FOR YEARS STONEYBATTER was a brunch-free zone. For a solid egg dish beyond the greasy spoon, you had to venture into town.
Recently, however, that’s all turned around. Slice on Manor Place (if you can get in) and Wuff on Benburb Street serve up breakfasts to the bearded creative types and yummy mummies of Dublin 7.
And now there’s a delicious new addition to the Stoneybatter brunch scene: Cotto, in the building that used to be Soulful on the triangle of Prussia St and Aughrim St.
Cotto was opened by the same people who run Oxmantown café by the fruit markets. It serves coffee by day (run separately by Full Circle Coffee), brunch at the weekends and pizza in the evenings.
The brunch ventures a little beyond the standard eggs-Benedict-or-full-Irish menu; highlights include Mexican baked eggs with beans and a Lebanese breakfast plate with tabbouleh, hummus and flatbread. It’s all delicious.
The black pudding sandwich with fried egg and pickles comes highly recommended. Sorry, I was too busy stuffing it in my face to take a photo. But the pudding was some of the best I’ve ever had.
And it’s all served well amid a busy atmosphere in the refurbished building – done up cleanly in bare walls and plywood – with good coffee and excellent desserts. Here’s the full brunch menu:
So, Stoneybatter is now a brunch hotspot. No longer must bearded creative types and yummy mummies wander the streets at weekends, keening for hollandaise. There are many options.
And Cotto? More spacious than Slice, more interesting than Wuff: D7 may have a new destination. Go try it asap.