Ever since I moved out, my mam and I have made it our mission to have a girlie brunch once a month. April's destination was the much-lauded Sophie's at The Dean; an industrial style, sickeningly cool spot that, despite everything you would expect, doesn't make you feel uncool.
Instead, unfailingly friendly and helpful staff put you right at ease while the mixed crowd; young, old, groups of guys, groups of girls, families with kids, families with grandparents, ensures that no one sticks out like a sore thumb.
As we perused the menu, we took in our surrounds. The room is a cavernous space at the top of The Dean Hotel on Harcourt Street. Floor to ceiling windows wrap around the room, exposed beams line the ceiling while the centre of the space is dominated by one seriously impressive bar. Tucked away in the corner is the kitchen, flanked by glass walls so that we can peep in, and a huge wood-fired pizza oven.
The menu is a nice blend of traditional brunch foods; pancakes, waffles, French toast, as well as a few egg dishes. The lunch quotient of brunch was accounted for with the likes of roast chicken and rib eye. I opted for Huevos Rancheros (hold the tortilla) while mam plumped for the Chinese Chicken Salad.
Mine was perfetion; the guacamole, refried beans and perfect fried eggs the highlight. Mam's was nice but, lacking something. And see those fried crispy bits? That's what they consider glass noodles. They were more like prawn crackers!
Brunch for two including extra bacon, four glasses of wine, two mojitos and two coffees came to €77. We were left alone to chat and no one rushed us off the table, something we both really appreciated. We'll definitely be back once we work our way through our Brunches to Try list!
Find Sophie's here.