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The food revolution is well and truly underway. Quality and choice is on the up, competition is getting fiercer and undoubtedly there will be winners and losers. Though as it stands right now we, the masses who wish to be fed, are the real winners.

There is no excuse for sub-standard food, grotty interiors, shoddy service, overpriced basics (waters/minerals) and ridiculous mark-ups or entry prices for expertly sourced house wines.

As we put the finishing touches to this edition, we still had barely time to digest Tom Durcan's spiced beef blaa in Hatch & Sons on Stephen's Green (opened Monday), we're looking forward to Sip & Slurp opening on Charlemont Street, await further word on a new addition to Parnell Square and know Fade Street hasn't seen the end of its food rejuvenation. 

Oh and Michelle Darmody of Cake Cafe dropped by yesterday to give us heads up on Slice, her new food fanzine, launching in January. And all this before you tuck into our food special and we wish The Pieman Cafe a happy first birthday today.

Who's handing it to you on a plate this week? MichaelCiaranKateJerath or Amy.

"My own version of the famous vintage 'Ah! Bisto' adverts of yesteryear." - Paddy Dunne
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November 15 2012


where
Damson Diner, 52 South William Street, Dublin 2


when
From 6pm

how much
€7-€22.50

le other
Damson Diner

Water sorted. Doors open. Game on. Damson Diner has arrived. Almost a year since the South William shut up shop as a pub club, the salivating prospect of a new diner experience from the Bereen Brothers (Coppinger Row) and mixologist Oisin 'Wildberries' Davis is made flesh. Named after a plum which has origins in the east but can be grown in the west, this arrangement is fusing both sides on its menu too. The decor includes a herb garden wall, reclaimed flooring and exposed copper lighting. The menu is a choice of in a bowl, from the grill or bites. Front runners include the lip-smacking NY sauce accompanying the steak, seared tuna with radish, ginger and fennel and the Bangkok Chicken salad. Davis is infusing sloes, cranberries and whatever his foraging hands pick up for some select cocktails. Damnsogood so far. / Michael McDermott

 

November 15 2012


where
Mespil Road Market,
Baggot Street Bridge,
Dublin 2

when
Thursdays, 11am-2pm

how much
€7 Fish/Prawns & Chips

le other
Say Fish

Fish ‘n’ chips is fish ‘n’ chips, right? Wrong. I doubt any of you would underestimate the joy of opening up a bag full of steaming, deep-fried spuds and crispy fish. Old-school chippers abound in the city – the good, the bad, and the greasy – but there is a new fish in town...Say Fish at the Irish Village Markets. We’re talking big, fat, chunky chips with the browned skin intact, covered in cracked black pepper and generous sprinklings of sea salt. The fish changes depending on what the proprietor Dave picks up from the pier on market morning, but you can expect crumbly, crunchy coated mackerel and prawns, or flaky cod and haddock coated in a batter that your granny could only have dreamed of. To top it all off, their range of homemade sauces are completely amazeface. So get your fill of arguably one of the best fish ‘n’ chips in the city. Or maybe even the world. / Aoife McElwain

 

November 15 2012


where
NCAD, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8


when
Opens tonight, 6-8pm

how much
Free

competition
Archizines

Video may have killed the radio star but cold hard technology can't erradicate the love of the printed page. Zines, originally emerging as independent alternatives to mainstream media, are still flourishing with the can do attitude of self-expression and self publication. Hosted by the IAF and the NCAD Gallery, Archizines comprises a collection of contemporary international zines documenting dynamic discourses on architecture, urbanism and space. The Archizines Seminar kick starts the exhibition providing advice and inspiration for those itching to create their own platform for creativity and discussion. A concurrent competition to design a prototype archizine encourages you to release your inner Jefferson Hack and see your winning creation in print. Impressive. Or at least something to steady that wonky table. / Sarah Maguire

 

November 15 2012


where
Whelan's Upstairs, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€18.50

gig
Destroyer

Here comes Dan Bejar and his band touring an album inspired by the birth of his daughter and Roxy Music’s Avalon. No wait, don’t scroll away, keep reading. Scarily, adult-oriented pop is in the process of becoming cool again, what with The xx waxing lyrical about Sade at every fucking opportunity, but Kaputt (my favourite album of 2011 for the record) is a step away and above any obvious reference points associated with that most derided genre. Vancouver native Bejar is a chameleon in the true 21st century sense of the word – he’s also a member of the New Pornographers and Swan Lake – and his love of 1970’s rock and 80’s pop coupled with doses of willful experimentation, not forgetting his idiosyncratic vocal style and cryptic lyrics, appears to have finally reached some kind of creative zenith. Where he goes from here is anyone’s guess. Win Tickets / Brian Keane

 

November 15 2012


where
bio.space 033, 33 Charles St West, Dublin 7


when
Thurs 5-9, Fri 10-7, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5

how much
Free

fundraiser
Caribbean Christmas

It's cold. It's damp. It's rainy. I'm wearing so many layers that I look like the Pillsbury Doughboy. So the idea of a Caribbean-themed Christmas Fair sounds pretty amazing right now. Organised by Fiona Byrne of Fifi Loves Jewellery and Eco Creations' Emanuelle Marion, Christmas Caribbean is a pop-up Christmas Fair that will warm your cockles and empty your wallets. There will be tropical cupcakes, vintage jewellery, hats, textiles and all sorts of sunshiney, yummy things. As if that's not enough, there will also be live performances by the Hot Dots, Christmas carols, a boutique inside a coffee van, free wine tastings and a craft workshop. So grab your sunscreen and sarong, cover it all up with something woolly and waterproof, and bask in the warm glow of retail therapy. / Chandrika

   
 

November 16 2012


where
Food Game, 10 South Lotts Road, Ringsend


when
Every Weds, Thurs, Fri, evening

how much
Depends

le other
Food Game

Having (wisely) decided to flee the soul-destroying grind of the advertising industry, Richard Gleeson did the now obligatory stint at Ballymaloe before going on to train at Ottolenghi's in London. The ad-game's loss is our gain. For three nights a week he takes over Food Game, the much-loved googleland coffee shop and turns it into a showcase for his intuitive, assured cooking. This is flavour-driven food, simple and satisfying. All dishes are served as sharing plates but you will find yourself growing increasingly greedy as the meal progresses. Mixed mushrooms with pearl barley and faro had a citrus tang with a whack of chilli heat, haddock with palourde clams had the ozone scent of a remembered trip to the coast. We ate the Crowe's farm pork belly in silence. In a City full of mouthy pretenders this chap has the chops. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

November 16 2012


where
Copper House Gallery, Off Synge Street, Dublin 8


when
Opening 6pm

how much
Free

exhibition
Albert, Ernest & the Titanic

Who knew the Titanic had its very own in-house design team? Yup. Bert and Ernie. Designing and printing stationery and menus for fancy dinners for first class passengers while poor Jack & Co in steerage had to make do with porridge and rats. Albert, Ernest & The Titanic features a series of original lino-cut prints from a limited edition book by artist Jamie Murphy. The book, hand-made at Distiller's Press in NCAD, uses traditional letterpress methods for text and linoleum illustrations to tell the story of the two men on board the ill-fated ship. With so many projects thoughtlessly churned out these days and many ideas coming in at under 140 characters, it's refreshing to be able to take a moment appreciate true artistic endeavour. He even sourced actual coal from the Titanic to mix in with the ink for feck sake! / Hayley Reynolds

 

November 16 2012


where
Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6.15pm

how much
Free, book tickets through link.

talk
eBooks vs Books

So ... ebooks, ePub, Google Play, Kindles, the 50 Shades anomaly ... What is actually going on in digital publishing in 2012? Now out of nappies, digital publishing is impatient to be a precocious pre-teen, all bendy thumbs and cute back-chat. And on Friday evening, yours truly and three other publishers (Antony Farrell, Eoin Purcell and Kemberlee Shortland) will consider the changes in the last year and then we'll tussle over our visions for the future of the industry. For The South Circular, the question of digital as an absolutely multi-disciplined art form is one nagging to be answered; we'll ponder the willingness of us publishers to consider new systems of production and our need to lead readers to a new reading experience. This event costs none of your precious euros but booking is recommended. / Aoife Walsh, The South Circular

 

November 16 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
The Master

The Master is a film about cults. A cult classic, if you will. Ho, ho, ho! (I have been waiting all year to make that joke.) Really, though, The Master is the highly anticipated film from Paul Thomas Anderson. A psychological drama that explores the nature of cults, The Master centres on a wayward and erratic Navy veteran named Freddie Quell who, seeking purpose, finds himself entrenched in a cult named The Cause, a belief system that bears more than a few resemblances to Tom Cruise’s faith of choice. With his shadowed visage and hunched posture, Joaquin Phoenix delivers a career-best performance as Quell, while Jonny Greenwood contributes a sublime, dizzying score. More meandering than explosive, The Master lacks the quotable lines from There Will Be Blood, but is nonetheless a compelling watch.  / Amy O’Connor

   
 

November 16 2012


where
Fade Street Social, Fade Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
5.30pm - 10.30pm

how much
See HERE

food
Fade Street Social

Beware of the feeding frenzy around new restaurants. Amidst the shrill clamour for tables and desire to bask in the reflected glow of the current flavour-of-the-month chef, the food often becomes merely an overlooked bystander. This is not the case at Fade Street Social By Dylan McGrath. Here, all eyes are on the plates. In the sleek gastro bar, enthusiastic staff deliver a steady stream of pretty, petite portions bursting with colour and taste - modern tapas with an added Instagram filter. Try the pumpkin macaroni with spring onion and parmesan. They also make interesting things with fish, pork and lots of truffle oil. In time, they will open a classy formal dining room and the bar area upstairs is becoming popular for cocktails (try the ‘Strumpet City’). For now, enjoy the fact that a street space that was once derelict is now delicious. / Paul Trainer

 

November 16 2012


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
November 15th - 17th, 8.15pm

how much
€5

theatre
Text Messages

‘2 b, r nt 2 b dat iz d Q. Wthr tis noblr n d mnd 2 sufr d slngs & arowz of outrAjs fortn r 2 tAk armz agnst a C f trblz, & by oposn nd em?’ is not what TEXT | messages at Project Arts Centre is about, thankfully. It is, rather, a challenge for directors and actors to take on Shakespeare, choosing 160 lines from one of his pieces and having two or more actors present them in no more than 20 mins. Ten directors present nine pieces over three nights for only €5. Temple Bar was alight with great amusement and poignant, surprising theatre when this played Dublin last December, and this year's directing talent be no less impressive-eth. The script is verbatim but the setting, the costumes, the presentation is all unexpected and interesting. Expect LOL, WTF, OMG and a new appreciation for Shkspr and Irish Theatre. / Darragh Doyle

 

November 16 2012


where
The Kitchen Nightlub, , The Clarence Hotel, East Essex Street, Dublin 2


when
11pm

how much
€12/€15

dj set
Robert Hood

Robert Hood’s latest album Motor: Nighttime World 3 is a dark and broody concept album that tries to capture the essence of post-industrial Detroit. Not the most uplifting image, it has been voted America’s most dangerous city four years running and has an unemployment rate of 20%. But it could be worse. It could be Limerick. A master of minimal techno, Hood has been at the forefront of the genre since the early 90’s and has pioneered many of its developments since that time. Motor: Nighttime World 3 is the third in a series of releases where Hood pushes the breaks (no pun intended) and reflects. There are times where the bass hits the floor like no ones business but there are also intelligent, subtle digressions that remind us why this guy is so important in underground music. Long may it continue... Win Tickets / Steve Battle

 

November 16 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€18

gig
Shabazz Palaces & THEESatisfaction

The Twisted Pepper celebrates its fourth birthday this week and has enlisted Sub Pop dream team Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction, among others, to assist with the festivities. The former is the acclaimed new project of Digable Planets’ frontman Ishmael Butler. THEESatisfaction, meanwhile, is the moniker under which Catherine Harris-White and Stasia Irons perform their unique and infectious neo-soul jams. Their music encompasses a range of genres, with funk and jazz influences on display on this year’s record awE naturalE. They sing with purpose and drop stream-of-consciousness rhymes over dreamy, jazz-infused beats. With contagious hooks and lyrics that serve as mantras (“Whatever you do, don’t funk with my groove”), this Seattle duo are a sound for sore ears. (THEE)Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. Win Tickets / Amy O'Connor

   
 

November 17 2012


where
Asia Market, 18 Drury Street, Dublin 2


when
10am-7pm

how much
Depends

le other
Asia Market

Durian fruit, live crab, a cleaver, frozen chickens feet, sea cucumber, fermented tofu, kimchee juice, a packet of dried anchovies and a giant lucky cat. Tick, tick and tick. Hidden behind a blankly glassy shop front on Drury Street, this oriental Aladdin's cave stocks pretty much everything you could need to cook properly authentic Asian food and sate your more obscure food cravings. We've spent many Sundays browsing the packed fridges and shelves, stocking up on dumplings, spices, noodles and magma-hot chilli oil while slaking our hangovers with soft-drinks that taste not-of-this-world. It probably explains the surfeit of attractively packaged, bizarrely flavored Japanese gummies in our house. Round-eyes are warily welcomed. / Mr & Mrs Stevens 

 

November 17 2012


where
Vintage Cocktail Club, 15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2


when
Reservations necessary, open 5pm-Late

how much
€5 after 11pm

le other
Vintage Cocktail Club

Facing a blacked-out building front on a cobblestone alley, there is little to alert you to the presence of this bar other than the letters ‘VCC’ placarded to a small door and a lingering, tight-lipped bouncer. It’s not easy getting in to this speakeasy, but once you’ve established that you do have connections and you’re not there to throw lead, it’s all duck soup. On first impression the interior is slightly overblown, but with such class that you’ll soon feel like a regular flaming youth. There are three bars (one on each of the three floors) serving the best cocktails in the city, crafted by meticulous hands with the finest of ingredients. Aim for the top floor, which boasts what is possibly the most accommodating smoking garden in Dublin, and bump gums over their signature Chaser, a Bay and Elderflower Collins or an historic Millionaire. / Jerath Head

 

November 17 2012


where
The Chocolate Factory, 26 King's Inn Street, Dublin 1


when
6pm

how much
€10 BYOB

performance
Transversal III

Although the idea of a disused chocolate factory may bring a tear to your eye, curators and performers Deirdre Murphy and Fergus Byrne once again give us reason to be grateful for empty buildings. The Transversal series continues to provide opportunities to see skilled and original performers and dancers who are high on originality and low on ego. More than a dozen of them will present, over four hours, work uniquely created in response to this space and our time. Performers include Michelle Boulé, over from NY and taking time out from performing with IMDT, and Robert Jackson who is traveling from Bilbao. Their poster declares “may contain nudity”; and with Transversal nothing is certain. At a time when we can feel manipulated and spoonfed by our entertainment, Transversal asks audience and performers alike to respond honestly. / Kay Scorah

   
 

November 17 2012


where
See link

when
13th-18th November

how much
Varies

festival
Dublin Book Festival

The Dublin Book Festival is taking over the Smock Alley Theatre in Temple Bar for the week with a huge range of author readings, panel discussions, book launches and kids’ activities, mostly free-of-charge. With the aim being to promote all that’s good about Irish writers and publishing there’s also a pop-up bookshop in the beautiful Banquet Hall with an additional browsing and reading area, so that you can take your time and soak up the literary atmosphere. There’s stacks to keep everyone happy but highlights include appearances by Jimmy Magee, Neven Maguire, Sean Moncrieff, Catherine Fulvio, Michael Clifford as well as seminars on history, poetry, gardening, cookery, children’s books and  ‘how to get published’. Full programme and bookings here. / Bob 'Gutterbook Shop' Johnston

 

November 17 2012


where
The Light House Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
9pm

how much
€9

screening
Hollywood Babylon

After many cold, winter nights arguing around the flickering light of their cockle-warming bonfire, a legion of metal experts finally settled on what they consider to be the ‘most metal movie of all time’. It may come as a surprise that this month’s Hollywood Babylon screening is Nicolas Winding Refn’s brutal but brilliant Viking epic, Valhalla Rising. This is a starkly shot cinematic tale about one man’s descent into the heart of darkness, in all its 35mm gory glory. Combine that with one hour of VHS: The Metal Years, a carefully compiled compendium of clips, trailers and short films from some of the most recognisable and long forgotten names in metal, and you’re on sure-fire highway to hell. So let your hair down, put on your bondage chains and dirty Docs and join us. Win Tickets / Simon Judge

 

November 17 2012


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
10am - 5pm

how much
€12


Oyster Bar at Temple Bar Food Market

It’s a Forty Foot dip, a pint of the black stuff and a Howth Head ramble. It’s the failsafe cure for the blackest of hangovers, the silver lining for my greyest of Saturdays, my guaranteed sunshine to beat the blues. Pull up a pew at Stephen Kavanagh’s oyster stall and give a nod to The Blonde. A glass of white wine appears (it’d be rude not to) and then a half-dozen plump, shiny, saline beauties, freshly shucked and quivering in naked anticipation. It’s not just that promised union of flavour and texture: heat, salt, citrus, slippery, smooth. Nor the banter. Nor the bustle. Nor the well-being creeping from inside out. It’s all of those things, all rolled into one utterly Dublin moment. It’s a pure joy. / Aoife Carrigy

   
 

November 18 2012


where
The Village Café, 170 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6


when
Regular Opening Hours

how much
Breakfast Bap €7.50

le other
The Village Café

The Village. The only place where I can nurse a hangover AND see my parents at once without having a breakdown. They don't look at you all funny when you sit down inside, take your sunglasses off, squeal, and put them back on. No, they just bring your double espresso and orange juice double-quick. The breakfast bap is your Sunday friend, bewilderingly guilt-free, because the produce they use is so maturely seasoned you don't need to lob half a bottle of ketchup on to it in order to make it halfway palatable. Then there are the daily specials which are homely fare like you might get if you were married to Nigella. Note for men: Do visit the toilet to find some of the most pleasant and articulate graffiti (in beautiful hand-writing also). Oh, Rathmines! / Cora Burke

 

November 18 2012


where
Light House Cinema , Smithfield Market, Dublin 7
Location Map

when
8:30pm

how much
€6-€9

screening
There Will Be Blood

Let’s start with a statement; There Will Be Blood is the best film of this century. Of course, it had pretensions to be as much, even though it is without pretension. A story of an oil prospector and his son at the beginning of the last century, Paul Thomas Anderson creates a picture of what was to come in the next hundred, and how greed never changes. Famously opening without dialogue for a full 17-minutes, it has influenced and inspired some of the best movies since (Wall-E and The Actor spring to mind). And we haven’t even mentioned Daniel Day-Lewis yet. His performance is as epic as the film itself, outgunning even Orsen Wells in the ‘I’m Charles Foster Kane!’ stakes. Genius, bold and with a sparse soundtrack that will still drill through your senses.  / Hugh Torpey

 

November 18 2012


where
Anglers Rest,
Strawberry Beds,
Chapelizod,
Dublin 20

when
Sun-Thurs: 12pm - 9pm

how much
starters from €5, mains from €15

le other
The Angler's Rest

Where the strawberry beds sweep down to the Liffey, you'll kiss away the troubles from my brow. Nestled atop Knockmaroon Hill in Chapelizod is a bucolic hideway whose threadbare-style elegance and open-fire snugness makes it the perfect, lazy day eatery. The only downside being that, without a car, you are unlikely to make the trip through the Phonenix Park and past the best view in Dublin to get there. Once there, wooden floors creak underfoot, the turf fire crackles and the food ensures you'll come back again. As it's run by the Wrights (of Howth), stick with the fish dishes, seafood chowder or crab claws and prawns for starters followed by the beer battered fish and chips with crushed minted peas and tartare. Grow a beard, don an Aran jumper, pick up a dudeen and make your way out for some hours of Angler-styled, food enduced, inertia. / Vernon Steel

   
 

November 18 2012


where
Odessa Club, 13 Dame Court, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
6:30pm

how much
Free

screening
Redline

Ireland has produced some of the best short films in the world over the last few years, Terry George taking home an Oscar last year for The Shore. But these native films have a tendency to be slow burners, gaining attention as fast as their scripts are long. Which always makes a new short from a promising director an intriguing prospect; you may not see it for again for a while. After his first film, Promised Land, successfully went onto the festival circuit and made its television debut, director Daniel Corcoran returns with Redline, a snapshot of Dublin city and its small time, hypocrisy driven connections between the people that inhabit it. He’s managed to pull in some names too, with Peter Coonan (Love/Hate) and the excellent Pascal Scott amongst the leads. So here’s to looking down the road; and to being the smug one come Oscar night. / Hugh Torpey

 

November 18 2012


where
The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
4pm – 11pm

how much
Free

celebration
Saucy Sundays

Saucy Sundays is 2! Making it just slightly younger than The Strypes, but no less deadly. Brainchild of the lovely, singer/songwriter, Lisa McLaughlin and the hot, hirsute, Hot Sprockets bassman, Joey Lynch, Saucy Sundays deserve to blow the candles off the cake after another great year of showcasing quality music. And great get for the celebrations in bagging The Strypes, the sensational Cavan beatsters who are too damn good and too damn young to dislike. Alongside the moptops are some wise heads like Ollie Cole, Gavin Glass and former Alphastates frontwoman Cat Dowling, while emerging acts like the all girl Wyvern Lingo, young rockers The Stoney Brokes and the an MC called Sho Biz bring up the rear. So to speak. Have a saucy Sunday that's more grooves than gravy. / Luka Scoones

 

November 18 2012


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€16.50

gig
BEAK>

Just what the Sunday music doctor prescribed - BEAK>, a Bristolian trio fumbling in a blissful sonic fog with Portishead's Geoff Barrow at the helm. Their second LP was apparently recorded in a day and tracks such as Yatton and Eggdog are like landing into Wicker Man world. There's distant vocal echoes, beats and chords all reaching out, clawing, indicating but then slinking away before we can grasp them. The tempo and urgency grows later on Wulfstan I. For Krautrock kicks and afficiandos of ATP, bank on BEAK>. Side effects may include trance like head nodding and shoe-gazing appreciation of their wonderfully woozy sounds. Win Tickets / Zach Joyce

   
 

November 19 2012


where
The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
8am-5pm

how much
Falafel €5, Porchetta €6

le other
The Fumbally

For years, the corner of Fumbally Lane and New Street South bore the depressing and all-too-familiar declaration ‘Available To Let’; a derelict space with an abundance of seemingly obvious potential. Perhaps even more obvious, particularly to Luca D’Alfonso and Aisling Rogerson, was the poor ratio of hungry mouths to eateries in the area. Earlier this year they took the opportunity to rectify this by setting up The Fumbally, a hub of independent culinary and creative practices. In a few short months it has established itself as the Degrassi Junior High of Dublin refectories, a beacon for harbingers of trend and opinion. Not to label it painfully ostentatious - it’s a relaxed and unique café that serves equally well as a gallery space – but good ideas, great food and amazing coffee will always attract culture junkies. / Jerath Head

 

November 19 2012


where
Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square Docklands D2
Location Map

when
See HERE (runs until Nov. 25th)

how much
€20 - €48

musical
Anglo - The Musical

"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce." Karl Marx knew a thing or two about the contradictions of capitalism, but his thoughts on musical theatre remain undocumented. He might have enjoyed Anglo-The Musical, a riproaring comic take on recent economic unpleasantness. Paul Howard's script sees the benighted isle of Inisdull (surely a neighbour of Craggy Island) amusingly ravaged by the Celtic Tiger in all its aspirational & avaricious glory.  Behind the boom are the muppet masterminds of Anglo, a clatter of puppets led by a villainous CEO (a marvellous Mark O’Regan). There are plenty of laughs and the odd memorable number, but the story inevitably takes a darker turn. In the end Anglo – The Musical turns Marx's aphorism on its head, dishing up an opening hour of glorious farce followed by a distinctly tragic final act. Win Tickets / Luke McManus

 

November 19 2012


where
Various retailers, including Fumbally Cafe and online orders

when
Anytime

how much
€10 = 4 x 330ml (online)

le other
Dublin Kombucha

Just as madaleines transported Proust back to mornings with Aunt Leonie, so does the taste of kombucha bring one back to summers in Williamsburg living over the Lucky Dog. Everyone was drinking it. In fact it is remarkable that this super-fermented hipster drink has not made it to our shores sooner, but now that it’s landed it has found a suitable home in the redbrick heart of Stoneybatter. Blue-eyed brewmaster Laura Murphy makes Dublin Kombucha in her own home and it is the result of a labour of love and a bit of patience.  It’s a raw live culture tea that releases a small bomb of goodness inside you, full of digestive enzymes, antioxidants and vitamins. But it can be also be corrupted with alcohol with wonderful results – rum, mint and kombucha goes down a treat.  / Roisin Agnew

   
 

November 20 2012


where
The GreenHouse, Dawson Street, Dublin 2


when
12pm-2:30pm/6pm-10:15pm

how much
Set 3 course lunch/dinner: €30/€60

le other
The GreenHouse

A mini-loaf of Swedish rye and farmhouse butter echoing the comfort of sink-in chairs. Melt-away malt vinegar goujeres, ephemeral as the electric-gauze curtains which blur the speeding city. Custard-thick foie gras crème, apple crackers and smoked eel downed with a kick-ass dessert cider. Text-book cod with Parmesan mac and carmelised cauliflower. Liquorice-speared Sika deer with inky trompettes de la mort. Peanut butter brittle and citric sea-buckthorn sorbet. There’s only one place in town you could be, and that’s under the spell of Finnish chef Mickael Viljanen, a culinary magician who has wooed fellow chefs and food critics alike. Go budget for €30 three-course lunch – or go all out with a seven-course dinner and matching wines. But go. / Aoife Carrigy

 

November 20 2012


where
Urban Picnic, George's Street Arcade, Dublin 2


when
Regular Opening Hours

how much
€6-€9

le other
Urban Picnic

You'll know Urban Picnic even if you haven't eaten there as it is located slap in the middle of the le cool heartland of Georges Street arcade. It is the spartan day time food place where diners sit at hardwood benches pretending to listen to their companions while gazing at passersby through the floor-to-ceiling window into the arcade. What I love about it and perhaps contrary to the picture I've painted is that it is all about the food and there's not an ounce of bullshit to the place. Proprietor chef, Vinnie, whom you'll see there every day serves up a menu from panini to thai green curry at a €6-9 range that is simply the best food at this price in the city. / Joe Buck

 

November 20 2012


where
Clarkes
54 New Cabra Road,
Dublin 7

when
Mon-Sun 9am - 5pm

how much
Depends

le other
Clarke's Home Bakery

Cream and apple slices, jam doughnuts, freshly baked bread, fruit cake, ginger bread men, tiffins. If my saliva does not short this keyboard, allow me to recommend Clarke's Home Bakery for all of your cake, pastry and pie needs. Willy Wonka looks like a plonka next to Clarkes. Stout, barrel- bellied women have been horsing sugary goodness over the counter to the people of Cabra for years. It's a Dublin 7 institution, like the Bogies, Broombridge train station and the annual hormonal stand-off between the students of St Declan's and the Dominican college. Not only that, their fry up is one of the best in Dublin and their lunch rolls can be seen from space. The aroma emanating from the bakery from dawn draws a queue onto the street and I once stood in line behind the Monk waiting to be served. Criminally good. / Vernon Steel

   
 

November 21 2012


where
Dux & Co., 51 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2


when
Weds - Sat eveings

how much
€14 (Crab gratin and Piri Piri). BYOB (€3 wine corkage)

le other
Dux & Co.

Previously known for being purveyors of fine food at the likes of Body & Soul and Baggot Street Bridge Market, Dux & Co have anchored on the quays. There's charm in abundance here with swings, flock wallpaper and glass frontage which gives you a wonderful view of the Ha'Penny Bridge if you bag the right table. On the food front, there are some hits and misses but all within an affordable price range. My mate, who was celebrating his Ruby Jubilee on the throne of all things hectic, plumped for croquettes and Piri-Piri on a bed of white bean mash with corn and green beans while I had opted for the crab gratin with leeks, aged white cheddar and white wine. All real tasty without scaling super stardom status. Our waitress Erin was as charming as the place itself and the bag of sweets to aid our return to the cold. / Michael McDermott

 

November 21 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
See HERE

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Amour

Europe's kingpin filmmaker Michael Haneke returns after his masterpiece The White Ribbon with Amour, an unflinchingly sad study of dying. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is nursing his wife Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) after a stroke. Shot entirely within their apartment it is akin to a documentary, such are the astonishing performances by its leads. We bear witness to the suffering and demise of a loved partner, and while we expect some 'prank' intervention that Haneke is accustomed to, he never veers away from a steely focus on the gradual ebb of dignity. As the inevitable looms closer, the heartache of Anne not wishing to inflict a burden is simply heartbreaking. A simple exchange between Georges and Anne summarises the essence of what everyone should take from this experience: "It's beautiful." "What?" "Life." / Michael McDermott

 

November 21 2012


where
Peperina, 25 Dunville Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6


when
See HERE

how much
Depends

le other
Peperina

I feel like Ranelagh is constantly trying to fatten me up. There are SO many reliably good restaurants and cafes. Peperina is slightly out of Ranelgah (located beside Mortons, Beechwood luas stop) so there's less temptation or decision to battle with and you can still remain sure of a dependably appetising and spirited meal. I had a late breakfast here, poached eggs, bacon and freshly squeezed OJ. I completely forgot that I'd just brushed my teeth and had a big gulp. Disaster. So I got a coffee too and it turns out they serve great coffee. Fun lighting fixtures as well. What else can I say? For one I really like the mix of produce for sale towards the front, gluten free, artisan pastas and well designed kitchen appliances. I just wish the weather had been nice enough to sit in the herb garden. / Georgia

 

November 21 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
Free

talk
Banter: The Politics of Showbiz

On the heels of debates regarding Madonna's relevance in 2012 and the stabbing spree at Swedish House Mafia, the latest instalment in Jim Carroll's excellent Banter panel discussion events sees the Irish Times writer and guests tackling the murky world of celebrity gossip. 'The Politics of Showbiz' will presumably see panelist Rosanna Davison putting her Sociology degree to good use once again (in times of need, I often find myself referring back to her sociological deconstruction of Dublin's nightlife for The Dubliner magazine). Davison will be joined by professional gossip-mongers Eoin Murphy of the Daily Mail and Ken Sweeney of the Irish Independent. Who will be the first to produce a copy of German Playboy? Place your bets now. / Joey Kavanagh

 

November 21 2012


where
Temple Bar (see website)

when
Wednesday & Friday evenings

how much
€20-€30 BYOB


News of the Curd

Kevin Powell and his girlfriend Danielle (a.k.a. the designer Robin) decided to use their Temple Bar home as a culinary hub of celebration for Irish food produce. Using seasonal ingredients almost exclusively sourced from Saturday’s food market in Meeting House Square, Kevin invites a small group of strangers to his flat every Wednesday for a simple Secret Supper. For a suggested donation of €20, you can enjoy a main and a dessert while soaking up Powell’s enthusiasm for Irish cheeses, meats, fruit and veg. Soon after their first News of the Curd supper club at home, they joined forces with Joy of Cha on East Essex Street to host Friday night Supper Clubs. As autumn approached, food writer Caitriona McBride came on board to help host suppers in unexpected spaces. Their next event is their Gentlemen’s Supper in aid of Movember. / Aoife McElwain

   
 
Dining On The Up

UpDn is BYOB and full flavour per cubic inch. Organisers Stephen Gibson, Matt Perry and Claire Morrissey share their method with le cool.

In a restaurant you’re a bit restricted with what you can do, whereas if you have an idea for a pop-up you can run with it; the food and setting doesn’t have to be constant so long as it’s something that excites people. Because each UpDn is a once off event, everybody plans for it and wants to be there. It creates a fantastic atmosphere.

We try to keep the ingredients local and work with the seasons; it’s what we do in Pichet and it’s the approach we have with the pop-ups. However sometimes it can be tricky when there’s just one season in Ireland.

Doing this every month is a great creative outlet for us. We’re always on the lookout for venues, particularly ones that are affordable so we can keep the night affordable. It works both ways too; if we fill a restaurant, they get to showcase their facilities.

UpDn's next event - 'Homage to the Pig' - is on Sunday November 25th. Click here to make a booking. PHOTO: Emily Quinn