64 Talbot St, D1 (Under the railway bridge)
It’s just a couple of weeks since The Pantry launched their Coffee To Go station, just inside the restuarant door on the right. Handy for picking up a coffee on your way to or from Connolly station.
There’s a simple coffee menu: cappuccino, latte, americano, etc. All around the same price (€2.50) and a counter with a few “to go” snacks to supplement your drink. The machine is a very clean looking two group Gaggia, the work area was very clean and I noticed the barista, wipe his work area again with a tissue before beginning to make my drink. There being no other customers he took his time, and seemed to do a good job of frothing the milk. Regretably he also added chocoloate sprinkles to the espresso. I really don’t understand why so many baristas seem to think this is compulsory in a cappuccino – fortunately he didn’t overdo it.
While waiting for my drink, I noticed a poster proclaiming that The Pantry uses Tiki coffee, which by a co-incidence is supplied by Matthew Algie the independant coffee roaster, that also supplies Insomnia.
So to the coffee: Well presented in a 250mil cup with saucer. Once the milk had cooled (I think it was served just a tad too hot) it was easy to discern the excellent fruity flavour. A mild but flavourfull drink. I think it would suit many a pallet. Personally I think the barista added a little too much milk which teneded to soften the coffee flavour, next time, I’ll ask them not to add quite so much milk, but that’s a personal choice and you might consider it the ideal brakfast coffee. In any event it doesn’t affect its rating here. It definitely gets three spoons. A nice drink.
Designation: Cafe (independant resturant)
Drink: Cappuccino, 2 shots €2.50. (2 shot latte, €2.50)
Venue: Scores 2 stars
Coffee: Scores 3 spoons.
Overall: Scores 5/10
Would I go back there: Yes – thought I’d probably ask them to put less milk in the cappuccino.
Would I recommend it to a friend: Yes
Outdoor seating: No – danger of getting trampled to death at peak DART times.
Comment: Workmanlike Cafe/Resto, €7.95 for home made sheperds’ pie. Gets good reviews on menupages.ie
Telephone: 01 836 5334
Date of visit: 15:50 Friday, 4th February 2011
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