It used to be that a sandwich was a bit of a boring option for lunch. The kind of thing you’d make for yourself quickly at home, so why would you pay twice the price for it when you went out? Over the past few years, a few Dublin cafes have turned sandwiches into culinary masterpieces. The perfect bread, slow cooked meats, salads, artisan cheeses, homemade sauces. 147 Deli is one such cafe.
Located in an area which didn’t have much in the way of casual lunch offerings (although near a great selection of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese restaurants), 147 is turning out intensely good sandwiches, salads and soups for the people of Dublin 1 made with all their own ingredients (you can see their barbecue and other food prep on their Instagram account). They have a weekly special, but I inevitably go for my absolute favourite, the Reuben. On certain days, they sell the wildly popular Dublin Doughnut Company doughnuts, which sell out pretty quickly so if you see one, grab it!
It’s close to both the Hugh Lane Gallery and the Henry Street shopping district, as well as the Garden of Remembrance which makes a good spot for a picnic.