Set in the beautiful South Dublin Village of Glasthule, Chef Audrey McDonald, has created the warm and inviting Cookbook Cafe. Throughout this place you will find packed shelves with cookbooks which Audrey draws inspiration from. Audrey has cooked for Royalty and rock stars alike but has realised her dream by opening up her own place.
The Cookbook Cafe is a restaurant like no other, where you can experience dishes created from the recipes of international cookery writers and famous chefs, most notably their “Ottolenghi Plate”. While you enjoy some of their tempting treats you can listen to Newstalk DJ Tom Dunne, Audrey’s other half, spinning out some tunes from his classic vinyl collection. Audrey’s own children designed the kids menu so everything served up has a personal touch.
Audrey has a selection of her all time favourite cookbooks dotted around the restaurant for your perusal, and keeps her top picks by the fire for a cosy read. Some are available to buy so you could pop in for lunch and come away with plenty of inspiration to get cooking up a storm at home.
57A Glasthule Road,
T: 353 1 5597999
Sample Avocado and Ricotta on Sourdough inspired by Thomasina Myer’s Wahaca cookbook, Jamie Oliver’s Cranberry and Almond Granola or classics like a stack of pancakes while DJ Tom spins some tunes. There is no funkier spot for a chilled out weekend brunch than the Cookbook Cafe.
Treat yourself to US Iron Chef Bobby Flay’s Quesadillas or keep it light and healthy with Jamie’s Superfood Salad of blueberries, pomegranate, kale, squash and avocado.
Take a bite out of Jerusalem with the famous Ottolenghi Plate which includes Falafel, halloumi, fattoush, grilled aubergine, hummous and flatbread or try his Za’tar Crusted Tuna. If you’re not in the mood for Middle Eastern fayre, you can enjoy Rivercafe’s Bouillabaise or Marcus Waering’s favourite salmon recipe. There is something for everyone’s taste at the Cookbook Cafe, with nods from many different cuisines appearing on the menu.