Another week, another opening, and they seem to be getting more inventive by the month. Here's what's appeared over the last few weeks...
Dublin has a new place for bubble tea and it's already out the door. Kakilang has opened on Batchelor's Walk serving Taiwanese tea-based drinks, including fruit and milk teas with chewy tapioca balls, popping bobas and fruit jellies. They already have bestsellers, including the grape and mango cheese foam and the 'Snow Matcha', but promise there's something for everyone, however sweet or otherwise you like your drinks.
Kakilang means "our own kind of people" in Hokkien-Chinese, and owner Winson Cheung (Irish born but of Hong Kong descent) says he wants to build a bubble tea community, where people expand their tastes outside of black with milk and sugar. A Taiwanese and Hong Kong food menu is going to be launched in the next few weeks, with dishes like bao buns, rice bowls and Taiwanese fried chicken, and they open from 12:00 - 20:00 seven days a week. Follow them on Instagram here.
Talbot Street has a new place for breakfast and lunch with the opening of Fat Sandwich. It's the second café from owner Mark Keegan who also owns Keegan's Café in Glasnevin, and says he wants to serve "old favourites using fresh ingredients". There's a welcome focus on local producers and suppliers, with 3fe coffee, Tartine Bakery bread, Whole Hoggs pork and Bean and Goose chocolate amongst the ingredients being used. Some of the 'fat sandwiches' include a slow roast brisket torta, a goat's cheese ciabatta with apricot, and the 'fat club' with bacon, chicken, emmenthal and garlic mayonnaise. Their brunch menu also includes a potato hash, Mexican eggs and a brunch salad. Follow Fat Sandwich on Instagram here.
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Butchers and Steak House operators F.X. Buckley have opened a "fine food grocer " next door to their Pembroke Street restaurant. No surprise that the focus is on highly quality Irish meats, including rare breeds and small producers, like Dexter Beef and Organic chicken from Rings Farm in Kilkenny. They're also stocking cheese, honey, bread, vinegars, oils and loads more from producers like Corleggy, Mossfield, Ballylisk, Tartine Bakery and the Dublin Honey Project. They're open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 - 19:00 and you can follow them on Instagram here.
And read about three more openings coming soon here...