9 Camden Street Dublin 2 deselbys.com
Opened in October 2015 by brothers Peter and Conor Sweeney, DeSelby’s regular lunch menu, designed by head chef Sam Carey, includes a pan-fried fish sandwich on sourdough (¤8), a Toulouse sausage sandwich on brioche (¤9) and a seared tuna flatbread with avocado and chipotle (¤8.50). Four or five specials change daily, depending on what’s good in the kitchen pantry. Today, I can’t resist the Crem Brie-lee (¤9) with red-onion jam and toast.
It arrives a little runnier than I would have liked, but it seeps happily into the toasted sourdough and the red-onion jam is excellent. The soup today is a very green pea and broccoli soup thickened with generous hunks of ham hock (¤6). From the regular lunch menu, I sample the toasted Manchego cheese and ham hock sandwich (¤8.50), a toasty elevated to new heights of yumminess. DeSelby’s wine and beer licence means you can make it a squiffy lunch if the occasion calls for it.