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20th Dec 2016

€21.56 For Salad And A Lemonade In This Dublin Café – Are We Going Back To Bad Old Habits?


One of the few redeeming features of the recession was that it brought us back to earth with a bang.

The mad, ludicrous shite that had been going on since around 1998 was brought to a shuddering halt, and from property to pints, prices suddenly started to look a lot more reasonable the further away the Celtic Tiger retreated.

Alas, history wouldn’t be history if it didn’t repeat itself – and we’ve seen some very worrying signs of the old mentality creeping into the pub and restaurant scene across Dublin.

Such as this bill for a pretty basic lunch – a duck salad with lemonade – in the Avoca Café on Suffolk Street, which was shared with us today.

Yes, you can check the menu before you commit to eating somewhere, and yes, good food costs money – but both of those things are beside the point here.

This isn’t some high-end establishment at the forefront of food innovation; it’s the Avoca Café, serving decent but fairly standard fare in a decent but fairly standard setting. (Killer sambos, mind…)

Going north of a tenner for lunch is grand if you want to treat yourself to something special. But popping above the €20 mark? Ridiculous.

Thankfully there are plenty of better and cheaper options in the immediate vicinity. But nonetheless, there’s a whiff of ridiculousness about this, and we can’t help but feel like it’s starting to spread…