Last Sunday, we decided to stay local and grab brunch in Ranelagh. I had always heard great things about brunch at Dillinger's but had never had the chance to try till now.
The decor in Dillinger's is very much the style of a New York diner with a cocktail bar as the main feature. This place is glossy but unpretentious providing a casual and fun environment to dine in.
Before we even entered the restaurant, we saw a group of girls queueing outside for a table, it didn't look hopeful as we didn't have a booking. On entering, we were greeted by music and a buzzing restaurant. We were seen to immediately by a friendly waitress and lucky enough, we were able to grab the last table for two. We were excited to see what was drawing in the crowds.
Upon taking our seats we were presented with giant menus, seemingly a reflection of the extensive menu on offer both in its food and drinks selection. With so much choice, catering for all tastes, making a decision was very tricky. It also didn't help seeing all the dishes being brought out from the kitchen for other diners, everything looked and smelled incredible. This was going to take some deliberation...
I initially thought I wanted the Fried Chicken & Waffles (€13) when a lady on the next table received her food. I was intrigued by the concept and the chicken looked lovely and crisp but ultimately what put me off was the thought of Maple syrup. I know, I must be in the minority here but I'm just not a fan.
The Brunch Nachos (€14) were also very tempting, having heard amazing things about this dish and known to be a Dillinger signature, on this occasion I was craving a dish with eggs.
I eventually decided on the Huevos Rancheros (€12) and the predictable bf, choosing to go for the Dillinger's Fry (€14). We didn't have too long to wait before we were presented with our ginormous plates of food. I really wasn't expecting such large portions and its definitely not a case of quantity over quality here, as the food is delicious.
My portion was so filling I could only tackle half, I particularly loved the fried tortilla sprinkled on top, a nice and crunchy addition. The bf left nothing on his plate as usual and we both thoroughly enjoyed the much needed coffees.
The service at Dillinger's is friendly and quick but you don't feel rushed unlike some establishments in Dublin. I wouldn't say it was a place to relax and read the Sunday newspaper but definitely a place to get a great feed and meet friends to gossip about the night before.
Have you tried Dillinger's?
See brunch menu here