Brother Hubbard: casual brunch with an Eastern twist
Brother Hubbard is almost always mentioned in reviews and articles about the best places to go for brunch in Dublin. The owner even published a cookbook of his recipes with great success. Unfortunately, it’s on the north side of the Liffey in the city centre, meaning that it would require a certain commitment from us to go at the weekend - we are lazy south-siders. On the other hand, Sister Sadie, which is another restaurant owned by the same people, is close from home, at the top of Camden street, and we have eaten there several times in the past. I took advantage of a Monday off showing Dublin city to my friend visiting from Paris (showing mostly involving shopping to be honest) to bring her to this place, where my boyfriend could easily join us.
We arrived at 12.15pm on a Monday, which seemed quite early, only to realise that the place was already buzzing. Both Brother Hubbard and Sister Sadie are famous for their oriental brunch menu; everything was very tempting, but I went for the poached eggs with eastern vegetables and chickpeas, served with flatbread, while my friend opted for the pulled pork sandwich and a cucumber salad, as well as my boyfriend who had it with the soup of the day.
The pulled pork sandwich is one of the signature dishes in Brother Hubbard – it was awarded best sandwich in Dublin a few years ago – and they were both very impressed with their lunch. I enjoyed mine as well, the vegetables were very tasty, I liked the mix of spices and the eggs were perfectly cooked – I wasn’t crazy about the bread though – but saying that I would cross the city and endure the crowd to come back at the weekend would be a lie. I am still too infatuated with Fia to go for brunch anywhere else for the moment. However I can certainly understand why it is such a popular joint among Dublin foodies, Brother Hubbard is far from the repetitive Irish breakfast/eggs benedict/pancakes menu most places offer for brunch, and I would absolutely recommend a visit when visiting Dublin.