Woodstock Café is nestled in the heart of Phibsboro, adjacent to the shopping centre. Set up in 1993, Woodstock has served it’s locality well, building a reputation for hearty breakfasts, filling and healthy lunches and now is known to house some of the best pizzas in Dublin.
Myself and my boyfriend are not the ‘going for a meal’ kind of couple. In fact, since white-table-cloth-gate (white table cloths and vindaloo do not go well together) we haven’t been for a meal that isn’t at a wedding or a McDonalds. So it was time to buck the trend of eating on the go pre-drinks and attempt a civilised meal. With a little bit of research I thought what better place than a restaurant that describes itself as ‘relaxed’ with a ‘great atmosphere’ and ‘friendly staff’.
I will begin by saying that the service is impeccable. As someone who has previously worked in the hospitality industry, I know just how vital it is to make your customer feel like the most important person in the world and in the eyes of the waitress that evening, I, my boyfriend and all of the other diners, were. Before I had even seen a menu, I was hooked.
We were shown to our table and fully informed about the menu (Yet another compliment for the waitress. I am always grateful when the staff can recommend certain dishes and are passionate about the ones they select). There were carvery staples such as lasagne and chicken a la king but there were also a wide selection of pizzas, burgers, salads, goats cheese as well as an extensive wine menu. I was in heaven.
We opted for the courgette and feta fritters to start. They were beautifully presented and I was in no way let down by the flavours. Himself, who has never even seen a goat, never mind allowed his mind to process the information that you can make cheese from their milk, whipped two from my plate before I could even begin to rebuke him for not ordering his own starter. And so a new feta fan was born then and there.
For the main, the ever adventurous manly man that my fella is ordered the burger and chips whilst I simply had to try the butternut squash and caramelised onion flatbread pizza. Once the food arrived I don’t know who wanted the others food more. His burger was quite possibly something of artistic construction and tasted like it could only have been made from the meat of the gods. His chips were the homemade chunky variety and were crispy yet fluffy and moist all at the same time.
My pizza was served up on a wooden board and it looked so good that I nearly didn’t want to disturb it’s beauty by taking a piece… Nearly!
Upon first bite, all of the internetisms in the world erupted in my brain. NYOM. EPIC. AMAZEBALLS. LEGEND.
This pizza was one of the finest I have ever tasted. The flavours were subtle and perfectly married with the flatbread. And while I tried to make it last so as to fully appreciate what I was eating, I couldn’t. I was finished in roughly 7.32 minutes and trust me, this was a substantial pizza.
There was no room for dessert which nearly killed me, as the menu had every thing from ice-cream and parfait to cheesecake and so very many other items of sinful deliciousness. (Please note, I will be back!).
All in all, I can’t recommend the Woodstock Café enough. The staff. The chilled out atmosphere. The setting. The food. It is the perfect venue for a couple who just want to have a date night without traipsing into town in some form of restrictive dinnerwear. It is the ideal place for a group of friends to catch up over some good food and a few glasses of wine. In fact, I will be going back there by myself with a good book and an empty tummy just to soak up the positive atmosphere.
Who should go there: Anyone who wants to enjoy themselves without feeling they are being watched for over zealous behaviour.
Anything else: The Woodstock also host live music sessions. Take it from me it is an awesome venue so keep an eye out on their website www.woodstockcafe.ie
If this restaurant was a person, it would be: The lovechild of Juliette Lewis and Johnny Depp. Effortlessly cool and good looking with a little bit of a quirk.
The Deal 12-8 Sunday to Wednesday, 12 til late (last orders 9.30) Thursday to Saturday)
Two courses & a glass of wine €19.50
Two courses for two people & a bottle of wine €49