The café’s location is a little west of Dublin’s central axis, however Brother Hubbard is, I think, so worth a detour if you have no other reason to visit the Capel Street area. I drove into the centre of Dublin on Saturday and when I arrived the city, which was on bank holiday time, was still and was just starting to spark to life. I parked in Ely Place, a spot where incidentally I always find a parking space no matter what time of the day I seek it, and from there I walked to Brother Hubbard. It’s a pleasant walk past some of Dublin’s iconic buildings and I arrived at ten just as Brother Hubbard opened, so I had the place to myself but only for the briefest time because by ten fifteen the café was thronged, surely a good sign.
When I went through the door my first thought was: oh what a cool and stylish space. The café had a recent revamp by Designgoat and it’s modish in a restrained and tasteful way, it has: a high ceiling; deep-ish grey walls; chic wooden tables and stools; a wooden floor in a between dark and light tone; enlivening shots of primary colours here and there; stylish lighting; and an outdoor courtyard space which doubles as a seating and food growing area.
Brother Hubbard is and independent owner-run café and its website says: ‘Our focus is to do a good job, serving people simple, good food and drinks that they can enjoy, and that we can enjoy making and serving. Our menu is simple and small – so we can try and make things the best they can be.’ That sounds to me like a pretty good food philosophy and a sure-fire recipe for success.
I ordered from the brunch menu which is served from ten to four thirty on Saturdays and I feasted on Moroccan-style semolina pancakes served with a sweet ricotta crème, summer berry & rose compote and topped with a hazelnut-almond praline. I enjoyed the pancakes hugely, I didn’t try to analyze the individual elements but the flavours melded together beautifully and the whole was divinely delicious. The flat white with soya milk that I had after the pancakes was also excellent.
Brother Hubbard is at 153 Capel Street: web address – http://brotherhubbard.ie/