We've have fallen out of love with brunch. Well, not all brunch - just the ever-pervasive/over-saturated menus of eggs benny and avo toast and we just need a break, and it seems we’re not the only ones.
We’ve seen a resurgence in Sunday lunch in the last few years, with some restaurants opting to open solely for lunch on the Lord's day. There are actually a myriad of benefits to overloading on potatoes come Sunday lunch time - the convenient time slot, allowing less time for Sunday Scaries and more time to savour the end of the weekend, the one-size-fits-all nature of Sunday lunch allowing you to bring the whole family along, and of course, let’s not forget about the potatoes. Those beautifully golden, hangover-curing, starchy carbohydrates. So, keeping avocado and the b-word out of mind, here are some of the best places in Dublin for Sunday lunch.
Bastible, just off Clanbrassil Street, serve a modern, family style menu for Sunday lunch, which changes every week depending on the season. The set menu includes four courses plus snacks, and it's a great spot to bring a gang and share a few bottles of interesting wine. Whilst it will most definitely be more relaxing without the kids, if you need to bring them there's a changing area and high chairs.
We’ve said before that we’d go to Locks for the butter alone, so it wouldn’t take much to persuade us to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon here. Lunch consists of two courses for €30 or three for €35, with a good amount of choice. Their weekly (generally meat-based) special often includes their salt aged Delmonico ribeye (for two) with braised short rib, potatoes, onion rings and béarnaise.
The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne
The upmarket steak and seafood restaurant at the Shelbourne runs a Sunday lunch menu that changes frequently. It's €28 for two courses or €32 for three, which is pretty good value, and the menu is full of reliables like chicken liver parfait and pan-fried salmon. One for if you need to impress the parents or just want a reason to get dressed up. For extra luxe points, start with a glass of Champagne in the Horseshoe Bar.
The neighbourhood restaurant in Malahide is a lovely spot if you fancy a day by the sea. An á la carte Sunday lunch is available from 1-7pm and major family bonus - kids eat free on Sundays (one for each adult). The rib roast is something special, but there's plenty of non traditional options too, like a Korean spiced chicken burger with kimchi slaw.