Falling Head Over Heels All Over Again – Love Supreme Portobello Cafe Review
A landmark on the streetscape of Stoneybatter, Love Supreme made the hearts of coffee lovers in Dublin skip a beat when they announced they would open a second spot in the city.
Now open over three months, from their new Portobello location on Lennox Street, the coffee shop quickens the pulse of the beating heart of Dublin 8’s growing cafe culture.
Washed in natural light, the petite cafe is styled in the signature Love Supreme look. Here too, interchangeable lights and hanging flowers break up the rustic, simple design, replicating the feel of the original cafe.
If you are a coffee devotee like me – hello there! – any coffee shop visit only starts one way. The guys currently serve Koppi Coffee, a micro-roastery set up by the Swedish barista champions Anne Lunell and Charles Nystrand.
I opted for their Red Clay varietal, an espresso blend of Costa Rican and Brazilian beans. Slightly acidic, with notes of chocolate and caramel, it pairs perfectly with milk.
Its sweetness and lightness brought up that gorgeously lush mouthfeel of coffee. In comparison, an iced coffee based on the same blend accentuated the acidity, making the drink too pungent for my liking.
Food-wise, the menu sticks to Love Supreme’s simple format, humble pies and sausage rolls made in their in-house bakery with love and in flavours you might not expect – think lamb, cranberry, lemon and sriracha, and pork, pear, walnuts with cardamom.
My first choice was a veggie sausage roll packed with spinach, ricotta, and walnut. Light, flaky, with just the right amount of herbs, this hearty treat was a perfectly formed puff pastry parcel.
Moving on to more substantial fate, my lamb pie arrived neatly packed in a white box. A generous amount of slow roasted Blackstairs Mountain Lamb sprinkled with mace and rosemary was enclosed in a satisfyingly crispy pastry casing – not a ‘soggy bottom’ in sight.
As a big eater, next time I’ll order a salad to compliment this moreish pie – because, you know, health and all that.
Along with those plush pies and pastries, the bakery churns out cakes and cookies to cater for the sweet-toothed there, all served until 5pm every day.
From their new simple space in Portobello Love Supreme is continuing to put great coffee and honest, wholesome food first, and I’m falling head over heels all over again.
34 Lennox Street,
I’m Anna, the voice behind Dublin Drinks Coffee. My caffeinated adventure started a few years ago, when brewing and steaming in one of local coffee shops. Since then I’ve enjoyed a lot of great cups across Dublin and I share all my stories with on www.dublindrinkcoffee.com. Dublin is full of independent cafés and coffee houses that enrich our culinary scene every day. Browse through lists of unique and local cafés, events, books/movie recommendations and other caffeinated treats to enjoy!