Tuesday 30 April 2013

(Brunch) WUFF, 23 Benburb Street, Dublin 7

WUFF is a bistro style restaurant located at the corner of Benburb st. and Blackhall Place in Stoneybatter, along the Luas red line. Don't be put off by the prison bars on the windows, the place actually looks quite cool inside. Grey banquettes and seats, arty pictures and a long mirror on the walls, the place is very bright and airy but also has some nice little funky touches to its decor.

Their lunch menu is inexpensive with most of the dishes under a tenner: fish chips (€8.95), steak sandwich served with red chard marmalade, gruyere cheese and house slaw on a bap (€9.45) or salad of beetroot, apple and Clonakilty black pudding with walnuts and blue cheese (€7.45). Their dinner menu is short and simple with starters such as classic Caesar salad (€8) or Tuscan liver paté (€8) and mains like risotto of wild mushroom (€14), sirloin steak with root vegetable mash, roast baby potatoes and red wine jus (€24).

On my visit I was interested in their brunch menu as we were stopping on our way to the Phoenix park and thought their brunch might help with our massive self-inflicted headache from the night before. Ahem.

Wuff is probably a good option if you want something that you can't be bothered, or are too hungover to cook at home and don't want to spend too much money: the menu is simple and everything is under a tenner on their brunch menu. Bacon and cheese croissant (€4.75), house baked beans on sourdough (€4.95), croissant with butter and preserves (€2.25) are some of the options for smaller appetites. If you want something more substantial, you can go for the full Irish breakfast (€8.95) or the beef burger with mixed leaves, relish, aioli, bacon and gruyere cheese on a bap (€7.25).

Mr. FFID opted for the small Irish breakfast: bacon, sausage, a fried egg, fried potatoes with a crispy sourdough toast for €6.75 described as 'lovely' by himself and the coffee 'very good'. It did the job for Monsieur French Foodie!

I was intrigued by their truffle infused poached eggs with gruyere cheese on toast (€6.25) and went for this. I eat with my eyes and was a bit disappointed that it didn't look quite like the picture I saw on their website: the cheese didn't make the dish look pretty. However when I burst the egg it was cooked perfectly. It tasted good but I wasn't thrilled; I think I was craving for something more substantial.

Nice tunes on the stereo, stylish waiting staff and laid back atmosphere: it feels more relaxed than the busy brunch places in the centre of town and it's cheaper. Note to self: in case of a hangover go for something greasier, I was actually jealous of people around me who ordered burgers.

23 Benburb Street,
Dublin 7
01 532 0347

This is an independent review, I paid for my meal.