the tang of caramelised redonion marmalade. Fresh greens are stuffed between the slices of excellent sourdough bread, and the sandwich is accompanied by a well-balanced crunchy red cabbage and carrot slaw. Also on offer are gloriously sticky cinnamon and pecan buns (£2.20), baked in-house. I unwrap one, slowly devouring each layer as I make my way to its sticky centre.
The café’s twitter and instagram feeds (@established and @establishedcoffee) tempt with their kitchen’s creative, changeable and seasonal mid-week specials, such as fried gnocchi with basil lemon pesto, charred greens, parmesan and poached eggs (£5.50). Breakfast looks insane too, with the regular appearance of waffles the cause of recurring mid-morning meal envy online. Next time you’re in Belfast, make sure Established is on your itinerary.
73 Manor St , Dublin 7 01-441-1118 Find them on Facebook € The Dublin borough of Stoneybatter has seen much gentrification in the past five years. Some of my favourite new cafes and gastropubs are on or near Manor St. With that in mind, I get a pleasant surprise when I visit Cowtown Café, because it’s such a refreshingly straightforward greasy spoon café. Opened in October 2015, it comes complete with squeezy brown-sauce bottles, plastic chairs nailed to plastic tables, and gingham curtains on the windows. Even the name Cowtown harks back to an older, disappearing Dublin.
Proprietors Niall Kavanagh