Just what is it that makes The Pepper Pot, in the middle of a beautiful period building, special?
Maybe it’s their crumbly Guinness and pumpkin seed bread topped with local cream cheese and Burren smoked salmon, their organic cabbage soup with chilli and caraway seed or the to-die-for black pudding, red onion marmalade and Cashel Blue cheese tart.
This establishment has a justified confidence about its produce, kitchen, and staff. It’s the perfect spot for a spot of lunch while out shopping, Ariosa coffee and slice of Victoria Sponge with homemade raspberry jam, or a rich Irish whiskey and pecan tart. The menu is small but everything is homemade with a lot of love. Her you will gat a real taste of Ireland in Dublin.
Temple Bar might be well known as the melting pot of culture and stag parties, but do some exploring on a Saturday afternoon and you’ll find the Temple Bar Market, hidden in a small plaza. The home baked produce never fails to attract lovers of food, who gather to chat to the stall owners.
There are many attractions of course, but one of the biggest is John Mac’s stall, selling just opened oysters. Harvested just the previous day off Co Clare, they are best served with a slice of brown soda bread and some chilled white wine.
Other delights to be found include smoked mackerel, courtesy of Frank Hedermann from Co Clare, apple juice from David Llewellyn, Hicks venison sausages, and homemade orange and rum breakfast cake from Nóirín’s Bakehouse of Wexford.
Durrus, Coolea, Gubbeen or Milleen’s, St Tola’s creamy goat’s cheese or a crumbly Cashel Blue are just some of the treats to be found in Sheridan’s Cheesemongers. Their speciality is Irish goat’s cheese with a slice of apple and an oat cake. Established 20 years ago by the Sheridan brothers in Galway, this shop now also sells a variety of European cheeses and olive oils. Its knowledgeable staff offer tasting samples that are very difficult to resist.
Capel Street may be the home of adult shops and pet supply stores, but it is also home to Wolfes Irish Artisan Bistro. True food lovers will welcome their commitment to serving simple, yet top quality, Irish food at prices accessible to everyone. This bistro has succeeded at pairing the best of traditional fare with new ideas, resulting in a memorable gastronomic experience. The relaxed surroundings will ensure that an evening spent here is one to remember.
In the basement food hall of Avoca on Suffolk Street, you’ll find delicious takeaway food such as their prized potato cakes and soups. Regulars will agree that the pies and salads are Avoca staples. In the head store of the Pratt family handweavers, spread over four floors, one is always guaranteed to enjoy top quality, modern Irish food. The restaurant, situated on the top floor, serves exquisite dishes such as field mushroom soup, their sell out rillette of duck with crusty bread and creamy fish pie. Their trusted local suppliers ensure that only the best Avoca loveliness reaches its shelves.
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