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

JDIFF The Jame­son Dublin In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val be­gan its 13th sea­son last night, with some 120 films show­ing at more than a dozen venues around the city un­til March 29th.

The Din­ner (I nos­tri ragazzi), based on Her­man Koch’s best­selling novel, takes place at a din­ner party at­tended by two cou­ples who deal in very dif­fer­ent ways with the pos­si­bil­ity that their chil­dren have com­mit­ted a vi­o­lent crime. This dra­matic Ital­ian movie will show twice dur­ing the fes­ti­val: at 3.30pm in the Light House Cinema on Sun­day 22nd, and at 6.30pm in Movies@Dun­drum on Mon­day 23rd. Head to Terra Madre (13 Bach­e­lor’s Walk, Dublin 1, ter­ra­madre.ie) for an early din­ner af­ter Sun­day’s show­ing for some au­then­tic Ital­ian drama – in the kitchen. The food here is sim­ple but out­stand­ing. Try the Lardo di Colon­nata (€6.50), cured pork fat with rose­mary and spices served on br­uschetta, or the fresh Si­cil­ian toma­toes, or bur­rata flown in from Italy – a fresh moz­erella with an un­be­liev­ably creamy cen­tre.

Af­ter the Mon­day-evening show in Dun­drum, try a late supper in

L’Officina, from the Dunne and Crescenzi sta­ble (Dun­drum Town Cen­tre, dun­ne­and­crescenzi.com). There is the won­der­fully rich truf­fle and mush­room ravi­oli with Gran Trentino and truf­fle oil (€16.50) or the Insalata del Pa­s­tore, a green salad with sweet, ripe pears, tangy goat’s cheese, wal­nuts and He­len Gee’s honey (€9).

Go back in time at 6pm to­mor­row (Satur­day) in the Light House in Smith­field, with Julie An­drews and James Gar­ner’s 1964 clas­sic The Amer­i­can­i­sa­tion of Emily. An­drews plays a young English widow who falls for a flighty US sol­dier in this anti-war rom-com . Con­tinue the theme with the Amer­i­can­i­sa­tion of your taste buds with some US-style bar­be­cue at My Meat Wagon (Smith­field Mar­ket Square, Dublin 7, mymeat­wagon.ie). You can get chicken, pork or beef cooked low and slow here, served with two sides in a box (€11.95), bap (€12.50) or on a board (€15.95). Try the baby back smoked ribs with a Jame­son bast­ing sauce (for the fes­ti­val that’s in it) with a choice of slaw, fries, some proper mash, smoky baked beans or corn on the cob. There’s a good se­lec­tion of craft beers too.

In What’s Up Doc, Peter Bog­danovich’s far­ci­cal 1972 com­edy, four guests check in to a ho­tel with iden­ti­cal overnight bags con­tain­ing top se­cret pa­pers, di­a­monds, un­der­wear and pre­his­toric rocks. The en­su­ing mix-up of the lug­gage causes all man­ner of shenani­gans, in­clud­ing a scene where the four guests, in­clud­ing Bar­bara Streisand and Ryan O’Neal, at­tend a for­mal ban­quet and all end up un­der the ta­ble. The movie is at 2pm to­day in the Light House. Have your own for­mal (ish) ban­quet af­ter­wards with the pre-theatre menu at Miche­lin-starred Chap­ter One (18 - 19 Par­nell Square, Dublin 1, chap­ter- oner­estau­rant.com). This menu al­lows you to sam­ple some of Ross Lewis’s Miche­lin-starred cooking for just €37.50 for three cour­ses. Or­der from 5.30pm to 5.45pm (last or­ders 6pm, ta­bles va­cated by 7.30pm), from a menu that in­cludes: a del­i­cate starter of vi­o­let ar­ti­chokes “en bar­rigoule”; a main of breast of pheas­ant with a parma ham stuffing, creamed cab­bage with smoked ba­con and con­fit thigh; and fin­ish with a dessert of tea-soaked prunes, stout sponge and lemon and gin­ger ice cream. You prob­a­bly shouldn’t try to hide un­der the ta­bles though.

Fi­nally, one of the most lov­able heroines of the 1990s ap­pears in Muriel’s Wed­ding, at Cineworld on Par­nell Street next Satur­day, March 28th at 2pm. The Aussie com­edy fea­tures Toni Collette as the un­for­tu­nate Muriel His­lop, who just re­ally, re­ally, re­ally wants to get hitched. She and her friend Rhonda (Rachel Grif­fith) war­ble their way through the Abba song­book on the jour­ney to­wards Muriel’s happy end­ing. Your own life could be as good as an Abba song with a karaoke ses­sion at Ukiyo Bar (9, Ex­che­quer Street, Dublin 2, ukiy­o­bar.com). You can throw din­ner into the mix, with some good Asian fu­sion here – there’s a karaoke pack­age, where for €45pp you can get a two-course meal (starter plat­ter of gy­oza, tem­pura, Cal­i­for­nia roll nori maki and eda mame, plus mains in­clud­ing siz­zling bul gogi beef with veg­eta­bles or teriyaki salmon) plus half a bot­tle of house wine or two beers per per­son, fol­lowed by two hours of karaoke in the booths down­stairs. See jdiff.com - Rachel Collins

Ivano De Mat­teo’s The Din­ner (2014)

Chow bella

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