I have been wanting to try Meet Me in the Morning (named after a Bob Dylan song) ever since it opened its doors back in April this year but never found myself in the area to give it a go until a friend went for brunch and raved about the place which gave me a push to finally visit. We organised to meet for brunch early one Sunday to avoid having to wait for a table. Thankfully, we had the pick of the tables and naturally grabbed the table by the window and giggled while we watched people taking walking their Christmas trees home.
The decor is bright and informal with a handful of wooden tables and a counter in the corner serving coffee and tasty looking home baked goods. To keep up with demand they have recently expanded and now have seating upstairs, great for those who have waited in the cold to grab a table previously.
The menu is small but original and it was refreshing to see alternative brunch options from your usual Irish breakfast and Eggs Benedict. It was actually tricky to choose, with the Weekend Greens and Eggs and Gubbeen Chorizo Hot Pot looking very tempting. On the recommendation of my friend, I instead chose the Potato Hash being totally swayed when the server said it was slightly spicy and my friend went with the Weekend Eggs and Greens.
While we waited I had an organic milk latte and my friend went with a rich hot chocolate. Which were both delicious and much needed after our late nights the night before.
Our food came out pretty quickly which I was thankful for as I was hungry and all I can say that it was a feast for the eyes...quite literally. They were the prettiest bowls of food. You can tell the chefs takes pride in their presentation. My bowl was generous with McNally pumpkin and padron pepper potato hash, two poached eggs, pickled onion, sour cream and chilli oil. The food was incredible and full of flavour, the pumpkin tasted buttery and the hint of spice was lovely and warming. Eggs were cooked to perfection and I loved the added sour cream to add a bit of tang to the dish. My bowl was left completely empty and any morsels of food were mopped up by the crisp rustic loaf.
My friend's Weekend Eggs and Greens consisted of McNally rainbow chard, leek, garlic yoghurt, paprika oil, chives with two poached eggs on a slice of rustic loaf. She agreed the food was delicious just as it was on her first visit. We were both happy and content and chatted away while we finished our drinks.
The atmosphere was relaxed and chilled and perfect for a Sunday morning brunch. The servers were friendly and attentive and happy to answer and questions you had. The food is surprisingly inexpensive considering the quality of food and it's location close to the city centre. Without a doubt I will be visiting Meet Me in The Morning again and trying every single item on their menu.
This cafe is a hidden gem and I would highly recommend making a detour to try their outstanding food.
Have you tried Meet Me in the Morning?