Doughnuts are having a moment in Dublin right now. Cafe’s like Aungier Danger ,The Green Bench and 147 Deli are selling gourmet filled doughnuts faster than they can make them. A kiosk on O’Connell street at the entrance to a video game arcade may seem an unlikely contender, but it has my vote for the best Dublin doughnut though, beating out the newer offerings.
The Rolling Donut is the venerable elder of the Dublin doughnut scene, having made them for over 40 years, and sold them on O’Connell Street near O’Connell Bridge since 1988. These are not the fancy gourmet type, but proper old school ring doughnuts, made fresh to order. They come covered in sugar, chocolate or my personal favourite, cinnamon, and cost the princely sum of 80c each.
The doughnuts are still warm when you get them, with the exception of the chocolate (for obvious logistical reasons), and are light and fluffy and feel grease free in the way that really good deep-fried things do. They’re tricky that way, luring you into thinking maybe they’re not that bad, maybe you could stretch to two doughnuts this time..