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Review: Hatch and Sons, Stephen’s Green

Spiced beef blaa, Hatch and Sons, 15 Stephen's Green

Spiced beef blaa, Hatch and Sons, 15 Stephen’s Green

Check out this gorgeous little nibblehole in the basement of the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephen’s Green, offering very reasonably priced all-day breakfasts and lunches.

Immediately, you’ll notice the aesthetics, and observe that a lot of thought went into the look, feel and design of Hatch and Sons. It’s good to have a cafe option on Stephen’s Green. So how’s the food?

Well, it’s good enough for me to be planning a third visit. The menu consists of breakfast/ all-day staples such as granola with yoghurt and seasonal fruit (€3.50), fry-ups (€7.50). There’s also a “Baker’s Basket” to frighten all the coeliac Atkins-diet types: a scone, soda bread, and a slice of brack (€4.90).


Throughout the day, you can get a Waterford blaa with various fillings – a simple sausage blaa costs €4.50, and comes with nothing more than a little butter and sausage in bread. In one way, I liked that the sausage blaa wasn’t crowded out with lettuce and sauce and superfluous stuffings but, although it was tasty, I’m not sure that the sausages themselves packed enough flavour to carry it off. The spiced beef blaa with coolea, onion relish, and rapeseed mayo (€5,70), was an unparalleled success: so damn good.

Salads, in and around €10-12, feature alongside tried and tested favourites such as fishcakes (€10.80) and Beef and Guinness stew (€9.90), as well as daily soups and specials. There’s also a very visually tempting selection of cakes, but my co-diner’s lemon-raspberry coconut slice (€3.80) was a real letdown: far too cold and hard, and I’ve yet to branch out to try something else.

The big problem with Hatch & Sons is the service. It’s very friendly and nice but, on two separate occasions, I found it really, really slow. That said, it should hopefully improve with time, and it’s certainly not enough to put me off a return visit – as long as I wasn’t in a rush.


  1. I’ve been to Hatch and Sons for lunch a few times and the service is painfully slow. On our last visit we waited half an hour for plates to be cleared and finally gave up and got the bill instead of the coffees we had wanted after our meal as we had run out of time. Hopefully they can resolve this as it’s difficult to fit lunch in there within an hour.

  2. I was distinctly unimpressed with Hatch & Sons. Visited at lunchtime and service was woefully slow, especially as we had one hour for lunch. They did give us a discount on the bill by means of apology for the delay.

    As I don’t eat wheat, I had one of the salads, which cost approx €12. It was overpriced for a small salad, especially when compared to his blaa sandwich which cost approx €5.

    Wouldn’t be in a hurry to return.