Sketching in a Tasty Brunch at Dublin 8’s Hottest Coffee Shop – Storyboard Café Review
Located in Clancy Quay, Storyboard is a brand new addition to the exciting food scene of Dublin 8. The cafe sports a very urban look with a modern, transparent structure made of glass, wood and stone, which lets passers-by take a glance at what is happening inside.
Thanks to its clear exteriors, Storyboard is very bright, flooded with natural light. The space is dotted with tables, and a few extra chairs can be brought in to cater for bigger groups. The bar-like table at the window is great for people-watching while sipping on a great cup of coffee.
Before diving into the menu, I ordered a flat white, my coffee drink of choice. Storyboard serves the prestigious 3FE, which is locally roasted in Dublin. After a few minutes, I had a chance to take my first sip. It was pleasantly sweet, with delicate and balanced nutty notes. The texture was creamy, with a beautifully poured rosetta floating gracefully on top. Clearly, they put love, care and skill into their cups of coffee.
Next, it was time to sink my teeth into some brunch. During my first visit, I had noticed their adorable hand-written menus. This time they were replaced by a more standard version and although I understand the switch, I kind of missed the more personal touch.
I went with a Sausage Sambo. A hearty portion of sausage was accompanied by smoked Gubbeen cheese, McNally’s red cabbage and dill pickle. Everything neatly squeezed between two slices of Le Levain Bread, and served with a salad. The combination of flavours worked perfectly.
The salad was light and fresh, with a slightly acidic touch, which went well with the heavier ingredients of my sandwich. It was a well-made and tasty sambo and it was fantastic to see such a commitment to provenance on the menu.
My friends opted in for Spuds and Eggs, with the addition of chorizo. Two fried eggs lay on a bed of roasted baby potatoes, pickles, peas and feta. All of that sprinkled with beetroot yogurt, mint oil and spicy almonds meant the dish had a nice kick to it, with a pleasant mixture of textures. Oozing eggs, sweet baby potatoes and garden peas contrasted nicely with the savoury almonds, spice of chorizo and the zestiness of the beet yogurt.
Storyboard is open 6 days a week, Tuesday to Friday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. The cafe makes a good spot for both a midweek meal and weekend brunch. The space is very popular so make sure to drop by early to increase your chances of getting a seat.
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!