Tasty Bean: Review of The Stella Diner

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By Colette Fitzpatrick

I’m a big fan of all things Stella – the cinema and cocktail bar are regular haunts of mine (or as regular as I can afford) – so, it is no surprise that I immediately fell for the Stella Diner, their latest venture. After going for a swim on Saturday, I had worked up a serious hunger, as swimming does to a person, and I was wandering home past the Stella. I had noticed that the diner was opening in the days beforehand and, when I passed it and saw the doors thrown open wide, I thought, “Why not?”

It turned out to be an excellent decision.

What?

The Stella Diner; a retro American-style diner with a darker, more polished interior that gives off seriousĀ Twin PeaksĀ vibes. Offering all-day breakfast (as in, until closing late in the PM), typical diner fare of hotdogs, burgers etc, as well as a range of diverse starters, main courses, desserts, and a movie-inspired cocktail menu.

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Where?

211 Rathmines Rd Lower, Dublin 6, D06 Y277

When?

Mon-Sat 8am-10pm

How?

Great tunes from the sixties to the eighties go a long way in helping set the tone of a place that does what all parts of the Stella manage: evoke a setting so atmospheric and detailed that one feels utterly transported. It is a real experience and I can say that I really did feel like I was Agent Cooper and had found myself in the town of Twin Peaks.

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The prices are actually pretty fair and I got a heaving feed of bacon, perfectly fried eggs, fried potatoes and an English Muffin for under 8 quid. My bill was only raised by my indulgent addition of a cocktail (the Edward Rhubarb Hands) to my brinner. While the food didn’t absolutely blow my mind (it would be hard for such a choice to do so), it was generous, tasty and attractively served. The cocktail was, likewise, served prettily in a tall glass with sweets floating in it – no straws, well done, lads – and was tasty enough but not really my cup of tea. My own fault as I tried something new that I predicted most likely wouldn’t match my normal cocktail preferences. Still, it’s good to try new things!

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Final Thoughts?

The atmosphere and setting made me giddy and happy. The service and staff were flawless and the right amount of friendly and attentive, without being overbearing.

I can’t wait to indulge in brinner more often and am glad to have a spot that I don’t have to worry about rushing to before the breakfast menu ends for the day. I was also pleasantly surprised as how comparatively affordable it was!

Another great addition to the neighbourhood and, most likely, a new haunt of mine.

Damn it, you guys got me again. <Marlon Brando voice> Stel-la!!

If you’re looking for more great food content, check out Colette’s guide to Dublin cocktail bars and Emma’s love letter to cooking shows.

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