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Some Things We Ate This Week

After this feature last week we went on the hunt for blood orange, and found success at Velvet Café in Portmarnock with this gorgeous blood orange frangipane with the most perfect, buttery pastry - Lisa

Another incredible dinner at Allta. Revisited a few favourites including the charcuterie and bread with THAT shiitake miso butter, the chicken liver scarpinocc, smoked gubbeen cappelletti, and the barbecued lamb with seaweed pappardelle and cáis na tíre. A new one though was the scallop with hazelnut and gooseberry beurre blanc which was the standout of the night - Helen

Very impressed with new vegan/veggie burger spot Flip in George's Street Arcade. Both the black bean and quinoa and the feta and sweetcorn were packed with flavour, the bun was seedy and soft, and we even liked the vegan mayo. Fast food without the ick afterwards - Lisa

More blood orange, this time at Tang on Abbey Street where breakfast is always a joy. Their porridge with seasonal fruit (and banana), granola and homemade honey nut butter is so good that it's impossible to enjoy porridge at home for at least a week afterwards - Lisa

A box of pastries from Il Valentino in Grand Canal Dock included this lovely raspberry financier, and their sandwich and bruschetta selection looks like it’ll be worth a return trip for lunch. It’s right next to what will be Nutbutter’s new location, a welcome return to the neighbourhood - Helen

A trip to Uno Mas was the best one yet, with this spider crab and prawn rice straight out of a Spanish seaside town (so much flavour!) and that flan, which we'd never been lucky enough to try before, was other-worldly. One of the best things to eat in the city, no question.

This curried pheasant pie from Bistro One in Foxrock was the business. It's also the subject of this week's once over, which you can read here - Lisa

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