No matter the season, there's always time for an egg-cellent breakfast in Dublin
When you’re eating such a simple food out, you want it to be the best it can be. So, here's a cracking (sorry) round-up of the some of my favourite egg-focused breakfast and brunches in Dublin.
Well-sourced, perfectly cooked and offering that little something extra you wouldn’t have at home. Fried, poached, soft boiled or baked, these are some of the best egg breakfasts in town...
Slice, 56 Manor Place, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7
Well known for their bakes, this cafe does a great savoury feed too. Their daily breakfast menu offers baked eggs with all manner of toppings and a gorgeous Sausage Scramble - scrambled eggs with Ed Hicks merguez sausages, avocado, creme fraiche and coriander. For weekend brunch, look out for the veggie egg bowl with spiced bulgar wheat, pickled mushrooms, roasted veg, tzatziki, toasted nuts and poached eggs and the brunch breakfast salad with roast tomatoes, merguez sausage, black & smoked white pudding and of course, a poached egg!
Blas Cafe, 26 Kings Inns Street, Dublin 1
Tucked away in the bottom of the beautiful old Chocolate Factory building is Blas Cafe, an old reliable with good eggs. Monday to Friday breakfast features avocado eggs with garlic oil on Tartine sourdough and a bacon and egg bap of crispy bacon and fried egg tucked into a soft Arun bakery VLAA. On the weekends, they ramp things up with a brilliant eggy brunch offering - a full Irish, Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Benedict, Florentine and Berber, their Moroccan inspired version of the classic.
Groundstate Coffee, 48- 50 James St, Dublin 8
This stylish, concrete-floored cafe and yoga space do a mean line in breakfast and brunch. They use Wicklow eggs for their ‘Saucy Eggs’ dish, soft scrambled and served on Bread Nation Sourdough with Irish kale and their house tomato and fennel jam. Their weekend brunch can feature the Veggie Fry with paprika potatoes, kale hash and a fried egg, or look out for the oozing Croque Monsieur served with a fried egg on top.
The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8
The Fumbally has played a big part in shaping the cafe industry in Dublin with many of its alumni now manning the stoves at plenty of other standout breakfast spots. It is also thanks to the Fumbally that everywhere in Dublin seems to offer some version of softly cooked eggs with greens and chunky slices of sourdough. Head here for the original and best.
Clanbrassil House, 6 Clanbrassil Street Upper, Dublin 8
The eggs are all the more special here because it only opens for breakfast, well, brunch really, on Saturdays. You can expect the same clever cooking and careful sourcing that they serve at dinner the rest of the week. Tasty free-range eggs appear with the hot-smoked trout benedict, fried with a chargrilled steak and greens, poached with soft polenta, sobresada and brioche and soft-boiled with mushrooms on toast. Excellent combinations, always guaranteed.
One Society, 1 Lower Gardiner Place, Dublin 1
Head to One Society, an industrial-chic cafe and pizzeria for all-day (well, until 3 pm) breakfast and brunch. Bright and buzzy egg dishes include homemade beans and egg on toast, pan fried kale with toasted nuts, seeds and a soft poached egg and their mammoth One Society egg dish made up of poached eggs, homemade hummus, avocado sweet balsamic cherry tomatoes, crumbled chilli cheddar chunks and lime drizzle. Another winning and filling dish is the Volcanic Mexican Tortilla served with fried eggs.
Two Boys Brew, 375 North Circular Road, Dublin 7
One of the busiest brunch spots around with good reason. Breakfast and brunch are a focus here week-long using gorgeous free range eggs from Drogheda. For weekday brunch, avocado toast with beetroot hummus, miso mushrooms on onion brioche toast and harissa pumpkin beans all come crowned with soft poached eggs. You’ll find these on the weekend menu too along with broccoli & parmesan fritters served of course with an egg.
Two Pups, 74 Francis St, Dublin 8
This buzzy Francis Street cafe brims with laid-back charm with breakfast and brunch options scribbled on a chalkboard. Their Eggs On Toast is always a winner, Wicklow free range eggs on Le Levain sourdough with sesame seeds, spring onion & homemade hot sauce. Brunch might be wild mushrooms, basil & sorrel pesto, poached eggs & hazelnut or eggs and avocado with lime salsa with fermented tomato, wild garlic butter, Le and cheese custard. The newest addition to their all-day menu is smoked black eye beans on Le Levain rustic toast, topped with spring onion cream, fried eggs, basil & parmesan.