Always keen to try out new places, when I saw a new restaurant had opened in Dun Laoghaire (one of our favourite places to go for walks and the market) I knew it wouldn’t be long before we found ourselves visiting Kitchen 62 so we booked in for brunch one Sunday recently.
We arrived a little early so while we waited at the table, we ordered a couple of mimosas and had a look around and at the menu.
The restaurant is quite narrow but long with separate spaces and a few steps as you work backwards. Walls are a blue grey colour, wooden tables and chairs, very simple decor. There is a problem with the heating as despite there being covered radiators there was additional electric and blow heaters dotted around the restaurant. Even despite that it was still on the chilly side; with a couple degrees extra warmth, it will be a whole lot more comfortable.
I loved the bathroom with it’s quirky design and decor touches. The fun of this should be brought more into the restaurant space too.
There’s an all day brunch menu featuring the typical dishes you would expect – Full Irish, pancakes, frittata, eggs benedict along with lunch dishes like pulled pork, burgers, wings.
Feeling more in a lunch mood than brunch we all opted for dishes from that part of the menu. The pulled pork & slaw in a brioche bun (€12.50) was tasty and plenty of it. The peri peri chicken burger on brioche (€12.50) equally good – so flavoursome, the chicken was moist with just the right amount of peri peri spice, and the sweetness of the mango and pomegranate seeds added to the dish.
The brie, tomato and basil melt (€10.50) wasn’t really a hit… despite there being oodles of brie it just wasn’t melty enough or together enough as a dish, it was assembled in a very haphazard way making it hard to eat and just not an enjoyable dish.
The dots of pesto surrounded the food for all 3 dishes irked me a little – not needed, messy and kind of dated looking on the plates. Each came with a side of fries, served in a cute little pail wrapped in paper, the chips were crisp and tasty and pretty perfect, we easily demolished every last one!
I was with 2 people who love their desserts so while they happily indulged I ordered a coffee, a rather lovely cappuccino (€2.85). First up, the gooey chocolate brownie (€4.50) – normally served with chilli ice cream, vanilla was requested in place of it! The warm chocolate tart was the other dessert choice (also €4.50). Both dishes received favourable responses, I tried both (for research purposes, ahem!) and for me the tart won the dessert battle!
We enjoyed our brunch at Kitchen 62. It’s a new place that needs a little time to settle into itself and find what works and what doesn’t. It’s definitely heading the right way though and is a great addition to Dun Laoghaire. If you find yourself out that way, for a walk on the pier, or a visit to the Sunday market, do pop in (the Mimosas are great and a bargain at just €4!).
After brunch we wandered through the market in The People’s Park and onto the seafront… such a beautiful place.
Kitchen 62 | 62 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin | 01 5591834 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org