As anticipation builds this week in the run up to restaurants reopening for the Christmas season (and hopefully beyond) we take a look at what’s new in the food and dining scene, whether you choose to eat at home or venture out into the world once again. To have that choice is reason enough in itself to celebrate all things food this festive season.
The humble burger has come a long way in recent years – even the chefs from the much-lauded fine dining restaurant Noma in Copenhagen pivoted during the pandemic to open a burger joint, POPL will open its doors in Copenhagen on December 3 after a very successful summer pop-up. But those of us in Dublin have some exciting burger related news to look forward to as well. Barry Stephens, the mastermind behind 147 Deli on Dublin’s Parnell Street (arguably the best sandwiches in the city) has announced plans for a new burger van, ‘Just Chubbys’ and if his sandwiches are anything to go by, this promises to be top notch. Opening early 2021. www.instagram.com/147deli
The ‘Sip ‘n’ Dip’ Pop Up at Neighbourhood Wine
Phillipe’s Restaurant in LA is the original home of The French Dip (a legendary beef sandwich) but as so often happens, word spreads and now you too have the opportunity to try one, Cúán Greene style. The ex-Bastible head chef will team up with Scéal Bakery and new wine shop Neighbourhood Wine on Leeson Street for a pop-up this Sunday November 29 that is sure to go down a treat. www.neighbourhoodwine.ie / www.sipndip.clickandcollection.com
In Blackrock, residents and those in surrounding neighbourhoods have been waiting with bated breath for the opening of Little Forest, from the dynamic duo John and Sandy Wyer who brought us Forest Avenue and Forest & Marcy. Opening for collection from today Thursday November 26, expect fermented pizzas from Reg White (previously of Pi Pizza), a cross between classic Neapolitan and Roman style. Incidentally, Forest Avenue have also launched their Christmas Dinner Box, with everything you could possibly need for hassle free Christmas dinner at home. www.forstavenuerestaurant.ie
Back to Dine
Back to Dine is a unique collaboration between some of the best high-end chefs (both Irish and international) who are intent on elevating the ‘at home dining’ experience in homes across Dublin. This month, Back to Dine sees the creative talents of Ireland’s Temple Garner (of Bresson and San Lorenzo fame) and Yann Florio (MasterChef: The Professionals Finalist 2019, Kreidal London) combined to create a menu deserving of any occasion. The seven-course set menu can be ordered for collection from Bresson in Monkstown or San Lorenzo in the city centre. €99.95 for two. www.backtodine.com
New markets worth a visit
It’s all go on Dublin’s northside this month with the opening of Margadh from the people behind Mamo in Howth. The speciality shop will stock everything from artisan food and wine to treats, hampers, fresh toasties and much more. There is a nice selection of wines and fresh breads, but it’s the frangipane morning buns that our weekend mornings yearn for. www.instagram.com/margadh_howth
Meanwhile in Malahide, Old Street have paused their home dining offering and launched their Christmas store pop up. Grazing boxes and hampers set the scene but it’s the Winter Mixed Cocktail Box that has caught our attention, particularly the Truffle Old Fashioned which will no doubt inspire its own legion of followers in the run up to Christmas. www.oldstreet.ie
The (almost) Perfect Picnic
Admittedly December is not ideal picnic weather in Ireland, indeed summer can be a bit hit and miss at the best of times, but with Level 3 outdoor dining still fresh in our minds, we have become more capable of al fresco winter dining than we ever thought possible. While a picnic in Phoenix Park may not come with outdoor heaters or cosy blankets, once wrapped up well it can be a very pleasant experience, especially with a takeaway picnic box from the Phoenix Café. A box for two contains homemade sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and cream, a chocolate and sea salt brownie bite, elderflower lemonade and your choice of tea or coffee. There are vegan and children’s selections too as well as the option to add wine or prosecco to your box. www.picnicinthepark.ie
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