Mayfield has the prettiest garden I’ve encountered in Dublin. While it may be uninviting during the long, cold winter, I’m happy to report that the interior of the restaurant is perfectly cosy, and has just been joined next door by the equally-cosy daytime sister-cafe Fragments.
Adorned with colourful furniture and leafy plants, the garden creates the relaxed, linger-longer feeling of a private premises rather than a restaurant. Happily, the restaurant in this case is fantastic, serving ‘modern rustic’ food seven days a week. Located between the towns of Harold’s Cross and Terenure, it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, providing plenty of opportunity for alfresco – or cosy indoor – dining.
My date and I had dinner here one recent evening, and were swayed by the sensational seafood on offer. To start we shared calamari, and shrimp and chorizo tapas, followed by prawn linguine and Thai coconut hake. Washed down with gorgeous Spanish wine, it almost felt like being on holiday in our own city. The staff were attentive and fun without being in-your-face.
The building is a converted butchers shop, giving the layout an unusual, quirky feel, offset by their mad mix of decor and bric-a-brac. There’s also a deli and a gift-shop, so you can take a piece of Mayfield away with you, be it in the form of a sandwich or salad, or a greeting card or cool piece of jewellery. But I guarantee it won’t be long before you’re back soaking up some rays in that garden!