Middle Eastern manoush'eh, bacon fat bechamel sandwiches, and many layered Japanese desserts. Here’s what’s new in Dublin, and what's coming soon...
Smartbear Cakery, Liffey Street
Once you’ve heard of a mille crepe cake, you might never want to hear of anything else again. Layers of custard, cream and pancakes covered in flavoured frosting, this audacious invention is just one of the varieties of “scrumptious Japanese dessert” that Smartbear Cakery wants to introduce to Ireland. This city site expands out from their well-received Bray original and offers cake by the slice as well as bake-to-order specials for birthdays and all occasions. Other options include mousse, cheesecakes and Japanese sponge, while flavours range from matcha and mango to lychee rose and truffle chocolate.
To celebrate arriving in the city they’re giving away a €30 voucher when you spend €30 in-store any time up to this Sunday 3rd July. We’re sold.
Ed3n Café, Blanchardstown
Blanch might not exactly be the first thing to come to mind if we say the phrase “heaven on earth”, but this Garden of Eden-inspired new opening is out to change that with its colourful décor and wide-ranging menu. Pitched as a French-style patisserie with an Asian twist, Ed3n’s offerings include the things you’d expect in the pastry, cake and sandwich space, alongside some options you might not, like bubble tea and kimchi croissants. We’re here for anything that eclectic, and the floral interiors and blush pink walls look like appropriately outré surrounds for tucking into some funky fusion food.
It's A Trap, Aungier Street
We’re delighted to see this plant-based and pet-friendly bakery back in business after a string of incidents forced the closure of its original Denmark Street site back at the start of the year. Specialising in coffee and baked treats from a classic cinnamon roll with maple syrup and pecans, to new arrivals like a peanut butter chocolate roll, It's A Trap also has an impressive selection of vegan sweets and snacks to grab on the go or enjoy at the counter inside or the covered tables out front. Savoury lunch options are on the menu too - their selection of wraps includes Korean BBQ seitan and a Beyond mince burger, while the recent Reuben special stopped us in our tracks.
Zaatar, George's Street Arcade
Anyone who’s been to the excellent Izz Café in Cork will be familiar with manoush'eh, the Middle Eastern flatbread that may well be the OG pizza - culinary historians, especially Italian ones, can never seem to agree. Dublin finally has its own taste of it via Zaatar, now open in George’s Arcade. Most often eaten for breakfast across the Arab world, these topped flatbreads make a satisfying snack any time of the day, but they're only open from 11:00 - 18:00.