We’ve made it through the furnace that was summer, survived the storms that followed and now we're just cold again. Not that we mind, as it's an excuse to go on the lookout for bright flavours and warming comforting food to ward off winter, and these five fit the bill perfectly.
1. Sicilian Tomato Tartare, Durrus Custard, Horseradish, Basil and Charred Bread at Luna
Chef Vish Sumputh took over the kitchen in Luna at the beginning of the summer, to much buzz as he was coming from Chapter One. He's recently created a new autumn menu, which includes this tomato tartare, but really he had us at durrus custard.
2. Pappardelle with butternut squash and Durrus cheese at Clanbrassil House
It’s been an exciting week for Clanbrassil House. They've just been awarded a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide, the only new addition for Dublin this year, and this pappardelle looks like a perfect illustration of why. We're also welcoming this Durrus trend with open arms and forks at the ready.
3. Roast Grouse from the New Game Menu at Suesey Street
It's game season, and Suesey Street have created a special menu dedicated to guinea fowl, rabbit, venison and their friends, but it's this roast breast of grouse with crispy thigh, york cabbage, burnt onion, cauliflower puree, dauphinoise potatoes and game jus that's gone onto our "must-eat" list.
4. Home Salted Anchovies, Heritage Irish Beetroot, Dill and Hung Yogurt at The Seafood Café
Served with housemade cracker bread, this new addition to The Seafood Cafe's small plates menu looks like it packs a lot of fresh flavour. Perfect for a dreary Autumn day. (And yes we had to google hung yoghurt. Turns out it's exactly what it sounds like.)
5. Granola with Stewed Apple and Warm Cardamom Milk at Salt and Stove
This just looks like autumn in a bowl and cardamom milk could quickly become our new breakfast go to. The weekend papers, a bowl of this and a coffee and our weekend would be complete.