Foam Cafe and Bistro resides in a bit of isolated splendour on Great Strand Street; that's the road that leads from Liffey street to Capel street, so it's in the thick of everything, but just slightly off the beaten track. In a world of Starbucks wannabes and chilled sandwiches, Foam is worth the walk around the corner, with its blend of individuality and cosiness.
Inside the cafe is quirky, with an eclectic collection of tables and chairs, from comfy armchairs to faux Louis XXIV chairs. Feature wallpaper covers one wall, and pictures, ornaments and an interesting collection of lamps, and big, picture mirrors complete the frothy theme.
During the day they serve breakfast from 10am, through lunch with all homemade fare and including their own chowder, some Spanish tortilla, a section of bespoke omelettes, and a range of salads. Prices are reasonable, service is friendly and prompt and there is a nice choice of homemade lemonades and juices, as well as an array of healthy teas.
We were feeling peckish and we both had a dainty teacup of chowder, which was well made and contained plenty of fish, including prawns, so no one is cutting corners here.
Abigail chose one of the omelettes, the black and blue which is made with black pudding and blue cheese, but she could as easily have chosen chorizo, emmental and pear, or smoked salmon, three cream cheese ( a smooth mix of goats, cashel blue and soft cheese) and chives. It was light and fluffy and the black pudding and cheese was a revelation, so she worked her way through with single mindedness, and some misgivings about sharing.
I settled on the prawn and avocado salad, after briefly flirting with the Nicoise or the goats cheese, and my choice was excellent. This was a brilliant mix of mango, prawns, leaves and lime dressing, and was fresh and delicious. This was probably the best salad I have eaten at lunchtime in Dublin, and I will be back for one again.
We finished with a slice of gluten free lemon and coconut cake, with a hot chocolate for Abi, and a green tea for me. The cake was another high point, and there is no lack of talent in the kitchen.
In the evenings the menu rocks up some more, and we will be popping in for dinner soon.
I loved Foam Cafe; the food is exceptionally good, and the setting unique. There is a lot to like here, and if you are in this part of town five it a go, you won't be disappointed.