Highlights Food and Drink
Food and Drink
Walking into Martcade in Rathmines, we’re greeted by a hallway of jam jars filled with tea lights. We pass through an open kitchen area, where Jette Virdi, food stylist and the key thinker behind The Creatives, is working behind a four hob gas oven to cook a meal for the 18 gathered guests at an intimate supper in aid of Marriage Equality. Her signature red bandana holds back her hair while she caramelises the blood oranges for the starter that will kick off our six-course meal for equality.
With the increasing ‘grand stretch’ in the evenings this is the ultimate refreshing and heavenly snack, perfect for warm summer afternoons and balmy evenings! If you close your eyes it will transport you to a sun drenched terrazza on the Amalfi coast. We can but dream!
If you’re interested in trying a genuinely distinct style of beer that is often overlooked, have a look through the shelves for Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier otherwise known as smoked beer.
It’s the start of my meal in Stanley’s and the plate before me is a little intimidating. There are microgreens, ribbons of carrots. thin slices of radish, segments of clementine and dollops of a balsamic reduction. In the middle of all this is a wheel of a rabbit terrine coated with crushed pistachio and a quenelle of foie gras (€12). The terrine itself is exemplary and the foie gras suitably smooth, but I’m having a hard time enjoying them through the noise of the surrounding vegetables who are all vying for some attention.
Beth-Ann Smith and brothers Owen and Ken Madden, three artisans with impressive family lineages in food, have combined their collective experience to launch The Lismore Food Company. Based in the historic Waterford town, their new venture is located in The Summerhouse, home to the brother’s family business for almost two centuries. Beth-Ann talked to us recently about biccies, the beauty of a ‘hot orange’ eureka moment and Lismore’s connection to Boyle’s Law.
It’s nearly seven years since I’ve been to a gig in J.J. Smyth’s and, neatly, we’ve stumbled upon what is announced by lead singer John Graham as the seventh anniversary of Aja, Ireland’s premier Steely Dan tribute band. Jazz can at times seems cut off from the rest of the music going on around the city, and it’s hard to tell who is doing the cutting off at times. Either way, it’s well, well worth peering behind the curtain to catch this show.
In Totally Dublin’s Bitesize roundup for April: To Drink: Great Irish Beverages – Dublin Wine Fest, To Eat: Doughboys, To Try: Cocu, To Visit: New Carluccio’s in Glasthule
Wine bars are hard to find in Dublin suburbs. The hallmark of your local is the quality of its black stuff and thus, the proliferation of Dublin’s wine offerings is mostly confined to the city centre, with a few outcrops in the wealthier suburbs (Ranelagh, for example) where reliable wine-quaffing clientele can be guaranteed. In a realm of craft-beer hocking establishments, the arrival of Green Man Wines on Terenure Road North is a welcome addition.
There are few better places to sit than with your back to the fire in the left-hand bar of Harry Byrne’s, with its raised grate at waist height to spin heat into this stately room, chasing out any chills you might have brought in with you.
If Smyth’s was a political party, it would be a populist one. It retains traditional values in its interiors and decor, but it also reacts and moves with the times, maintaining a younger feel in comparison to its more conservative neighbour.
This is the first range of Arran Street East. Seeing as breakfast is the first meal of the day, we’re pleased to share one of our favourite porridge recipes with you.
Laura Magahy is known for her work with Temple Bar Properties in the ’90s, the Craft Council, running MCO and the ID2015 campaign. Arran Street East, her latest venture, sees her designing pots inspired by the Markets Area of Dublin.
The pub long known as Kennedy’s on the quays has vanished. In its place is The Workshop, a gastropub serving craft beers with a restaurant called The Peppercorn on the second floor.
Delahunt takes its name from the original signage found when Carvill’s Off License made way for this restaurant, and dates back to Joycean times.
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It’s fair to say that the principal motivator for our late January excursion to The Yacht was a series of hushed mutterings about the ownership changing hands.
The Dingle Whiskey Bar is a self-styled ‘artisanal, handcrafted’ brand from the owners of the Porterhouse in a new tunneled outpost on Nassau Street.
Fifteen years after Erik and Michelle Robson first established ely, they remain dedicated advocates of seasonality. We caught up with Erik recently during a brief interlude in sourcing new wines and craft beers to talk about their latest successes, the closure of ely Gastro Bar and exciting new developments in the IFSC.
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