I spend all my free time out discovering new places, and with the Dublin economy beginning to boom again you could eat in a new restaurant pretty much every day of the week (if you had the cash!). While it's great to keep up with the new spots, I find I don't check back enough with the places I've raved about in the past. Some places have a strong start, but then fall off a cliff as consistency eludes them.
One of the places that I was probably the most complimentarty about in the early days of this site was Green Bench. The main reason being that I used to work about 100 yards from it, so I would eat there most days. It was stunning back in the day, but having not been there in over 2 years so I decided to check it out again - would it still be as good as I remembered?
Well, the first positive sign was the queue outside. That queue is there every single day of the week, time is precious and people don't waste just 20 minutes of their treasured lunch hour queueing for shit food.
The second signal indication that it was as good as when I first tried it two years ago, was that I then returned 4 times in the next week to get my lunch there. The sandwiches are as fresh, imaginative and vibrant as ever and they change all the time. The chicken is actual real roast chicken and about as far removed from that watered down shite you get in the big chain deli counters as you could imagine.
You'll get in and out of here in 10 minutes if you time it right. Midday is about best, but anything after that and you'll be competing with the swarms of young professionals in suits.
Then there are the doughnuts, the fucking doughnuts! These are little little clouds of heaven that have floated down to earth. Filled with jam, cream or even caramel. I'd do prison time to eat one of these daily and not gain any weight. But then again, when you taste these little morsels all thoughts about healthy eating will go out the window!
Many of you will know about Green Bench and wonder why the hell I am writing about it again..
Well this blog had 50,000 readers the last time I last wrote about them, and there are now over a million Lovin Dublin readers. I bring up the place in conversation with many, and they've never heard of it. Lunch is afterall a very local affair - grabbing a quick bite before legging it back to your desk. What I'd suggest is that you walk down here, get a taxi or even take a day off to try it!
If I only got to eat in Green Bench for the rest of my life for lunch I'd be a happy man indeed. Get in the queue, and prepare to have your entire day taken to the next level!
The food is always imaginative and constantly changing
— greenbenchcafe (@greenbenchcafe) July 15, 2015
And they only work with the very best of ingredients which makes everything taste so fresh
Yum yum bakewell tart and salsa, not together though... pic.twitter.com/wYFab6eSnp
— greenbenchcafe (@greenbenchcafe) June 4, 2015