Sunday, February 3, 2013

Gnosh Coffee Shop, Blackrock

*EDIT* This cafe has closed down since this blog post

Yesterday afternoon Isaac and I decided to go for a late lunch before heading for a walk along the sea front. Gnosh coffee shop is located in the middle of Blackrock market and although small, is perfectly formed. They have a very nice all day breakfast menu (which we hope to try out soon), homemade cakes and scones, as well as a very tempting lunch and dinner menu. As we dropped in around half 2 we opted for the lunch menu and decided to try out one of the sandwiches.

I went for the grilled halloumi, roasted pepper, read onion, courgette with walnut pesto on sourdough bread for €5. This was very generous sandwich, filled with lots of lovely veg and the halloumi griddled perfectly (if it's over or undercooked, it squeaks as you chew!) and served on lovely fresh bread. Everything was made fresh to order, served straight away and tasted delicous.

Isaac went for the slow roasted pulled pork shoulder with apple coleslaw, mayo and lettuce for €6.50. Again it was lovely generous portion, filled with very tasty, well seasoned meat that was balanced by the coleslaw and crunchy salad. Both our sandwiches were served with a dressed salad and left us feeling happy and satisfied.

We ordered a tea (€1.50) and a latte (€2.50) which unfortunately were a disappointment. They weren't terrible but not great. If we had just gone in for a coffee we probably wouldn't return. However the food did make up for that. It is a family friendly coffee shop, so you can expect giddy kids hopping about the place, but with comfy couches and leather chairs, complimentary newspapers and friendly, helpful staff it'd a little gem in Blackrock. 


  1. I've only had Halloumi once and was appalled by the squeakiness! Good to know it's not actually supposed to be like that. The vegy roll looks delicious. I had a very poor latté today.. virtually everything is closed in Berlin on Sunday so it's hard to find a decent coffee..

    1. Yeah, my dad had the same experience and refuses to try it again even if I made it for me. If it's done right it's lovely. They had really nice other veggie options too, a girl one table away from us had an amazing looking veggie breakfast plate. It's so hard to find decent coffees in general, properly trained bariste are few and far between sadly.

  2. went to gnosh in the market square food was ok but the double cookedchips r frozen and steak sandwich was chewy and coffee was burned and service frm waitess was very bad wont be back and il tell my friends to not to go nice market shame there not a good coffee shop in it

  3. hi was in blackrock market on sat 9th feb 2013 was with my wife so went to gnosh for coffee and a sandwich service wasnt great the coffee was to hot and taste of tar and sandwich wasnt much better and there wasnt much room to move like being in a tin can nice lay out need to sort service out frm staff or it will never last many thanks wont be back