I had reason to visit the “big smoke” earlier this week. And by 2 o’clock was ready to throw in the towel at transporting myself around the city.
My GPS was being a know it all, bringing me routes even the most accomplished of Dublin taxi drivers may have hesitated at.
Mind you, I say that quietly for fear she (as in my trusty GPS) may just down tools and leave me stranded here. Forever.
Having made my way to more familiar territory I decided food was a good idea, to rest the leg, rest the head and appease the stomach.
Essentially all I wanted was a sandwich, on good bread. With fresh fillings. And maybe a cup of tea. But it was not to be. Everywhere I looked at disappointed. I knew arriving at the later end of lunch was dodgy anywhere, and I really didn’t want to just have something pre-made. Sigh.
There must be an opening for someone making good ham sandwiches????
But decided then to try Fallon & Byrne in the People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire. Catering for both the sandwich wanter, and the wanter of something more- it was the chance to try someone else’s elderflower cordial that swung it. As they are my favourite, and right bang in season, the Broadbean risotto was a goer. And without question it was up there with risotto’s I’ve had in Italy.
The staff were exceptionally nice, and very helpful and chatty, a special mention to David, my server, who made my feel very welcome considering I was by myself.
And then who was I to refuse dessert? Especially Wexford Strawberries.
The setting is lovely, and I would imagine even better on a warm sunny day. And although on the pricier end of lunch, the quality and flavours of my food made me savour every bite.
And as the saying is back in vogue- I will be back.