A stroll along the seafront and through Glasthule and Sandycove on a bright, sunny and crisp Autumn day, perfect! Especially when it was followed by brunch. The Cookbook Cafe is bright and cheerful, the layout is quite similar to what it has been in the past, it feels cosy and homely inside. There’s cookbooks throughout the restaurant (hence the name), which you can read including Audrey McDonald’s personal favourites and ones she recommends.
Inspired by these cookbooks, they make nearly everything onsite, and the menu takes ideas from different chefs and authors. Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch from Tuesday to Sunday and dinner, Thursday to Sunday, or you can pop in for a slice of cake and cup of tea!
On the morning we visited we were lucky to get a table as we didn’t have a booking. Plenty of people were turned away after us. Our table was at the front part at the window just inside the door. We set about looking at the brunch menu. It’s relatively short menu but really nice with a full breakfast, pancakes, granola, eggs and then from midday the brunch menu expands to include more lunch items, sandwiches, burger. chicken quesadilla.
I was torn between the ‘Chunky Avocado, ricotta, charred vine tomato, coriander lime oil, sourdough toast’ (€9.50) or the ‘Baked Eggs Mexican Style, ranch style sauce, chorizo, creme fraiche, Monterrey jack, chilli, salsa, warm tortilla’ (€10.95) – the baked eggs won despite the ‘allow 15 mins’ warning on the menu I thought they’d be worth a little wait and they definitely were.
Soft tortilla wraps and salsa was the perfect accompaniment to this melty tomatoey eggy loveliness… I can’t say enough good things about how good these eggs were. It was fresh and delicious and I ate every single bit of it!
For him it was the ‘Cookbook Breakfast – two free range eggs any style, cured bacon, butcher’s sausages, black pudding, house hash, charred tomatoes, toast’ (€10.95). His fried eggs were perfectly runny, no grease in the bacon or sausages or potatoes, it was a really good full Irish breakfast.
A flat white (€2.95) and double espresso (€2.75) completed our brunch order. The only slightly off putting thing was the noise and kids…to be expected as it was brunch and the weekend. A large table with kids right next to us were very loud (more so than others in the restaurant) so we were a little unlucky in our placement – aside from that though we really enjoyed it, the baked eggs were perfection and we shall definitely return to The Cookbook Cafe soon.
The Cookbook Cafe | 57A Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Co. Dublin | +353 1 5597999 | firstname.lastname@example.org