Once upon a time we lived in Dalkey and Nosh was one of our favourite spots. Shortly after we moved away from Dalkey, it closed. Since then it’s been empty a while, there was a brief interlude when it was The Mermaid and now it’s reopened as Wanderlust. We were keen to visit to try it out and booked in for brunch recently.
Wanderlust is owned by the same people as Mak D6 in Ranelagh – Ricky and Julian Mak and they have restaurant pedigree. I tweeted them earlier on the morning we were planning to go, to check if I’d need a booking. While walk-ins are fine, we decided it was best to book just in case reserved a table for two at 1pm. In the end we were glad we did as they were busy so I do recommend booking.
We had a stroll in Dun Laoghaire and walked out to Dalkey. All that walking, we were ready for brunch!
The brunch menu has a lot of choice, covering the standard more breakfasty options, porridge, french toast, pancakes, full irish, a few egg dishes and then there’s chicken wings, burger, sandwiches and salad options.
Feeling peckish (all that walking!) we decided to order the chicken wings to share as a starter (€11). And then I couldn’t resist the salad – Shredded Piri Piri chicken, cos lettuce, toasted almonds, avocado and pineapple salsa, cucumber and mint yogurt dressing (€10). He had the Grilled Ham & Cheese – Slow cooked ham with mature red cheddar on sourdough served with fries (€8).
The wings were really good, a nice portion size, good balance of spiciness and a creamy not too strong blue cheese dip. They were definitely good wings! My salad was beautiful, everything worked well together with lovely flavours and textures. The chicken could have been a bit more ‘piri piri’, it was a little too plain, not enough spice going on and it got lost in the rest of the strong flavours of the salsa, dressings and nuts.
The grilled ham & cheese was very cheesy which some will love. Nice thick ham in there too. Though I think a milder cheese might work a little better. Red cheddar can be quite overpowering so while it was tasty, small tweaks could make this a great sandwich!
With our food, we enjoyed a bottle of a lovely Australian Chardonnay. I can’t recall the exact price (and lost the receipt!) but it was around €30. When we were leaving they mentioned that the wine list was being changed and this wine hadn’t made it. Pity as it was a really nice, easy drinking chardonnay I’d have ordered again. We finished our brunch with espressos.
While we didn’t try, they have a nice cocktail and spirit menu, a good selection of gins there too including Monkey 47.
I really enjoyed Wanderlust, a nice, relaxed feeling. The restaurant has been refurbed but layout is quite similar to before, it’s a small space so there’s only so much you can do with it. The exposed brick and slightly industrial decor works well. Staff were good, friendly, not too intrusive. A bit of a wait on asking for the bill and card machine but Wanderlust is only open a few weeks now so I’m sure they are ironing out those little things.
We really liked it and we’re already booked in to return over the bank holiday weekend, for dinner this time which I’m really looking forward to.
Wanderlust Dalkey | 111 Coliemore Road,Dalkey | 01 2351548