Whitefriar Grill: "the best brunch in Dublin", really?
When a place advertises as "simply the best brunch in Dublin", you are allowed to have great expectations. Unfortunately, the disappointment is only bigger when the place fails to deliver.
We know we are a bit spoilt in Fia: the place is bright, quiet but not too much, the service is excellent and most importantly, the food is flawless. When we arrived in Whitefriar Grill on a Saturday at 2pm, we just didn't expect it to be so dark and loud, both things we despise especially at lunch time. Yet, in spite of the fact that I could barely have a conversation with my boyfriend, we decided we wouldn't let it spoil our meal.
When the plates arrived barely five minutes after the order was put in, we both knew it was the end of it. What plate can be good if it only took five minutes to make?
I got the tomato fondue, consisting of toasted sourdough bread with a chunky tomato sauce, smashed avocado, asparagus, chilli jam and poached eggs. The fondue had a pleasant, almost oriental taste but it was all ruined for me by two massive bay leaves and a few cardamom seeds, both delicious spices but that should be removed from the food before it is served. The rest of the dish was not bad, just insignificant, lacking personality. The poached eggs were cooked properly, with a firm white yet nicely gooey inside - unlike this time I got served with boiled eggs at Bay in Clontarf, another terribly overrated brunch place.
My boyfriend enjoyed his crab cake benedict, but in the very small piece he let me try I found an overpowering greasy taste. Overall, none of us enjoyed the experience. We were in and out of the restaurant in less than 30 minutes. On the positive side, this big let-down only cost us 20 euros.