We're still mourning the end of chocolate for breakfast, afternoons curled up on the couch watching movies, and a break from the relentless cycle of life, but we're starting the year how we mean to go on by scanning our feeds for the best things to eat in Dublin every week, and here's what we think should be on your agenda in the second week of 2023...
1) Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, Sprezzatura Rathmines
We will never not want homemade pasta, and this spinach and ricotta stuffed ravioli, in a sage has taken over our brains this week. They recommend following with an Americano - Red Vermouth and soda water, and who are we to argue. Find it in Sprezzatura Rathmines.
2) Fried Chicken Bap, 3fe
If you're not feeling the need for a healthier than normal January, make your way to 3fe sharpish (Five Points and Grand Canal Street) for their new fried chicken bap, which comes with 3fe hot sauce mayo, pickled cucumber and slaw on brioche. If that won't make you warm from the inside out, nothing will.
3) French Onion Soup, Bresson
It's French onion soup season, and before we know it, it will be off menus for another year. Dive into Bresson for a bowl of steaming hot, cheesy crouton-topped loveliness before we hit spring.
4) Shuan Jiao Niu Liu from the secret menu at Hakkahan
We've recently found out that Hakkahan in Stoneybatter has a secret menu, devised on request by their Chinese customers, and now they've made it available to everyone. We're lusting after the Shuan Jiao Niu Liu - beef fillet with chillies and ginger - and hear it packs a proper punch.
5) Tadka Dahl, Daata
If you're trying to eat less meat in January, or in general, head for Daata for this Tadka Dhaal - a chana lentil dahl cooked with tempered spices, and topped with crispy onions and herbs. A side of naan is optional, but recommended.