Words: Emily Mullen
Noodle salad, Pringles and everything in between
A week on from one of the most important reopening dates in 2021, outdoor drinking and dining has returned. Businesses have wasted no time dusting down furniture, setting tables and feeding the hungry folk of Dublin. After the endless months of lockdown, all this activity can be a bit overwhelming. We truly are spoilt for choice, and our options are set to ramp up come July 5th, when indoor drinking and dining is set to commence. To try and help focus, we have collected five things in Dublin that we like the look of:
Freshly opened (on June 12th) Benedicts Egg Shop is the brainchild of Kevin Powell and Brian O’Keefe from Loose Canon, the city’s foremost wine and cheese shop. Benedicts are selling eggy filled sandwiches and coffee from their spot in George’s Street Arcade. Their bacon number looks particularly delish, a healthy portion of egg, layered with breakfast sauce, cheese and healthy hunks of bacon, all served inside a brioche bun. The combination of toasted bread, soft egg and lashings of cheese and sauce, just speaks of comfort. You can find Benedicts Egg Shop in George’s Street Arcade, follow them on Instagram for more information.
Warmer weather calls for cold, light bites (but why settle for your mam’s sunny day salad?). Inspired by trips to Vietnam, chef Milly Murphy and Alex Gurnee have created their food truck Vietnom, with a dish on it that’s inspired by one particular noodle stall that they went to “about 5 times in two days”. They wrote that their version of the Vietnamese noodle salad is “probably our favourite thing on the menu even if it’s just a side”. Layered with ferments, fresh leaves, sesame and peanuts, the salad looks crunchy, moreish and refreshing. You can find Vietnom in The Glimmer Man in Stoneybatter, follow them on Instagram for more information.
As specials go, this one is pretty special. DTF (an acronym for Dirty Trendy Food) is a popup operating out of Ribeye Steakhouse in Malahide, which are selling a pretty zingy starter called the Pringle Pincers. It’s a white crab and chive crème fraîche which can be scooped up with sour cream and onion Pringles. Pairing something that’s typically a premium product with crisps is a pretty bold move, but what’s not to love about Pringles and a pot of crème fraîche crab. You can find DTF in Townyard Lane, Malahide, follow them on Instagram for more information.
From their Fumbally Stables Hatch, the bakers at Sceal Bakery have turned out umpteen numbers of delicious pastries, but their apricot and cream mille-feuille looks straight out of a fine dining restaurant. Made up of invert puff pastry, apricot jam, roast apricot chunks, apricot kernel infused whipped ganache and fennel sugar, the mille-feuille was created by pastry chef Cissy Difford. The team wrote that Difford, “loves to challenge herself and her testing and recipe development has paid off”. You can find Sceal Bakery in the Fumbally Stables Hatch, The Fumbally Stables, Dublin 8, follow them on Instagram for more information.
To recognise and celebrate Pride, Greenshot has created a Rainbow Cheesecake which will be on sale for the month of June. Made up of blueberry coulis and buttercream, €2 from each sale of the cheesecake goes to OutRight Action International who advocates for LGBTIQ human rights internationally. “We’re really proud of our LGBTIQ customers, friends, colleagues past and present and the wider community for living their truths and hope that one day all humanity will be free to live theirs,” the Greenshot team wrote. You can find Greenshot on 81 Aungier Street, follow them on Instagram for more information.
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