Mar 11, 2012

Herbstreet – Naturally Delicious!

Doncha love those evenings when you’re milling about the house and a friend calls, off the cuff? Since my mate was nearby we decided to meet up at Grand Canal Dock for a natter and a bite to eat. Any excuse! GCD is a lively hub at the end of Pearse Street, home to the Grand Canal Theatre (or the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, if you fancy) and neighbours with Google and the IFSC.

There’s a nice crop of bars and restaurants on the colourful waterfront, most of which kindly feed me on a regular basis. I might start keeping shoes in my oven a la Carrie Bradshaw… So it came as a surprise to me that I’d never been to Herbstreet. Maybe it’s because, anytime I stroll by at the weekend their terrace is packed out with fellow townies brunching away. But tonight there was room for two!

The place is buzzy with a healthly pre-theatre crowd tucking in to hearty fare. Our lovely waitress told me that Herbstreet’s opening times cater to performance nights these days and indeed our fellow diners had filtered out by showtime. Alas, it’s a top people watching spot while the going is good. Indeed I found myself chatting to an ex boss of mine! That’s what I love about Dublin.

Herbstreet’s menu is a delicious read with homemade burgers, fresh seafood and imaginative salads. We munched on creamy Cobb salad, sardines on toast and chunky sweet potato chips, with a bottle of Hoegaarden each. The food was so well put together, my sardines were big juicy fellas that came on feta and sundried tomato green leaf salad, with salty capers. Simple. Yummy.

It was nice to have the place to ourselves by the time tea was served, catching up on the goss as we were. Dessert, including my fave New York baked cheesecake, was tempting but we passed, already satisfied customers. Herbstreet’s staff were such a joy and, as a local, they welcomed me back for brunch, to sample their in-house cakes. Well, there’s no breakfast cereal at home…

Herbstreet, Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2 / www.herbstreet,ie

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