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Mar 3, 2016

Gallaher & Co Bistro – Afternoon Tea!

GallaherI bet you didn’t know that Gallaher’s on D’Olier Street does Afternoon Tea? Me neither! Until, that is, a very good pal kindly gave me a birthday present of one. Afternoon Tea for Two including a glass of fizz each. Lovely jubbly! It was, in fact, one of those Deal Rush jobbies. Which, I had read on Trip Advisor, Gallaher’s are very good about. Some places get shirty… You know yourself!

So, we rocked up of a rainy Thursday. Afternoon, of course. Me & Padre. Twas his birthday too, not long after mine. So as a fellow cake fan, he was duly invited. We popped into The Screen cinema next door to say goodbye, as they were shutting up for good on the Sunday (sob). I always used to go there when I lived in Ringsend long ago. All good things must come to an end…

Now Gallaher & Co is very smart place. Located in D’Olier Chambers, it wraps around the corner to neighbouring Hawkins Street. It always looks so inviting, when I’m passing, but the view is even nicer from inside. Panoramic windows allow us to see all of Dublin going by. Sounds cray cray, but I love watching buses, people & life itself just moving. The pulse of Dublin City.

cake 2Now, to the main event. We were brought a generous glass of Domini Prosecco Frizza each. Cheers! And a lovely lad explained how the set-up worked. We were getting cakes, scones & a choice of three sandwiches between us. We went for oak smoked salmon on homemade brown bread, free range egg on sourdough fingers & chicken lemon zucchini wrap. Bring it on, John!

Everything arrived on a traditional three tiered porcelain cake stand. So far, so good. Gallaher’s Afternoon Tea is more than a few pretty amuse bouche. This is proper scran! The sandwiches are cut into four, making twelve to share. Currant scones are big warm fluffy numbers, accompanied by cream & mixed berry compote (Ambassador!). I would have gone the whole fat bastard & had butter too…

Everything was rustic, homemade, both in looks & taste. Nothing fancy pants here! I loved the free range egg, which came with slivers of pickled cucumber & chive mayo. Dad enjoyed the chicken wraps, what with me being some class of a vegetarian (95% & then some…). We both milled the oak smoked salmon. Happy days! And so, most importantly, to the cakes. Size matters at Gallaher’s!

sandwichCarrot cake (cake of the day), madeira cupcakes with cream, lemon tart, mini macaroons & shortbread biscuits. It has to be said, we were struggling at this stage, but soldier on we did… One Afternoon Tea would actually do between two! Here’s my expert cake analysis; Carrot cake was meh. Too dry. Cupcakes were freakin’ delish. Like Mum makes. Macarons, nuff said. Lemon tart was, um, tart.

The shortcakes were squirreled into a napkin and handbagged for Him Indoors later (I ate them). We were done in by now. I must say, it was such a lovely treat. Nice & quiet (I can imagine this place buzzing too), we had a great chinwag in peace, when we weren’t stuffing our chops. Gallaher’s certainly don’t scrimp. It’s not a posh Afternoon Tea but it’s very tasty indeed. And fizz always helps. Yes, Sir!

Before I forget… A nice big pot of tea each too. With two teabags! Gets my vote. I was pleasantly surprised by Gallaher’s. Dinner is next on the agenda. This joint does a nice line in steaks & hearty bistro-fare. The breakfast looks like something the Bloke would make short work of. Gallaher’s do breakfast, lunch, brunch, pre-theatre, prix-fixe & a la carte. They also do BYOB. What’s not to love?

Gallaher & Co Bistro & Coffee House, D’Olier Chambers, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 / Tel – 01 6770499 / info@gallahersbistro.com

 

Nov 19, 2013

The Gresham Hotel – Afternoon Tea

In Dublin days gone by there was nowt so posh as the Gresham Hotel. Still the smart stalwart of O’Connell Street, I met the girls there, in the Writer’s Lounge, on Saturday for Afternoon Tea. Founded in 1817, the Gresham possesses a grandeur that does not come from interior decor alone but rather from it’s rich history. We sat by the large ivory draped windows, on plush red velvet sofas – old skool luxe – and settled in, warm and cosy, far from the madding crowd.

We were celebrating a birthday and I’m happy to report that even Mesdames such as we still want a party with lots of cake! So it was Afternoon Tea for five. First came tea – made with loose leaves – in big silver pots. Proper old fashioned. Then the main event. Two large tiered cake stands arrived, containing one of everything for each of us. Savouries, sweets and little treats. A very nice deal indeed at 21 euro per person.

Luckily I’d walked from ILS HQ, so had worked up a good appetite. Where to start… I tucked into smoked salmon on brown soda bread and cucumber sandwiches (what else?) while the ladies munched on finger sandwiches of Parma ham, chicken and roast beef. We gossiped away happily between bites and copious amounts of tea. Two more pots were summoned as we turned next to the first cake tier.

Mini scones were served with butter, jam and fresh cream. There was dainty slices of Madeira cake, tea brack and fruit cake. Homemade pistachio biscuits were light, crumbly and crunchy. The thing about Afternoon Tea is not to feel like little piggies scoffing endless goodies but to nibble lady-like on myriad delicious petite pastries. The Gresham have judged their dinky offerings just right. Totally Downton.

There for a good three hours, we talked weddings, babies and love. And clothes, shoes and handbags. And hairstyles. The Writer’s Lounge is such calm surrounds, with plenty of space and relaxed waiting staff. The Gresham is not a seen-to-be-seen kinda place. I like that. The final tier… Tiny meringues, fresh fruit vol au vents, chocolate torte and strawberry cream in teeny sundae glasses. Glam not glutton.

The chocolate torte was to die for, a sliver of pure decadence. It really was fun oohing and ahhing over all the doll sized gateaux. And getting away from the world for a wee while, the girls agreed. O’Connell Street is due a new lease of life with the much anticipated re-vamped Clerys opening this week. I see hours of retail therapy in my future and now I know exactly where to go for a spot of R&R afterwards…

The Gresham Hotel, 23 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 / www.gresham-hotels-dublin.com