The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | EATING OUT -

Food – and machismo – flown di­rect from Italy, Terre Madre calls it­self a café, but it’s a lot more than that. In a blink-and-you-miss-it tiny base­ment room on the quays, it serves au­then­tic Ital­ian dishes made with Lardo di Colon­nata, Cam­pofilone egg pasta, Porchetta carpac­cio and Terena Ascolana olive oil. We may once have or­dered the Si­cil­ian ca­per sprout br­uschetta for starters and then again for dessert…


7 Pool­beg Street, Dublin 2, 01-6798705, thev­in­tagek­ ¤ Yet another tiny restau­rant that it’s nigh-on im­pos­si­ble to get a ta­ble in, but when you do see what the fuss is about. Some of the best value cook­ing around, the lunchtime small and large plates cost just ¤5 and ¤10 but many of the “small” plates are full meals in them­selves. There’ll be no af­ter­noon slump with the spiced seafood chow­der or the risotto of pancetta, pea, chili & pars­ley. At night, the menu comes at ¤25 for two cour­ses, again great value. They have house wine by the glass or you can BYOB, and you can bring your own vinyl to play on their record player. Groovy


22 Wellington Place, Belfast, 048 9023 4946, home­ ¤¤ Promis­ing “feel good food”, Home has more menus than some restau­rants have cus­tomers. From its lunch menu through to the skinny menu, the ve­gan din­ner menu, gluten-free skinny din­ner menu and on and on and on, this place is ab­so­lutely noth­ing like most homes, where you eat what you’re given or go hun­gry. What­ever page you or­der from, the food here is top notch, from crab-stuffed po­poncini pep­pers to 35-day dry aged rib­eye, the whipped goats cheese with bal­samic beet­root to ve­gan aubergine, co­conut & lentil dahl. Most

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