Since I’m really late in posting today’s Coffee Spot, Meet Me in the Morning will form the first part of a Dublin double-header. It’s a coffee shop which, like many in the Irish capital, has made its reputation combining excellent food with speciality coffee. The second part of the double-header, Reference Coffee, has the same ownership as Meet Me in the Morning and makes all its coffee, but is a standalone coffee bar in its own right.
Together, Meet Me in the Morning (middle) and Reference Coffee (right) occupy two of three houses in a short terrace on the north side of Pleasants Street in Dublin’s southside. Meet Me in the Morning is spread over two compact floors, with a short row of tables outside in front of the solitary window. It offers full table service, with separate breakfast and lunch menus during the week and a combined brunch menu at the weekends, all cooked on-site using a range of Irish suppliers.
The coffee, meanwhile, is made next door in Reference Coffee, but delivered to your table, with a choice of espresso-based drinks or several filter options. For more on the coffee, please see Reference Coffee, which has its own Coffee Spot post.
You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.
Meet Me in the Morning is on Dublin’s Southside, not far from St Stephen’s Green. It’s on Pleasants Street, close to its junction with Camden Street, which is on R114, one of the main north-south routes through Dublin. Meet Me in the Morning shares a row of three small, two-storey terrace houses on the north side of the street, with the independent Sova Vegan Butchers to the left and sister company, Reference Coffee, to the right.
At first sight, there’s not much to Meet Me in the Morning, just a single door to the right and a large, square, glass window to the left which, together, occupy the whole front on the narrow house. Upstairs is an even smaller square window on the left, which provides illumination to Meet Me in the Morning’s upper floor. Meanwhile, to the right, “Meet Me in the Morning” is printed in large letters on the whitewashed front wall.
I never actually made it upstairs at Meet Me in the Morning, which you reach via the stairs at the back, since the staff show you to your table and the only free one was downstairs. It’s long and thin down here, and, when busy, it can be very, very noisy. Alternatively, you can sit outside, where a narrow bench runs under the window, with three small, round cocktail-style tables in front of it. The middle one is a two-person table, while the ones on either end seat three, but it’s all very cosy out there!
Inside, the seating is arranged in two rows, one down the left-hand wall, which runs as far as the counter (where you pay on leaving) at the back, while the other is along the right-hand wall, which starts a little way back from the door. The left-hand side has four two-person tables, with one four-person table down towards the counter, while the right-hand side has a two-person table set back from the door, followed by a four-person table, with a further two two-person tables opposite the counter. This gives a total of nine tables, seating 22 in all.
I was there for brunch one very busy Sunday morning, hanging out next door in Reference Coffee until a table came free. You’re also welcome to do as I did, ordering my coffee in Reference and taking it through to Meet Me in the Morning. Alternatively, order your coffee when you’re shown to your table, where you’ll be given a menu to go with the carafe of water that’s already on the table.
I was there at the weekend, so had the concise brunch menu to choose from. Even though it was fairly short, there were so many dishes that tempted me. In the end, I had the cheesey tattie cakes, although I swapped the black pudding for halloumi.
My brunch was excellent. The whole ensemble was topped by a mix of green leaves, including kale, underneath which was a really nicely-poached egg, while the halloumi was very tasty indeed. However best of all were the two pan-fried potato and leek cakes buried at the bottom, which were simply gorgeous. A brunch fit for a king.
December 2020: Meet Me in the Morning was a runner-up for the 2020 Best Breakfast Award.
|50 PLEASANTS STREET • DUBLIN • D08 VN22 • IRELAND|
|Monday||08:00 – 16:00||Roaster||Colonna Coffee (espresso) + Guests (filter)|
|Tuesday||08:00 – 16:00||Seating||Tables, Tables (outside)|
|Wednesday||08:00 – 16:00||Food||Breakfast, Lunch, Cake|
|Thursday||08:00 – 16:00||Service||Table|
|Friday||08:00 – 16:00||Payment||Cards + Cash|
|Saturday||09:00 – 16:00||Wifi||No|
|Sunday||09:00 – 16:00||Power||No|
|Chain||Local||Visits||13th October 2019|
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