Steak, chips, and salad for €13. Bangers and mash for a tenner. Three glasses of red for €16.50.
Why, it can only be Le Bon Crubeen on Talbot Street. It’s easily one of the best cheap eats in Dublin, and a very pleasant place to dine too.
Geordie Sue and I ate there recently. It was my turn to buy dinner, so I got my cheap skates on and wheeled into this little joint. It’s a popular place, and you’ll often have to wait for a seat. You could call it the northside’s version of Green 19, only I think it’s better.
The sirloins were really good: tender, juicy, full of flavour, and served as ordered with a nice rich gravy. No messing around. My friend joined us towards the end of our meal and ordered something for himself; there was no problem fitting him in at our table for two.
Despite the slight “hotel lobby bar” feel of Le Bon Crubeen, everybody who eats here seems really happy. I guess they’re pleased with the friendly service, the great value, and the tasty food.
But one quibble: their coffee is rank. Quite possibly the worst coffee in Dublin.
The bill for two steak dinners, bangers and mash, three wines, two Cokes, a horrible coffee, and a creme brulee, came to €67.45. I’ll be back.