Stitch and Bear

A long-running Irish blog with reviews of the best restaurants in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Some wine and cocktails thrown in for good measure!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Best Coffee in Dublin

Grand Canal Harbour area is gradually coming to life in Dublin. I've previously written about Riva and Herbstreet restaurants but on Friday I went to Il Valentino café and continental bakery for the first time.

Owner Owen Doorley missed fresh Italian bread so much when he returned from Italy to Ireland that he decided to found Il Valentino. All breads are baked on site and are free from additives and preservatives. Since opening, press coverage has been nothing less than laudatory, focusing mainly on the excellent quality of the bread.

Although the range of cakes, pastries, breads, pizzas and sandwiches looked amazing, all I really wanted was a coffe. Il Valentino brews Bristot 1919 coffee and man, is it good! It's probably replaced La Corte in the Epicurean Food Hall as my favourite coffe in Dublin.

Well done to the staff and owners of Il Valentino. It was a pleasure to enjoy your espresso.

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