If you’re wandering around the Harcourt Street area on a weekday lunch time, you’ll see the queue for the Green Bench Cafe long before you see the cafe itself. In the past year, they’ve made a name for themselves through delicious affordable sandwiches, hotpots, soups and salads which are sold for takeaway to the local office crowd. In the mornings they sell breakfast staples like muesli, homemade muffins and other homemade cakes.
The sandwich combinations are incredibly inventive. They change every day and feature combinations like grilled halloumi, tabbouleh, roasted butternut squash, hummus, tomato, red onion, mint yoghurt and mixed leaves (yes, that’s all in one sandwich). The salads on offer are all vegan, so there is something for every diet. They’re also good about substitutions to their sandwiches, so the menu ends up being more like a guideline.
There isn’t space to sit down, it’s a take-away only situation but both Iveagh Gardens and St. Stephen’s Green Park are two minute’s walk away.
Everything is made fresh in store every day, with the exception of the lovely bread bought in from Tartine and Bretzel. On Friday mornings, they serve the best sausage rolls you are likely to taste for a mere € 2.