Oxmantown Cafe is the latest lunch place to open in the regenerated Capel Street area. Located a stone’s throw away from the Four Courts, it has the useful business model of a captive audience of hungry lawyers with money to burn. Not that Oxmantown needs it, the food speaks for itself. The cafe is bright and airy, all bleached pine and white tiles. It has a few benches and stools to eat-in, but it’s definitely aimed at the take-away market. All the sandwiches are € 5.50 regardless of whether you stay or go, and there is a daily changing soup for € 3.50 and salad dish for € 5. The menu is short, but sweet.
The sandwich options are all appealing, with excellent ingredients that suggest that prices will have to go up in the future. The pulled pork with gribiche is a messy and deeply satisfying sandwich. The cheese and ham is an elegant croque-monsieur with ham hock, gruyere and bechamel. There are other choices such as also a triple cheese vegetarian option, but I’ve lost my heart to the pulled pork at this stage. They also serve breakfast in the morning, for those of you who like to drag yourselves out of bed at a reasonable hour. Not being a coffee drinker, I can’t vouch for it first hand, but with attention to detail like this I’d be surprised if it was anything less than excellent.