Meatfeasts and Gorgonzola delights on the menu for Bloomsday
An array of Bloomday inspired menus are available throughout the city for James Joyce fans today.
Many James Joyce fans are today tucking into an oddity of dishes in celebration of the annual Bloomsday celebrations, digging their spoons into the likes of giblet soup and nutty gizzards.
The food desires of Ulysses’ hapless hero Leopold Bloom at the beginning of the 1922 novel are enough to make one’s stomach turn with his love of the ‘inner organs of beasts and fowls’ and his favourite dish of ‘grilled mutton kidneys’ which ‘gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.’
In the novel, Joyce’s easily coaxed carnivore has a change of heart after taking in the ramblings of an exaggerative vegetarian, who muttered within Bloom’s earshot: 'Don't eat a beefsteak. If you do the eyes of that cow will pursue you through all eternity.'
From then on the pungent aromas of meat juice and the chomp of delicious steak straight from the grill in The Burton on Duke Street no longer spoke to Bloom in the same way it once had.
Instead, he trotted up to Grafton Street’s Davy Byrne’s and ordered a scrumptious Gorgonzola sandwich, a crunchy salad and a glass of burgundy.
After his vegetarian feast, Bloom was a convert proclaiming that an overwhelming goodness was to be found in the ‘vegetarian fine flavour of things from the earth.’
Despite Bloom’s conversion, many Dublin establishments are playing on the character’s original carnivore tendencies. Caviston’s Food Emporium in Sandycove is catering to the crowds of devoted fans dressed up for the occasion this afternoon, all eager to tuck into nutty gizzards and Buck’s fizz on the menu.
In the city centre, Bison Bar on Wellington Quay is celebrating the occasion with a meatfest, serving up slow-cooked brisket, pulled pork, sausages, St. Louis ribs and sweet cocktails with a 10% discount for anyone who ‘requests an appointment with Roger Greene’. Perhaps after this take a trip to The Liquor Rooms, also on Wellington Quay, where they are mixing up a biscuit based cocktail christened The Citizen for the Bloomsday celebrations.
Those in the mood for Bloom’s favourite mutton kidneys should pay a visit to FX Buckleys where a taster and a cocktail are complimentary to any main course for the remainder of the day.
If seeking the Gorgonzola centred feast fictitiously indulged in by Mr. Bloom on June 16th 1904, one can stroll up to Davy Byrnes on Grafton Street to tuck into a green cheese sambo and a few sips of burgundy for €13, a meal which is certainly going to be relished the most by Joyce fans today.