This week’s Bite-Size round up is full of clever initiatives and a new arrival on the Irish food scene, which is great to see.
There’s a new neighbourhood café in Dublin’s Harold’s Cross that is set to be a favourite with locals, while The Shelbourne has a lovely seafood offering that might be the perfect thing for a special occasion.
Plus we have all the info on a great new partnership that's all about bringing unique and interesting wines right to your door. And there is good news for pizza fans too.
A glass act
Irish wine subscription service Boxofwine.ie has teamed up with Wineport Lodge for a bespoke monthly selection of wines. The Wineport Lodge by Boxofwine.ie features wines you won’t find in supermarkets and stores, making it a great way to discover new favourites. Each month, the sommeliers will curate a box of three highly regarded wines that changes with each delivery. It will also contain food pairing suggestions from the award-winning Wineport Lodge Restaurant and tasting cards full of information on the vineyards and family-run wine businesses. Priced at €59.95 per month you can sign up at boxofwine.ie.
A new café has opened its doors in Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Southbank is the second café from Dona Watchorne who opened Grove Road at Porotbello Bridge in 2014. Once government restrictions are lifted, Southbank will be able to seat up to 70 people but for now it's focusing on a take out menu that includes breakfast, lunch and all-day brunch options as well as cakes and pastries. Highlights include chargrilled chicken and pulled beef brisket sandwiches (from €8), red lentil dahl hot pot (€7.50), North Wicklow free-range mixed-up eggs with lime crème fraiche and asparagus on toast (€7.90) and the breakfast sandwich with Hegarty’s melted cheddar on Firehouse Bakery sourdough (€8.50). The cakes and pastries are all made in house, with the exception of the salted caramel cruffins which is from Firehouse Bakery and coffee is by Contour Coffee from Roasted Brown.
Southbank is open Wednesday to Friday and is located at 79/80 Grove Road, Harold’s Cross Bridge, Dublin 6, D06 HP29. Southbankcafe.ie
A taste of the sea
If you’re craving seafood, or are celebrating a special occasion, The Shelbourne Hotel has the perfect thing. The tiered seafood platter is full of the finest Irish seafood and features the likes of shucked coastal oysters with a shallot and red wine vinaigrette, Dublin Bay prawns in a Marie Rose sauce, Shelbourne oak-smoked salmon and Bantry Bay crab claws. There's also Guinness and treacle brown bread with salted butter, Wexford baby potato salad with Lakeshore mustard and a Greek-style potato salad. Priced at €120 to serve two, from this Friday (23 April) there will be an option to add caviar and traditional accompaniments as well. Delivery costs €10 within 10km radius of The Shelbourne, and extra after that depending on location. To order call 01 663 4500. Theshelbourne.com
A slice of the action
Pizza kits have been big news in the last year, giving you the chance to make your own pizzas at home. Now Dublin’s BoCo has come up with a clever option that takes some of the hard work out of things. Its half-baked pizza kits contain all the freshly prepared ingredients you need to assemble your own feast, with lots of varieties to choose from. Each kit contains two, three or four wood-fired pizza bases, crushed tomato sauce, Toons Bridge fior di latte mozzarella, toppings and a portion of woodfired garlic mayo. You can pre-order at any time online and delivery is available Friday to Sunday between 4 and 6pm. A pick-up option also available. For more info see boco.ie.