Lunchbox: Café Studio
Arnotts, 12 Henry Street, D1. TEL: 01 8050400
The Cost: €12.95 for the lunch special (€9.95) and soft drink (€3).
The Look: Bright and airy on the outside, which might explain the permanent queue for tables. But look closer and my table hasn't been cleaned.
The Goods: Pretty standard fare, ranging from soup (€5) and sandwiches (€9.50) to salads (€11.95) and hot dishes, such as Thai curry, risotto and pasta, at various prices. Special offer of a main course, dessert and glass of wine for €13.95.
The Bad: Dirty table is just the first stumbling block, the second is the agonisingly slow service and the third is the high prices. €3 for a 200ml soft drink is staggering, but how about €2 for a glass of milk? And €9.95 for my burger is painful.
The Result: Disastrous service. My drink order is forgotten and even going up to the counter to remind them doesn't make it instantly appear. As for the burger, it is small and lukewarm, though it is served with a nice chutney.
The Grade: D-.