Pot Bellied Pig: our new neighbours make good coffee
Although Rathmines isn't deprived of nice cafes and restaurants, it is always exciting to see a new place opening in our neighbourhood. For weeks this winter, we had been walking past Pot Bellied Pig, quite excited about the beautiful front window and its monochrome tiles.
When it finally opened mid-March, we were eager to pay a visit to our new neighbour as soon as possible. On March 25th, a very sunny Saturday in Dublin, we finally discovered the inside of the Pig: a long room with a tropical/retro vibe, pretty different to all the hipster industrial coffee places you usually find around Dublin.
I ordered a filter coffee and some Eggs benedict, while my boyfriend went for the special of the day, a Sweet potato hash with black pudding and a poached egg. While the egg was poached properly with a deliciously runny yolk and a good hollandaise, I was quite underwhelmed by my dish, which came with a thick slice of bacon instead of what I thought would be ham. I am not the biggest bacon fan, all the more when it is not crispy. For 12 euros, I expected better.
My boyfriend enjoyed his dish but it was lacking the extra "chef touch" we love so much about Fia.
Because we still had a bit of coffee left, we decided to finish it with a brownie. The generous portion was served with a side of thick whipped cream. We loved the strong chocolate taste, the gooey texture and the richness of the texture, nicely complimented with the cream and coffee - for only 2,50 euros. Unlike most of their sweet treats, this brownie was made in the cafe, a waiter told me.
As I felt like there was a lot of work put into the food, I want to wait a few weeks and try the food again - maybe I was just unlucky. Their Instagram page tells me that the menu changes frequently and keeps evolving. And if the food still doesn't do it for me, I guess I'll just have to order another brownie.