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Solo Goes Out

Yummy mummy-ing at Harvey Nicks

This month a childless Table For One got to blend in with Dundrum’s best over lunch at Harvey Nicks.

The first thought that hit me when I recently entered Harvey Nichols Cafe in South Co Dublin’s Dundrum Town Centre was ooops, I am not a yummy mummy. I scanned the room and it seemed that every table, bar one or two, was sporting some sort of mother and baby presence and there I was – utterly childless. Not that it mattered because on this happy occasion I was not a table for one, minus a newly born. Nope. I was a table for three, including a newly born. So my lunching companions made up for my barren appearance and we were swiftly shown to our table by a staff member who was most helpful with the moving of the chairs thing that is necessary when one is negotiating a buggy through a busy eatery.
So, we settled in our seats, dutifully smiling at our parental neighbours, and had a read of the menu, which was a pretty simple one really. In my quest to find the perfect Caesar salad I ordered the one with chicken, while my yummy mummy had lamb koftas in pitta bread, which, by all accounts, was very tasty although extremely messy to eat, particularly when you have a little son to feed as well. My bowl of leaves, on the other hand, was very easy to navigate and I washed it down with a lovely glass of white wine – well, I wasn’t breast feeding was I?
Anyway, back to the salad. As Caesars go it was average – not dreadful, but not delicious. It was just OK and the chicken that came with it was the sort that tastes like it’s made up of about 90 per cent water. But with both our dishes being just under €10, we could have done a lot worse, although it has to be said that the Harvey Nicks Cafe is very, very noisy. And it’s not the sound of crying children either – it’s just, for some reason, a really loud venue.
So, around €30 or so later, we made our way back to the Centre and admired the shops that all the other yum mums hang out in. We searched and searched for the fancy schmancy baby changing rooms, but to no avail, so we had to make do with the regular ones instead. Later, when we were exhausted from pram pushing and the like, we had coffee and cake in L’Officina (by Dunne And Crescenzi), where our cappuccinos were just beyond delicious. We were a bit sorry we didn’t actually have our lunch there as the menu looked so tempting, but hey, there’s always a next time and at least I got to pose as a sort of yummy drummy mummy for an afternoon.

Harvey Nichols Cafe (www.harveynichols.com/www.dundrum.ie) is located at Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 14, tel: +353 (0)1 291 0488.
L’Officina (by Dunne And Crescenzi) (www.dunneandcrescenzi.com/www.dundrum.ie) is located at Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 14, tel: +353(0)1 2166764.

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