We’ve been up to all sorts of shenanigans these past few weeks, but have been very bold about blogging about them (I blame NTL’s dodgy telly-interfering broadband). So, in no particular order, her are some shortie reviews.
SATC: The Movie: Hmm. After watching all six seasons backwards and forwards these past few years, there was no way I was going to miss the flick. Thing is, I think that’s exactly the kind of maket the makers were aiming at – it’s not a particularly good movie by any standards, but fun viewing for SATC fans (or, if you’re like Eoghan, poor blokes who have absorbed massive amounts of knowledge trough osmosis and have resigned themselves to finding out what happens).
Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer @ The Abbey: Another ‘hmm’ one. The acting was brilliant and the set was great but the play took a while to find its sea legs (sorry) and didn’t really get stuck in until the second act. For me, the almost slapstick style drunk Paddy Irishman banter at times jarred with the more elegant prose; others could argue this is part of its appeal. There were some beautiful lines though – ”angry tears freezing in your eyelashes” stuck with me – and some genuinely touching moments. It’s finished up now at the Abbey, but is going on tour. If you fancy catching some more McPherson action, The Weir has just opened at The Gate.
Riva, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock: The latest tomato to be added to the Dockland’s foodie salad, Riva is headed up by the chef who helped The Winding Stair accomplish such great things (including a Michelin Bib Gourmand).
Riva does simple food, but it does it exceptionally well. I’ve tried the Spaghetti with Chorizo, Tomatoes, and Chilli; it’s a super straightforward dish, but that didn’t prevent it from tasting amazing. Their Roast Mackerel and Potato Salad is so good I’ve had it twice and both times it was excellent – I have no idea how they manage to get the bones out of the mackerel; I’ve tried cooking it at home and ended up with lots of bitty, tiny bones; but here it was tender and bone-free. Friends have had the mussels (no overly thick garlic sauce here) and the Smoked Tuna Nicoise Salad (meaty, tasty tuna, perfectly bright and runny egg, fresh crunchy veg). Wines, from a large and varied collection, are served by the glass.
And as for dessert – they have a great selection, but I can’t for the life of me remember anything other than the truly scrummy Valrhona chocolate and Hazelnut Brownie. Cue Homer Simpson style drooling…
Definitely worth a visit if you’re around the area, and particularly nice mid-afternoon on a sunny day.