cafe Hans, a second generation family-run place in Cashel, Co Tipperary is exactly the kind of reward you want for leaving the conveyor belt of the M8, or dicing with the parking gods if you’re a local heading into town.Soups and salads can be so ordinary in other places. Lovely ingredients, expertly cooked and served in a simple, friendly place. The narrative that everything good happens in Dublin while the rest of the country is slowly turning to one big Super Macs gets disrupted by places such as Sweet Beat.Prepare for a spell in the dentist-like waiting area at busy times. Carolanne Rushe’s bright corner cafe in Sligo town puts heart and craft into the veg by applying the same principles that work with any other offering: cook it from scratch with the best ingredients.
Channeling everything they’d learned along the way, they got everything right at Two Boys Brew: the decor, the coffee and the food. You have to love a cafe that offers avocado on toast on their breakfast menu alongside a sausage sandwich.The menu is small but special, from their brown rice bowls served with tempura kalettes, pickles, spiced peanuts and sesame crumb, to their doughnuts made in-house every weekend, to their signature Nut Eile spread on sourdough toast.AMc E Two Boys Brew 375 North Circular Road, Dublin 7.Since Garrett Fitzgerald and his partner James Boland opened the doors of their mostly vegetarian Middle Eastern influenced Capel Street cafe in 2012, they have been busy. CC & AMc E Two Pups Coffee 74 Francis Street, Dublin 8.They have brought their style to the southside (what began as Sister Sadie was rebranded last year as Brother Hubbard South), they’ve bottled their jams and chutneys, they’ve added Middle East Feast suppers to their service, they’ve written and released a cookbook, and they’ve helped to launch Dublin’s best healthy take-away service, Piply (piply.ie). facebook.com/twopupscoffee I recently fell into Two Pups with a sour outlook on the hipster coffee scene and their commitment to anything beyond the roasted bean.Dec 1, 2016 | Heron & Grey in Blackrock Market, Co Dublin became one of the world’s smallest Michelin-starred restaurants in October 2016 when it won the only new star for Ireland.Video: Bryan O'Brien Good value: * indicates main course for under €15 Hatch and Sons Irish Kitchen* The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2. The people behind Hatch and Sons could just have traded on their looks, with their basement kitchen on Stephens Green like a timepiece from an set.Locals were very cross indeed when the word got out about the super weekend brunch at Two Boy Brew in Phibsborough.It’s hard to keep something this good a secret for long.Regular evening events put a single Irish ingredient centre stage. In better economic times the place would have been a convenience store.Good food times followed and Fumbally alumni have spread across the city, improving food in at least one college canteen and at market stalls, pop-ups and cafes.