8 Dunville Ter­race, Canal Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, 01-497 9337 €

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | EATING OUT -

This lit­tle cof­fee spot is named for its lo­ca­tion op­po­site lock num­ber six on the Grand Canal (you know the one, it fea­tures in ev­ery “it’s sunny in Dublin, look at all the peo­ple drink­ing out­side the Barge” pho­to­graph). It opens from 7am on week­days for cof­fee and break­fast. It’s a cool lit­tle hide­away, pro­tected from the pass­ing traf­fic by a stone and wire mesh wall with some in­ter­est­ing wooden out­door seat­ing for those bright sum­mer morn­ings. Break­fast of­fer­ings in­clude por­ridge with stewed rhubarb ¤4.50 or ba­con and eggs (¤4.50) with or with­out bread. Lo­cally roasted Ariosa cof­fee beans keep the baris­tas busy with pass­ing com­muters, who can grab baked treats such as fresh pain au choco­late (¤2.50) made by Dublin’s Bake­li­cious bak­ery. At lunchtime, the Ka­mado lump wood char­coal bar­beque roars into ac­tion out the back, with a daily meat spe­cial served with salad or in a sand­wich, with a corn on the cob. You can ex­pect chicken (¤6.25), steak (¤7), thick cuts of ba­con with av­o­cado (¤6.25) or some re­ally good foot-long sausages from O Flynn’s Gourmet Sausages in Cork’s English Mar­ket (¤7). It closes at 4pm, but on Fri­days, the Canal Club comes to life from 5pm – a fun evening party with live mu­sic, DJs (such as Reza Mot­tiar), those foot-long sausages on the grill and a limited drinks menu – but you can BYOB for a small charge. There are plans to ex­tend the Canal Club to Satur­days for the sum­mer, plus a new kitchen is on the way to ex­pand the food of­fer­ing. It’s also a popular spot for birth­day par­ties the day af­ter wed­ding. Go in search of the con­fes­sion box out the back – a left­over from a pho­to­shoot that has be­come a per­ma­nent fix­ture.

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