Food and Drink

Restaurant Review: Hang Dai Chinese

I’m sitting in a fake subway booth that has been inspired by Hong Kong, and has the feel of the set of Blade Runner. The tiny morsel of food in my mouth has left me speechless. It’s the texture of grainy fudge and its taste is overpoweringly intense. Time seems to slow down as my system tries to make sense of this overwhelming experience. I’m at Hang Dai on Camden Street and I’ve just eaten duck brain for the first time.

Soundbite: Kevin Roche and Taurean Coughlan: Two Boys Brew

Kevin Roche and Taurean Coughlan opened Two Boys Brew in Phibsborough, inspired by the specialty coffee cultures they experienced on their travels. Taurean tells us about the Aussie influenced Brunch offerings that have been going down a storm and their aspirations to help further build on Dublin’s coffee culture.

 

Our Table

Our Table is inspired by the lack of rights for those in the Direct Provision system to prepare their own food, which further strips them of their dignity in an already traumatic system.

Barfly: Bull and Castle

Playing on the bar’s ownership by FX Buckley’s, the Bull and Castle has doubled down on taxidermy, butcher’s tiles, a plethora of weighing scales and chalkboards on the walls declaring the specialness of all their offerings: their oysters, their rum, their gin, their beer.

Ralph Rolle: The Soul Snacks Cookie Company

Best known as a drummer with musicians such as Nile Rodgers of Chic, Ralph Rolle is also the founder of the Soul Snacks Cookie Company in New York. We caught up with him on a recent visit to Dublin where he baked cookies and told us of plans to bring his unique brand of soul food to Dublin.

Barfly: Offie Tempo – Probus Wines

If you were expecting high-end sandwiches and the potential to have an afternoon tipple at the expense of the rest of your working day, I suspect that Probus Wines would be an absolute treat of an afternoon.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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