Met Éireann had us bracing us for winter like Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. Bread quivered in its packaging on supermarket shelves, wine bottles rattled, students and workers alike anticipated a solid three days off once again. So when the big freeze never came, it was a bit of a let down. The country didn’t shut down, the heating bill stayed up and it’s still feckin cold outside, but the bread and wines stocks are safe for now. Still suffering from snowy PTSD after not stockpiling food properly last year, here are some dishes that we want to have in our ice bunker for the next winter outbreak, which should be coming any week now.
1. Beef Brisket Ramen from the Ramen Bar
Now that there’s no sign of a weather traffic-light warning, it’s safe to go outside and find warm, comforting bowls of ramen, like this beef brisket bowl from The Ramen Bar on South William Street.
2. Cauliflower Wings in Vish Shop
If you missed these in Eatyard, you have a second chance ever since Vish Shop opened on Dorset street. These cauliflower wings are pretty impressive and while they might not be directly related to their meaty cousin, they definitely hit the satisfaction spot.
This peanut butter tart with salted peanut praline and rhubarb jam from neighbourhood favourite Craft in Harold's Cross, is perfect for putting on those extra layers of insulation to keep the cold away.
4. Barolo Risotto with Gorgonzola, Walnuts and Radicchio from Crudo
Crudo at Dunne & Crescenzi in Sandymount, is making risotto sexy again. Barolo and arborio rice is the alcohol-carb marriage we didn’t know we needed.
5. Any Meltdown Toastie
And in a glorious return for those who were on the Veganuary path for the last month (or for those returning from Dry January - they’re open late) ... welcome back to real life. We’d like to direct you towards any cheese filled toastie from Meltdown in Temple Bar.