A four story multi-sensory experience, plant-based puns, and another London-based heavy hitter has a go at opening in Dublin. Here’s what’s new in the city this week...
The Park Café, Ballsbridge
After the recent ropey arrivals of Jamie Oliver and Anna Haugh on the Dublin dining scene, we’re not sure any celebrity chef is safe from our sceptical Irish palates. Richard Corrigan is the latest to step into the fray with The Park Café, taking on the former Shelbourne Social space in D4 from Dylan McGrath and promising a warm, casual all-day restaurant experience.
The ace up his sleeve is Virginia Park Lodge, the four-acre County Cavan estate from which his London restaurant empire had been supplied until Brexit mucked it all up - more homegrown produce for us, then. The all day menu is unashamedly lush, with yellowfin tuna schnitzel, lobster spaghetti and tableside Caesar salad, as well as the Bentley's fish pie and a plate of roasted Oxford ‘Sandy & Brown’ piglet with crab apple and pickled mustard seeds. We’re quietly confident.
Hyde, Dublin 2
You’d be forgiven for thinking Hyde was set to be the biggest game-changer for Dublin since Covid-19 from the tone of their social media teases. The four-storey mixed-purpose experience just off Grafton Street has a lot to take in, from the ground-floor café bar to the rooftop terrace - not due to open until Spring of next year, and their first few nights were spent wine-ing and dining every influencer, model and PR luvvie in town.
The second-floor restaurant Gekko is one of the most-touted attractions, and while pitching a menu as “Asian-style” tends to put us on edge - as if 60% of the world’s population shared a single cuisine - the presence of Hang Dai alum and the man in charge of Saltwater Grocery's Raw Bar, Karl Whelan, as Executive Chef goes some way to calming the nerves. He’s dreamt up a primarily Japanese-style selection of plates to enjoy alongside the venue’s sizeable selection of high-end cocktails. Hyde is open now.
After six successful years in Phibsborough, the brains behind Two Boys Brew, Kevin Roche and Taurean Coughlan opened another café, Milo's on Monday, November 14th. The name of the new café was inspired by Taurean's dog who's called, you guessed it, Milo. Their Australian-style interiors, good coffee and cinnamon knots, as well as their egg and bacon brioches have all made their way over to the lucky people of Drumcondra.