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Fallon & Byrne: So Much More Than a Café.

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February 17, 2016 / Irish / By
Anna

Dublin’s Fallon & Byrne is a bit of an institution in the Republic of Ireland’s capital city. Stylish café, chic wine bar, comprehensively stocked grocery, fine-dining restaurant, bakery, delicatessen, ballroom venue for very special events – it’s all of these. So where to start?

For me, it’s not all that difficult, because I’ve so far only tried the smart little café at the end of the ground floor food hall, but I’ve poked my head into the basement wine bar/cellar, cast an eye over the top floor ballroom, used for weddings and other such fully-catered events and eye-balled all the shelves and sections of the Food Court. More visits are on the cards, next time I’m in Dublin.  

So what about the café? Well they serve up all the expected brews and blends. Fallon & Byrne rather disarmingly suggest in their own words that this section of the Food Court is just “Coffee and Cake,” but it is of course, at very least, an extremely comprehensive coffee and cake repertoire that’s on offer. And if you fancy something a little more substantial and savoury, well there’s that on offer too. Sandwiches, both open and closed, hot and cold, salads, meats from the charcuterie, cheeses from the cheese shop – it all manages to offer a range of choice far beyond what a plain old tea, coffee, scones and cake shop does when you are feeling a bit peckish around eleven or in the middle of the afternoon.

The toasted bacon buttie (sandwich) I ordered to go with my café latte, while people and place watching, filled this mid-morning gap without being too over-whelming, and given the fact that I was flying out of Dublin mid-afternoon, would have settled just nicely in time for take-off.

The fresh vegetable and fruit section at the end of the café table aisle is small, but wholesome in a way that a supermarket fruit and veg department never is. (Picture courtesy of F&B's website) The produce is, of course, of impeccable provenance, much being sourced locally, but it is a global marketplace and there might be a few food-miles worries for the discerning shopper to fret over.

There are equally impressive sections of the Food Court given over to meat and delicatessen products. There’s also a decent range of wines for sale on this floor, but if you’re really after that very special bottle, pop downstairs to the Aladdin’s cave that adjoins the wine bar. (You can also eat down below – the menu complements the choice of wine very nicely; menu here.)

Back on the Food Court floor, I was sad to be restricted to cabin baggage only on the upcoming flight: just a few little jars of this and that would have put my carry-on into red-light territory weight-wise and then there’s that grey area about whether food items are dangerous liquids and gels. It would break my heart to see product like this get binned at Security Clearance. But as someone famous once said, “I’ll be back!” – with a big capacious check-in suitcase next time.

Fallon & Byrne: Dublin

Country: Ireland

Province/State: Dublin

City: Dublin (city south)

Address: 11-17 Exchequer Street

Zip/Post Code: 2

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: Multiple numbers: depends which department

Website:http://www.fallonandbyrne...

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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