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Gourmet Food Parlor, 7 Cumberland Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland

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What: Cramped cafe.

Prices: Reasonable. Full veggie breakfast for €6.95. Scones and jam for €2.75.

Vegetarian menu: I only studied the breakfast menu. They offer this veggie breakfast for €6.95. “Pan fried mushrooms, onion & chive potato cake, creamy scrambled eggs and grilled vine tomato served with toasted granary bread”. There was also porridge, scones, muffins, etc.

Drinks: I was told they didn’t have apple juice and that the orange juice wasn’t fresh. Strange in a place that serves breakfast. I had sparkling water.

Service: Friendly. No complaints. Breakfast took a good while to arrive after placing the order, I imagine because they were very busy.

Comfortable? Pretty cramped. Okay to have a quick meal. Not a place to go for the atmosphere or comfort.

Was the food good? I was disappointed by the bizarre proportions of my veggie breakfast. All the food on the plate was tasty enough, but mostly it was just a mountain of scrambled eggs accompanied by ONE mushroom, TWO little vine tomatoes and some rocket. I was expecting half the amount of egg and lots more mushroom and tomato. I really felt like the meal was just scrambled egg with some garnish.

Problems? Yes. There was a little worm in my rocket garnish. Disgusting. They obviously don’t wash the lettuce thoroughly. The person dealing with the situation was suitably mortified and didn’t charge for the breakfast, but still…

Toilets: Clean, but directly opposite the open kitchen where the plates of food are left on a counter for collection. Not sure how this passed health and safety.

My advice to the chef: Wash the lettuce!!! Also, please offer vegetarians something better than scrambled eggs, which many vegetarians don’t even eat.

My advice to the manager: Make sure the lettuce is washed!!!

Overall: I can imagine that most people would be happy enough with the place for a quick meal, but the worm put me off ever returning. Vegetarians who don’t eat eggs will  find little on the breakfast menu to entice them.

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