Hot cross buns, masa waffles with fried chicken, and a raspberry rose sponge we're dying to make. Here's the 5 things we most want to eat in Dublin this week...
1) Hot cross buns, Flower & Bean
It's hot cross bun season, and time to cram in as many as possible before they disappear for another year. Of course Flower & Bean in Dublin 8 have taken things to another level, with their spice, raisin, cranberry, ginger and candied orange peel-filled mixture, but they don't stop there. They brush them hot with magnolia flower sugar syrup and top with edible Irish flowers. If you're gona do it, do it right.
2) Masa waffles & fried chicken, Órale
Introducing the most random sounding brunch dish to hit Dublin in a while. Órale are gearing up for some daytime fun in Pawn Shop on Dame Street and are kicking it off with this dish of masa waffles, fried chicken, ancho blueberry jam, agave pear & jalapeño pickle, lime mascarpone, pomegranate seeds and almonds. There's a lot going on here, but after our recent visit we have no reason not to trust them.
3) Asparagus with manchego and hazelnuts, Volpe Nera
We can practically taste the cheesy, crunchy snap of a spear from this pic. A new starter at Volpe Nera, new season asparagus comes with Manchego cheese, hazelnuts, vinaigrette and lovage. Green goodness is right.
4) Wild mushrooms with green curry on sourdough
Urbanity have just launched some new dishes for April and we were stopped dead by these wild mushrooms with green curry, ajat thaeng gwa (Thai cucumber relish), puffed wild rice, pickled chili and peanuts on Tartine Organic sourdough. All the big flavours.
5) Raspberry rose Victoria sponge, The Gathered Table
This one is sadly something you'll need to cook in your own home, but how impressed will you be with yourself afterwards. This jaw-dropping raspberry rose Victoria sponge is Aoife Noonan's contribution to stunning new cookbook ‘The Gathered Table', with proceeds going to the Peter McVerry Trust. It features one beautiful recipe after another, from Ireland's top chefs, food writers and producers, each one a taste of home to them. Buy it here.