This is a lovely central location in Dublin City and my DD and I were really looking forward to putting up our feet for a short break in a venue which trades on serving customers food from its famous recipe books. It was always an eclectic vibe, but I was shocked to see that it has gone full steam ahead with a Vintage on Speed feel. Homespun is one thing, but chucking everything you've got into one room and hoping for a unique feel just didn't work here. It's also slight worn at the edges - buckled, dusty-looking lampshades. We ordered a drink and a cake each - DD had a coke and chocolate cake and I had a cup of tea and lemon cake. She said here cake was "nice" but I declined a taste as my lemon cake must have been sitting for a while - one side of it was dry from being left out too long. I sliced off the dry side and the rest of the cake was meh - not a patch on the one I'd had a Fallon & Byrne the previous day. The cafe was extremely popular with "women of a certain age" and it felt like they were there to ogle the extremely attractive waiter and he clearly new this - lots of flirting and giggling - tacky! So I don't think we'll return. Shame, the old Avoca in Bunratty was excellent and fresh before it burnt down, and the main one on the Limerick road (N7) is usually very reliable. Come on Avoca - get back your usual standards!!!
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