Today I attempt to put into words how I feel about Hatch and Sons in Dublin. Found on a whim while being absolutely starving, we couldn’t believe how amazing this place was. With its traditional Irish cuisine and cozy compact seating arrangements, it was an instant favorite for a hearty meal to hide from the chilly Dublin weather in March.
I had found Hatch and Sons by looking it up that very morning. We knew we wanted a place to eat for lunch that would be close to The Little Museum of Dublin. Little did we know it was actually situated underneath the museum. That brings me to rather funny story…
When we walked in to The Little Museum of Dublin to get our tour tickets, they were completely full so we had to take the next tour. We had about 30 minutes to kill and we decided that we would use this time to eat at Hatch and Sons. The kind people at the museum kept telling us there was cafe below where we could get a quick meal and a coffee. I seriously thought they were trying to sell us on some museum cafe that would be overpriced and gross. So ignoring their suggestion, we stepped outside and attempted to find Hatch and Sons. After no luck, we decided to head more towards the museum. It turned out, Hatch and Sons was the cafe they were talking about, and it was literally hidden below the museum. At that point that I felt like such a snobby foodie.
So, lesson learned. The ‘museum cafe’ is actually quite brilliant.
When we got inside the restaurant, we were anxious to be seated and have a warm coffee. It was bloody cold outside. The restaurant was a little packed, as I’m sure people had the same idea as us. We were seated and I ordered a latte.
The first thing I noticed about the space was how cozy and Scandinavian-like it was. All the walls were white and the furniture was a simple brown wood. It gave me a traditional no BS vibe and instantly made me more excited to be there. In fact, their website describes it perfectly:
“No fuss, just good, honest, Irish food.”
Another thing you cannot miss is that the restaurant is a open-kitchen concept, meaning the kitchen is literally right out in the open. Everything was prepared in front of you and within arms-length. It made the room feel warm and created the most gorgeous smells. I don’t think I’ve ever set food in a more cozy restaurant. The fireplace that was the focal point also made the restaurant feel warm and welcoming, like you were eating at a friend’s house.
For lunch, I ordered the Guinness Stew. They assured that would come out super quick because it was made in the morning and then kept simmering in a large pot. After all, we were on a time crunch of about 30 minutes. When my stew came out it was steaming hot and the smell was to-die-for. I don’t even remember what my boyfriend ordered because I didn’t even glance at his meal. I only had eyes for mine…
Alongside the stew were a few slices of bread made from corn. I hesitate to say ‘cornbread’ because of the way American’s traditionally think of it. Instead, it was more like a normal loaf of wheat bread, but made from corn. One of our Uber drives explained to us that using corn to make bread was very big in Ireland. And let me tell you, literally some of the best bread I’ve ever had.
We left to the museum dreaming about the meal we had just eaten. I knew we had to return! So what did we do? WE RETURNED. We ate at Hatch and Sons again a few days later for lunch. I got the same exact thing and my boyfriend also got the Guinness Stew this time. Along with a glass of wine, I sat and marveled at how inviting and cozy this restaurant was. We had truly struck gold with this one, as it was one of the best meals we had in Dublin.
As Americans, we loved the introduction to a ‘no fuss’ approach. Just good hearty food, made with love. Hatch and Sons is an absolute must visit if you are ever in Dublin!
What do you love most about Hatch and Sons?