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March 29, 2008
March 3, 2004
The food at Gruel is openly prepared in the busy front area, where you can order to take away if you wish, and many people do so. A hodgepodge of artwork and posters decorate the walls to add a bohemian touch to the interior spaces. The clientele seems to draw mostly from the young locals who have given Dublin a hip reputation in recent years. They seem trendier and more artsy than the comfort food served here.
My dinner here was a big plate of bangers and mash, a traditional Irish-English dish if there was any. A pile of plump and tasty sausages was heaped over a bed of mashed potatoes (there you go with the potatoes again!) and edged with a delicious garnish of red onion. This is definitely not cutting-edge cuisine, but it is traditional, it is good and it is filling. Yes, meat and potatoes are what I would expect to eat in Ireland, and they are solidly delivered here.
Other menu favorites served here are meaty sandwiches, pizza, and hearty soups. Daily specials are popular here too. I drank an orange soda with my bangers and mash, and there is an interesting selection of beverages at this classier-than-average diner. The food is not terribly expensive, but it is not for penny-pinchers either. Gruel is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, though it closes relatively early in the evening. I am not sure if it is cool to eat at Gruel, but it is not a bad joint for a bite.
From journal Bill in Ireland - DUBLIN