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Munchin Dublin: A Darling Café Has Opened In Blackrock And We Checked It Out

By Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

August 23, 2018 at 10:09am


Living in the leafy suburbs of Dublin, it can be frustrating when you have to leave the calm and go into the hustle and bustle of the city to get a nice meal.

Times are changing however, and it seems that business owners are seeing the benefit of setting up shop in these quiter neighbourhood areas.

I'm a huge fan of this.

I adore seeing gorge cafés and restaurants popping up, serving top quality food and adding a buzz about the place. Encouraging people to shop local, dine local.

Last week, Fable and Stey opened in Blackrock.

I'm a hound on Instagram, always sniffing out the newest and hottest places to eat, so as soon as I spotted this new neighbourhood café, lunch for the following day was sorted.

Being a sister café to Laine, My Love, Fia Café and Little Frieda's I knew I was in for a treat before even arriving.

I have to say though, interior wise - I think this is my favourite of them all.

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What's the vibe?

The café can be found down a quite road, where there's not much else but dainty houses and a green. It's a really calm area, barely any cars passing on the road and none of the common city noises to interrupt your train of thought.

It already seems to be a hot spot with the locals. Upon arriving, all the seats outside had been taken and dogs were dozing off under their owners legs.

Inside, it's much larger than I had expected. There's ample seating including about four stools at the window, for lone eaters looking to people watch.

I nabbed myself one of the nicer tables - a table by the wall. It had a socket where I could plug in and work and it, along with the other wall-side tables, had a marble table (I knew that'd would be key for all the pictures I was about to take).

Marble and pink has been done a thousand times but this café has added warmer tones to the shades, which makes it stand out from anywhere else I've visited. I loved the colour scheme here, I was fully taking inspo for my future dream house.

Of course, the each table has it's own stunning, minimalistic vase of flowers from The Crate - my fave flower shop.

At the top of the café was a large marble counter with decadent treats on top for coffee lovers to sink their teeth into. Behind it is a large open arch that leads back to the kitchen where you can see the chef's working their magic.

I sat down, still transfixed by how GORJ the interior was and peered down at my menu.

Time to eat.

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What's on the menu?

Let's start with bevvies - there's all the usual coffees, I got a flat white. It was strong but that's how I like it so I was happy out from the first sip.

They've got some really interesting tea flavours - black Assam, white Pai Mu Tan, green sencha and roobis as well as kombucha and homemade sodas.

They serve all-day breakfast, which is key because avo and toast should be eaten at all times of the day, like seriously, I'll never get sick of it.

I know, I'm such a Millennial...

The lunch menu is simple but effective - A gourmet ham and cheese toasty, scrambled eggs, soup of the day and two specials.

I opted for one of the specials: Organic baby potatoes, fried egg, black pudding, labneh, pickled onion, salsa verde and organic greens.

My was egg a tiny bit over cooked and there was a little bit too much labneh, which I didn't think I'd ever say because I always want my food loaded in sauce, but it is quite strong. Apart from that (and they are very minor things) it was really delicious. As much as I wanted to, I just couldn't finish it, potatoes are quite filling.

Another reason why I couldn't finish was that I had eaten almost half of my boyfriends palte of scrambled egg with avocado.

Buttery, creamy, light and fluffy - the winning combo when it comes to scrambled eggs.

I'll be back for those.

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What's the damage?

Two coffees and two lunch orders came to €21.50, pretty much the standard price for a Dublin café.

Great service, happy, smiling and polite staff and gorge food - sure look you can't go wrong.

The café is open from 8am-4pm Tuesday-Friday and then from 10am-4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

There's so many lovely cafés opening as of late but this has been one of my favourites.

I'll definitely be popping in again next time I'm in the area.

Those scrambled eggs are calling my name.

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