20th Jul 2018
Pizza, cheese, comfort food, vegan and glamour. Dublin has seen a host of exciting and excellent new openings in the last few weeks, here’s a rundown of where we think you should try…
Loose Canon Cheese & Wine, 29 Drury Street, Dublin 2
Who hasn’t dreamed of opening a shop and filling it with exactly what you like to eat and drink? This is precisely what the team behind Meet Me In The Morning have done with their new spot, Loose Canon. Housed in the historic Georges Street Arcade, the shop’s simple, chic design nods to the produce line up. Thoughtfully curated natural wines are displayed along the wall like pieces of art. There’s a fridge laden with all manner of interesting Irish cheese including the notoriously hard to find Young Buck. The other fridge holds piled up Irish charcuterie from Gubbeen, The Wooded Pig and more. By day, shop for cheese and wine or try their mouth-watering toasties – in the evenings, you can settle in for a glass of wine and cheese and meat boards. A shining example that dreams do come true (mine and theirs).
Pi Pizza, Georges Street, Dublin 2
We are certainly never short of pizza places in Dublin and have happily seemed some excellent additions over the past while, but this latest addition has caused quite the buzz. Chef Reggie White learnt his pizza art at Flour & Water in San Francisco, considered to be one of the best pizza restaurants in the States. He’s been honing his skills over the last few years while patiently waiting for the right location and finally, it’s happened with Pi – a roaring wood-fired oven, smart white tile tables, tin can wall, a brilliant bathroom, city centre location and then, there’s the pizza. Chewy, chewy dough with pristine toppings. Salsiccia has been flying out – tomato, piquillo peppers, Gubbeen chorizo and Toonsbridge Fior di Latte, as has the Salumi. The Fungi is the foodie favourite, a Bianca base (no tomato sauce) with spinach, mushrooms, garlic and sage crema. The vegan option is bursting with flavour, with roasted cauliflower and chilli cashew ricotta. Bound to be firm staple on city dining lists.
The Stella Diner, 211 Rathmines Rd Lower, Dublin 6
Walking into the Stella Diner is a bit like walking onto a movie set. They’ve perfectly captured the classic Americana style that is so familiar to us from literally hundreds of pivotal movie and TV scenes; Twin Peaks, Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, True Romance to name a few. Grab a stool at the counter for pie and coffee or settle into an archetypal diner booth and order from an extensive all-day menu served from 8 am to 10 pm. They tick all the comfort food boxes with egg sandwiches, pancakes, french toast, buttermilk chicken burgers, club sandwiches, fries, thick milkshakes, daily pie and even a Knickerbocker Glory. You may not have the life-changing moment you’ve seen on screen while chowing down, but take solace in the fact you can nip next door to The Stella Theatre for an extra slice of Hollywood drama should you need it.
Veginity, 101 Dorset Street Upper, Dublin 1
A few years back, chef Mark Senn took a gamble on opening a food truck, down a lane, in a warehouse serving an all-vegan, plant-based menu. It worked well and word soon spread – they won awards but they lost this space and have been on the hunt since, while also running the hugely popular Vish Shop in Eatyard. Here they, serving a brilliant vegan ‘vish’ and chips and their cauliflower wings which have quite the cult following. They’ve now opened the doors on their first bricks and mortar Veginity on Dorset Street, serving dinner Thursday to Saturday focusing on refined, clever plant-based cooking. Full disclosure, I haven’t eaten here yet, but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend giving it a try based on their previous incarnations and the great feedback I’ve heard.
The Ivy, 13-17 Dawson St, Dublin 2
Another spot I’ve yet to eat properly in but putting on the ‘to try’ list is the new hot spot The Ivy, after I had a look this week (read about it here). The stunning interiors alone will be a big draw, as will the smart and smiling front-of-house and the uber-glam cocktail bar. I tried some the canapes, sirloin skewers with truffle mayonnaise and lobster cocktail cornets with caviar, which were both excellent and hopefully a taste of what’s to come. They will have an extensive all-day menu packed with bistro classics eggs, steak, salads, sandwiches and featuring some of The Ivy signature dishes along with afternoon tea and weekend brunch. While it may not become a destination just for dining, I’ve no doubt, having tried some of the London outposts this will be the place to head to for decadent get-togethers, lazy afternoons, weekend brunching, cocktails and everything in between. A vibrant, buzzing addition to the Dublin restaurant scene that can cater to pretty much any occasion.
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