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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

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Best Dining Offers in Dublin in February

Best Dining Offers in Dublin

If, like me, you get a ton of emails from different voucher websites, it can be all get a overwhelming, with the result that they end up straight in my trash folder. They are, however, a great and less expensive way to try out places. To save you the bother of trawling through your emails, I’ve put together my top 3 for this month. You´re welcome!

OSCAR’S BAR AND KITCHEN
Location: 1 Merrion Street Lower, Dublin 2
Website: http://www.oscarsbarandkitchen.ie
Style: Gastropub
Offer: 3 course dinner plus a bottle of wine for 2 people for €49.99
Offer Link: thetaste.ie

VERMILLION 
Location: 94 Terenure Rd North, Terenure, Dublin 6W
Website: http://vermiliondublin.com/
Style: Indian Fusion
Offer: Buy €5 voucher to avail of 2 for 1 Dining from the A La Carte Menu
Offer Link: thediningroom.ie

ROLY’S BISTRO
Location: 7 Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4
Website: http://www.rolysbistro.ie/
Style: Irish
Offer: €35 for 3 Courses from The Set Dinner Menu for 2 People with Tea or Coffee
Offer Link: dealrush.ie

 

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The Klaws are out at one of Dublin’s Best Seafood Restaurants

Klaw Restaurant, Temple Bar, Dublin

Let’s be honest, most Dubliners aren’t the biggest fans of Temple Bar. Even the Huffington Post described it as one of the world’s most disappointing tourist destinations to be avoided “at all costs”. Yes, there may be a glut of British stag parties at the weekend, groups of ripped-off American tourists desperately clutching maps in the hope of finding something that slightly resembles the Ireland they saw in the movies, and clutters of, how shall I put it delicately, right dodgy looking feckers. But it ain’t all that bad, people! A number of new eateries have popped up in the last couple of years which are set to change the perception of Temple Bar completely. One such newbie is Klaw, a seafood shack owned by the lovely Niall Sabongi, he of Rock Lobster Dundrum fame. The restaurant itself is tiny and can accomodate 14 stool-sitting hungry bunnies.  Sizewise, my estimates put it at 1.5 Hubbies wide and 5 Hubbies deep (1 Hubby unit of measurement = 6 foot 3). The kitchen is situated at the back and is in full view, so you can get a good goo of all the schucking taking place.

The menu is simple and written on the large blackboard which dominates the left wall of the restaurant and includes most of the headline acts of the seafood world. Oysters are available in 3 varieties (Dooncastle, Waterford and Galway Bay). For purists, they can be eaten “naked” (with lemon or tabasco), or for the more adventurous, dressed or torched. For the non-oyster eating posse (i.e. moi), there is crab, Atlantic prawns, seafood chowder and their signature lobster rolls. What’s not to love! On this particular day, himself and myself had  vouchers from the nice folk of thetaste.ie for a lobster roll plus a glass of wine for a mere 10 yo-yos (sadly, offer is currently not available). Quite the deal indeed! We were greeted by a super-friendly waitress who observed my “uncanny resemblance” to yer one from Titanic (Hmmm, I’m hoping she meant Kate Winslet, and not Kathy Bates!), and so as she led us to our table, I made a mental note to tip this highly-astute individual generously!

Lobster Roll at Klaw

Having partaken in a lobster roll at the brilliant Rock Lobster previously, I knew this wasn’t going to fill my hungry belly, so I ordered a seafood chowder and himself ordered 6 oysters (it being happy hour n’all). The seafood chowder was delicious, served in a can with toasted baguette on the side. It was a lot thinner in consistency than you would usually expect for a chowder, but it was packed with flavour. Having said that, I do like my chowders to be made with half a cow’s worth of cream, but it made the perfect belly-liner for the main dish. Himself delighted in the juicy oysters, which are half price during happy hour, the Galway ones proving to be his favourite. And so on to the raison-to-be-there – the lobster rolls! Wowzers! The sweet lobster, dressed in a yuzu mayonnaise, oozes out of a delicious brioche bun fried in butter and is served with a whopper chunk of cucumber and a sprinkle of crisps. For those of you lacking in the Google department, the Yuzu is a citrus fruit originating in East Asia and believed to be a hybrid of sour mandarin and Ichang papeda. Readers may also know it as Citrus ichagensis x C. reticulata.

Seafood Chowder at Klaw

Our meal was washed down with a beautifully dry glass of Picpoul, and for some reason unknown to man, not finished off with a dessert! (Like seriously, what’s that all about?) The dessert offering changes but creme brulée and whoopie pies feature regularly. Since our last visit, there have been new additions added to their menu such as mac n’cheese and fish stew, so another visit is long overdue. If you’ve never had a lobster roll, add it to your bucket list and get your booty down to Klaw. It’ll be one of the best 16 euros you’ve ever spent!

Klaw, 5a Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2