By Jonathan deBurca Butler as published in The Dubliner
A sleek and modern eatery, Café Novo, beside the Westbury hotel, isn’t unlike walking onto the bridge of the 1960s Star Trek series with its white, oval shaped plastic lampshades hanging long from the exposed warehouse like ceiling-it’s all steel girders, nuts and bolts. Open since October of last year, there’s ample room for buggies, so it’s ideal for young families, without being poky, making it perfect for that quick business meeting or a good girlie chinwag.
We recommend the fish cakes (€8) for starters, followed by the Beer battered hake with chips (€12.95). Swill it down with a €7 glass of Sauvignon Blanc or if you’re feeling healthy try the many fruity alcohol free cocktails they have to offer and watch the world go by as you sit beside the large open windows looking onto Clarendon Street.
For dessert we tried and can recommend the crème catalan (€8), a lemon and cinnamon take on the classic brulle . Inexpensive, well-located with quick and friendly service. We think that this one boldly goes where none have gone before.