A month or so ago, we had the pleasure of taking-in (by this I mean consuming) a project bringing so many of our creative & food community together in Dublin. Manatsu, meaning spring-summer, was a beautifully assembled 12-course dinner, or ramen-lunch.
Junko & Robyn, our new friends, worked tirelessly all night to serve up these local ingredients in Japanese flavours. So you'll see the charred broad bean with kelp salt, but tricky-tricky doesn't it remind of edamame?
The fabulous Orlaith Ross hosted the evening, gliding us from course to course and many of the courses were paired with a japanese tea or complementing beverage. My favourite being the cold-brew Hojicha & the second harvest Sencha. Japanese theme was woven throughout the evening from the calligraphy to the performance of Japanese instruments. Hunt & Gather gals, created an space that was absolutely stunning. Hanging garden included!
 mugi-cha roasted barley tea with wood sorrel syrup
 charred broad beans with kelp-salt
 chilled noodle with channel wrack seaweed
 simmered marrow with duck dumpling, strangely homey, reminding me of my mom's soup and very satisfying
 grilled erengi mushroom with shiso pesto
 kakuni slow cooked pork belly
 deep fried summer veggies
 pressed sushi with trout & egg kohlrabi pickle, this is Ireland for-ya!
 home-fermented miso with grilled aubergine and ginger
 tomato jelly with gooseberry, a refreshing & cool clean course to bring us to dessert
the meal culminated in a summer fruit salad & rose petal tea & matcha castella cake. so photogenic!