Editors note: Bella Supiana is working with JJ Kavanagh & Sons on a new series called ‘Tastes of Ireland’. She’ll be travelling to our destinations and scouting out the best places for hungry travellers.
Experience the Best Tapas in Dublin
Fade St Social has the best tapas in Dublin as it delivers to the customer a plate full of passion and pride, vibrancy and well thought out flavour combinations. One can experience the cooking of their dish if they take a seat at the open kitchen gastro bar. One can taste the love that has gone into the dish with every mouthful.
Tapas, the Spanish approach to causal dining has won the world over. It’s started to pop up all over Ireland and there are some places that are doing it particularly well. JP McMahon down west in the cultural hub of Galway has a superb expression in the form of the famed Cava Bodega. Dylan McGrath, celebrity Irish Chef on the other side of the island has taken it to the next level up in the ‘big smoke’.
Fade St Social is arguably has the best tapas in Dublin . Dylan’s twist on Ireland and Spain is brilliant and comes in the form of his next level Bacon & Cabbage Burger – fried pork belly in balsamic, smoked pudding, crispy cabbage, peppered bacon, lyonnaise and a milk bun. Tender, succulent, melt in your mouth.
Innovation is obvious and done so well – think Salted Popcorn with crispy free range chicken cooked in tapioca flour, rolled in the Middle Eastern sumac and slathered with truffle butter or the mini lobster ‘hotdog’ with a bernaise and hazelnut melted butter, sandwiched between a soft brioche roll.
‘Tapas From The Garden’ is fresh and also full of pure veggie depth. Showing how vegetarian cooking can be exciting, vegetables can always have a strong place on any menu. The pumpkin macaroni with spring onion and parmesan is particularly delicious and more exciting than the simple cheesy pasta dish. Truffle pasta with charred asparagus and parmesan is decadent and definitely worth a try.
One of the best dishes in my opinion is the crispy salt cod brandade and squid with pickled red peppers, chickpeas and chorizo. Spain in a dish and something I’d eat endlessly while on a hot summery holiday. The croquette version of a brandade is delicious and more refined, crispy squid atop a delicious soup like pepper sauce mixed with the crisp spicy bursts of chorizo makes for one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth!
Sweetness is something that finishes off any good meal. That’s what we are working ourselves towards as we munch into starters and then mains, don’t you agree? Dessert at Fade St is special and quite different, showcasing a more worldly offering of sweet treats. Their layered baby banoffee of banana puree, caramel jelly, condensed milk caramel with banana sorbet and biscuit crunch is a new take on the Italian classic, totally different and equally satisfying. They have become famed for their praline doughnuts with tonka bean and white coffee ice cream. A wooden box full of puffy sugary treats is a mighty good way to finish of any meal!
If you’re looking for the next tapas joint to hit up then get to Dublin with JJ Kavanagh because it’s without doubt one of the best decisions I know you will ever make!