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!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Harvey Nichols Cafe, Dundrum

I've been meaning to write this review of the Harvey Nichols cafe for quite a while now, but I just kept forgetting. That is, until I cleaned out my wallet of all the useless and dated crap that acumulates and I found the receipt from our visit.

The cafe is located on the ground floor and features a bright, colourful decor with glass walls. I've been there several times in the past, both for coffee and for food and I have mixed feeling about the place. I like the space and I occasionally like the food. I'll never forget the day I ordered the eggs florentine and got a massive lump of rocket instead of spinach (note - it doesn't work as a substitute).

We visited on a Wednesday evening before going to the cinema. All the other restaurants appeared to be packed to the brim, so we went to Harvey Nicks. I went for the fish and chips (€11.50) while he chose the Quessadilla (sic) (€9.50). I got a small enough portion of dry fish and a few chips, all of which had been oven-baked. Very dry and unappetising, despite the nice portion of tartare sauce. His Quessadilla was better, served with little pots of accompaniments, but was still a very under-whelming portion. You could buy bigger and better sandwiches for half the price.

One diet coke (€3.00), one small bottle of sparkling water (€2.75) and an espresso (€2.25) bought the bill to a total of €31.90. Expensive enough for what we got.

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