Salt- 11a, The Crescent, Monkstown - Jen's Kitchen

Salt- 11a, The Crescent, Monkstown

I took my sister here on an invited Twitter recommendation this week.

I was looking for somewhere easy to find, with a quiet space for a chat, and excellent food quality and choice.

After a few tweets back and forth, I decided on Avoca as I like the restaurant near CityWest, and I grew up in Glenageary, and remember loving our annual visit to the Avoca Café off the N11.

We entered through the shop, and had to rush past the tables groaning with the Christmas merchandise and the fresh bread and veg.

Very nice waiting staff greeted us and also were able to grant our request for a quiet table.

I had to answer a call of nature, and the only downside to the experience was that the door had been painted, but there was no sign, and my hands got covered in paint.

I informed the waiting staff straight away, who dealt with the door, and apologised profusely to me for the incident.

A lovely touch is the jug of water with mint and sliced cucumber.  The decoration was rustic/ simple and really lovely to look at.  A lot of work has gone into making it look simple!

I chose the Bacon sandwich which came with rocket and a roasted tomato.

I asked for gluten free bread, which as always is never a problem with Avoca.

My sister had the scrambled eggs, and commented on how generous the portion sizes were.

My bacon sarnie, was really lovely.  The bacon crispy, lovely rocket, lovely  fresh gluten free bread.

We had both coffee and tea, the tea came in a lovely pot, which I always appreciate.

Another really nice touch, was the hot milk with the coffee.

This was a really excellent experience, I can’t wait to return for mid morning coffee, and more of a browse.  The cakes looked really yum!

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