Watch: The top six things you need to scoff at Taste of Dublin 2015
The tenth annual Taste of Dublin kicked off this afternoon and with more than 25 restaurants from around the country pitched up in Iveagh Gardens, there’s plenty of feasting to be done. Here are the top things you to splash your Florins on at this year’s festival...
Söder + Ko’s Steamed Bun
Cost: 6 Florins
Newly opened Söder + Ko is making its Taste of Dublin debut this year partnering up with the latest beer from The Brewer’s Project at St James’s Gate, Hop House 13. Scandi-Asian inspired eatery has brought a unique flavour to Dublin’s George’s Street in recent months and the Söder steam bun, filled with juicy roast Chinese duck, Hoi Sin, and Asian pickles is one of the top things you should scoff at the festival. It’s good value for money at 6 florins.
Brioche’s Braised Lambay Island Lamb
Cost: 7 Florins
Ranelagh-based Brioche is under the helm of chef and patron Gavin McDonagh at this year’s Taste of Dublin and the restaurant’s signature dish picked up the festival’s top award this afternoon.
The restaurant’s braised Lambay Island lamb with feves, courgette flowers, baba ghanoush and lamb jus was honoured with the Best of Taste award making it a must try on Independent.ie’s list.
Rock Lobster’s Lobster Roll
Cost: 9 Florins
Although Rock Lobster’s Traditional Maine Lobster Roll is a little bit on the pricier side, the decadent offering is definitely worth splashing on.
Chef and owner Niall Sabongi said: “It’s a milk and brioche bun toasted in butter and it’s filled with lobster. The lobster is dressed in yuzu mayonnaise, which is a kind of a Japanese grapefruit and some chives. It’s delish,” he finished.
Chop House’s 35 day aged Hereford Beef
Cost: 7 florins
Dublin 4’s Michelin-star winning Gastropub Chop House will once again be one of the most popular restaurants at this year’s Taste of Dublin if today’s queues are anything to go by.
The restaurant’s signature dish is their 35 day aged beef, seared and served with twice cooked thick and chunky fries.
The steak is drizzled with rich and creamy tarragon béarnaise sauce and the portion is great value for 7 florins. Get to it early as it will definitely set you on the way to being stuffed.
Pichet’s Snicker’s Parfait
Cost: 5 Florins
After all the savoury scoffing, it might be time to take your sweet tooth on a dreamy trip to Pichet. Although the restaurant does have some dishy options on its menu at Taste of Dublin, including the Rosé Veal Bolognese, it’s their Snicker’s parfait that is worth throwing your florins at.
The dessert is accompanied by a smooth and airy chocolate mousse and sticky honeycomb which makes Pichet one of the sweetest pit-stops in Iveagh Gardens.
Chapter One & Barry’s Tea's Eclairs
Cost: 5 Florins
Barry’s Tea and Ross Lewis of Chapter One have teamed up for this year’s Taste of Dublin churning out the most delicious desserts, all inspired by the humble cuppa.
“We’ve taken some varieties of teas from Barry’s and created tea-flavoured desserts,” said Chapter One’s Ross Lewis.
“We’ve made everything from macaroons, Barry’s tea cakes with apricot and jasmine tea cream. It was a creative challenge but I think that we’ve pulled off a very nice result,” he said.
Although the tea-riffic desserts are all worthy of your five Florins, our top pick is the scrummy melted éclairs piped with camomile tea cream and cocoa glaze.
Taste of Dublin in Ivegah Gardens runs from June 11 until June 14.
For more information and to book tickets see: dublin.tastefestivals.com