We’ve all been there. Waking up with a heavy head, a rumbling stomach and nothing in the house. Sustenance is needed and no risks should be taken; you need tried and test hangover solutions and I’ve got just the list for you. Whether you prefer a hearty breakfast, a hefty serve of salted and fatty food or, God forbid, more alcohol.
Two Boys Brew, 375 North Circular Road, Dublin 7
Peeling yourself out of bed needs to be rewarded and Two Boys Brew is just the place. The uber-stylish surroundings should help ease the pain a little and then there’s an all-encompassing menu where taste is paramount. Coconut granola and juice are there if you need healing but I’m there for the massive mounds of taste that their bright brunch plates deliver. Ricotta hotcakes, mushrooms on toast and the Creole burger are all excellent choices, but it’s the corn bread & eggs with spicy jalapeno jam that really does the job for me. The coffee is always spot on, (they do prosecco if that’s the route you need to go) and best of all, there’s ‘The Counter’ awash with homemade sweet temptations - the peanut butter cookie sandwich gets me every time.
Ka Shing, 12A Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
Dim sum for a hangover? Yes, trust me. While I do believe dim sum tastes great at any time, when you’re feeling a little fragile and in need of lots of tastes and textures I can’t think of a better thing to eat. Ka Shing is the place to seek out. Don’t let the elaborate interiors and massive menu put you off. There are photos, so you can just pick, point and wait for piles of steaming bamboo to arrive holding tasty parcels of deliciousness. Shrimp Har Gow, pork Sui Mai, pork ribs and bao are all worthy of trying. Add plenty of chilli sauce and wash it down with lots of green tea and you’ll come out of there feeling restored, satisfied and ready for anything- although you’ll probably need a nap first.
Hatch & Sons, Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 and The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2
When comfort and tradition are needed, head to Hatch & Sons. Find their homely and handsome cafés on Stephen's Green or Parnell Square and delve into a consoling all-day menu, breakfast classics and pots of Barry’s tea. Their double-baked eggs with bacon and sausage should sort you out, followed by a freshly baked scone smothered in butter and jam. Their star sandwiches the Blaas are pretty satisfying too; soft white bread rolls from Waterford are stuffed with terrific ingredients like Irish spiced beef, Coolea cheese, onion relish and Irish rapeseed mayo.
The Stella Diner, 211 Rathmines Rd Lower, Dublin 6
Choice and escapism make this new diner a bit of a hangover haven. The restaurant looks like a movie set, with archetypal diner booths and a glowing jukebox. The menu ticks all the comfort food boxes with egg sandwiches, pancakes, french toast, buttermilk chicken burger, club sandwich, fries, thick milkshakes, daily pie and even a Knickerbocker Glory. A puntastic cocktail menu could easily convince you a tipple is in order and there’s always the option of nipping next door for a movie afternoon in the glorious surrounds of their art deco cinema, complete with beds.
The Pepper Pot Cafe, Powerscourt Town Centre, 60 South William Street, Dublin 2
It doesn’t get more tried and tested than The Pepper Pot for me. Settling into the charming balcony seats with papers for people watching is a brilliant way to coax yourself back to life - along with, of course, a strong breakfast game. The creamy scrambled eggs are simple and sublime and you can add bacon, cheese, mushroom or smoked salmon. There’s usually an irresistible special scribbled on the blackboard, or go for their famous roast pear, bacon & Mount Callan pepper sandwich in dreamy white bread, which has won a host of ‘Best Sandwich' awards. Topped off with good coffee, proper pots of tea and homemade cakes for after. What hangover?
Bao House, 34 Aungier St, Dublin 2
Sometimes, breakfast is not what you need. Sometimes, you need a messy, eat with your hands, taste overload. Enter Bao House. They opened a few months back to quite a buzz online with their signature sloppy, divine steamed buns filling up Instagram feeds. Bao are soft, steamed, folded bread-like buns; a sort of Taiwanese version of a hamburger. Here, they are stuffed with tender pork belly, crispy duck, grilled chicken or tofu. Super-friendly counter service adds to the whole experience, which is more fast food than sit down dining, but well worth a detour for wonderfully comforting Asian street food. They also cater for vegetarians and vegans. Try it, you won’t be disappointed.
Two Pups, 74 Francis St, Dublin 8
I recommended Two Pups recently for a great place to work out and eat - they have an adjoining yoga studio, but this I would recommend for only the bravest hangover holders. For the rest of us, Two Pups is ideal for tucking into a delightful feed. Brunch options are scribbled on a chalkboard - wild mushrooms, basil & sorrel pesto, poached eggs & hazelnut or spiced maple banana, peanut cream & candied peanut porridge. And you may as well order a Gubbeen chorizo savoury scone while you wait. A good selection of tea and coffees, all made well. A marvellous place to ease yourself into the day.
Fowl Play, 45 Hogan Place, Dublin 2
For the brave who can bear to face a pub setting, Fowl Play’s menu offers plenty of hangover-friendly options. There are chips galore and they are good. The hot chicken baguette holds plenty of appeal, as does the rotisserie chicken served with pickled red cabbage and sides. And the real trick here is the sides and snacks. Bring a few people and order lots. Padron peppers, croquetas and frickles (fried pickles) will tick all the fried, fat and salt boxes you need. Slow-smoked-and-then-fried chicken wings will make you forget all about that last drink you probably shouldn’t have had. And if you do feel the need to imbibe, The Square Ball drinks menu has plenty of choice, including low ABV beers which may just save you for the next day.