Back in a time when we had some way of differentiating one week from the next, nothing would get us more excited than a new restaurant opening. It seemed like a week didn’t go by where Dublin wasn’t getting something fresh and exciting - an Irish chef returning from London with a pocketful of key money and a headful of new ideas; a barista setting up their own coffee shop in a disused lifeguard station - you know, something different. Certainly, recent events have very much put a stop to new openings and shiny new ideas, but not entirely, and all the claps for these people who've opened shop over the last few weeks, giving us all some much needed hope for 2021...
Mona-mie, Dublin 8
Dublin doesn't have enough (good) bakeries - this is a fact. There are only so many cruffins that Scéal and Bread 41 can make in a week. The brilliant No Messin' in Smithfield was a much appreciated addition to the Dublin baked goods scene this year, and now one of their original bakers, Dani Carnevali, has gone on to set up Mona-mie with fellow baker (and Venezuelan) María Rodríguez, selling "French treats with a Venezuelan touch". They opened this week in The Fumbally café selling McNally Boskoop apple tarts and lemon meringue pie, as well as traditional Venezuelan pastries like cachitos (ham brioche) and golfiados (sticky aniseed brioche with fresh cheese). Find them in The Fumbally every Monday from 09:30 - 15:30, with hopefully more days to follow. (LC)
If there's one food that signifies the great pandemic of 2020 (apart from sourdough and banana bread) it's grazing boxes. It appears that being stuck inside all the time makes us want to eat constantly, and while there are plenty of options for getting one delivered, Dublin now has its very own grazing box shop. Mark Leavey and family opened Salumi in Terenure two weeks ago selling three different sized boxes (piccolo, medio and grande) containing cheeses like 14 month comté and 12 month Manchego, Italian meats like Coppa di Parma and Prosciutto di San Danielle, olives, tapanade, pesto, crackers, bread sticks and lots more, as well as wine on tap to go. They're open from 10:00 - 19:00 Monday - Friday and 11:00 - 19:00 Saturday and Sunday, and sold out of stock twice in their first week so plan ahead by ordering online. (LC)
Conchita Bakery, Parnell Street
File this under “Thing We Never Thought We’d Say in 2020” but Dublin now has its very own Mexican bakery. Conchita Mexican Bakery opened on Parnell Street in October serving coffees and freshly baked pastries and breads, including Concha - sweet bread rolls topped with chocolate, vanilla, marzipan or Oreo, which can be stuffed with fruit, ice-cream, or custard. We're also intrigued by the Pastel de Elote - a traditional creamy corn cake. (HC)
Yoi Ramen, Barrow Street
Tucked away near Google’s HQ building on Barrow Street in Dublin 4, new Japanese spot Yoi Ramen is promising us the “best ramen in town”. Big words indeed. The menu, available for click and collect and delivery to some areas, looks promising and seems to be getting good reports, with sushi and sashimi, poke, gyoza, and of course ramen. (HC)