We tend to dread the end of summer - beach days, iced lattés, all the salads - but then the evening chill creeps in and reminds us that there's lots to love about Autumn. Apples, plums, blackberries, pumpkins, game - prepare to see some serious menu swivels over the coming weeks, and here are some of our favourites on menus right now.
Plum And Peach Tart From Urbanity
We're not sure whether to eat or frame this tart from Urbanity in Smithfield with ginger & star anise poached plums and peaches, on an almond frangipane tart. Expect lots more Autumn dishes almost too beautiful to eat over the next few months.
Apple, Raisin & Cinnamon Malt Dough From Bread 41
Bread 41 are never not on it when it comes to seasonal takes on a staple, and their September bread special is this apple, raisin and cinnamon malt loaf. Lashing of butter, hot coffee, the perfect Autumn breakfast.
The New Plum Dessert From Loretta's
Loretta's are showcasing the glut of plums available right now with this new plum, almond sponge and white chocolate dessert. We're eyeing up their striploin of beef with hash brown and horseradish for mains.
Apple Gelato From Cream Of The Crop
Cream Of The Crop in Dublin 8 take unwanted, unloved and imperfect fruits and vegetables to make their delicious gelato, and with their apple pie flavour they're not only using up surplus apples, but planting more trees from the seeds!
Daddy's Souped-Up Blackberry Tart
We love nothing more than a bit of blackberry picking at this time of year, followed by some rustic crumble making, but Daddy's are making a show of all of us with this blackberry, pistachio, coconut and frangipane tart. Show-offs.
Baa Baa's Blackberry, Apple & Thyme Pie
Also upping the ante in the blackberry stakes is Baa Baa in Chapelizod, with their blackberry, apple and thyme pie. That pastry...
The Pepperpot Bakery's Apple Turnovers
Extinguish the memories of supermarket bakery, far from flaky, apple turnovers with a trip to The Pepperpot Bakery in George's Street Arcade. They're inspired by a recent trip to Paris, and best eaten still warm, but we can't see them hanging around long enough to get cold.
Pumpkin, Burrata & Prunes From Charlotte Quay
Pumpkins are only just starting to make their menu appearances, and Charlotte Quay are setting the bar high with this plate of pumpkin, burrata, prunes, Pedro Ximénez vinegar, pumpkin seeds and extra virgin olive oil.
Blackberries & Baked Cream From Clanbrassil House
Wild blackberries, baked cream and fennel is the new dessert on the Clanbrassil House block, and as good a reason as any to check out new head chef Jimmy Dobson's cooking.