The new openings keep on coming, with three in the past two weeks and another this Friday. Read on for the details...
North County Dublin has a new fine dining destination, as Potager opened last week from ex-Chapter One head chef Cathal Leonard and partner Sarah Ryan. It's in the same building as the long-standing Red Bank restaurant, which closed in January of this year after chef/owner Terry McCoy retired. The five-course set menu is €55 and features dishes like lobster choux bun and potato bread, ricotta, lovage and chive, but they say it will change regularly depending on what's available. Read more about Potager here.
Nunki Tea House
This new Chinese tea house in Dun Laoghaire has some pretty special cake game, and serves regional specialities like "Crossing-the-bridge noodles" (rice noodle soup), "Tangbao" (soup-filled buns), and Cong You Bing (scallion pancake). They say it's been set up by a group of Chinese young people in Dubin who were struggling to find really good tea made from fresh tea leaves, so you won't find any Lyons or Barry's in here. We are seriously eyeing up the the dumplings with chilli and black rice vinegar and the chiffon cake made from paper thin crepe layers. Check out Nunki Tea House here.
Social Fabric Café
The Stoneybatter food boom continues with the opening of Social Fabric Café, in the old post office on Manor Street. Opened by couple Karolina (chef) and Monika, and Karolina's brother Tomek, they're focused on making everything from scratch, with free-range eggs from Magners Farm, bread from The Bretzel Bakery and coffee from Cloud Picker. They say they want to provide a friendly, comfortable space for the community to gather in, and are open seven days a week for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Follow Social Fabric Café here.
Also check out Chimac which opens this Friday serving Korean fried chicken on Aungier Street. Read the full story here.
Ones to watch
- We're still waiting for details on the opening of John Farrell's new wine bar on Drury Street. Hopefully soon
- The Townhouse Leisure Group (Farrier & Draper, La Cucina, The Green Hen) will open Le Perroquet on Leeson Street at some point this month, featuring "French inspired dishes with an Irish twist"
- Things seem to have stalled with Forest Avenue's new Blackrock Italian, Little Forest. More when we get it