You might have heard that today is Blue Monday, which means that we're all supposedly down in the dumps!
If you’re feeling the chill, wishing you were back in bed or even just dreaming about the weekend already, we feel you and we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite dishes for you to sample, from restaurants around the capital, that will hopefully help chase any Monday blues away.
There’s nothing more uplifting than a plate of good food, so treat yourself to one of the meals below to remember that Blue Monday is just a song by New Order!
Buttermilk Chicken Stack from Gertrude, Pearse Street.
When Gertrude opened back in December, we knew that this buttermilk chicken stack would be a firm favourite. The fluffy pancake combined with crispy chicken, luscious honey butter and homemade fermented hot sauce is a total winner in our eyes. For a comforting taste of Americana, this is what you need to order.
Read more: Q&A with Holly Dalton, Head Chef at Gertrude
Potato and Onion Tortilla from Uno Mas, Aungier Street.
Uno Mas opened towards the end of last year and was immediately called one of Dublin’s best new restaurants, thanks to its gorgeous interior and Spanish-influenced delicious menu. This potato and onion tortilla has been hailed as one of the restaurant’s best dishes, thanks to its simple flavour and perfect execution. That gooey egg centre and topped with aioli is just what we want today!
The Funghi and Salsiccia pizzas from Pi Pizza, South Great Georges Street.
Pi Pizza has been seriously growing in popularity over the past while and it’s easy to see why: their pizzas are lauded as being impossibly bouncy and flavoursome. Two of our favourites on the menu are the Funghi (a Bianca pizza with Grano Padano, spinach, 'Hen of the Woods' mushrooms, Fontina, garlic and sage crema) and the Salsiccia (sort of an elevated Margherita with crushed tomatoes, fresh basil, piquillo peppers, pickled chillies, Gubbeen chorizo, Toonsbridge Fior di Latte and Parmigiano Reggiano). There’s nothing like pizza to cheer you up and we wholeheartedly endorse the ones from Pi Pizza.
Read more: How to make a classic Margherita pizza
Confit Duck Gizzards with Garlic Butter from Piglet Wine Bar, Temple Bar
The menu at Piglet celebrates unusual wines and delicious tapas, so you can’t really go wrong with anything. This duck dish is the perfect bite-sized option and comes served on perfectly toasted bread that is soaked in garlic butter and the fat from the gizzard... is your mouth watering yet? This dish has been one of our favourites for so long, it is packed with flavour.
Ham Hock Croquettes from Two Pups Coffee, Francis Street.
While Two Pups Coffee is obviously well-known for its fab coffee, however their food menu is truly impressive too. These ham hock croquettes are an ideal snack to treat yourself today, we visited recently and are still thinking about the taste along with the pickled radish, especially matched with the perfect cuppa!
Fillet of Beef with Celeriac Purée and Truffle Ravioli from One Pico, Molesworth Street.
We are fans of One Pico here at F&W and Ciaran McGill's food. Did you know the restaurant is open 21 years? What a legacy! A bite here is the perfect 'treat meal'. Is there anything more indulgent than this beef dish? If the truffle ravioli doesn’t banish the blues today, then the gorgeous beef and jus surely will.
Read more: Fillet of Beef with Horseradish
Fileja Al Ferretto from Grano, Stoneybatter.
Newcomer Grano serves up some of the best pasta in Dublin, so if you haven’t eaten there then you need to go right now. While everything on the menu sounds delicious, we can truly recommend the Fileja Al Ferretto: this silky smooth homemade pasta dish with swordfish, capers, cherry tomatoes, black olives and wild fennel is so comforting that we might be ordering it every time we visit.
What comfort food will you be trying today to beat Blue Monday? Let us know in the comments below.