Monday, 25 March 2013

French Foodie's Top 5 Quick Lunches

1. The porcetta from The Fumbally cafe 
For me this is the best sandwich I've had so far in Dublin and I'm happy it's in one of my favourite spots. I've already blogged about it here but you might have missed it since it was back when I started the blog. This delicious sandwich has slow roast pork, caper mayo and spiced apple sauce in it. It's tasty, juicy, it drips all over the table and makes you want to lick your fingers. Only €6 for a divine sandwich in a place with great decor, usually served by stylish, good looking people. What more could you want?
The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8,

2. The salad plate from Brother Hubbard
For a tasty and healthy lunch for under a tenner, the salad plate at Brother Hubbard is a must try. It's a massive portion of goodness (3 salads of the day) served with tasty sordough bread from Arun Bakery. I also previously blogged about this fantastic veggie lunch here and also wrote a guest post last week on Flanerie Feminine to tell the world outside Ireland how good this is. The salad plate is only €8.90. Brother Hubbard is busy at lunch time but there is a reason why: good affordable food and friendly staff. I also love their roast beef sandwich which is one of the best in Dublin.
Brother Hubbard, 153 Capel Street, Dublin 1,

3. The Savage Roll from Lolly and Cooks
I never knew I liked sausage rolls until I tried the Cranberry savage roll from Lolly and Cooks in George's Arcade. I was introduced to it while watching Anthony Bourdain's show The Layover about Dublin. This substantial sausage roll costs only €3.50 and comes in 2 flavours: cranberry savage or garlic and rosemary. Now I know why it's called 'savage' because it really is, nothing like the bad stuff you get at a deli counter in a convenience shop. Try it, you'll love it!
Lolly and Cooks, The George's Street Arcade or Upper Merrion St, Dublin 2,

4. The Tartine Savoyarde from Chez Max
If you a fancy a lunch with a French twist this tartine savoyarde is probably the best grab for you in Dublin city centre. It's the proper stuff with caramelised onions, bacon, diced potatoes and reblochon cheese served on toasted bread with a green salad on the side. It's €7.90 and absolutely gorgeous and cheesy. For just a few euros more you get a glass of wine with it, like the French do!
Chez Max, Palace St and Baggot St, Dublin 2,

5. The Omega 3 superior Salmon Bento from Kokoro
I got addicted to this bento box at some stage and was buying it a few times a week. I blogged about it here. For €8.45 you get a selection of superior salmon sushi, salmon and mixed vegetable rolls, baby leaf salad, Mung and Soya beans, toasted seeds with ginger, soya sauce and wasabi sauce. It's a lovely bento that comes with a free miso soup or a can. Staff is always smiley and friendly!
Kokoro, 19 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1,