I am slowly but surely tick, tick, ticking places from my long list of “To Try” restaurants in Dublin. It’s no secret I love the area around South William Street / St. Andrew’s Street and there’s still quite a few places I haven’t got around to visiting yet. But I recently managed to get myself into Coppinger Row for a Sunday lunch – no easy feat as they don’t take bookings and it’s a VERY popular spot! We got there about 1.30 and were seated but told they’d need the table back by 3pm… ok by me!
As the name would suggest, it’s on Coppinger Row, a tiny little side street off South William. There’s a small outdoor seating area for those nice warm days (which it wasn’t!) .. we chose to eat inside. I’d seen the restaurant featured on the Irish Masterchef a while back but just seeing the kitchen on the tv show didn’t do justice to how nice the dining area really is. A lovely tiled bar areas and a view into the kitchen lends a casual and comfortable vibe to the place.
Like I said, it was BUSY this day… and with a real mix of people. Groups of girls catching up over Brunch / Lunch, a few groups of guys, some couples. The Brunch menu was on which had a lovely mix… some totally different ideas to the usual eggs! I was so tempted by the Open Meatball Sandwich and also the Baked Moroccan eggs but they came with sausage and I’m trying to veer away from meat at the moment so gave them a miss. The full menu is here, however it was slightly different the day we visited. Along with the Brunch menu, there was a Specials board with some really tempting dishes, prawn linguini and venison sausage to name a few.
We decided to be semi healthy and go for salads with a side of chips to share and chose the Salad Nicoise (€17.50) and the Black Pudding salad (€11.50). I thought the Nicoise may have been on the pricey side until it came out and the portion size was huge! Three large chunks of delicious tuna steak, baby potatoes, olives and a lovely runny egg … amazing.
The black pudding salad came with a poached egg and bacon … I declined a taste (which was difficult!) but was informed it was the best black pudding ever tasted 🙂 The side of chips were also really tasty – but devoured before photographing 🙂
Never one to pass up a sweet treat, we chose the Brownie with macadamia nuts (€6.50) to share for dessert… how have I never discovered macadamias before?! Gorgeously chocolatey brownie with sweet vanilla ice cream and a crunch from the nuts – thumbs up for dessert too!
Total bill for the lunch along with a glass of wine, an OJ and a coke was a reasonable €53. I really enjoyed lunch here and will most definitely return for a night out with the girls to try their evening menu!