Based on all the positive reviews and the line at the door, I was hoping to be blown out of the water by Brother Hubbard but after having brunch there this past weekend, I'm still very much on the fence about the food.
While waiting to be seated, we perused the menu (which is a great time saver that other restaurants would benefit from adopting) and opted for the semolina pancakes, pulled pork sandwich and the flourless almond orange cake. I was so excited to try the cake after seeing all the rave reviews but was unfortunately disappointed by it. It was extremely dense, not particularly flavorful and topped with a little swirl of dark chocolate frosting. For those avoiding flour, I'm sure it's a nice treat, but it was pretty much a more expensive and heavy version of the fairy cakes you'd get at the grocery store.
Luckily, the semolina pancakes were a pleasant surprise after the underwhelming cake. Covered in a lovely berry rose compote, creme and hazelnut-almond praline that added a surprise crunchy texture, these pancakes were light, flavorful and very tasty. However, they were also quite thin, and for nearly €10, I wouldn't mind getting more than two. The pulled pork sandwich (apparently recently rated among the best in Dublin) was good, but nothing to write home about. While the pork was cooked well, the coleslaw underneath it had a strange horseradish-y taste to it that was too strong and didn't complement the pork.
Overall, I would come back here for the pancakes and to try a few of the other dishes on the menu, but only if I was already in the area and there wasn't a long wait.
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