Eating out: The Spotlight's on Slice
Dublin 7 has been having something of a renaissance in recent times...
From gastro pubs and craft beer havens, to restaurants Wuff and Soulful Bistro, the north city centre's regeneration has spread past Smithfield to this residential area densely populated with bespectacled, bicycle loving bearded ones.
The latest eatery to open in the 'hood is Slice, a sister to the Cake Cafe just off Camden Street in the well established hipster heartland. Small it may be, and yes, you may find yourself learning the intimate details of the person next to you's life, but it's brimming with character and the grub is great home-cooked comfort fare – think veggie stew or ham hock for dinner, porridge or baked beans and eggs for brunch and brisket sambos for lunch. They serve 3FE coffee which we were excited to try, but one of our party wasn't mad about the nutty blend on offer here.
Type of cuisine
There are of course cakes, considering the cafe's parentage, but this is good Irish food with a twist – like your mother used to make, only better.
You can tell the residents of the Batter were just longing for a place like Slice. Chill, homey and hip.
Less than €10 for a main course, any time.
SLICE, Manor Place, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 www.asliceofcake.ie
In the area?
If you fancy a drink after dinner, head to the aforementioned L Mulligan Grocer, just down the road on Manor Street. It's become well known in recent years for its wide range of whiskeys and beers, and is a nice follow on from the crafts on offer at Slice.
This article first appeared in Insider magazine..