Friday 6 December 2013

The Birdcage bakery, 21 Harcourt Road, Dublin 2

Update: this place is permanently closed

The first time I visited The Birdcage bakery was weeks ago after they just opened, I arrived just before closing time (3.30pm) when Edith Piaf was playing in the background and I bought a heart-shaped polenta and chocolate ganache cake called 'Mon amour'. Sometimes I feel like wherever I go I attract all things French, how odd! The bakery is however Italian owned and you can tell just by looking at their calzone and focaccia sandwiches that they are the real deal.

I returned this week as a friend of mine works in the Harcourt street area so we met there for lunch.  This bakery doesn't sell bread but serves breakfast, soups, salads, sandwiches, savoury tarts and of course many items for the sweet-toothed.


What I like is the choice of small sized cakes and their presentation. No creamy, over-sized cakes but rather elegant mini cheesecakes, financiers, tartlets, macarons, madeleines, chocolates and other delicacies all slated up.

It's mainly a take-away place with a few seats. The seats aren't really that comfortable but alright if you're stopping for a speedy lunch I guess. We decided to eat in as it wasn't too busy and we were meeting for a chat anyway.

We both went for a small salad box (€4) as the selection looked so colourful and fresh.

I enjoyed it as I felt I was getting a big portion of my 5 a day in there, it was crunchy, tasty and good value for money

After my healthy salad I craved for a little something sweet and so treated myself to a chocolate ganache and pistachio cake (€2.50). Not too big, not too small, not too sweet, just what I needed.

The Birdcage is somewhere to think of, especially if you're working in this area. I found the prices very reasonable and the staff on both of my visits gave me recommendations as they saw I couldn't really decide what to chose. The canary yellow facade brightens the street and with cakes with names like 'my love' you'll have to try it!

The Birdcage Bakery
21 Harcourt Rd,
Dublin 2
Mon - Fri: 07:30 - 15:30

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