The dingy mood-lit bar of young thai joint Opium is somewhat startling to the day-time diner. The atmosphere is evocative of a twentieth century spy novel set in a dingy opium bar in the far east, with friendly, effortlessly hip staff wandering with ease amongst the bustling tables. Based on the inimitable Hakasaan from London, this Camden Street restaurant combines all of London cool with the cutting edge restaurant scene of the east coast of Ireland.
Because we visited Opium on our last day in Dublin (and actually I am writing this blog quite a while after our return) we were already full of all the other treats we had feasted on during that week, including the likes of Bunsen Burger. So by the time our mains came, we were already feeling pretty woozy from our ongoing food comas.
Nonetheless, we tackled on. I chose the Pad Thai Noodles, and s.o. had the Lemongrass Chicken. Both dishes were very tasty, with oodles of goodness in the quickly sauteed ingredients. Opium is clearly a restaurant that prides itself on it's produce, and it certainly comes across in the taste. However, I did find the noodles a touch too acidic for my liking, but like I said, we were really gunning for it at this late stage, and though the food was wonderful it was just a bit too much for us.
I wish we had an Opium in Edinburgh, it seems like the perfect night spot for dinner with friends or a romantic evening. Our eyes took some adjusting when we did finally emerge from the gloom to a beautiful Dublin day, so probably it's not ideal for lunch. That being said, it was fantastic value for money, and if you're out and about on the fly in Dublin, it's a great spot to pop in for a relaxed meal. Pros and cons, but I would definitely be back.