A cheapskate foodie’s guide to Dublin

Shivani Shukla gives you the rundown on the best, and cheapest, spots to satisfy your taste buds around DublinI’m sure you’ll all be hunting for easy-on-the-pocket food to fill you up after a night out, to take out that new crush of yours, or simply to find a decent meal to stop embarrassing stomach grumbles. Here’s a mini guide to the best places on-campus and in Dublin’s city centre that’ll leave you with enough change for another pint. On-campus there are many options such as Centra’s legendary chicken roll, which, for a mere €2.95, will fill you up aplenty. UCDSU lunch deals, at €4.50, are good ‘uns as well. If in the mood for a full meal, go to Chicken Shack or Lavazza for lunch, costing around €5-8. Each Thursday there is a market beside the Law Building with a range of culinary delights, with most dishes priced at or just under a tenner. For those of you that have a craving for Mexican, try Boojum, Zambrero and Pablo Picante. All three have student deals. With several branches across town, the burritos will have you full to the brim. For light eaters like me, it will make for a meal and a half. If lusting for ramen, noodles or good old fried rice, head to Kokoro, Aobaba or Takara all within the city centre. Takara wins narrowly with the best-priced sushi in town. Most Asian grocery stores also have restaurants tucked at the back. Venture in for cheap, freshly made food.Here’s a shout-out to Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) for the assortment of burger combinations with a generous price of €12. GBK is situated in three prime locations, each of them excellent quality. Vegetarians can avail of a series of options on the menu, offering for any meat patty to be swapped for a vegetarian one. The real bonus is the unlimited refills on drinks.Mongolian Barbeque in Temple Bar has a fantastic early-bird deal - you can get unlimited food for €13.95 before 7 PM. Make the most of it.Lemon Crepe and Coffee Co. on Dawson St. offer satisfyingly sweet, as well as savoury, crepes. They also offer delicious sandwiches that will make a perfect lunch before heading to UCD from town.For late night binges, post partying around town, find your way to the nearest WOWBURGER for cheeseburgers. Visited by legendary Anthony Bourdain, Roma II on Wexford Street makes for a great late-night stop.Nearly all UCD society cards offer food and beverage discounts so make sure to avail of them as we won’t be students forever!