8 Best Places To Go For Brunch In Dublin This Weekend
Trust team STELLAR, we pretty much live for egg 'n' pancake-based meals.
Fancy heading out for some scran this weekend? Oh, we thought you might, so we’re rounding up our favourite capital treats for a little Saturday and Sunday brunching.
The #brunchofchampions at San Lorenzos is known throughout the Twitterverse and it can be nigh-on impossible to get a seat at weekends. But if you can, the sheer size and inventiveness of its menu is a) impressive and b) a challenge we’re, well, happy to undertake. Coco Pops French toast, anyone? If that doesn’t appeal, these should: eggs royale and bubbles (yep, a glass of Champagne), brunch tacos or pulled ham hock potato cakes. #drool
Odessa‘s in flux at the moment and I’m sad-slash-happy about this because it’s been a firm brunching fave of mine for a very long time, and in fact was one of the first places in town to even do this portmanteau of a meal. The San Lorenzo’s guys are taking over the main restaurant space and opening a new venture, Taco Taco, next week, which I’m pleased about, because I love tacos. I’m sad that I can’t have brunch at Odessa’s ace space anymore, but relived that they’re apparently just moving it upstairs to the club restaurant. Phew. My craving for huevos rancheros can be sated, many more times. Also good at Odessa? The French toast and bacon, and the Irish brekky is fantastic too.
Gourmet Food Parlour
With a few branches city-wide – if you live in Swords, Malahide or Dun Laoghaire you’re quids-in – Gourmet Food Parlour‘s a fave of our junior designer, Katie. All your to-be-expected options like big breakfasts, eggy choices and buttermilk pancakes are on offer, and there are veggie options too. Psst: this place is also great for midweek lunching.
Ace photographer Lili Forberg – who on the reg shoots for STELLAR – owns Kitchen 62 in Dun Laoghaire, complete with its nom-tastic brunch offering. Shrimp Po Boy sound good? Then there’s spiced sticky granola, chocolate chip pancake stack, vanilla waffles… we’re hopping the DART, STAT.
The last time I went to Whitefriar Grill for brunch (and had to be rolled home), as we walked in the door, a gang of people walked out and one said to the others, “strong brunch game, gois.” Okay, while this did make me snigger, he wasn’t wrong. A DJ plays while you chow down on a menu that includes eggs Benedict with big old prawns, lobster hash or the utterly amazing (and massive) huevos rancheros. It all makes this the sort of place you want to keep on going back to. It’s amazingly good value, too.
No Name Bar/Bar With No Name
A real old reliable, this bar – with literally no name – is on Fade street (so, obviously close to STELLAR’s heart) and you’ll get to it by accessing the door beside L’Gueuleton. It’s actually a part of Kelly’s Hotel (a really cool space for parties) and the menu is all about brunch reliables like eggs, brioche French toast and very drinkable cocktails.
There’s just nothing bad about this fantastic cafe, except for the fact that everyone else knows how good Brother Hubbard is, so it can be difficult to get a seat on occasion. Amazing coffee, orange blossom butter on fantastic scones… and the brunch is one that deputy editor Rosemary rhapsodises about. You can go healthy, with granola or bircher bowls, or you can go bold: the Beans and Pulled Pork Special and the croque monsieur get our vote.
Get a good day; head to Herbstreet for people watching in one of Dublin’s newest and nicest urban spaces, Grand Canal Dock. The menu’s different too: Wild mushrooms on toast, eggos Mexicanos and a Haloumi salad plate supplement your more usual brunching options. Oh, and the coffee is lovely. Plus, if you’ve time, a nice head-clearing stroll on nearby Sandymount strand is recommended.
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