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May 2016

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

Suburban Sushi

Tani Sushi, Terenure

I don’t know about you, but I have an awful habit of discriminating against restaurants outside of the city centre, thinking that what chef with any credibility or ambition would locate itself in the ‘Burbs? Well hopefully that mindset is changing somewhat, with restaurants such as Bastible and Craft choosing to locate outside the inner circle and not allow their creativity (and obviously profit margins) be stifled by the ridiculously high rental costs and council rates that plagues their city centre contemporaries.

Out in the burbs where I habitate, I am lucky to have within walking distance of my home (I say walking in a theoretical sense of course), Tani Restaurant in Terenure. Formerly known as Tani Sushi, the eatery underwent renovation early last year, and out went the vacant looking IKEA furniture, and in came darker, moodier woods and exposed brick to give a much more professional look and cosier atmosphere. On my visit last week, the pan-Asian staff were, as always, extremely friendly and really, really smiley. The restaurant itself is small and was brimming over with families on this particular Sunday evening. As we are wont to do, we did the perfunctory act of taking the menus and pretending to consider the options available to us, but inwardly knowing the outcome was always going to be the same. So without any level of experimentation, himself and myself chose one of our favourites to share as a starter – 6 pieces of Spider roll (€13.50) consisting of deep fried soft shell crab, flying fish roe, avocado, crab meat, and spring onions. I’m not one of life’s biggest sushi fans, but this was absolutely delicious with the crab lending a sweetness to the rolls which appeals to my non-sushi loving palette. If you’re not a sushi lover yourself, give these a go, or alternatively try the hoi sin duck rolls which we didn’t have on this occasion but are also seriously scrummy.

Tani Spider Rolls

Himself followed this up with the Tuna and Salmon Set (€13.00) made up of 2 salmon nigiri, 2 tuna nigiri, 6 pieces each of salmon and tuna maki (the roundy ones). In his opinion, these were some of the best sushi he had tasted in Dublin (his other favourite being Zakura in Wexford Street), with the freshness of the fish being particularly evident. Being the sushi philistine that I am, I was more in love with the decorative wasabi bow! For my part, as I was having one of those “order-the-same-as-always” evenings, I had me some Chicken Yaki Soba , a.k.a noodles and vegetables with deep fried chicken pieces. The dish is served with chilli sauce and ginger on the side in case you want to take the heat levels up a notch. Even with the additions, the noodles are not too spicy but my idea (possibly wrongly) of perfect Asian street food.

Chicken Yaki Soba

Having just the right level of fullness, we decided to share a green tea Creme Brulee for dessert. Although the custard had split somewhat, I still found it nonetheless tasty and light. Himself wasn’t feeling the love for it though.

As long as Tani keep up this level of great food at a good price, we will definitely keep coming. And who knows, maybe the Gourmet Burger, and the Italian place up the road are also worth a try. My ‘aul Leap Card could do with a rest anyway.

Tani Restaurant Terenure

Tani Restaurant, 93 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6w. Tel: (01) 538 8000

FASHION

Cannes Festival Queen

Cannes-Film-Festival-2016

So after ten fabulous frock-filled days, the Cannes film festival came to an end yesterday with Ken Loach scooping his second Palme D’Or for his film I, Daniel Blake. There were a few column worthy events this year, like Charlize Theron & Sean Penn’s extremely awkward run-in to promote the Last Face, which was directed by Seany boy and stars his former beau, Charlize, and Bella Hadid’s Alexandre Vauthier daring red silk wrap gown which had Daily Mail photographers rushing to the shops to get fan blowers to see how she likes her bikini waxed. There was however, one undisputed queen of the festival and that was the second-time pregnant and stunning Blake Likely, who was there to promote her two films – Woody Allen’s Cafe Society and her shark-based (?) horror film The Shallows, and fulfil her role as L’Oréal beauty ambassador. From her cute Giambattista Valli mini with contrasting striped heels to the now infamous Vivienne Westwood Cinderella dress, Serena van der Woodsen didn’t put a foot wrong. Here are just a few of her gorgeous looks:

Blake Lively Cannes 2016
Photos courtesey of Getty Images

FOOD RESTAURANT REVIEWS

BBQ-ing at the Gibson Hotel

BBQ-at-the-Gibson-Hotel

So last week I was delighted to be invited to the Gibson Hotel’s annual launch of their summer barbecue menu. The Gibson is located across from the 3 Arena (or The Point, as those of a certain age will know it as). More recently, it has become famous for playing host to the brilliant Irish First Dates show. It was my first visit to the Gibson, which is not your typical hotel, with its modernist glass frontage, and now-infamous lift which takes you to its third floor reception area.

The event was held in the the Coda Eatery with top DJ Dan Stritch on the decks. We were greeted with BBQ Bramble Cocktails and Sangria.  The lavish gourmet buffet included the usual BBQ suspects such as chicken wings, sausages, burgers and lamb chops, but with a Gibson twist, alongside a huge choice of salads including fresh watermelon, mint and feta salad, potato salad, and a delicious parma ham salad with mozzarella and a strawberry chilli dressing. Oh, and cheesy chips! In fairness, who doesn’t love some cheesy chips. And as for desserts! Well, despite being ridiculously stuffed, the ‘aul dessert pocket was open for business, and so I partook in some gorgeous banoffee pie, mini doughnuts, and rich but fluffy chocolate mousse. To be fair, I did share the latter with my good pal and fellow blogger, Ciara from Irishtravelkey, so there was some semblance of restraint exercised!

The BBQ menu is available for groups of 25 people and more, and costs €25 per person which ain’t half bad. And a bonus, as it’s held in the indoor courtyard or heated terrace, there’s no need to worry about manky weather halting your plans. Result!

Gibson-Hotel-BBQ-Launch

Disclaimer: I was invited to this event and was not requested, nor paid (sure wouldn’t that be lovely altogether) to write a blog entry on the event. All opinions are honest, and my own.

 

FASHION

5 Dreamy Dresses to take you through Summer

H&M Maxi Dress

Summer is being somewhat cautious in its approach, but last week’s heatwave afternoon gave us a taster of what it could be. So with that in mind, I’ve had a goo around at what the High Street & Online Retailers have to offer and bring some Summery optimism to your wardrobe.

You can go slouchy and stock up on maxi-dresses, for which you will find loads in H&M, Mango, and Penneys, or you can keep it tailored with stylish picks from Topshop and Zara. If you’re want to be on trend, keep it ruflled, and put those shoulders on show, girl!

Bardot Ruffle Dress, Warehouse €51.00

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Wrap Front Blazer Dress, Topshop €89.00

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Floral Maxi Dress, H&M €19.99

H&M-Maxi-Dress

A-Line Cotton Dress, & Other Things €65.00
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Yellow Tube Dress, Zara €59,95
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Photo main maxi dress courtesy of H&M.