Brother Hubbard, North City, Dublin
The cafe you’ve been looking for? I had been looking forward to visiting Dublin for a little while now; it was one of the first cities I booked myself in for. Once there, I was keen to check out the best of the bunch. And currently ranked #1 on Zomato is a brunch-y spot called Brother Hubbard. That became my next target for a new food adventure.
There’s two branches of the cafe, one north, one south. I crossed the Liffey to find a spot in the North store just before the afternoon rush. It’s a lovely experience, befitting of its high praise and worthy of a queue. Though here in Ireland, a queue is never that long. The service at Brother Hubbard is fantastic, I was also just as impressed with my Moroccan-style semolina pancakes (€10.50) as well as my cold brew espresso. That arrives nice and quick and kept me nice and caffeinated for the micro-wait.
White chocolate mascarpone should be a national treasure. It works so well on the fluffy pancakes. The tropics come alive with salted date caramel, pineapple and coconut flavours bouncing off the plate and onto your tongue. I’m not sure what was Morocco about the pancakes though. It’s a great level of sweetness, a tantalising contrast of textures and a perfectly sized serve. It arrives nice and quick, and is perfectly Instagram-able. And isn’t that everything? The dish reminds of Archie’s All Day back in Melbourne.
At Brother Hubbard much of the menu has slight quirks and tweaks, that keep it an interesting enough to stand out from the usual breakfast game. Very Melbourne-like. I would have loved to have sampled some more of the cuisines, I had food envy with the diners around me. Also, the menu appears highly seasonal at Brother Hubbard, so worth being a regular too. Hurry up and join the crowds here because it is totally worth it.