Review: Skinflint Dublin
So, first of all, an apology. I do enjoy blogging, but recently I have been suffering badly from bloggers block. I try to write when I feel inspired to write, but lately that inspiration just hasn’t been there. I’m going to try writing a couple of posts to see what I can come up with, so if it leads to some nonsensical jabbering, just bare with me.
Now, to business. I make no bones about it. I love food. Give me good food and good company and I’m a happy Robyn. Incidentally, one of my favourite foods is caramel. Give me caramel in any of its forms, on its own, in something, on something (or one) and I’m yours forever. (Use that information how you want)
That led me, on a fairly changeable Wednesday afternoon, to Temple Bar, to Skinflint, a cunningly hidden, yet well known eatery, from the same people who brought us JoBurger and Crackbird, as I had scored #Tweetseats for lunch. Joining me was the delightful Paula, well known from Twitter and her own blog, Random Ramblings & Musings. (If you don’t follow her yet, you should. Go and do it now. I’ll wait for you.)
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Welcome back. Now, for those of you who don’t understand Tweetseats, it is a brilliant bit of marketing that Skinflint do on Twitter to get people talking about the restaurant. Towards the end of each month, they open the Tweetseats diary for the next month. You send them a request for Tweetseats, and if you are the first to request for that particular time, you get a confirmation by DM (so you have to be following them). What that gets you is a free main meal, with you having to pay for any starters, sides or drinks. It is quite generous, so I have no problems with this.
Paula and I arrived for the 2.30 Tweetseats, which come to the end of lunch service. The restaurant was quiet when we arrived, with only ourselves being customers, but there were a number of people in and out while we were there, so it didn’t seem too quiet. We were promptly greeted and shown to our seats, where we were talked through the rules for Tweetseats. Essentially, we just had to tweet a photo of lunch and it was free. We were then offered a drink and left to peruse the menu.
The menu is short and mixed, as you would expect from a lunch menu. There were a selection of sandwiches, soups, and what caught both of our attentions, the pizzas, which are named after mothers of members of staff, aparrently. These are not your ordinary pizzas either. Once you get outside of plain cheese, things get quite interesting. I chose Breda, a mix of mozzarella, spicy sausage, sauteed onions and smoked cheese, while Paula chose Susie, which is mozzarella, tomato, house chorizo, pecorino cheese and pink peppercorns. To drink we both chose the homemade lemonade.
The lemonades arrived first, and immediately were noticed, as they are served in large jars. This seems in keeping with the style of decor that Skinflint is going for, as the tables are reclaimed doors, the drinks list was clipped to a clipboard made of playing cards, and the bottles of water all look different. Eclectic, yes, but it works. The lemonade also works, very well. It is sharp and refreshing and was pronounced as very tasty by the both of us.
The pizzas are also excellent. They arrive on a long board and are cut at your table. The bases are beautifully thin, and hence are nicely crispy, a nice counterpoint to the rich, soft toppings. The pizzas are also quite filling, so going when you are hungry is a good idea. The toppings on my one worked in harmony, though it could be said that there were too many onions on it. I quite like onions, so I had no problem with this, and the onions were mild enough to not be overpowering. Paula had a slice of mine and immediately started picking onions off it, mainly because she didn’t like excessive amounts of onion. It is just personal preference, in my opinion. Her own pizza was a triumph in almost all respects. You need to be a fan of pepper to really enjoy it. We both decided that the pink peppercorns, while tasty, get overpowering after a while, and as you could be eating a slice before you suddenly hit peppercorn, you need to be prepared for it. All told, both pizzas were highly enjoyable, and well worth the approx. €12 each that Skinflint ask for.
As we had Tweetseats, our total bill came to €5.90 (the cost of the two lemonades), with the pizzas being free. With a tip, the total came to €10.
Afterwards we took a long needed walk to work off some of lunch, did some shopping and ended up in Starbucks for coffee, to get out of the rain (Caramel Macchiato FTW! What did I say about caramel at the start of this post?)
The bottom line: Eclectic, tasty mix of food, served in a laid back way, and at great value. If you’re in the area, be sure to give Skinflint a try.
Anyone want to tell me what they thought of Skinflint? Have any other places you think I should try? Let me know in a comment below!