Cafe Irie – Dublin

Reviewed on September 12th, 2009 by Dina

You’ll be able to spot Cafe Irie by its bright blue exterior! Going inside, the walls are brightly painted and the counter area reminded me of an old sweet shop. The only thing is that this is a very small cafe, with the chairs and tables too close together.

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The breakfast of scrambled eggs on granary toast was ok but the eggs were a little overcooked. If you are looking to have the full cooked breakfast, then fried eggs are served, so be sure to tell the waitress if you would prefer to have scrambled.

We were disappointed by the juices, as they were not fresh juices. They tasted more like the ones that have been mixed with water.

Along the counter, there were homemade brownies and muffins. It would have been nice if these had been better presented and if they had been displayed with covers. One thing that can be said is that the waitress gave us service with a smile!

Cafe Irie, Thomas Street, Dublin 2

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Brick Alley Cafe/The Joy of Coffee – Dublin

Reviewed on July 24th, 2009 by Dina

Whether you want a hearty breakfast or something lighter, then this is a nice cafe to come to. I think that the Brick Alley Cafe was formerly known as The Joy of Coffee and that is why the name on the outside differs to the one on the inside.

There are a couple of big tables and so communal dining is the theme here! There are also a  few window seats if you want to watch the world go by!

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The food took a little longer than expected to arrive but it was all freshly cooked. The veggie breakfast of scrambled eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast was just right. The toasted bagel was a poppy seed bagel served with butter and jam. It was nice that the waiter let us replace the bacon with ham on the bacon and egg bagel!

Even though we asked for tea for two people, there was enough tea for a lot more. If you wanted something a little more refreshing, then the freshly squeezed orange juice is a must!

Brick Alley Cafe, 25 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin

Rating: ★★★½☆

Frankie’s Bar and Grill – Dublin

Reviewed on June 26th, 2009 by Dina

Situated in the lively Temple Bar area is Frankie Dettori’s and Marco Pierre White’s restaurant. This Italian restaurant was a little dark when we entered but I think that we got accustomed to the lighting.

The waiter recommended a pineapple and coconut non-alcoholic cocktail and this did not disappoint. It was quite a rich drink but a great start to the meal!

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The aubergine parmigiana was a few slices of aubergine baked with cheese and a tomato sauce. The aubergine was sliced lengthways which meant that it was quite a tasty substantial meal. A great side dish was the spinach with chilli and garlic. The spinach was cooked perfectly and it was not spicy, which is what I preferred.

We made sure that we had room for dessert! The New York cheesecake was very fresh and it was big enough to for two people. The biscuit base was quite thick which made the cheesecake even more yummy! The tiramisu was presented in a martini glass and you could taste the quality ingredients.

The walls are decorated with cartoon like pictures of various people! The staff were really friendly and when we asked if we could have a different table to the one we were originally seated at, they happily let us move. They also didn’t rush us when it was closing time for the restaurant. The service was efficient and the staff knew the menu well!

Frankie’s Bar and Grill, 42 Temple Bar Square, Dublin 2,

Rating: ★★★★☆