Ah Sunday Brunch. Last weekend my brother came up to stay with us in Dublin so we ate brunch out twice! I had heard a lot about San Lorenzos from friends and online so we headed there on Sunday morning.
We got there around 10.30am and hadn’t booked for brunch. Apparently this is not the thing to do so fare warning, if you wanna go and be received by happy staff members; book ahead. We were offered a table for an hour only which was grand as we were super hungry and eager to chow down.
The Weekend Brunch Menu has a good lot of options to be fair, ranging from Breakfast Taco to crab-cakes and old reliable, Eggs Benedict. They even had Cocoa Pops French Toast! The two lads both got the “Breakfast of Champions” which is basically a fry-up with a very large sausage! I didn’t know what to have at all so was persuaded (after a lot of back and forth, sorry guys) to have Eggs Benedict and an Americano.
My eggs were lovely, served on a toasted bagel with baked ham and my coffee was hot and strong. Happy days! The fry-ups got great reviews too, especially the baked beans which had a welcome hint of smoke & spice.
Personally, I think that for the price, toast should have been included with the fry as well. The thing that bugs me most about going out for brunch in Dublin is the price. Did you read that thing about Millennials not being able to afford houses because we spend too much on Avocado Toast in hipster cafes? God they’re not far wrong. Dublin brunch is crazy expensive for what you really get.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll go to brunch whenever I’m invited, but do think some restaurants/cafe take the mick a little when it comes to charging. Especially when they are very common breakfast items like a fry or whatever. Thankfully, here the food was good and everyone cleared their plate so we deemed it worth it in the end. Dropping the bones of €20 for 2 eggs and a coffee though is high. (I know this is all of Dublin and not just San Lorenzo’s too!)
If I had to pick something that let San Lorenzo’s down, it would be their customer service. Sorry guys! There was just something off about it. The staff were kind of just alright; not too friendly and a little bit awkward. I really found this when it came to requesting/paying the bill. The atmosphere there didn’t work for me. It’s almost like they were a victim of their own success; so busy they just want the tables back.
I don’t think I would choose to go back to San Lorenzo’s having been there. However, if a friend hadn’t tried it and suggested it, I would go as the food is good. I’m not sure if that makes any sense but I think if you want a great experience, this may not be the place to go.
As always guys, let me know if you’ve been to San Lorenzo’s for brunch? Did you try the Coco Pops French Toast or Breakfast of Champions? Do you agree with my review?