Beef Brisket – Green Bench Cafe, Montague Lane

Slow cooked Beef Brisket, Coleslaw, Vintage Cheddar Cheese, Rocket with Curry Mayonnaise and Chermoula Dressing €5.90

Chermoula or charmoula is a marinade used in Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian cooking. It is traditionally used to flavor fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats or vegetables.

Reuben – Fallon & Byrne, Exchequer Street

Pastrami, Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese, Rocket and Thousand Island Dressing €5.45

Heating this sandwich will not only cost an extra 50 cent, but according to the deli staff at Fallon & Byrne, it will also kill the probiotics in the sauerkraut. On recommendation, we tried this Reuben tribute sandwich cold.

Just the right amount to Thousand Island Dressing is added to the firm batch style Sour Dough bread to get a taste with each bite. Several layers of pastrami are surrounded by a thin layer of rocket that was fresh and punchy. Sauerkraut  is often where most Reuben style sandwiches loose marks. Too much kraut and the Pastrami will be overpowered – too little and the Swiss Cheese will dominate. In our two samples – the portioning was spot on. Although not a true Reuben sandwich – this tribute is worth a try.

Recommended Crisp Pairing: O’Donnell’s – Sweet Chilli