30 Mallow St, Limerick wearecanteen.com ¤
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.