Offices are back, and honestly, it feels good, although there is of course a chance the novelty will wear off. City dwellers in particular are spoiled for choice when it comes to lunch options and while working from home provided us with so many benefits, when it comes to food, it’s sweet relief to have more variety. We have chosen five lunch options guaranteed to cater for every mood and palate – which one will you try first?
For a sensational salad – Tiller + Grain
Since opening on South Frederick Street, Tiller and Grain have garnered quite the reputation for their inimitable salads and mouth-watering sweet treats. The Ottolenghi effect is obvious here with salad choices such as roasted cauliflower with romanesco, toasted almonds in a roasted red pepper dressing or aubergine with yuzu yoghurt and chimichurri dressing. The cakes and sweet treats are tempting to say the least and bonus points for the pre-order and delivery options. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 4pm, 23 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2. www.tillerandgrain.ie
For the sandwich to challenge all others – tír deli
Gourmet sandwiches have been having a moment, for about, oh maybe five years now and their popularity show no sign of waning. Banished are the sweaty ham and cheese sandwiches, languishing behind a deli counter for hours on end. These days, sandwiches are big business and tír deli are a serious contender in the sandwich game. Open on Baggot Street for breakfast and lunch, tír specialises in seasonal sandwiches with Irish ingredients so the menu changes regularly. On the menu at the moment is a smoked pork ciabatta in collaboration with JP McMahon, consisting of smoked free-range pork belly, pickled cucumber, gooseberry and elderflower ketchup, seasonal greens and seasonal slaw. Click and collect and Deliveroo also available. Tír deli, 9 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4. www.tirfood.ie
For the ultimate sausage roll – The Green Bench Café
The Green Bench have been feeding patient office workers for quite some time now from their outpost on Montague Street and the queues are there for a reason. The sandwiches are legendary and the coffee is from Upside but on Fridays, it’s all about the sausage rolls. The Green Bench use bread from Tartine Organic and The Bretzel Bakery for their sandwiches but honestly, we recommend going early on a Friday to try the sausage rolls. Open Tuesday – Friday, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm, 18 Montague Street, Dublin 2. www.greenbenchcafe.com
For the dumplings of dreams – Little Dumpling
Food is always mood driven and sometimes, a salad or a sandwich just won’t cut it. Enter Little Dumpling to offer a more than viable alternative. With locations on Mary Street, Stephen Street, Dundrum and Bray, the lunch menu offers a portion of dumplings of your choice, miso soup and a side for €10 which seems like money well spent to us. I’m partial to the chicken satay dumpling but other options include squid ink, prawn and bamboo shoot dumplings or spicy house kimchi dumplings. Order online at www.littledumpling.ie.
For a fantastic flatbread – Tang
With locations on Abbey Street and Dawson Street, Tang have perfected the art of the Middle Eastern flatbread. Start with a basic flatbread, choose your hummus, either traditional or beetroot, then your protein, from options such as Middle Eastern chicken, Moroccan lamb or Lebanese bean, then finally add your salads and sauces, hot salsa, mild or tzatziki. Dig in and thank us later. Breakfast and brunch are also available and we will definitely be making a trip back for the shakshuka some weekend soon. Open Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 3.30pm, Dawson Street also open Saturday 10.30 – 4pm. www.tang.ie
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