Speaking of beans, I followed a recommendation from Snack Box and tried out out the baked beans on toast in The Cake Cafe today.
I was there with Jacqui at 11am and the place was buzzing. Cake is a gorgeous little cafe off Camden St that somehow manages to make you feel like you’re isolated, warm and secluded. You can sit outside under shelters in the sun or rain: either way you’ll feel as content as a child in a Babygro sitting by the fireplace.
Baked beans are a lunchtime staple for me, so I ordered reluctantly, and then spent the next twenty minutes congratulating myself on my decision. The cafe use cannenneli beans and make a sweet and fresh tomato sauce to go with them. Dotted with little pieces of sausage, the beans are served on crispy, buttery, hot toasted bread. Marvellously filling, but I’ll never enjoy a tin of Heinz again (Still, at €6.50, they’re a lot cheaper than a single tin of cannennelli beans at Tesco!) I’m also a big fan of the cakes here, and they serve great coffee.
Our bill, including the beans, an espresso, a tea, and an orange juice came to €13.70. I know it’s not the cheapest place in the city, but you’ll never be let down here. For what you pay, I think the Cake Cafe offers great value for money, consistently delicious food and drinks, attentive and chilled out service, and just about the most naturally relaxed dining experience you’ll find in the city.
Wednesday 18 November, 2009 at 8:31 pm
Wow – are you following me? I had the baked beans at Cake for lunch last week. They are delicious, especially when served with all that thick buttery bread. My only complaint would be that the tomato sauce needed some salt but otherwise delicious.
Wednesday 18 November, 2009 at 9:48 pm
Mmmmmmm good tip. But can you get them without sausage? Also, Jean and Peter. I love this blog. LOVE IT. I’ve been popping in most days for months now. Can I make one teeeeney tiny suggestion- either get a better camera or bring me along to your dining experiences/recipe successes. The pics you have on here just don’t do the food justice!
Thursday 19 November, 2009 at 12:17 am
Is there anywhere else in Dublin remotely as nice as the Cake Cafe?
Thursday 19 November, 2009 at 12:06 pm
I love it. Best loo in Dublin too btw.
Friday 20 November, 2009 at 1:56 pm
Love love love the hot lemon, ginger & honey drink from here. Best thing for you if you are feeling under the weather or just want some comfort.
Staff are far from chilled out though and always forget at least one thing from my order.
Such a pity because I love supporting local businesses.
Friday 20 November, 2009 at 2:45 pm
Hi Finn. Thanks for the constructive criticism. I’m the first to admit that my food photo skills leave a lot to be desired! I think it’s time for a food photography course.
I also need a better camera phone as I’m not going to carry a camera with me when I’m out and about.
Friday 20 November, 2009 at 2:53 pm