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Back To The Office Lunches For Less Than A Tenner

We’ve all noticed it – heavy traffic, bigger queues for your favourite coffee pitstop in town, increased sightings of workwear paired with Asics runners. There’s no way to avoid it any longer … it’s time to return to the office.

After a long 18 months, there are mixed feelings about it – nerves, dread, trepidation, a bit of elation to get some headspace from the kids. However there are a host of business owners and hospitality staff delighted with the recent changes after over a year of *just* hanging on. It’s time to give old favourites and some new faces some love and treat yourself to a delicious meal in the process – it’s your civic duty. There are dozens of amazing establishments to visit, but here are some of our favourite city-centre options for under a tenner.

147 Deli, Parnell Street

Starting strong with possibly the best sandwiches in all of Dublin - 147 Deli. This is not somewhere to go for a light lunch or when you’re trying to ‘be good’, but life is too short for that kind of thinking anyway. These sambos are full to the brim and you will probably be much the same when you’re leaving, but you’ll be very, very happy. Keep an eye on their Instagram for their weekly specials which are always something, well, special! Lunch sandwiches are all €7.95 and the weekly special can be closer to a tenner but is always worth it.

Green Bench Café, Montague Street

A favourite of the Harcourt Street corporates (no, we’re not talking about Coppers), Green Bench Café is small but mighty and have operated on a takeaway-only basis for years, long before the pandemic. They have a limited menu of sandwiches, wraps and usually a soup or hotpot for regulars to take with them and enjoy in the Iveagh Gardens. The beef brisket is the priciest at €8.

Meltdown, Leeson Street & Montague Street

Whoever is running Meltdown's socials deserves a raise – every time they pop a picture up we immediately start craving melted cheese, it's like magic. These sandwiches are glorious so it’s no surprise that they grew from an initial pop-up in 2018 to having two permanent locations on Leeson Street and Montague Street (which moonlights as Winedown in the evening). You can pick one up with a coffee for €10. Don’t sleep on their hot sauce which they are now bottling and selling nationwide.

Dosa Dosa, Grand Canal Street Lower

Dosa Dosa started as a food truck in January 2020, possibly the worst timing in history, but they made it work touring around Dublin serving Southern Indian dosas to the masses, and they did so well they're now operating from a permanent container in Grand Canal. We love their Paneer Dosa, which will set you back €10, but have no doubt that everything on this menu is a winner. They only open from Wednesday to Sunday right now but here’s hoping that changes as town gets busier midweek.

The Commons Café at MoLI

Perfect for the person who’s not quite ready to delve into the outside world, The Commons at MoLI is a little hidden oasis right in the centre of town. Their indoor area is bright and spacious, and they also have a lovely outdoor terrace overlooking their courtyard garden. You could even have a wander around the museum, or if you’re like us, just head straight to the gift shop for a browse. Their toasties range from €8.50 to €9.90 but they also have a hearty bowl of soup with Guinness bread available for €5.50