14b Emorville Avenue, off Clanbrassil St, Dublin 8 01-4547421 bibis.ie ¤
Opened in 2010 by sisters Petria and Maisha Lenehan, Bibi’s is a secret stalwart on the Dublin lunch scene. Petria has since moved on to New York where her fashion business is now based (though her clothes are still made in Dublin), and the entire space on the corner of Emorville Avenue is now dedicated to Maisha and her brother Geoff’s cooking. Over a recent lunch, I was wowed by a simple plate of roasted butternut squash and poached eggs (¤10), drizzled in a chilli-infused butter. It’s the subtle flourishes, such as a simple flavoured and melted butter, that elevate a dish from good to great. A chorizo toastie (¤8.50) is deliciously greasy from being pan-fried, a crisp and elegantly dressed salad on the side going some way to making up for the naughtiness.
It’s a special spot, and one that’s probably on your Best Of list already. But, just in case it’s been a while since your last visit to Bibi’s, you’ll find them open every day of the week, from 9am to 4pm on weekdays and 10am to 5pm on weekends.