Introducing you to some of our old favourites and hidden gems.
I've never heard anyone say a bad word about this place and there's no reason why you would. Lovely setting, lovely service, lovely food.
The menu changes all the time. Pictured above is a black pudding salad with roast pear, walnuts and blue cheese.
Definitely a pleaser for any type of crowd.
Just across the road is one of my favourite bars, No Name Bar / The Bar With No Name (it's known by a few monikers). I've been going here for drinks for ages but have only just discovered their brunch and it really surpassed my expectations.
I had this chorizo / hash brown / egg situation (pictured) which was really good. The whole menu is impressive. I would recommend to bring your friend who always wants something a little more unusual or considered.
If, like me, you go weak at the word rooftop, you'll need to visit Sophie's.
The indoor part is actually maybe even nicer.
Their menu is standard but solid (eggs benedict and sourdough pictured), they also do pizza which I hear is good.
But it's not about the food at all – t's about the experience. A perfect choice for a group of girlfriends.
Huns love Sophie's.
On the other end of the spectrum, Goose on the Loose is cheap and cheerful in the best way.
Nestled in the corner of the Aungier Street / Camden Street crossroads at 2 Kevin Street Lower, the café itself is simple and charming. The menu is just such good value compared to everything else in south city centre, and the staff are so down to earth and helpful.
I have had a million omelettes here with colleagues on those days where you just don’t want to spend a tenner on avocado toast or face kitchen chats (i.e., everyday). I can also vouch for their soups and my friends rave about their sandwiches and salads. It’s not life-changing but anyone I bring here is very pleasantly surprised.
I love this neighbourhood gem, hidden amongst the redbricks in Portobello. The setting is lovely with really down to earth, homely but high quality finish on everything from the fittings to the delph. The printed page menu is a nice casual touch.
I have had quite a few things on their menu. The Turkish eggs are great, the toasted sandwiches also surprisingly good and the peanut butter brownies are absolutely divine – very rich (see pictured, above left).
This is a lovely place to bring your old friend or mom for a quality catch up.
Taste on South William Street gives me upscale Manhattan apartment vibes – dark wooden floors, white walls, loads of natural Irish light, solid tables. Okay maybe that's a stretch but I'm not the only fan – this place gets very busy on nice days around 13.00 so if you’re in a group of more than 3 or 4 you won’t usually get a table. Coming just half an hour earlier or later can make all the difference.
I swear by their grilled Mediterranean vegetable sandwich and daily soup deal (€10, pictured above).