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Ambiance, food, location, service
Portion size, prices
Seán tries lunch in new Donnybrook spot, The Greenery.
by Seán Earley
Nestled away in a nook off the fringes of the N11, opposite Old Wesley Rugby Club, is where you’ll find new eatery The Greenery. Occupying a location previously owned by Dublin-based Italian chain Casa Pasta, the space had sat vacant for sometime until recently.
Opened in August, this aesthetically French style bistro, has a decent level of footfall despite being a little off the beaten track with a tiny pokey area for parking outside. The vibe is chilled yet bustling, largely with D4 yummy mummies and suits on lunch breaks. Admittedly, I haven’t stopped by for the evening menu yet, but I can’t imagine it’d be a busier affair than lunch.
The lunch offerings are decent with about ten classic options of gastropub quality. Chicken wings, steak sandwich, classic burger the usual working lunch stuff.
The Steak Sandwich
I opt for the Steak Sandwich, my other diners opt for the Wings and another for the Chicken and Avacado salad. We get a round of soft drinks, can’t be sozzled heading back to the office y’know. The salads arrive first – behemoth servings of mixed leaves, chicken chunks, olives and lashings of dressing. I’m jealous.
My steak sandwich arrives on a wooden board. The platter of choice these days it seems with many restaurants. Now not that I’m against them or anything but I believe if you’re going to use a wooden board it has to be fit for purpose. It doesn’t have to be a surfboard but trying to navigate a steak sandwich on the back of a matchbox is a bloody nightmare.
The steak itself is a bit thin on the ground probably 4-5oz which is disappointing. The sandwich and crispy fried onions are delicious. No sign of horseradish rather a mayo, some salad leaves and a sad absence of my promised ‘slow roasted plum tomato’. It was tasty, no doubt, but quite plain and I’d expected something more impressive from The Greenery. Also, you know that little bowl of salt thing that restaurants do to try and look classy but all you can think of is ‘I bet someone didn’t wash their hands after some toilet tango and decided to finger that bowl copiously’? Yeah, that.
The chicken wings were an upside, though, proving very tasty yet again a bit thin on the ground. Around 6-7 pieces tops for a €7 portion. A bit of a high coin to chicken ratio there lads.
The Greenery is modestly priced but you’d struggle to really call it value for money. Sure a steak sandwich may only set you back €10.50, but the serving size isn’t great, which is a shame because everything else – taste, service and ambience – is spot on. It’s early days for The Greenery yet and I’d definitely encourage you to avail of probably the nicest place in Donnybrook to grab a feed, pipping the Donnybrook Fair restaurant to the post for sure.
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