Those looking for the latest and most exciting food venture to hit Dublin this summer need to get themselves to Oliver Dunne’s new Italian inspired pop-up, EATily on Parliament Street.
The chef, who also owns the excellent Bon Appetit in Malahide and Cleaver East, was inspired by his latest travels to Michelin star restaurants in Italy and London. Upon his return, he wanted to offer truly authentic Italian dishes to Dublin’s food scene, not your typical menu of bruschetta, pizza and creamy pasta dishes.
When the opportunity to take over the premises of the ‘Fiorentina’ restaurant became available, Dunne officially got the ball rolling and launched Eatily on Wednesday 8 June. However, there is a twist, Eatily will only be open for 16 days, making it rather exclusive! The 16 days will be spread out over four weeks, with it only being opened at night from Wednesday to Saturday.
As you would expect, the demand for seats was so intense the pop-up got 5,438 emails looking for tables, despite it only being able to have 1,280 covers for its duration. What should you expect from Dunne’s latest food offering? It consists of three courses and a bottle of wine, as well as snacks and tea/coffee with petit fours.
The pop-up starts with a variety of small snacks, with one of them in particular standing out; roast Chantenay carrots with cumin vinaigrette and hummus. Starters of crab and tomato cannelloni with Piccolo tomatoes, and smoked pancetta risotto with 30 month Reggiano parmesan were in particular beautiful looking and full of flavour. There is something for everybody with the main courses, but Dunne’s dish of slow cooked spiced rare breed pork fillet with Dublin Bay prawn ravioli and pea puree is truly the star of the show for this pop-up. A dish so soft, tender and packed full of flavour, you would be doing yourself an injustice by not ordering it.
Italian cuisine is known for its desserts of tiramisu and panna cotta, but Eatily is serving them with a modern twist. The sight of the mascarpone and coffee tiramisu with stout ice cream is something to behold. Simple, elegant and beautiful. To finish, a cup of coffee and anise bombolini is the perfect way to complete this Italian journey.
If you were slow off the mark trying to get a reservation, don’t fret, walk-ins are welcome too, but don’t expect many tables to be free for this pop-up!
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