July 24, 2015 by Evin
New to the streets of Cork City is Brick Lane at 1–3 North Main Street (beside Wagamama, across from The Raven). Just a few weeks and this place is touted to be a game changer to the Cork restaurant scene. With Phil Ryan and Eamon Walsh at the helm and taking active roles in the establishment, Brick Lane is well-run, attentive to customers (without being suffocating), and focused on top-notch cuisine. We have a dedicated post just detailing their brunch too!
The exterior has a fresh subway tile detailing on the ground level, defining the outdoor space nicely. Then you enter the front door to be welcomed by warm wood tones and eclectic decor. From a faux octopus arm to a snug nook, this place offers something different. Though newly decorated for this purpose-designed space, Brick Lane strikes a balance between old school and too new for comfort. Though the wood surfaces are freshly coated for longevity, it doesn’t feel plastic or fake. It’s definitely got “local” written all over it from its herringbone wood floors to the funky light fixtures.
We tried a few different items from the menu and quickly learned that if it’s on the menu, it’s great.
I chose the Eggs Florentine, which they serve with a light drizzle of house-made Hollandaise sauce atop a perfect piece of sourdough toast.
Claire had the Eggs Royal, which is scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and that delicious sourdough toast.
Jamie hungrily ordered the Mini Irish, which immediately made her grateful she didn’t go with the Full Irish because the portion was ample.
I chose a side of smoked salmon to go with my breakfast and the ladies opted for orange juice.
We worked away and chatted merrily in the very relaxed yet lively brunch vibe Brick Lane has going on.
Brunch for three for under €30?! Yes, please!
A few notes about our meal and the restaurant:
• Even though the place was fairly busy, our breakfast was served in a timely manner.
• My poached eggs were poached perfectly. Just runny enough, but the whites were cooked through.
• The ketchup for Jamie’s potato squares was served in an individual little glass jar with its own lid. It was darling and single-serving but felt more civilised than a plastic ketchup pouch. To be honest, I get grossed out by shared ketchup containers at restaurants. The risk of cross-contamination makes me nervous. So, my love of Brick Lane grew stronger when I saw their approach to ketchup.
• The layout of the restaurant offers a wide variety of seating options from booths to barstools. Few seats have ample natural sunlight for food photos, but that’s the worst thing I can say about the decor of Brick Lane so they’re still in good shape.
• I LOVE the bathroom door signs! See selfie below.
I’ve also dined there for dinner so if you end up being too late for brunch, fear not because Brick Lane’s evening menu is mouth-watering. I’ll have to do a separate post soon about that, but here are a few photos to reassure you that you should follow the Brick Lane path to a fantastic meal in Cork City.