Words: Shamim de Brún
People love food porn because it’s the ultimate guilty pleasure. It’s a form of escapism that lets you indulge in all the decadent, rich, and delicious things you can’t wait to get your hands on. Whether it’s drool-worthy burgers, juicy pomegranates, or fancy collab desserts, food porn is the perfect way to tantalize your taste buds and feed your inner self.
But bringing food porn into your real life is even better. Food tastes better if you’ve been looking forward to it. So this week, we have something for everyone, from veggies to carnivores and blood orange enthusiasts. So go forth and get your hands on the best-looking dishes in Dublin this week.
The end of Veganuary is coming swiftly for those of us that partake, which means we are mere days away from a treat yo’self burger, and what better way to treat yourself than with Dublin’s Ultimate Burger? Dash has been making some sit-in improvements to both its Kevins Street and Capel Street locations during the dryest month of the year, so now is the perfect time to rediscover the burger. Ask for the miso butter if possible. It’s not on the menu, but it is behind the counter. Perfect for this week.
Cheesecake mochi is the dessert crossover episode we didn’t know we needed. It’s like biting into a cloud of creamy, cheesy, chewy goodness. And honestly, who doesn’t want a little extra dose of joy in their lives this week? Plus, trying cheesecake mochi is the perfect excuse to take a break from your sugar-free “new year, new me” BS and indulge in something truly irresistible: Cheesecake Strawberry Mochi. I ate it at the weekend, and my boyfriend is still talking about it with dessert lust in his eyes. So go ahead, treat yo’self and thank us later!
If you’re firmly on the veggie train, then this Ras el Hanout roasted Irish cauliflower, quinoa tabbouleh, beet and pomegranate, and yoghurt purée with pomegranate dressing is the treat for you this week. Roasted cauliflower with pomegranate is like a party in your mouth. It’s the perfect balance of savoury and sweet, crunchy and chewy. This main of roasted cauliflower with pomegranate is an easy win. Plus, it’s a great excuse to eat pomegranate, which is basically nature’s juicy milseán. So try it out this week and be the bell of the ball.
Potato and parmesan fritters with truffle aioli and shaved parma ham is a flavour bomb waiting to explode in your mouth. It’s like a fancy twist on the classic pub grub, but elevated to gourmet status. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good excuse to chow down on some crispy, creamy, cheesy goodness? The truffle aioli adds an extra touch of luxury, while the shaved parma ham takes it to the next level. Basically, it’s the ultimate comfort food with a fancy pants makeover. This signature starter has been on Sienna’s menu since day one. It’s incredibly moreish and perfect for a lunchtime treat if you’re in Malahide this week.
How beautiful does this dish from Barry in Volpe Nera look? Blood orange season is the best time to let loose and eat out like a boss. It’s a chance to try new and exciting dishes featuring the sweet, tangy flavour of blood oranges. This wild seabass crudo with blood orange, radish and rosemary looks is like a flavour feis ceol in your mouth. Expect a light and fresh dish packed with bold citrus and herb flavours. This dish is the perfect way to make the most of blood orange season and add a touch of sophistication to your meal game this week.
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