Swedish Food Company - Upper Baggot Street, Dublin
When I think of Sweden the first things that come to mind are blondes, Ikea, Zlatan Ibrahamovic and Swedish House Mafia. Foodwise I know that Swedish Meatballs are quite tasty (and cheap if you buy them in Ikea!). Since this isn’t a meatball blog, I decided to pay The Swedish Food Company on Baggot Street a visit for a Sandwich.
I ordered the Roast Beef Sandwich with Pickles, Crispy Dried Onions, Mixed Leaves and Swedish Sauce placed on a Rye Bread. All of the ingredients were top notch. The Roast Beef was nice and pink in the middle and did not resemble a leathery shoe one would find in a dodgy Sunday Carvery. I particularly like the tangy mayo/mustard like Swedish Sauce. It certainly makes the Sandwich a little different from the norm. I really like the sandwiches in The Swedish Food Company and my only gripe that the proportions of their offerings are on the small side. If you were very peckish I would suggest a packet of artisan crisps or maybe a small bowl of soup to accompany their sandwiches. I don’t want the size of the portions take away from the sandwich as all the ingredients worked well together and I am a firm believer of Quality over Quantity.
A high quality low quantity offering resulting in a score of 7.5 / 10 – A higher score would have been achieved If i wasn’t so hungry at the time!
Chicken injected with liquid Foie Gras, smothered in Truffles and then slapped between some Brioche , available at The Nomad Hotel NYC for only €20 / $26 !
Pablo’s Tortas - Clarendon Market – 13/Dec/2012
Back in 2005 it was tough to find a good Burrito joint in the city but now they are popping up everywhere, one minute funky Christmas jumper shop, next minute ¡Hola Mexico! The Burrito Gold Rush is surely upon us. Taco Taco Mexican in the Epicurean Food Hall was the only place to get your Burrito fix for quite some time until Pablo Picante opened up on Baggot Street. With their colourful Mexican wrestling theme and tasty Burritos, Pablos showed that a burrito joint would work and survive in Dublin.
Pablo’s new venture ‘Pablos Tortas‘ at their recently expanded Claredon Market Location is very interesting. I don’t think you can get an authentic Torta anywhere else in the city, maybe even the country. I ordered the ‘Tinga Torta’ with Braised Pork, Black Bean Puree, Jalapeno Aioli and topped off with some greens in Spinach and Rocket. The Torta’s bread is a cross between a ciabatta and a soft roll. The bread to filling ratio was just right and the fresh ingredients worked well together although I couldn’t pick up on the jalapeno in the aioli. Not to worry! With the first half devoured I generously splashed the second half with the red hot sauce provided. The hot sauce really brought the Torta alive and would recommend it to anyone who likes a kick……in the mouth. During the last few bites I thought to myself, will we see an explosion of Torta Joints in Dublin since Pablo started the Burrito trend? Who knows but remember where you saw it first!!!
When the Torta was no more, I said Hasta La Vista to the staff and headed for the hills. Don’t worry Pablo. I’ll be back. Sure I only need one more stamp on my loyalty card!
Tinga Torta 8.5/10 Muy Bueno Pablo!
A vast array of flavours and you got to love the terminology he uses ‘transport device’ when describing the bread!
Next free Saturday, we’re making this!
The Granary Café - Temple Bar - 24/Nov/2012
Decisiveness. A classic male trait. Men can enter a shop, exit within 5 minutes, purchase in hand satisfied in the knowledge that they have the rest of the day to watch sport and drink beer. Objective Complete. The only reason they went to the shop in the first place was to replace something with holes and unexplainable stains.
Three men walk into The Granary Café on a misty Saturday afternoon for some lunch, survey the chalkboard and in a split second make three near identical orders. Club Sandwich and an Americano please! Classic Choice. One guy when for a tea. Well anyways.
The Club Sandwich should be on all menus and if it’s not the establishment should always know how to make one.
The Granary Café’s Club with thick sliced Vienna loaf grill pressed giving the sandwich structure. Grill pressing sandwiches can have a detrimental effect on the contents, like lettuce as we found out. Some people say it doesn’t toast well, others don’t mind. The other ingredients were fresh and the Bacon was crisp. The Ballymaloe Relish added a sweetness to the sandwich which went down well. Men satisfied. Objective Complete.
A solid 7/10 and an excellent choice for a sandwich in the heart of the city.
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