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!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Cake Cafe, Pleasants Place, Dublin 2

The Cake Cafe is a hidden treasure in Dublin 2. I did debate whether or not I should write about this place, the main reason for not writing being purely selfish. I want to keep the numbers who know about Cake to a minimum. But you can't keep a good thing down.

Cake Cafe is tucked behind the Daintree Paper shop on Camden Street and it is possible to access the cafe simply by entering Daintree and walking out the back door to the cafe. Alternatively, you can gain access via Pleasants Place. It's small with an open kitchen and several tables dotted outside. It's even possible to sit outside when it's raining as some tables are located in the wooden bicycle shed.

The menu is simple and features a daily-upated tart, terrine, toast, salad, soup and hot pot along with staples such as beans on toast and sardines on toast. It's also open for breakfast. All food and drinks are served on a hodge-podge of old china, chips and all and it all works together to create a delightfully eclectic atmosphere - not unlike visting your dear old grandma who never threw anything way and was a nifty baker to boot.

I enjoyed the terrine of the day, a smoked mackarel pate served with hot buttered thick toast, salad and red cabbage pickle. Extremely satisfying and good value. The toast of the day was an intrguing banana, bacon and honey but the thought of the post-lunch lull that it would surely induce deterred me from trying it out.

There are a delicious array of homemade cakes on the counter, all freshly baked and so angelic looking that you simply have to taste. A fantastically soft Victoria sponge filled with cream and fresh strawberries was simply divine.

Total cost including one pot of tea (served in a mismatched pot and lid) came to E13.55.

The Cake Cafe, The Daintree Building, Pleasants Place, Dublin 2. 01 - 478 9394
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