Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Middle East Feast at Brother Hubbard

Brother Hubbard Dublin

I have a bit of a love affair with Brother Hubbard. I reviewed the café exactly one month after I started the blog; my pictures were really bad and didn’t do justice to the food. I still remember the owners Garrett and James being on their own on a quiet Saturday afternoon and thinking they were the sweetest people ever.

Over 3 years have passed and it happens that they now have two cafes and over 40 staff.  They recently started opening in the evening from Wednesday to Saturday to serve diners a Middle Eastern Feast. I suggested to two friends that we meet there for a catch up and some food, let’s call them Italian Mamma and Dutch Mammy for the purpose of this review.

The way the Middle East Feasting menu works is you decide if you want the two courses (€22.95) or three courses (€27.95) and you can also order wine. If you’re having the three courses including starter, you begin with a mezze platter to share. For mains you choose from six dishes on their menu and if having dessert, this is also brought as a platter to share. It was a bit daunting to decide what to choose, at first we wanted to order a la carte but because everything sounded good we went for three courses each for the experience.

Brother Hubbard Dublin

The mezze platter came on a beautiful tray and in pretty bowls. The Moroccan harira soup was a little fiery and the wonderful beetroot hummus was sprinkled with dukkah and came with a soft fresh flatbread covered with za’atar. 

Brother Hubbard Dublin

The sweet potato coriander and chickpea falafel was nice and crunchy, smeared with a pepper and tahini lemon sauce. The cauliflower florets were nicely spiced and lovely to eat with some pickles. We happily shared everything while chatting away, it was a promising start.

Brother Hubbard Dublin

My main of lamb cutlets with salsa verde was deliciously pink, accompanied by a chargrilled red onion with sumac and sprinkled with pomegranate jewels and rose petals, served with salad leaves. Dutch Mammy went for the spiced beef kofta with feta, mint and lots of tomato and red pepper sauce. 

Brother Hubbard Dublin

Italian Mamma was the happiest vegetarian with her stuffed aubergine with spiced tomato, spinach, dukkah and caramelized garlic with chickpeas. 

Brother Hubbard Dublin

We shared a dish of couscous and crunchy charred stem broccoli and yellow beans with spiced butter.

Brother Hubbard Dublin

We were full but we fancied the look of the dessert platter at a nearby table, so went for it. The highlight was the indulgent walnut and orange baklava and the chocolate ice cream with hazelnut, praline and rose was just the right portion size.

Brother Hubbard Dublin

The figs and spiced orange slices with mint and pomegranate syrup refreshed our palate at the end of this feast. There was also a Turkish lokum which Italian Mamma wasn’t a big fan of, too sweet for her tastes.

Brother Hubbard Dublin


The Middle East Feasting menu was one of my most satisfying meals out in a long time, probably because I love this kind of cuisine and flavours but it really exceeded my expectations. Before the meal I was a bit worried that the setting of the café wouldn’t be comfortable for an evening meal but it actually works out cosy with the candles and the covered heated patio at the back. It was a little quiet which we thought it was perfect for a chat. BH is sometimes insanely busy during the day and it was interesting to see it under a different light. If this side of the Liffey doesn’t appeal to you for an evening meal, you’ll be glad to know that Brother Hubbard’s sibling, Sister Sadie is also open for dinners.

153 Capel Street
Dublin 1 


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