It doesn’t make any sense to me that a cafe may well not have a web page, nor that its Instagram would offer you no hint as to how a prospective buyer may possibly make a reservation. But that is how it is at Wood Fireplace Cafe, which supplies neither telephone number, e-mail handle, nor instruction to message if you want a desk.
hankfully, my mate Katia is in demand of generating the booking and has more endurance than I do. She secures our location by way of Fb Messenger, having tried using the phone variety (revealed only on the Facebook site) several periods — admittedly over lunchtime — only to have it ring out. Maybe Wood Fireplace has so lots of prospects by now, it doesn’t sense that it wants any extra, though there are a couple empty tables on the midweek evening of our go to.
I’ve been aware of Wood Fire for a even though, but this is my initially stop by even nevertheless it is been in enterprise considering that 2018. As I settle into my seat, go through the specials chalked on the board and savour the excellent smells in the air, I have the anticipation that I’m about to eat some extremely excellent food items in this unassuming, a little scruffy, quite Italian little enoteca.
Most of our fellow clients are in for pizzas — and the ones at the future table glance outstanding — but Katia and I are produced of sterner stuff and approach to set the comprehensive menu as a result of its paces. There are respectable olives and taralli on the desk, a novelty now that we have all bought utilised to shelling out for our “snacks”.
My starter showcases luscious burrata di Andria — the ideal style of burrata, with IGP (Indicazione Geografica Protetta or Indicator of Geographic Protection) position, which means that its high quality or popularity is connected to the certain position or area exactly where it is developed, processed or organized. In this case, the burrata will come from Bari in Puglia, where by the handmade cow’s milk cheese “bag” has a delicate, creamy heart of stracciatella — 50 % cheese, 50 % product. A person burrata is truly way too significantly for 1 human being as a starter, but provided that ooziness is a big part of its enchantment, it’s not a cheese that lends by itself to effortless subdivision. Listed here it’s accompanied by slices of pistachio-studded mortadella, topped with preserved black truffle, a scattering of rocket leaves and pane carasau — the classic Sicilian crisp flatbread, akin to carta da musica. The combination operates, whilst the truffle is surplus to specifications — I’d somewhat have it clean or not at all — but it is an assembly alternatively than a test of kitchen area ability and I’m marginally regretting my choice. The portion is much as well large.
Katia’s pan-fried octopus with courgette and potato purée, rosemary and lemon zest is considerably far more appealing. The octopus is cooked properly — “The crispy bits at the conclude have been a individual emphasize,” she email messages afterwards — with the lemon zest coming through beautifully, just on the delicate aspect of citrusy. The presentation is rustic.
I thought I realized my pasta styles but vesuvio is a new just one on me. It is small, with a greater base spiralling up to a thinner tip. It is not home made — I can see the packets on the shelf in the open up kitchen area — but has very good flavour and is nicely cooked. The accompanying lamb ragu is disappointing. Billed as sluggish-cooked, it seems to have been rushed. The meat is tricky and gristly, instead than falling aside, and the flavours of the white wine, rosemary and artichokes aren’t coming by means of the Parmesan product poured on the top. It’s a different massive part — I take care of barely a third — as is Katia’s particular of asparagus risotto with clams, scallop, burrata and Parmesan, with truffle carpaccio for fantastic evaluate. There is a good ratio of seafood to rice, the asparagus is properly charred and the rice has great chunk, but neither of us complete our food and are appalled by the sum of waste. Creating this, I would like we experienced requested for doggy bags.
We share what Katia describes as an “efficient” tiramisu, and are sorry that we did not try out the butter cake described by our server as a substitute, which may well have been additional intriguing. The waitresses are beautiful. The chef is female, as well.
Wooden Fire has a informal, neighbourhood vibe and is handy for the Mater and the Gate. And while generosity in a cafe is a fantastic attribute, the portions in this article are simply also large, with more finesse desired. I suspect if you dropped in for a solitary plate immediately after a hard working day at work, you’d go away sensation comfortably glad, and if you came to celebrate a birthday with a gang and ate pizzas and drank household wine, you would have a grand time for a modest outlay. As there aren’t sufficient locations wherever you can do that in the town, it is well worth building a be aware. With a bottle of Chianti (€37), our monthly bill will come to €114.95 before support.
The Margherita pizza will set you back again €12.50.
A three-class dinner for two could price €80 right before drinks or support.
Wood Hearth Cafe, 3 Blessington Road, Dublin 7. Instagram @wfcdublin