With its bright white tiles artfully mismatched with pretty wallpaper, old wooden chairs and dainty granny’s crockery, Union Square is a lovely place to sit and chat. Its adjoining parent cafe, the more diminutive Mayfield was an instant hit when it opened – and this seems more popular yet. Get in before rush hour to get a lunch table.
The food really is exquisite – and the extensive menu is packed with everything that I want. There’s a fresh, fragrant chickpea tagine topped off with toasted coconut and served with pitta and natural yogurt. There are mouthwatering sandwich options – and portions are very kind. There are all manner of traybakes and plenty of teas, coffees and fizzes to linger longer over.
Union Square has an evening menu now too – and there’s a performance space next to the main restaurant offering deals on dinner & a show (€ 25 for the evening – see website for current programme). The pretty front terrace is a great sun trap when the weather obliges – and a buzzy, atmospheric spot to while away the hours.
Situated on the front of the road at the lower end of bright and breezy Terenure village, it’s a bit of a hop up from town, but the bus services are excellent (there’s the 16, 16a and plenty besides) and it’s well worth the trip. Tip on up to Bushy Park if you fancy some recreation after…
Union Square at Mayfield | Coffee & tea, Restaurants (Intern.) | Chickpea Tagine € 9.50
1, Terenure Road North | +35314926830
10:00 – 17:00 & 18:00 – 23:00 daily