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Food and Drink
August Bitesize: Lots of love for Two Boys Brew, Vinyl Brunch at The CookBook Cafe, Piply Service, BubbleClaws at the Marker and The Irish Whiskey Awards
Idlewild is a very pretty bar, and it even boasts an extremely bright staircase on the way up from the toilets, which makes you feel slightly like you’re ascending to the afterlife, potentially to hang out with another dead Quaker businessman.
Atmosphere is a quality that can’t be contrived. Some restaurants just have it, oozing out of every nook and cranny, and Da Mimmo’s has it in spades.
Ahead of the Big Grill Festival in Herbert Park this month Andy Noonan talks to us about going back to basics, hanging out with your mates and observing the age-old tradition of cooking with live fire.
It is rare for a pub’s greatest selling point to be its carpark but O’Shea’s Dodder-adjacent sun-trap seemed to be the establishment’s primary draw over the last few years.
I was expecting a laid-back, fun pizzeria and instead I got a stilted, grandiose white table-clothed restaurant. Perhaps it was an off night? Or perhaps Manifesto needs a boost of fresh energy.
Foodies are well catered for this July with a new Rolling Donut store, Le Pain Quotidien BBQs at Kildare Village, Eatyard at Beatyard, Cloonconra Cheese and Make It Yourself at Airfield Estate.
With his work as a consultant in the drinks industry taking him all over the globe, Oisín Davis has what many would regard as a dream job. He talked to us about Great Irish Beverages, his new venture Poachers Tonic and his passionate focus on Irish ingredients and produce.
“I wanted to combine a light approach to flavourful food, with hints of worldly ingredients from Middle East and Asia, inspired by the fusion of Australia.” We check out the results at Buckle Up, Katie Gilroy’s new venture.
If you want to feel as though you’re inhabiting a feverish, half-remembered scene from the middle act of Orson Welles’ The Lady from Shanghai, there are worse places.
Judging by the obvious rapport between the staff and the handful of other patrons propping up the bar, the “mate’s gaff” ambiance was the first thing successfully installed, comfortably established before the smell of fresh paint had dissipated.
I expected Forest & Marcy to be good, but I didn’t realise I would leave this slender gastronomic wine bar feeling elated.
The results of week three of The Dublin Food Porn Fest are in. Treat yourself to a look through some more gorgeous foodie pics here…
Early this summer, Cirillo’s opened its doors on the Toner’s end of Baggot Street. It looks like we have another smart new pizzeria on our city’s streets.
Hand-picked apples harvested at Boyne Grove Fruit Farm outside Drogheda make up the sole ingredient of Dan Kelly’s, a popular new Irish craft cider. Olan McNeece tells us more about the family run enterprise.
One can only hope that T O’Brennan’s, aside from being one of the city’s best new pubs, will act as a beacon of good sense to other publicans, an exemplifier of the notion that, to borrow a tawdry phrase, evolution need not mean revolution.
Top tips, star turns and a mouthwatering lineup of food and drink events as we head towards the summer solstice this June.
Craft is relaxed and casual at the front of house, but the plates coming out of the kitchen feature some serious cooking.