The northside of the city has always been a bit barren in comparison to the south when it comes to places to eat nice food and drink good coffee. Yes we have 147 Deli, Laine my Love and the newly opened Tang on Abbey Street, but there's hardly one on every corner, so we were very happy to add another to the list. One Society Café opened last week on Gardiner Place, just off Gardiner Street, and we like the cut of its jib.
Open from Tuesday - Sunday, there are some serious ingredients on the menu like smoked black pudding from Higgins Butchers, beef from the owner's sister's farm in Meath, and blue corn tortillas
made from flour ground by volcanic rock. We have no idea what that adds to the process but it sounds good. Bread is from Le Levain, coffee is from Roasted Brown and tea is from Wall & Keogh.
They're due to expand the menu over the next few weeks, but for the moment we particularly like the sound of the 'Pan fried kale on toast' - toasted Le Levain bread, pan fried organic kale, almond basil pesto, toasted nuts and seeds, soft poached egg, chilli & sesame salt, and the Shakshouka with red peppers, red onions, chillies, chickpeas, toasted seeds, rustic bread and homemade pink hummus. They'll also be adding an evening pizza menu soon, with an oven that's been shipped from Naples.
Set up by Will Monaghan, who's left a career in sales to pursue what he says is a 13-year dream, One Society is also donating 10c from every hot drink to Temple Street Children's Hospital which is just down the road, and students get 10% off with valid student ID. More reasons to pay them a visit soon.
One Society Café
1 Lower Gardiner Place, Mountjoy, Dublin 1
Tue - Fri 7:30 - 16:00. Sat & Sun 9:30 - 15:30.