Plan B Review

January 31, 2010


This Stoneybatter stalwart is more than a little topsy-turvy. Attentive, inefficient staff; a large but confusing wine menu; small but not cramped dining quarters. It’s the type of neighbourhood restaurant you want to love – or at least like – but the bland, flavour-lite grub makes it an uphill struggle. I arrived with no reservation, but the staff squeezed me into the bustling parlour with little fuss.

When my starter – tomato and basil soup (€4.50) – failed to materialise, it hinted at what was to come. The free portion of olives was a nice touch and the wine was superb, but after several attempts at ordering mains – they were out of quite a few options on the already limited menu – my Tagliatelle al Caffè (€13.50) was disappointing when it finally arrived. Sure, it was creamy and filling, but it was mundane. I couldn’t help but steal envious glances at the large – and apparently satisfying – cheese boards, salads and lasagnes littering the other tables. Had I ordered wrong? I hoped for more luck with the traditional Italian desserts (€5) but my chocolate chip & vanilla ice cream lacked flavour.

Plan B benefits from having no real local competition – it’s still the best option for blocks around. Just don’t go out of your way to come here.

56 Manor Place, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7. 670 6431

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