Being a lover of a good breakfast/brunch at the weekend, I have recently noticed the surge in cafes with twenty-minute waiting periods for tables popping up around the city. Places like this seem to have come with the new wave of young professionals and the hipster kids, who now care where their coffee comes from and if they can have their flat white on Almond milk.
Breakfast has long been a tradition in Irish households. A good fry on a Saturday or a Sunday to set you up, but more and more people are choosing to dine out and turning it into “Brunch”, snapchat even hopped on the bandwagon by having an international story of people going for brunch on a Sunday morning. Don’t get me wrong, I will never refuse a mimosa with my eggs but how does it all work? How do we Brunch?
Although Brunch was initially introduced in the England in the late 19th century usually served in a buffet style, then became popular in the 1930’s in America, evolving into what we know it to be today: Breakfast and Lunch served usually on the weekend up until about 3pm in most places.
Dublin has been taken by storm with this new wave of brunch dates after a heavy night on the town. BloodyMarys flow freely during brunch as a kind of a hair of the dog to start off your Saturday or Sunday.
So, how do you Brunch? Where do you begin? First thing you need to keep in mind is that:
Dont eat before
1) This is two meals in one and therefore is going to be that bit more expensive than just your usual fry in the local cafe. Although brunch will usually begin around 11am most people will not eat before that.
Book a table
2) You may need to book, with high demand for people to have breakfast and alcohol booking somewhere for brunch may be a good way to avoid any dreaded hungover waits while the manager of the restaurant tries to find a corner they can squeeze into. *The Worst*
If you’re going with family
3) Choose who you brunch with and where you brunch very carefully. For example I went brunch with my parents a few Sunday’s ago, we decided to try out Brother Hubbard’s on Capel Street, Dublin 1. First of all there was a fifteen-minute wait for a table, followed by a seating at the smallest table in the restaurant. This was all fine until they brought the menus out and my Dad, being a man of a good fry didn’t know where to look; disgusted he decided to go with the pulled pork sandwich of which he ate only half and complained about it for the rest of the day.
There were some fundamental mistakes made on my part when choosing the place to brunch with my parents and should have chosen somewhere like Carluccio’s on Dawson street, that do a full brunch menu, which includes a breakfast type dish, pouched eggs and what you would usually expect to find on a traditional breakfast/brunch menu but with some refreshing cocktails to start the day off right.
San Lorenzo on South great Georges street is the Mother of all brunch restaurants but can be quite hard to get a table. Taco Taco a Mexican restaurant on Dame street is owned by the same people and is usually not as full so if you do not have time to book, pop in there.
Split the bill evenly
Unless you are on a brunch date, or someone is paying for everything, split the bill evenly, go crazy, have another mimosa, everyone is going to pay the same so you might as well enjoy yourself.
Brunch should do you until dinner later that day if you are so inclined, so don’t be shy when ordering, order extras for the table bulk up and soak up any of last nights carnage.
Then hit the streets of Dublin for some market shopping or art viewing on Merrion square, you will be ready to face the day.
Here is a list of the best places to go for Brunch as of now, this always changes, and there is nothing worse than rocking up to a place only to realise that it is closed.
1) Taco Taco, 14 Dame Court, Dublin. Open Saturdays and Sundays for Brunch.
2) San Lorenzo, if you can get a table is the best place for brunch in Dublin. Open Saturdays and Sundays but you usually need to book a table first.
3) Carluccio’s on Dawson street, does an incredible Brunch in light surroundings, although they cannot serve alcohol until half 12 their breakfast cocktails are worth the wait.
4) Brother Hubbard’s on Capel Street is good but can be very busy. Open Saturday’s and Sunday’s. DONT BRING YOU PARENTS HERE.
5) The Fumbally on Fumbally lane is a good spot for mid week brunch, although they do not serve cocktails. Open all week, and Saturday’s but is closed on a Sunday.
6) BiBi’s in Dublin 8 does the most incredible French Toast, Brownies and a brunch menu and is well worth a check out even just for the peanut brownies in relaxed settings. Open Saturday’s and Sunday’s.
7) 37 Dawson street has one of the best Brunch’s I have ever had. It runs until about 4pm with big portions and a full bar in a roaring 20’s style setting.
Although brunch is becoming more and more popular, these places are a good starting point for any Brunching Virgins.
Any other suggestions leave them in the comments below and I will do a review and add them to the list.