Five food experiences coming up across Dublin that should definitely be on your radar
The perfect opportunity to sample sensational flavours this summer, these Dublin city pop-ups are a foodie’s dream come true.
With the summer stretching out ahead of us and itineraries filling up fast, you might want to pencil in some top quality food experiences before all the best ones are booked out.
From weekend pop-ups with some of the best chefs on Irish shores, to a summer series of events offering tastes from around the world, we’re absolutely spoiled for choice in Dublin city alone.
With Jess Murphy making the pilgrimage from KAI in Galway to Hen’s Teeth, and Bahay bringing their signature Filipino flavours to Mae Restaurant, these pop-up food experiences allow us to immerse ourselves in high-quality dining in the familiar surrounds of some of Dublin’s finest establishments.
Without further ado, here are five upcoming food experiences you won’t want to miss out on…
Bahay at Mae Restaurant
29 June – 3 July
Combining Filipino flavours with the very best Irish produce, Bahay are taking over Grainne O’Keefe’s Mae Restaurant for a five-day dining experience unlike any other. The set menu, curated by Richie Castillo with exciting wine pairings by The French Paradox, is designed to challenge, thrill and savour.
The set menu kicks off with smoked lamb adobo ribs, tempura maitake with a banana sauce glaze, and grilled leek in inasal butter. Up next, there’ll be roasted scallops with palapa beurre blanc and kampot pepper, swiftly followed by Goatsbridge trout with cherry and trout roe. The main dish is Iberico pork presa paired with Mang Tomas jus gras, fried puto, and green beans with bagoong butter. To leave you with an incredible taste in your mouth, there’ll be shakoy with toasted coconut sugar and calamansi curd.
Big Fan at Roe & Co Distillery
16 June – 2 July
Since May, Roe & Co Distillery have been celebrating the best of modern Irish food with D-8TE, a series of food takeovers in the Power House Garden. Matched with Roe & Co signature cocktails, they’re currently hosting Big Fan, before Niall Sabongi’s Salty Buoy returns to take the reins on July 7.
Specialising in authentic and experimental Chinese small bites and large sharing dishes with a twist, the Big Fan tasting menu at Roe & Co features snacks such as 5-day fermented pear and daikon and dressed egg tofu, starters including Jaoizi Xinjiang-style Irish lamb belly and exquisite mains such as the veggie-friendly charcoal bao bun. Dessert is just as exciting: a Bossman trifle with black sugar cane jelly, Roe & Co sponge and White Rabbit Custard.
Supper at the Grain Store, Killruddery
8 July & 15 July
Killruddery’s Seasonal Supper Club is back with a brand-new set sharing plate style menu inspired by the abundance of summer produce from the Killruddery kitchen garden and farm. Prepared by Head Chef Niall O’Sullivan and his team, the four-course menu is a vegetable and estate-reared meat-focused sharing plate offering, to be enjoyed by candlelight in the atmospheric 19th Century Grain Store.
From burrata and black pudding and roast carrot salad starters to the incredible main course options of short rib of beef, charred halibut, agnolotti of parmesan, and Killruddery lamb salad, the preparation, pairings and sides are nothing short of stunning. The dessert selection features sticky toffee and pear pudding, a unique take on a ‘chocolate bar’, and a trusty cheese plate.
Denis Cotter at Overends Kitchen, Airfield Estate
22 July only
Founder of Cork’s Paradiso Restaurant Denis Cotter will be hosting a pop-up dinner at Overends Kitchen, Airfield Estate, Dundrum this July for one night only. A highly acclaimed chef and cookbook author, Cotter has cultivated a unique style of meat-free cuisine, and has perfected a five-course vegetarian tasting menu for this event.
Showcasing the very best of seasonal produce, there’ll be a custom cocktail to welcome you in, and organic, biodynamic, and natural wine pairings provided by Le Caveau. While the menu is yet to be revealed, all courses are set to feature seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs grown on Airfield Estate’s 38-acre farm and highlight the versatility of veggies and the intensity and complexity of flavour that Denis is known for.
Jess Murphy at Hen’s Teeth
1 & 2 July
Jess Murphy and her west coast Kai crew are bringing their take on ‘dirty’ Galway fare to Hen’s Teeth for two nights only. Known for her delicious take on local, seasonal ingredients cooked intelligently, Jess has earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand and a whole lot of love in Ireland and across the globe.
The weekend’s food experience will be a casual affair set to feature the likes of Inis Mór crab with Liam’s tomatillos, fried knocklara zuchini with hot honey and Connemara lobster thermidor. It wouldn’t be uniquely Galway without a bit of Buckfast, so you can expect Buckfast and pomegranate slushies to wash it all down. There might even be a Buckie hot sauce in the mix!