Review Post: Centra Frank and Honest in Temple Bar

Taking a break from my temporary blogging hiatus to write about my horrible experience at this establishment right across the street from the Ha’penny Bridge.

I walked in at around 3am on September 16th and was refused service. Couple of facts to note here:

1. Yes it was 3am. No I was not drunk

2. It was cold and rainy outside

3. I couldn’t get any cabs to stop, as is typical of Dublin at this hour

4. I figured I’d grab a bite until the rain died down

And so I walked into this establishment expecting they’d serve me food but boy was I wrong.

I walked up to the counter and asked if they sold burgers to which they replied no. I then pointed to a sandwich and asked if I could get that to which the staff replied, “it’s not fresh”.

Let’s pause here for a moment. What!?!? Now I’m guessing the Centra is what has the “kitchen” and the Frank and Honest just shares the space BUT walking into a place with Frank and Honest on the doorpost you’d think I could get a fresh sandwich in there right? If my understanding of this business model is correct then their shared retail space with this Centra is super bad for their reputation.

…ok so then I say, “ok so what do you have that’s fresh?”

To which the staff replies, “Nothing here is fresh, do you want to eat or not!?”

I guess at this point his fellow staff member was “upset” that I was holding up the line and began to yell at me, “Get out! We’re not serving you!!” And then they both turned their backs to me.

Now you can only imagine my complete shock at this whole exchange. I stood there for a while and my delayed reaction was to take out my phone and start taking pictures of the man that yelled at me.

I’m not calling anyone here racist BUT all their white customers walked out happy with food and semi decent service 🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️

Anyway, so I start taking pictures and this guy approaches me and says, “M’am you’re not allowed to take pictures in here, you’re going to have to leave!”

Hold up ✋🏾✋🏾 not allowed to take pictures? What kind of shady food establishment are you running where people aren’t allowed to take pictures?

So I took a picture of him as well and then I left vowing to tell my tale to anyone that’d listen.

3 Dublin Restaurants You’ll Never Want to Leave

I recommend these restaurants solely on how much time the interior designers spent making them works of art.

1. Xico

The Mexican Day of the Dead theme is evident as soon as you step into this underground restaurant and bar. It’s super cozy and dark, with a hint of horror. Looking for an intimate spot for your next date? Look no further.

2. The Barge

This is a pretty large multilevel bar and restaurant. If you go during the day, the large windows keep the interior pretty well lit. My favorite thing about this venue is the high ceilings that are crafted to mimic the frame of a boat.

3. Idlewild

This Dublin bar is well known for its Espresso Martini, but the lively interior is what drew me in. The bright green velvet chesterfield sofas transport you to a different era. If I had to put a time stamp on it, it’s very reminiscent of the 70s in America.

Dublin tips: Moving into your new apartment

So, you’ve done the most difficult part and secured yourself a place to live in Dublin…congratulations!! However, the trials and tribulations aren’t over yet my friend. Here are the top things you need to know:

1. Get your gas meter unlocked

This is something you’ll want to do ASAP if you’re moving in the winter. You can get your gas and electric done at the same time by calling Bord Gáis and opening a gas and electric account. Note, contact your landlord about paying the gas unlocking fee.

2. Sign up with a trash collection service

This ones a bit odd but I learned the hard way that the city doesn’t have a trash collection service. They’re all privately owned. You can compare quotes online and choose which is the best for you. Once signed up, they’ll send you the bins you ordered. Trash is usually gray, recycling is green, and compost is brown. I use Thorntons Recycling and have the pay as you go service with two bins, trash and recycling only. I fill up my account and they only withdraw money when I put my trash out to be collected. Trash pickup is €10 and recycling is €1. I also bought bin locks because my neighbor tries to put her trash in my bins instead of paying for her own 😂😂

3. Make an appointment to set up your internet ASAP

…because it takes forever for them to actually come out and set it up for you. Which is odd because there should be a self service option.

4. Buy a hanging rack

…because the dryers just don’t work. The washer dryer is combined into one machine that washes just fine but takes like 3 cycles to dry.

What’s up with Irish phone numbers!?

If you’re like me and haven’t gotten around to getting your own Irish phone number, you’ll know that figuring out the dial out codes can be a bit tricky. So I’ll save you the 3 months it took me to figure it out by providing the below cheat sheet! You’re welcome! 😉

Here’s what a barebones phone number looks like here: 6110101

You’d type it exactly that way if you had a local Dublin landline.

If you’re dialing from anywhere else in Ireland, you’d add the Dublin prefix, 01.

The number now looks like, 016110101

Now, if you’re dialing from an international number, you’d add the Irish prefix +353 or 00353 and take away the 0 from the Dublin prefix.

The number now looks like, ‭+353 (1) 611 0101‬.

Here are other Irish geographic dial codes.