Fia makes me want to go for brunch again
I am done with going out for brunch. I still like the idea of it, but I also feel like I have reached a stage where I'd rather go out for a real two or three course dining experience than for some poached eggs on toast with avocado that I can make just as well if not better at home. I guess over the years, brunch has become a bit boring and when you have tried the tenth avocado toast and the twentieth veggie brekkie - I still haven't jumped on the full Irish bandwagon - it gets hard to be surprised and really amazed by the food.
It was until my experience last weekend in Fia, a new cafe on Rathgar Road, Dublin 6, made me strongly reconsider my position. With really nice and helpful waiting staff, absolutely stunning food, cheap price and good coffee, this place undoubtedly deserves the recent hype it is getting.
I arrived at about 1:30 pm on Saturday and immediately got a table by the window. My boyfriend arrived about 20 minutes after me, but there was no pressure for me to order anything while I was waiting. I was kindly brought two menus, glasses and water. The menu is very simple, comprising only seven choices, which made me think we were of to a good start. Little choice usually means the best quality food, more turnover and less hassle for me to make the right choice.
I went for the Mushrooms on toast. It involved balsamic braised Portobello mushrooms, girolles, whipped feta, fresh herbs and truffle crème fraîche and a soft fried egg. Once again, they had me at truffle. The tanginess of the mushrooms, the creaminess of the cheese and the freshness of the herbs made for an absolutely stunning plate.
The thick slice of bread, that I think was sourdough, allowed me to eat every single drop of the sauce, unapologetically. While many places tend to over season their food, I found the chef put the perfect amount of salt and pepper for me liking. And to top it all off, the presentation was beautiful.
My boyfriend went for the Pastrami Hash, herb roasted potatoes, caramelised garlic sauce, grilled Higgin's pastrami served with a soft fried egg, fresh herbs and spiced butter. A more hearty dish than mine, it offered very intense flavours and a lovely bit of spiciness.
As for the coffee, we ordered a couple of Americano, made from Roasted Brown beans, and it was one of the best coffees I have had in a long time.
As I said, there is not much on the menu, but the Eggs + Greens and the Tomatoes on toast are to be tried in the near future, and Fia is so close to our home in Rathmines that we would have no excuse not to.