Review: Brooks Café Bistro, Carlow

Brooks Café Bistro
Carlow Town

A couple of weeks ago, after a morning trip to Carlow Town, Ali and myself decided to sample the wares of Brooks Café Bistro on Tullow Street. Brooks forms part of the Dinn Rí complex which, aswel as housing a couple of bars, is also home to The Tower venue and The Foundry night club. The Café is quite large but still retains a cosy and warm feel. We found the staff very welcoming upon arrival and the service was excellent throughout. 

For lunch both of us ordered the same thing; The Open Sandwich with Myler’s smoked salmon & fresh poached salmon with a lemon & herb mayo. It was beautiful. I’m not normally a fan of smoked salmon sandwiches but this was delicious. The fresh salmon and mayo lightened the dish immensely and although it was very filling, it never felt too heavy. Although we hadn’t planned on having a dessert we couldn’t resist after the great sandwich. Unfortunately my brownie, nor Ali’s carrot cake, really achieved the same heights as the savoury offerings. Although they tasted good, both were quite dry and disappointing. My double espresso also left a bit to be desired as it tasted more like an americano, too watery and weak.

Overall we had a very enjoyable lunch at Brooks. The sandwiches were excellent and although the desserts let it down a little, it wouldn’t stop me from returning.

Lunch Ratings

Food: 6.5/10 (Savoury 8, Dessert 5)
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 8/10
Selection: 7/10
Value for Money: 8/10

Overall: 7.5/10 Recommended

Brooks Café Bistro
Dinn Rí
Tullow Street
Carlow.
059 9133111



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