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Review: The Place Above L’Gueuleton

brunch-mysterybarThere’s a bar that has opened some time in the last year over L’Gueuleton, the excellent French restaurant on Fade Street.  It’s all very trendy and pre-recession: distressed walls, low leather couches, no name over the door, expensive cocktails.  I only recently realised that they serve brunch when friends arranged to meet there two Sundays ago.

The prices for brunch dishes range from €8 to €10.50 and include lots of brunch classics like French Toast and Eggs Benedict.  I went for a Croque Monsieur, which is a poncy French ham and cheese toastie.   The Croque Monsieur was €9, and while I know many people object to the idea of paying €9 for a cheese toastie, it did have excellent cheese, beautiful thick ham, very good bread and a delicious side salad.  You could easily pay the same amount for a pallid panini in some miserable roadside cafe (or Dublin airport).

We all had cocktails with lunch: but why on earth have we all just accepted that the standard price for a cocktail is now around €10?  That’s so far from the actual cost of the ingredients that it makes me want to laugh.  And then cry. I like cocktails!  I had a Bloody Mary, forgetting that I only ever really enjoy the first two sips of a Bloody Mary and then struggle with the rest.  Note to self: stop ordering Bloody Marys.  They have a good selection of cocktails and they’re well made, but as in most other places in Dublin they’re much too expensive.

We were in a large group and every single person was really happy with their food. The only disappointment was that the chips were very bad indeed, undercooked and greasy and sprinkled with parsley (a pointless affectation that serves no purpose but to anger parsley-haters like myself). They cost €4 for each very meagre portion.

Overall, I would recommend this mystery place (the Snail Bar? Number Six? no-one seemed to be sure) above L’Gueuleton for brunch. The food is very good, just avoid the chips and the cocktails.


  1. I keep hearing it being called ‘no-name-bar’. Not the most original obviously, but people get where you mean hehe.

    The only place I ever get cocktails anymore is in Capital Bar because they’re all €5 up until midnight. Some of them aren’t the mae-west but for a fiver, I’m not too fussy.

  2. renards have cheap cocktails on a friday night …

  3. I love cocktails but the price here in Ireland causes me grief. I was in Edinburgh recently to visit a friend and 3 of us hit the vodka bars in the city, where you could get an amazing range of great cocktails for about half the price of here.

  4. Is L’Gueuleton doing the food for this place too or is it another crowd, I wonder?

  5. KK – apparently it’s a bloke who used to chef in Gruel. Not sure if he works in L’G during the week though.

  6. It seems like L’Gueuleton are doing the food, there’s some similarities between the menu and they use the same font. I pay way too much attention to fonts in restaurants though.

  7. You can get up to that bar through a door in L’G too, which makes me think they’re both owned and ran by the same people. Assume that includes the food.

  8. My friends and I all refer to that bar as Kelly’s, though none of us knows where that name comes from — certainly it doesn’t say it anywhere.

  9. We have started calling it ‘The Apartment’, again don’t know where it come from. Its kinda quirty.