This Minimalist Cafe in City Centre Is Lunch Break Perfection – Laine, My Love Cafe Review
I have a very soft spot for Roasted Brown coffee. In the past, I would have joyously enjoyed a cup of white coffee at Love Supreme Stoneybatter almost every weekend before hitting the streets of Dublin.
So it was no wonder that I was delighted to hear about the opening of Laine, My Love on Talbot Street. Opened over a year ago, the place has become one of Dublin’s number one go-to places for good coffee and tasty grub.
I would describe the decor of Laine, My Love as minimalist with a bit of a rustic vibe. This L-shaped cafe is soaked in natural light. Clad in white, the interiors are very bright and relaxing, which makes the coffee hub a great chill-out zone in the heart of the bustling Talbot Street.
Back when I was working just a few steps away from the Connolly Station, I would have regularly paced the streets in search of a good coffee and a sambo for lunch. Mind you; that was a few years ago, and the local coffee scene was yet to become this vibrant.
The spot under the railway bridge, however, still remains a favourite so I was more than happy to come back for a caffeinated sip. I’ve stopped by Laine, My Love for a quick cup of java a few times but never really had a chance to sink my teeth into their food menu.
I have to say; Laine, My Love is packed at lunch time. During my ‘research’, I visited the cafe twice, and both times people filled up the space, clearing the food counter at warp speed. From pastries and bakes to savoury bites, the menu keeps everyone happy.
My coffee of choice is a flat white. The week I visited the cafe had a Rwandan bean in the hopper for espresso, while on filter they had an Ethiopia. It was beautifully presented, with a heart enclosed in a two-layer tulip. My second cup was more to my liking.
The coffee married well with milk, with its sweetness soothing the piquancy of the espresso. As a fan of more chocolatey and nutty flavours, it was definitely a bit of a zestier pour. However, I still enjoyed sipping it on my way back to work.
I also grabbed a Roasted Chicken Baguette and a Veggie Wrap. The former was served on Le Levain bread, generously sprinkled with flour – I love that! The chicken came with garlic stuffing on a bed of salad. Lemon added the extra lightness to the whole dish, making it a hearty lunch meal.
The week’s special, a veggie wrap, would make many veggie lovers happy. A mix of sweet potato, cherry tomato with tahini cream and rocket was very light and refreshing. I really enjoyed the peppery flavour with hints of heady garlic and would recommend the wrap as a great meat-free option for your lunch break.
Overall, my visit to Laine, My Love was delightful. I would be happy to stop by again in few weeks to check what else the guys are brewing this spring. Laine, My Love is open 5 days a week, from 7.30 am to 3:00 pm.
Laine, My Love
38 Talbot St, Mountjoy, Dublin 1
I’m Anna, the voice behind Dublin Drinks Coffee. My caffeinated adventure started a few years ago, when brewing and steaming in one of local coffee shops. Since then I’ve enjoyed a lot of great cups across Dublin and I share all my stories with on www.dublindrinkcoffee.com. Dublin is full of independent cafés and coffee houses that enrich our culinary scene every day. Browse through lists of unique and local cafés, events, books/movie recommendations and other caffeinated treats to enjoy!
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