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Wood Fire Cafe review: ‘While generosity in a restaurant is a fine attribute, the portions here are simply too big’

Our food critic samples big flavours and even bigger portions at this rustic Italian restaurant

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Wood Fire Café on Blessington Street, Dublin 7. Picture: Mark Condren

Wood Fire Café on Blessington Street, Dublin 7. Picture: Mark Condren

Shellfish pasta at Wood Fire Cafe

Shellfish pasta at Wood Fire Cafe

Shellfish pasta at Wood Fire Cafe

Shellfish pasta at Wood Fire Cafe

Wood Fire Cafe is an unassuming little enoteca that serves up hearty Italian fare

Wood Fire Cafe is an unassuming little enoteca that serves up hearty Italian fare

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Wood Fire Café on Blessington Street, Dublin 7. Picture: Mark Condren

It doesn’t make any sense to me that a restaurant might not have a website, nor that its Instagram would offer no hint as to how a prospective customer might make a reservation. But that’s how it is at Wood Fire Cafe, which supplies neither phone number, email address, nor instruction to message if you want a table.

Thankfully, my friend Katia is in charge of making the booking and has more patience than I do. She secures our spot via Facebook Messenger, having tried the phone number (shown only on the Facebook page) several times — admittedly over lunchtime — only to have it ring out. Maybe Wood Fire has so many customers already, it doesn’t feel that it needs any more, although there are a few empty tables on the midweek night of our visit.


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