Cakes on the Corner of Camden

Leagan Gaeilge(Irish Version)
Foodswings Reviews – Cakes on the Corner of Camden 
I have a new favourite café in Dublin!
I’m not going to lie – I haven’t much of a notion how to go about this whole ‘food critic/restaurant review’ craic, but I sure as hell felt I had to say something about this place!
I get the impression that The Cake Café, just off Pleasant’s Place (even the name of the STREET is inviting) and also accessible through Daintree’s craft shop on Camden Street, is probably not such a well-kept secret as it would have been a short while ago before it’s inclusion on Dublin’s ‘Fab Food Trail’, and generally widespread word-of-mouth praise it’s gotten from everyone I know who recognises it.

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I arrived shortly before lunchtime and even then its’ cosy interior was bursting with life and the aroma of fresh Irish produce, homemade goods and an exciting freshly blended coffee that was leaving home in takeaway cups with the delightfully punny message ‘Cupán Will Ya??’ printed on them (I’d be lying if I said I’m not a fan of ‘The ol’ bitta’ Gwaeilga’”). Brian Dobson was sat in one corner sipping a coffee and looking slightly out of place while a few other well-to-do looking clientele in suits and blazers clustered around some of the rickety seats outdoors, & I noticed some wine glasses and attractive looking craft beers nestled amongst the freshly squeezed glasses of juice and mugs of tea.
My kinda’ place, I thought.
I trudged in with my yoga mat slung over one shoulder and a laptop in my bag, navigating my way through the tightly packed and populated little tables, looking for somewhere new to do a bit of work and hoping against hope I’d fit in with some of the other ‘foodies’ and lunchtime coffee-lovers who began arriving as the dainty little china-clock on the wall ticked closer to 1pm.
 When I say this place does everything, and does it well, I mean it. Divided into a ‘Breakfast’ and ‘Savoury’ section, with options of sides and of course the all-important ‘Cakes’ at the end, the menu itself as a whole is not extensive. As I sat and downed my coffee however, I couldn’t help but notice how mouth-wateringly tasty and also most importantly healthy everything that was being served to many clearly very regular customers looked.
The staff bustled around cheerfully, acknowledging some by name and others simply with a warm smile and gesture of the hand to an empty table. I gave in and asked for a menu, eventually deciding on the ‘Chorizo and Goats’ Cheese Salad with Homemade Brown Bread’, substituting the chorizo for chicken, and biting my tongue hoping I wouldn’t end up with food envy as the little girl beside me was served granola with natural yoghurt topped with peanut butter and banana. (The staff get bonus points for being so sound about this minor adjustment to my order).
While the child’s bowl of yoghurt and peanut-buttery goodness had me already pre-planning my breakfast for the following morning, the arrival of my meal sufficiently distracted me from thinking ahead so much, and I was forced back to the moment to devour this fantastic concoction of flavours, nourishment and colour which also scores triple bonus points for being super super healthy and satisfying.
I usually despise dates, but these ones were warm and gooey and complimented the rest of the ingredients incredibly well – I thought I was hilarious messaging a friend a picture of it and organising a ‘date’ there again next week.
unnamed-2Chicken, goats’ cheese, dates & beetroot salad with homemade brown bread’
Before I get too excited about the (fabulously yummy) Lunch and Breakfast menus, I must mention the cakes. It is, afterall, in the nature of a ‘Cake Café’ to serve cake. ‘The Cake Shop’ people (because what else would we call them) pride themselves on ‘making and delivering cakes to order within 24 hours’, and surely enough I witnessed a steady flow of orders and cake-for-money transactions over the counter taking place while I munched on my beautifully served lunch. Not only pre-ordered and entire cakes, of course, but slices, buns and tarts too. While the variety looked fabulous, and certainly everyone around me seemed extremely satisfied with their choice of tartlets, I actually didn’t taste any of the cakes that first day. I couldn’t decide, and after my decadent (and very satisfying) lunch, I simply didn’t feel the need to indulge. If the other food is anything to go by though, I thought, it’s definitely something I need to try soon.
Price was something I had been concerned about, given the seeming exclusivity of this oasis of nourishment, yet the quality of the food and the atmosphere of the place in general really sent any qualms I’d had flying with the iced butterflies which decorated some of the cupcakes. I lingered awhile after finishing my meal, observing mostly, but also succeeding in getting some work done – one thing I noted was that the eggs and also the roasted vegetables seemed to be very popular choices.
The fact that they serve wine, prosecco, and a selection of beers and cocktails really just put the icing on the cake (wouldn’t be a cake shop review without that sentence!) for this place, and I made a mental note to come back some evening for a tipple and some cake before heading out on Camden Street.

Returning the following day to grab a coffee and takeaway piece of lemon yoghurt cake (devine in it’s own right), I may have emitted a momentary ‘fangirl’ squeal of delight as I spotted Bressie on the opposite side of the café. Yep. Bressie. Fairly sure he caught me looking, too. Bressie likes cake. Therefore, I like cake. Don’t we all?!

If that’s not enough to persuade you to come to The Cake Café soon, I don’t know what is.
Yum!
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Useful Links:
 Dublin’s Fab Food Trails
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The Cake Café Online

LEAGAN GAEILGE

Cácaí ar Chúinne Camden

Leagan Béarla
Tá caifé nua aimsithe agam i mBaile Átha Cliath!!
 An fhírinne glan – níl tuairim dá laghad agam maidir leis an gcraic seo i dtaobh ‘léirmheas caifé/criticeoir bialann’ a dhéanamh, ach d’airigh mé go raibh orm rud eicínt a rá faoin áit seo!
Díreach as Pleasant’s Place (meallann fiú ainm na sráide mé!) agus insroichte freisin tríd siopa Daintree’s ar shráid Camden, glacaim le seachmall nach rún eisiach a thuilleadh é ‘The Cake Café’, comh mór is a bhíodh tamaill ó shin sular cuireadh san áireamh é ar Dublin’s Fab Food Trail, a chuidigh go mór le cogar na sráide a scaipeadh ar fud na háite faoi.
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Is mé ag teacht isteach seal beag roimh am lóin, bhí an áit beag teolaí ag pléascadh le beatha, boladh thairgeadh úr na hÉireann, tairgí bhaile, agus pónairí caifé úra ag fágail bhaile i gcupáin brandáilte leis an bhfrása iontach ‘Cupán Will Ya?’! (Admhaím go mbím thar a bheith sásta an Ghaeilge a fheiceáil in úsáid nuair nach bhfuil mé ag súil léi!).
Ina shuí sa chúinne ag ól braoinín caifé agus ag breathnú beagáinín as áit bhí Brian Dobson, fad is a bhailigh cúpla culaith eile thart timpeall ar na boird beaga a bhí taobh amuigh. Thug mé cúpla gloine fíona agus beoir ceirde faoi dheireadh i measc an sú úr agus muigíní tae ina measc.
Mo chineál áite’, a smaoingh mé dom fhéin.
Shiúil mé isteach go hamhrasach le mata íoga thar ghulainn amháin, agus laptop sa lámh eile, ag lúbadh mo bhealach isteach tríd na boird a bhí dingthe agus daonraithe le hoibrithe oifige ó na comhlachtaí móra timpeall na háite. Ní raibh cúis imní agam le fada, dar ndóigh, de réir is a tháinig na ‘foodies’ eile isteach, ag líonadh na háite faoin am ar shroich an clog beag caoindéanta le 1 i.n.
Nuair a deirim go bhfreastalaítear ar chuile thaobh san áit seo, agus go bhfreastalaítear go maith ar, deirim go láidir é. Scartha i rannóga ‘Bricfeásta’ agus ‘Lón’, le rudaí breise le fáil ar thaobh agus dar ndóigh na ‘Cácaí’ ríthábhachtacha ag deireadh, níl an biachlár é fhéin roleathan. Is mé ag glugadh siar mo chuid caifé, áfach, ba léir dom go raibh na rogha uilig ar an mbiachlár dochreidte agus níos tábhachtaí arís – thar a bheith sláintiúil, is mé ag faire amach orthu ar a n-aistear ón gcistin don bhord.
D’imigh na mná óga ag obair ann thart i bhfuadar an chaifé ag freastal ar roinnt custaiméirí le hainmneacha ar eolas acu, agus roinnt eile le mangáire agus comhartha i dtreo na boird a bhí fós folamh.
Ghéill mé faoi dheireadh, agus d’iarr mé biachlár uathu, mo chinneadh tar éis roinnt éiginnteacht ag dul leis an ‘Chorizo and Goats’ Cheese Salad with Homemade Brown Bread’, ag iarraidh sicín in ionad an chorizo, agus ag súil go mór nach dtiocfadh ‘food envy’ orm is an cailín óg in aice liom ag fáil granola le íogurt nádúrtha, peanut butter, agus banana. (Pointí sa mbreis ag dul go na freastalaí álainne as a bheith comh deas faoin athrú beag seo i m’ordú).
Is an babhla granola in aice liom do mo chur amú agus ag pleanáil bhricfeásta don lá amárach cheana féin, stop mé ag smaoineamh comh fada chun tosaigh nuair a tháinig mo bhéile fhéin. Cuireadh díreach ar ais so nóiméad mé le blaiseadh a thógáil den mheascán speisialta seo de cháis, trátaí, sicín, dates, beetroot, agus roinnt dathanna agus glasraí úir eile! Faigheann an saléid seo pointí chun tosaigh arís as a bheith thar a bheith sláintiúil agus taitneamhach, agus freisin as caighdeán an arán donn a tháinig in éineacht leis.
De gnáth ní thaitníonn dátaí liom (dates), ach bhí na cinn seo te agus bog agus chuir siad go mór leis na blais eile a bhí ar an bpláta – cheap mé go raibh feith an ghrinn liom ag seoladh pictúir dóibh go cara liom ag eagrú ‘dáta’ eile ann ansin an tseachtain seo chugainn.
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Saléid de goats’ cheese, sícín, beetroot, dátaí agus arán bhaile
Sular n-éirím ró-sceitimíneach faoi na biachláir (thar a bheith blásta!) i gcomhair lóin agus bricfeásta, caithfear trácht a dhéanamh ar na cácaí. Is ‘Cake Café’, atá ann, ar deireadh. Cúis bróid atá ann do mhuintir na gcácaí (mar céard eile a gcuirfeá orthu!?) cácaí a dhéanamh is a sheoladh amach le hordú taobh istigh de 24 uair a chloig. Cinnte, is mé ag suí ann liom fhéin ar mo sháimhín só le mo lón chonaic mé neart idirbheart cáca-d’airgid ag tarlúint thar an gcuntar. Ní hamháin cácaí réamhordaithe nó fiú cácaí ina iomláin, ach slisíní, bocainí, agus tartaí ildáite comh maith!
Cé gur bhreathnaigh na rogha uilig dochreidthe, agus ba chosúil go raibh súp á bhaint astu ag na daoine thart timpeall orm a roghnaigh ó liosta na gcácaí, níor thriáil mé aon cheann acu an chéad lá sin. Ní raibh mé in ann cinneadh a dhéanamh, agus tar éis mo bhéile (thar a bheith sóúil) fhéin, níor theastaigh uaim a thuilleadh bia saibhir an lá sin. Rinne mé cinneadh liom fhéin áfach go bhfillfinn ar ais go luath le ceann a bhlaiseadh.
Ba chúis imní dom an praghas a shamhlú is mé ar an eolas faoin eisiachas atá ag baint leis an áit seo, ach sheol caighdeán an bhia agus an tseirbhís aon amhras a bhí agam ag eitilt glan as mo chloigeann leis na bhféileacháin ildáite ag maisiú na gcacáí. D’fhán mé ar feadh tréimhse ina dhiaidh mo bhéile a chríochniú, ag faire amach timpeall orm, agus thug mé le fios gur rogha coitianta a bhí sna huibheacha agus sna glasraí rósta ar arán donn.
Ba shilín ar an gcíste é (ní léirmheas ‘Cake Café’ a bheadh ann gan an frása sin a úsáid!) go bhfuil fíon, prosecco, agus rogha deas beoir agus manglaim (cocktails) á ndíol acu comh maith, agus cinneadh eile á dhéanamh agam liom fhéin teacht ar ais oíche eicínt le deoch agus píosa cáca roimh dul amach ar shráid Camden.
Ag filleadh ar ais an lá dar gcion le cupán caifé a fháil agus píosa cáca (go hálainn, ní bhéinn ag súil le níos lú!), scaoileadh sceamh beag ‘fangirly’ ó mo bhéal nuair a chonaic mé Bressie ag suí ar thaobh eile an chaifé. Sea. Bressie. Beagnach cinnte gur thuig sé mé ag stánadh air, freisin. Taitníonn cáca le Bressie. Mar sin, taitníonn cáca liom. Nach hea sin a dheireann siad??
Mura dtugann sé seo cúis duit cuairt a thabhairt ar an ‘Cake Café’ go luath, níl a fhios agam céard eile ar féidir liom a rá.
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Íum!

Nascanna úsáideacha:

 Dublin’s Fab Food Trails
@The Cake Café ar Twitter
The Cake Café ar Facebook
The Cake Café Online