Super Miss Sue has been on my ‘to visit’ list for a long time, pretty much since it opened. Between one thing and another, including a couple of times stopping by and there being no tables, we hadn’t managed to make it. But last week, we did… and it was well worth it. We also managed a 2nd visit this week… it was that good!
Super Miss Sue cafe is a reasonably small space, built into the corner and side of Drury Street car park. There’s a takeaway side – SMS Cervi, essentially an upmarket chipper! And then the cafe restaurant…Apparently there’s a Gin bar coming soon too and this makes Gin & Griddle VERY happy indeed!
The tables are small and relatively close together, unless you’re a bigger group. When you’re a 2, the tables along the window are pretty cool, especially when the window doors are open and its a hybrid indoor outdoor space. There’s also counter seating with low stools along the bar. But its a pretty tight squeeze if sitting there with the tables occupied too. Marble top tables, comfy wooden chairs, Campari bottle displays on the wall make Super miss Sue a very pretty space indeed…
So – the important stuff, the food and drinks… The menu starts with ‘snacks’ which are little dishes of things like fried artichokes and raw garden peas in pods. On our 1st visit we decided to start with a few dishes from this snack menu… the peas (€2), courgette flower stuffed with goats cheese and honey (€6) and the roast scallop with girolles and cep mousse (€8). The peas were fab, chilled and salty, a lovely accompaniment to the white wine. Oh and they have wine on tap … having tried both the white and red on tap wines, they are more than palatable… certainly not going to win any wine of the year awards but perfectly pleasing wine to drink (albeit expensive, more on that later).
The courgette flower was wonderful, crispy courgette, smooth creamy goats cheese, heaven! The Roast Scallop wasn’t a hit for us, at €8 for 2 small scallops, not really worth it. I’d stick to other things from this menu (the fried artichoke is good too!).
Onto the main event – the Shellfish Platter – served on ice, lobster, prawns, crab claws, mussels, clams (no oysters for us as we don’t like them but if you do, they looked pretty on top of other peoples platters!). This was amazing… lots of shellfish and served with a bowl of little gem style lettuce with a vinegary creamy dressing, slices of toasted sourdough bread and we ordered some chips to accompany it. I love the combination of cold shellfish and hot chipper chips.
On Mondays and Tuesdays. the Shellfish Platter is just €45 (normally €60) so this was definitely an easy menu decision for us! There are lots of other choices on the menu. There’s always the market fish of the day (fish like Halibut, Sole, John Dory). The menu also has ‘small plates’ (which includes things like tuna tostados, bloody mary seafood cocktail, white asparagus). There are other fish dishes and meats too (although limited on the meat side to chicken thighs, sirloin steak or Iberico secreto) – why anyone would go to Super Miss Sue and have chicken thighs is somewhat beyond me as the fish is so good, but the option is there should you wish.
After a while we had room for dessert and enjoyed this delectable cherry chocolate cake. They also offer a cheese plate but with only one cheese, a blue cheese, which I’m not a fan of but my husband is so he happily had that on our most recent visit.
Super Miss Sue has a very cool vibe, which at times tips into being a little pretentious but it somehow still works. The food, quality, presentation, styling is really fab. The main negative is the wine list – mainly the price of the wines. Wine on tap is priced at €6.50 a glass / €18.50 for a 50cl carafe / €36.50 for a litre carafe – fairly pricey for ‘house’ wines. On the remainder of the wine list there are only 4 under the €30 mark (and not by much €28.50/€29 / €29.50)… yes there are nice wines on the wine list but given this is a ‘cafe restaurant’ I think the wine list could be looked at to identify better options at a more reasonable price point.
In all though, 2 visits in 2 weeks probably indicates what we think, despite the wine issues, we are fans of Super Miss Sue and will be back!
Super Miss Sue | Units 2–3 Drury Street Car Park, Dublin 2 | +353 (0)1 6799009 | firstname.lastname@example.org