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Here’s our picks for August:
To Caffeinate: Two Boys Brew
We’re detecting a lot of love for Two Boys Brew, a new coffee and food space that opened its doors in Phibsborough last month. Inspired by the specialty coffee cultures of London, Berlin and Melbourne, the newcomer is proving a big hit with Dublin 7’s early morning commuters and diners. In addition to their great quality coffee, Two Boys Brew also offers a good selection of colourful soups, sandwiches and salads. We love the sound of the ham hock and cheese sandwich with fig and apple chutney, available to eat in and take away.
To Treat: BubbleClaws at the Marker
The Marker Hotel has outdone itself this summer with a particularly tasteful offering involving the marriage of French vines and Irish seafood. Designed by Chef Gareth Mullins “BubbleClaws” features flame grilled blue lobster sourced from Mayo’s coastal waters by local fisherman Stephen McHale. The aptly named dish is paired with a bottle of Ayala champagne and comes served with summer truffle and parmesan fries, refreshing heirloom tomato salad and black pepper crème fraîche. Deliciously sweet, it can be enjoyed in the Brasserie at the Marker until Saturday 27th August. www.themarker.ie
To Try: The Rolling Donut
In the days before hipster variations became a thing, the Rolling Donut conducted more than its fair share of sweet, sticky transactions on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Still going strong, the humble donut kiosk recently expanded to include a new flagship store on Bachelor’s Walk. Specialising in gourmet donuts made with fresh sourdough starter, fillings include Peanut Berry delight and Bailey’s Bliss. Star turn is the ‘Hipsters Paradise’; a matcha green tea donut that aims to satisfy a sweet tooth while also giving a boost of energy and antioxidants. www.therollingdonut.ie.
To Brunch: Vinyl Brunch at the Cookbook Café
We’re hearing great things about brunch at Audrey McDonald’s Cookbook Café, which recently celebrated its first birthday. The weekend menu at the Glasthule establishment features cold-pressed juices, freshly baked scones and a terrific signature breakfast with free-range eggs. Pancake stacks are cooked to order and there’s an appetising chunky avocado dish served with homemade sourdough for those who fancy something unusual. The Sunday morning Vinyl Brunch has an especially laid back vibe, with food available from 10am and tunes at 11am courtesy of Tom Dunne and gal about town Anne McCoy. www.cookbookcafe.ie
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