Off I went into the Boxty House anyway where I was led to a lovely little window seat facing out onto Temple Bar.
After a couple of minutes scanning the menu in an attempt at appearing inconspicuous, I decided to plump for the Traditional Dublin Coddle – described on the menu as ‘bacon, pork and black pudding sausage, potato and soda bread.’
The description is fairly similar to the Hairy Lemon version, substituting soda bread for brown bread, while the Lemon served mashed potato on the side, a definite point for them if I had to choose between to two.
By the time Boxty’s coddle arrived I was more than ready to get stuck in. Stirring the broth, it was clear to see that I was really getting my money’s worth in terms of volume, at least. There was enough sausage and bacon to feed a small family and the amount of potatoes in the bowl almost made up for the lack of mash.
All in all, if you do find yourself in the Temple Bar area in the near future, the bowl of coddle in Boxty’s will give you plenty of soakage before your few pints. Alternatively, they’ve a got a pretty decent cocktail menu if you’re that way inclined.