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Four New Openings In Dublin And Two Coming Soon

Superfood snacks, steaks to spare, and classical cooking comes to Castleknock. Here’s what’s new in Dublin, and what’s coming soon…

Bovinity, Capel Street

Armed with quality cuts and more carnivorous puns than you can shake a ribeye at, Bovinity is the city’s latest steakhouse - and one offering a more upmarket vibe with classy cocktails and neon lights aplenty. While the steaks and smash burgers are expectedly front and centre on the menu (though, to date, their meat suppliers are not), we’ll give some credit for what seem like well thought-through vegetarian options: a seasonal starter of burrata and heirloom tomato and a spiced aubergine, dukkah and feta main.

There’s some meaty variety too in the Bovinity bibimbap and seriously tempting oyster shooters. In drinks terms expect bourbon aplenty, with the bell pepper sour one we’re especially keen to check out, and with a nice array of two-seater tables open out front, these new kids on the block are right in time to get in on a pedestrianised summer on Capel Street.

Rugged Lane, Castleknock

A stone’s throw from the Meath border in the lush surrounds of Luttrellstown Castle Resort, this new 50-seater “concept restaurant” pitches quality, consistency, and sustainability as its ethos. That’s a crowded field in Dublin these days (to say the least), so Rugged Lane is smartly starting out low with a six-course tasting menu at €59, and an eye-catching offer of free still or sparkling water all night.

Its menu, with dishes like whipped chicken liver, devilled quails egg, and trout fillet, is the kind of self-consciously classical offering that can easily go either way, but a €44 Sunday lunch with a €19.50 kids’ option will be a welcome addition to this corner of restaurant-scarce suburbia. While Rugged Lane soft-launched at the start of July, online bookings open via Dish Cult this Friday 15th.

Skinfull Affairs, Exchequer Street

Having recently shut up shop at its Dundrum location, organic beauty retailer Skinfull Affairs has renovated its city centre store with a brand-new plants-based treats counter offering coffee and cold-pressed juices alongside smoothie bowls and cake slices. It’s no surprise their food and drink reflects the ethics of the wider business, with Fairtrade Moyee coffee and honest-to-goodness ingredients informing everything on offer, including banana bread, carrot cake, and a range of superfood snacks.

Seems like the perfect feel-good food pairing for a new sustainable skincare routine or in-store treatment; or if that’s not your thing just nab one of the cute little benches parked outside and enjoy a coffee in the sun.