For a while there we almost thought Sunday Roasts were going to be the new Brunch but nope, the weekend staple reigns supreme in Dublin. In the 11 months since we created our original 'Ultimate Guide to Brunch', a lot has changed - new openings, new menus, and new opportunities to indulge in the best meal of the week - so we thought it was about time we did a part two.
1. Circa, Terenure
Three words: Buttermilk. Fried. Bacon. If that hasn’t made you drop your phone and leg it to Circa in Terenure, we think you’re probably beyond help. Other dishes to get your heart racing (or palpitating erratically) include the black pudding burger, Snickers French toast, and fish tacos.
2. As One, City Quay
All day brunch is pretty much our ideal way to spend a day, and As One lets you indulge six days a week. With their spacious and funky dining room overlooking the Liffey and a menu designed to maximise gut health and nutrition, you basically have no reason to ever leave and so many delicious reasons to stay.
3. One Society, Gardiner Street
One Society makes deciding where to eat really easy thanks to the fact that they run breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus until 15:00 so you’ll never run out of options. The only decision-making you’ll have to do is deciding between the pan-fried kale on toast that you really need, and the Hangover Stack (pancakes, ricotta, fried eggs, tabasco, and maple syrup) that you really want.
4. Herb Street, Grand Canal Dock
Let us take you back in time to the early 2010s when Dublin looked a little different. Nobody could afford to sell a house let alone buy one, disposable cups were still permissible, and brunch wasn’t really that much of a thing. Then along came Herb Street, the grand madam of pancake stacks in the capital. We would suggest that the first indication of economic recovery was when the Saturday morning queue reached 45+ minutes on a sunny day with people waiting for a table on the terrace.
5. Grove Road, Rathmines
Located right along the canal, Grove Road has an understated and easy-going vibe, great music, and is a serious contender for the best avocado toast in town, thanks to the addition of feta and the crispiest bacon known to man. Serving brunch, great coffee, and fresh juices every weekend from 09:00 - 16:00.
6. Bread 41, Pearse Street
When you stand in the queue at Bread 41, it’s hard to believe that what used to be an office furniture shop is now one of Dublin’s busiest bakeries and cafés turning out brunch dishes like mushrooms on toast, kimchi pancakes and whopper pastries. The bakery opens at 08:00 on weekends with brunch served from 10:30. Get there early but expect to queue - maybe have a custard tart while you’re waiting. We call that pre-brunch, or prunch. It’s a thing.
7. San Lorenzo's, South Great George's Street
Sometimes you want brunch that involves a quiet corner and solitude to read the paper, and sometimes you want loud music and to fleetingly feel that you might actually be cool. We don’t judge. San Lorenzo’s weekday brunch is a bit more laid-back and refined, but at weekends you can expect lots of buzz and a quick turn-over in tables. The menu is big, and varied and, while you probably won’t have the Coco Pops-coated French toast every weekend, we’d highly recommend giving it a try.
8. Urbanity, Smithfield