This temperamental weather currently has us craving comfort food one minute and light tapas-style dinners the next, and while we're still making the excuse that “it’s too hot to cook”, we may as well continue to treat ourselves (sure what else would we be doing). From fruit-filled pastries to pintxos, here are the 5 things we want to eat in Dublin this week....
1) Maritozzi, Oxmantown, Phibsboro
Oxmanstown dropped a teaser for their new bakery in Phibsborough this week, and we couldn't take our eyes off these fruit, pistachio and cream filled maritozzi. We also spied cinnamon knots, Basque cheesecake and plenty of sourdough. Race you to 330 North Circular Road.
2) Blueberry & Brown Butter Tart, Scéal Bakery, Dublin 8
Scéal Bakery are the masters of the seasonal pastry. This week’s Saturday special uses Irish grown blueberries from Malone fruit farm in Carlow, on top of a crisp pate sucrée shell, with blueberry jam and brown butter frangipane. Find a good hiding place and devour this all to yourself with a very good coffee.
3) Vieira Gratinada, Las Tapas de Lola
Looking to change up your regular tapas order? *We still love you patatas bravas* Enter Vieira Gratinada, or scallops au gratin – a summer staple at Las Tapas de Lola. Scallops baked in their shell in a rich creamy sauce covered in melty cheese. The perfect hybrid of summery seafood and a wintery hug in a bowl, for the July that doesn't know what it is.
4) Morcilla Pinxto, Eivissa-Ibiza Tapas
What do Irish and the Basque people have in common? We LOVE our black pudding. Evissa-Ibiza Tapas are serving up a new pinxto menu and the morcilla with toasted pine nuts is right at the top of our list. Grab a few plates to share, wash down with a jug of sangria and we practically guarantee a good time.
5) Pineapple Mille Feuille, Volpe Nera, Blackrock
You had us at “Sichuan pepper ice-cream”. Summer desserts can be somewhat predictable, but the new addition to the Volpe Nera menu is definitely not that. Pineapple Mille-feuille contrasted with Sichuan pepper ice-cream mean we think Volpe Nera are onto a winner here.