Talbot Street is like most streets in large capital cities that are beside the main railway station – full of charm, but a little rough around the edges.
Though tucked in beside the cheap hotels, discount shops and pubs, the street boasts this little gem of a café that serves up wonderfully wholesome food, great coffee and is all in all a great addition to the area.
Laine my love is an L-shaped room literally under the railway tracks that is bright, airy and welcoming on a street where most people scuttle through on their way to somewhere else.
The sandwiches, cakes and treats are spread over the counter and look like a page out of the latest high end cook book they are so pretty.
I could have chosen any one of about five amazing looking dishes, with the salads looking especially good.
In the end, though, I thought I'd see if they could get one of the simplest dishes in the world right where so many get it wrong.
A chicken sandwich should be so simple to make, but that doesn't seem to be the case in Ireland. It either comes processed to within an inch of its life in a fillet roll, or else is sliced rubbery chicken that most pubs and delis insist on serving.
In Laine though they've done what seems to be the impossible and roasted whole chickens and served up big flakey pieces of meat. Brown mixed with white and packed full of flavour. Along with the amazing baguette, perfect avocado and a light dressing it reminded me of a perfect turkey sandwich on St Stephen's Day with the meat acting as the star.
Sometimes food takes you by surprise. A simple pizza. A wonderful soup. That was the case today with a chicken sandwich on Talbot Street. An absolute delight and worth walking across the city just to get one.
Their coffee is top notch and that is a bonus in a part of the city where you won't find too many good cups. Throw in some great cakes and wonderful friendly staff and this place is an absolute winner.
Give it a whirl. You'll love the place.