And they keep on coming. Here's five more openings we think you should know about this week...
Canteen At The Marlin
After starting in Blackrock market to rapturous praise, then moving to Celbridge, Canteen are now back in the capital at The Marlin Hotel near St. Stephen's Green. The move was planned pre-pandemic, and they opened last week once restrictions were lifted, to an immediate influx of critics (see here and here). Early reports are good and there's an early evening menu with three courses for €34, or the regular dinner menu with bread, snacks and four courses for €58. We're liking the sound of the roast new season lamb, sweetbreads, tomatoes, anchovies and aubergine, and the chocolate crèmeux with feuilletine, coffee and praline ice cream. Book here.
As if Mamó coming to Howth last year wasn't exciting enough, now they're getting some of the city's best (and most photogenic) pancakes, with Póg opening their third site a few doors down. Owner Rachel Keane set up the first one on Bachelor's Walk in 2014 to show that healthy food could be "fun and delicious", and expanded to a second site on Tara Street 18 months ago. Now she's bringing it to her home town of Howth - a place in dire need of a good brunch option, so expect all the queues.
The menu features lots of Póg favourites like acai bowls, nduja scrambled eggs and breakfast boards, and there's a separate menu for those protein pancakes, with almost 30 different toppings to choose from. They open this week (day TBC) and will be serving food seven days a week from 09:00 - 18:00, with plans to open for dinner from August. Keep an eye on their social channels for updates.
Rumours of a new Chinese restaurant from restaurant group Press Up have been circulating for at least 18 months, but for the moment it looks as if the idea has 'pivoted' to a new takeaway/delivery only option called 'Rice'. They're telling us to "forget chicken balls, 3-in-1's and everything you associate with takeout Chinese", but in reality the menu has a lot of things you'll find at your local Chinese, like spring rolls, hot and sour soup and Singapore noodles. On the slightly more unusual side you can get Mongolian Beef (in their 'special Mongolian sauce'), Tangra Prawns with chilli, sesame, soy, shaoxing sauce, peppers and scallions, and Dan Dan noodles. They're also doing a 'spice box', which is definitely nothing like a 'spice bag'. See the menu and order here.
More pivoting going on over on Camden Street, where longtime bistro Green 19 has relaunched as "Dig in", an 'art diner'. They're calling it "an intersection of the most pioneering art out there right now served with great food and drink, inspired by the art on the walls," and the first gallery collection features works by Banksy, Maser, Vader and Chloe Early. The opening menu is a bit of a please all with Buffalo wings, salt beef tacos and 'grannies' corned beef and cabbage, and cocktails are inspired by the art. They're open from 12:00 till late seven days a week, and you can book via their website.
Food trucks are on a roll right now - low overheads, little commitment and the ability to place them wherever permits allow makes them the perfect mid-pandemic opening. Bua is the city's latest and opens on Mobhi Road in Glasnevin (an area severely lacking in good coffee) this Wednesday. Coffee is from Roasted Brown with treats from Bear Lemon, and the menu will expand to sausage rolls and toasties in the next few weeks. Open Tuesday - Sunday 08:00 - 16:00.