Life is a struggle right now. Our former joie de vivre to get up and run out the door at the first sign of new food on the scene is being severely dampened by virus anxiety, mask-wearing and a general lack of enthusiasm for leaving the house and venturing out into the big bad world. However, few things make us happier than eating really good food and knocking back really good drinks, so here are three options to (hopefully) get you out of the house this week.
Aoife Noonan's Cakes At Cloud Picker
Dessert Queen Aoife Noonan (formerly head pastry chef at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud and Glovers Alley) is collaborating with Cloud Picker on Pearse Street where she'll be popping up every Tuesday and Thursday to make cake. They'll be available from 11:00 until they sell out, with last week's inaugural bake including a raspberry lemonade cake, a chocolate and Harry's nutbutter cake, and a Cloud Picker coffee cake. They're €7 a slice and look worth every cent.
Kinara Kitchen's Tandoori Sharing Plate And Cocktails
Ranelagh's Kinara Kitchen is giving you a reason to plan a mate date with the introduction of their 'Tandoori Khas' sharing plate and cocktail offer. It's €36 for two people including the sharing plate of sizzling tandoori chicken, lamb, jumbo prawns and aloo tikki, and a cocktail each, like a Bourbon Old Fashioned, an Elderflower Daiquiri or an Espresso Martini. It's available from 16:00 - 18:30 Wednesday - Saturday and from 13:00 - 18:30 on Sunday, and you can book by phoning 01 4060066 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Salty Buoy at Roe & Co's Cocktail Village
Klaw's Niall Sabongi has been unable to reopen either of his city centre restaurants yet, but you can't keep a good man down, so he's back with Salty Buoy, a seafood food truck that's popping up across the city and beyond. For the next six weeks (at least) you can find their lobster rolls, grilled prawns and hake kiev at the Roe and Co Distillery in Dublin 8 on Thursday and Friday evenings, in the distillery's new cocktail village. They're also hosting mini-cocktail masterclasses and whiskey tastings, and there's a selection of Roe & Co cocktails to enjoy in the sun/rain/wind. Food costs €20 for a single grilled prawn with either a lobster roll or hake kiev for your main, and you can get three paired cocktails for €25, or just order from the menu. Book here.