuan Chinese is an award-winning restaurant where you can sample some seriously tasty traditional Szechuan foods.

M&L Szechuan is arguably one of the most reviewed Chinese restaurants in Dublin, with a 4.3/5 rating from 856+ Google Reviews at the time of typing.

On the menu, you’ll find everything from braised cod in Chinese style medium spicy sauce and pickled bean with mince pork to stir fired beef with cumin seed and more.

4. Xian Street Food (Anne St)

Xian Street Food restaurant

Photos via Xian Street Food restaurant on Facebook

I’ve heard a lot of people say that this is the best Chinese in Dublin if you’re in search of an authentic feed (it’s also said to be one of the best value spots!). 

If you wish to skip fusion foods and fancy restaurants with shiny tablecloths, pay a visit to Xian Street Food where delicate aromas and a reasonably priced menu await.

From pan-friend dumplings and Xi’an meat burger to gong bao chicken with spicy peanut sauce and the popular biang biang noodles, every bite of their food is mouthwatering.

5. Yang’s (Clontarf)

Yang’s is home to some of the best Chinese in dublin

Photos via Yang’s restaurant on Facebook

Last in our guide to the best Chinese in Dublin is Yang’s in Clontarf (formerly known as ‘Wong’s). I’ve eaten here a couple of times over the years and it’s never failed to disappoint!

The interior is nice and cosy and, in my experience, the staff are always welcoming, friendly and not over-attentive.

On the menu, you’ll find everything from chicken Thai Green curry and Singapore noodles to king prawn dishes, fillet beef curries and much more.

Best Chinese Dublin: Where have we missed?

I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some other great spots for Asian food in Dublin from the guide above.

If you have a favourite Chinese restaurant in Dublin that you’d like to recommend, drop a comment into the comments section below.

FAQs about the best Chinese restaurants in Dublin

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What are the newest Chinese restaurants in Dublin?’ to ‘Which are the most authentic?’.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

What are the best Chinese restaurants in Dublin?

In our opinion, the best places for Asian food in Dublin are Chai-Yo, BIGFAN, Hang Dai and Duck.

What is the best Chinese takeaway in Dublin?

Many of the places above offer a takeaway option, so you’ve plenty to choose from. Personally, I’d go for BIGFAN.

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