Tuesday 23 January 2018

Five of the best brunches in Dublin

Too late for breakfast and tired of the same old lunch fare?

Bang Bang, Phibsborough
Bang Bang, Phibsborough
Coppinger Row
Herbstreet, Hanover Quay
3FE, Grand Canal Street
Cleaver East, Essex street

Kevin Shore

You wake up after a late night, it's too early for a pizza to be socially acceptable and cereal is just not going to cut it. A relatively new term to some, catering for the slow-to-rise after a late night, brunch is here to solve all our hangover requirements.

Bang Bang, Phibsborough

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Bang Bang, Phibsborough

Founded in January 2016, Bang Bang is a gorgeous little fresh food market and deli. The café takes its name from one of Dublin's most famous characters, Thomas Dudley, aka Bang Bang. If you're looking for a burger that is acceptable breakfast fare, the brunch burger is the way to go. Picture Edam cheese, bacon, black pudding, smoked mayonnaise, avocado and a fried egg, all served on a glorious brioche bun.

Coppinger Row, Dublin 2

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Coppinger Row

Coppinger Row combines fresh Mediterranean flavours with locally sourced produce to give you the ultimate kick-start after a late night. Brunch here is only available on Sunday mornings, which, let's face it, a lot of us spend dealing with a hangover. My cure of choice is the Moroccan Baked Eggs with Chorizo, Meatballs, Roast Red Pepper, Chick Peas and Tzatziki, served with an ice-cold glass of Elderflower Prosecco.

Herbstreet, Hanover Quay

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Herbstreet, Hanover Quay

If you are looking for a delicious brunch from a café that cares about the environment, Herbstreet is the place to go. Served on the weekend from 10am to 4pm, Herbstreet provides fantastic food while remaining energy efficient. The main floor in the restaurant has a vintage feel and is lit by 109 LED lights which only use one watt of energy each - that's the same amount used by a 100 Watt light bulb. My brunch of choice here is the spicy Eggos Mexicalos. Not for the faint-hearted, this dish combines free-range eggs with spicy habanero sauce, pinto beans, spring onions, melted cheese with corn chips and avocado salsa.

3FE, Grand Canal Street

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3FE, Grand Canal Street

You may have already been acquainted with 3FE if you're a lover of coffee, but it doesn't end there. The chefs here are constantly changing the menu to bring the customers a never-ending supply of delicious food. For those looking for something sweeter, the cinnamon sugar brioche French toast is just delicious. Served with roast apple, vanilla custard, pecan brittle and a glorious cup of their famous coffee, 3FE will challenge even the mother of all hangovers. Brunch here is served from 9am on Saturdays and Sundays.

Cleaver East, Essex street

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Cleaver East, Essex street

We all love the traditional Sunday roast cooked by the best chef in Ireland, your mammy, but sometimes it is just too difficult to face a full on roast dinner after a rough night. Cleaver East have come up with the perfect solution, the Sunday roast burger. Think 32-day aged roast sirloin served on a delicately toasted Yorkshire brioche with onion mayo, and truffle mash - the ideal cure for this time of year.

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