Feb 19, 2014

The Pepper Pot – Rustic Lunch

What a lovely afternoon. I met up with an old mucker for a good chinwag & a nice cuppa. The Pepper Pot in Powerscourt Townhouse is his latest townie go-to place. I hadn’t been. And I’m glad I did now! What a super cute cafe. Overlooking the centre, from one of the balconies, The Pepper Pot is all open space & home spun goodness. The menu is short but sweet & has something for everyone, even me.

Not that I’m fussy, like. I just don’t eat meat. There’s plenty of fishy or veggie options here though. I went for a special of potted trout, while my mate fancied a mini soup – celeriac, pear & ginger – with a roast pear, bacon & Montgomery cheddar sambo. Mine came with mixed leaves, pickled cucumber & rounds of crunchy toast. A solid topping turned out to be butter, not lard, but I handed it over anyway.

Everything came on mismatched vintage crockery, surprisingly un-twee. Because the food is so well put together, the presentation added to the experience. Soup in a little China tea cup, is only good when it’s very tasty soup. A couple of blackberry, pear (in today’s kitchen, obviously) & sage lemonades tasted as good as they looked, in tall glasses. As fellow sugar enablers we rounded off with cake, of course.

Our sweet waitress brought a rich slab of chocolate biscuit cake, infused with Maltesers & Crunchie, & a flourless chocolate cake, that oozed out when broken with a fork. Made with love, that’s for sure. In fact, the chefs here have kindly passed on some of their cake recipes to my mate. Also a mean baker! A choice of Lyons or Barry’s tea is the sort of attention to detail I like. Barry’s, since you’re asking!

The Pepper Pot, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin 2 / www.thepepperpot.ie

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