Donnybrook, I find, lacks good brunch spots compared to close neighbours Rathmines and Ranelagh however, there are a few gems if you look hard enough. Located in The Crescent is a beautifully restored red brick building, home to Forno, an Italian restaurant which knows how to do a great brunch.
The restaurant is bright and spacious and light fills the room from the skylights above. I love the high ceilings and the mint green shelves filled with random bits and bobs. The restaurant has a very casual and relaxed feel, great for a reading the Sunday newspapers (or in my case magazines) alongside a leisurely brunch.
The menu has all the usual brunch suspects with a few 'note to self must come back and try' items such as the Eggs Menem (€11.50) and the dreamy sound of the Nutella toast (€10) but on this occasion we stuck to our traditional eats. The bf, as always went with the Big Breakfast (€12) and I went with the Eggs Benedict (€9.50), the addition of homefries made this a substantial dish. You've got to love a bit of gluttony.
The food was delicious and filling and very good value considering its location. It's refreshing to have a spot close by to me, that allows you to enjoy your food and cups of coffee without feeling rushed.
Have you tried Forno before?
3 The Crescent
See brunch menu here