You might remember when I previously talked about breaking my Bewley's Breakfast virginity and reviewed their €16.50 Full Irish Breakfast.
I made my feelings very clear and said that:
"The Breakfast is good, and I wouldn't insult them by saying it's not €16.50 good, that would be the wrong wording.
"It's not €16.50-worthy."
Well, almost a week after writing that article, I was invited back into this famous establishment to try out their new Jazz Brunch event which takes place upstairs in the James Joyce Room.
I feel like most of my food articles start with, "I was dying", "I was hungover", "I was touching God's hand" etc, but once again I was sick and it was self-inflicted as I headed for Grafton Street.
Back to the matter at hand, however. I wasn't long getting back on the wagon at Bewley's when I was handed a mimosa and placed beside a roaring fire.
(The fire would become my worst enemy after two minutes when I was sweating buckets but a very polite waitress spotted my distress and asked if I wanted one of the doors to be opened. Rejoice)
I was delighted that I got the opportunity to attend this event because it meant I could play devil's advocate. If the Full Irish was me being bad cop, this was my chance to turn good.
Their new Jazz Brunch is exactly what it says on the menu. But it's more so background noise rather than the main event that's in your face - a well-oiled and great sounding type of background noise all the same that grabs your attention at various stages.
But it's not too much, you can still enjoy a conversation without having to resort to shouting.
I opted for the Eggs Royale and salvated at the thought of a poached egg just falling apart in front of me on top of some salmon and bread. The realisation was even better than my imagination.
My photo skills don't do it justice but then again, I hadn't the patience to take a proper one...
Get into my belly.
This was then followed by a platter of desserts. Brunch isn't new so if you're going to do it right it needs to be something special and as you can see below, this tray of confectionary goodness is not something that was thrown together in a rush. You can tell that every inch of it was perfectly planned and developed by Executive Chef Ludo Lantier and massive props to him and his very skilled and excellent team.
They were delish.
I came under scrutiny for my harsh review of the price of Bewley's Full Irish and that doesn't change. I still think for what you're getting, no matter what is you get, it's too expensive and for tea and coffee to not be included, was just downright bizarre as it's a natural rule of thumb in my opinion.
However, the one reason I wouldn't attend Bewley's Breakfast again is the same reason I'd go back for their Brunch each time.
Cól Campbell, Managing Director of Bewley’s Grafton Street said to the crowd gathered in the James Joyce Room that Ernest Bewley only ever wanted the best for his shop and even at that it still wasn't good enough.
Their tea and coffee is their baby. Including it in a Breakfast or Brunch would be like a band spending months and months in a recording studio making 11 songs that they charge you €13 for but they end up giving away their bonus, worldwide number one hit for absolute nothing.
I still find it hard paying extra for it but I wouldn't mind doing so in the comforts of a unique environment like this one. I was enjoying it so much that I even thought to myself, hey, who knows, I might even stay around for another pot of tea too.
Putting it side by side with its normal Breakfast menu, the only difference between that and the Brunch is the unique experience you get with it. If it's sunny, the rush for the seats outside would be frantic considering the view you would get of all the passers by on Grafton Street.
The music makes you feel like you should be in a suit and tie, it would be the perfectly place to kick-start a fancy or special day out with your signicant other.
I felt like royalty here compared to when I was just a floor below two weeks previous - and I was paying the exact same price.
I feel so stupid thinking this and it's not going to sound any better saying it but, I would go to brunch with my girlfriend here again the next time she's up and fork out the same price, absolutely.
But if it was just their normal breakfast, I'd still stand by my original answer.
I don't mind paying that price for an experience, however, and the Jazz Brunch is one hell of a one that must be tried out.
Bewley’s Jazz Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm.