…during which I ate creamy, chive-flecked seafood chowder in an large bread bowl (€9.50) at the friendly Bakehouse (6 Bachelors Walk, Dublin). I arrived in the door with a pushchair full of squawking Small Girl – she’s not a fan of late lunches – and the helpful staff were very much appreciated.
Lots of freshly baked sweet treats on offer but, seeing as I couldn’t even get near finishing my bread – seriously, look at the size of it! – I had to decline, this time.
Besides, I was en route to…
…The Chester Beatty Library to meet friends for coffee in my favourite Silk Road Cafe (Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle). And who could resist a slice of the ultra-moist orange cake that sat on the counter alongside the baklava, flapjacks and Turkish Delight? Not me – and the Small Girl was even trying to get her hand on it.
With the Castle Gardens just outside and a roof garden on top of the library, it’s a great place to meet friends with a lively toddler, especially as the Middle Eastern-style lunches in the cafe – I’m a fan of the lamb koftas, with lots of unusual salads – are rather special. I can also say, from back in the day when I lived in Dublin, that the fresh mint tea does miraculous things to Saturday morning hangovers.
After coffee, cake and chat, it was time to head back down the hill to…
…grab an early dinner with the Husband at Skinflint (19 Crane Lane, Dublin 2).
Now open in the former Crackbird venue, it’s another Twitter-promoted restaurant (catch them at SkinflintDublin), with free #tweetseats available, a slim menu – grilled pizzas, daily meatball and one-pot-wonder specials – and a simply decorated room that makes a style statement out of leaving the nuts and bolts on show.
It was a “Sadie” (€11) thin-crust pizza, reeking of garlic in a make-sure-you’re-both-eating-it-way, with spinach, crunchy hazelnuts and melted fontina, that I loved – great textures – but the sweet aniseed flavours of “Tess” (€13), complete with pulled pork and mascarpone put up a fair fight.
Loved the 25kg bags of Odlums piled by the wall, chilli honey on the tables for drizzling as desired and the buzz. Good tasty food, fast.