Pot Bellied Pig: our new neighbours make good coffee
While Rathmines isn't deprived of nice cafes and restaurants, it is always exciting to see a new place opening in our neighbourhood. For several weeks this winter, we had been walking past a new place called Pot Bellied Pig, quite excited about the beautiful front window and its monochrome tiles.
When it finally opened, 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 find around Dublin.
I ordered a filter coffee and Eggs Benedict, while my boyfriend went for the special of the day, a Sweet potato hash with black pudding and a poached egg.
While my egg was poached properly with a deliciously runny yolk and a good hollandaise, I was quite underwhelmed by the 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 both 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 cake, 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.