Dublin — By Jessica Colley on May 18, 2010 at 5:52 pm
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One of Dublin’s Best Brunch Spots

The Lennox Cafe is so quaint, so quality, and so affordable that I shouldn’t even be writing about it. Before this weekend, I had tried a few times to have brunch at Lennox Cafe, only to find a line of people out the door waiting for a table. I was discouraged at the time, but after hearing from a few more friends that it was worth the wait, I took a stroll over to the cafe on Sunday for brunch.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was no line, and we were immediately seated at a table on the second floor. The main floor of the cafe is cozy with booths, comfy chairs, and delicate tea cups on the tables. But the upstairs dining room was even more adorable. I felt like I had been welcomed into someone’s tastefully-decorated home. Our table was right next to the fireplace and a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice was placed on the table as we read over the menu.

I had heard a lot about the poached eggs with minted hollandaise sauce, but I was in the mood for something a bit different. I went for the Huevos Rancheros, a classic flavorful brunch dish. A toasted tortilla was the base of the dish, with melted cheddar cheese, chorizo, fresh avocado, roasted peppers, and a salad on top. The whole thing was topped off with a perfectly poached egg and served with a creamy cappuccino.

I wasn’t in the mood for dessert – but I thought I was in brunch heaven when I saw the cupcakes and desserts that were delivered to another table. Unlike some other brunch places in Dublin, we didn’t wait long before our food arrived. From French toast to poached eggs, a club sandwich to a classic burger, there is something for every taste and appetite on the Lennox Cafe menu.

Beyond the fantastic brunch – part of the appeal of the Lennox Cafe is its location. Right in the middle of the historic Portobello neighborhood, many visitors might not ever wander to this section of Dublin if it wasn’t for the cafe. From the Georgian architecture to photographs at the cafe of old Dublin, a trip to this cafe will also be a historic experience.

During your next trip to Dublin, get out of the city center and see what’s on offer in more local neighborhoods.

Address: Lennox Cafe and Bistro, 31 Lennox Street, Portobello, Dublin 8. (map)

Photo Credit: Jessica Colley

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