30 Mal­low St, Lim­er­ick weare­can­ ¤

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

I’m sit­ting at a counter in a small café, just off Lim­er­ick City’s main thor­ough­fare. The sun streams in, shin­ing a spot­light on a wooden tray in front of me hold­ing a plump, moist blue­berry muf­fin (¤3.50), freshly baked in-house, and a pe­tite flat white (¤2.80), made with Badger and Dodo cof­fee and served in a small 7oz cup, just as I like it.

Opened three years ago by Paul Williams, the mis­sion of Can­teen is to serve hon­est fast food. For lunch, there are wraps, sal­ads and hearty meals such as the Amaz­ing Or­ganic Meat­balls (¤9) lunch box. I choose a lunch box of a Per­sian Stew (¤8.50), a light veg­e­tar­ian stew served with cous­cous. I’m glad I’ve or­dered the ex­cel­lent house-made dukkah (50c) as a top­ping, as it gives the stew a wel­come per­son­al­ity boost. The staff re­ally make my visit. Barista Dal­ton knows ev­ery­thing about the menu and his cof­fee is flaw­less. Waitress Tif­fany de­liv­ers at­ten­tive ser­vice. I’m im­pressed at how well they com­mu­ni­cate the ethos of Can­teen. A great spot for cof­fee and a per­fect blue­berry muf­fin, or some­thing more sub­stan­tial.

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