Around 11 a.m. every weekend I would make my way to my favourite spot, just around the corner of my house. The café is hidden away from the busy city centre, designed to cater to local dwellers. Like every other brunch place in Dublin, the café is compact with industrial interior design. What I like about it is the high table with peculiar lamps hanging over it, allowing diners like me when seated to observe the street.
The café is never empty, giving you an opportunity to meet strangers and friends from this neighbourhood. The space between the tables is so narrow that you are bound to exchange smiles or admire someone’s dish. The most surprising element of the café is that you are able to see the chef moving swiftly between the containers of spices and the cooker. The chef also throws glances at the diners while they indulge in his cuisine.
A little bit about Fia.
It all started when Alan and Derek, business partners and owners of the building, were enjoying ‘Roasted Brown’ coffee and decided they wanted to create something special of their own. They got in touch with the owner and roaster of ‘Roasted Brown’. In return, Fergus suggested they reach out to a chef to get advice on the menu and gave contact details of the talented Keith Coleman. Soon after that Keith became instrumental to the business.
Influenced by travel, reading cookbooks and his time spent at ‘The Fumbally’, Keith uses basic ingredients to make delicate dishes neatly presented. I find the contrast between the sweet and the sour in many dishes on the menu to delight the tongue.
There is a truly warm and friendly atmosphere as the closely-knit team runs the café. Dave and Aisling manage the front of the house with Johnny, the barista, making delicious hot drinks. It is for this reason I find it a perfect brunch experience.
Coded & written by Vitalia 😉