Assassination Custard: Food Glorious Food

Assassination Custard Dublin Window
Image: Tadgh Byrne © The Feed

A hidden gem that occupies a former bakery, in the Kevin St Iveagh Trust buildings, built by the Guinness family for its workers in the late 1800s. Both the shopfront and décor at Assassination Custard are modest, because the real focus here is on amazing food.

Upon arrival, guests can choose from only a couple of tables. Next you’ll be handed a brown paper bag with a handwritten daily menu – ten or so tapas-style dishes featuring local vegetables from McNally’s organic farm and exotic ingredients from Spain, Italy and the Middle East.
Look out for house specialities such as Panelle – beautifully light and salty chickpea fritters, or the ‘Nduja rolls – pastries laced with spicy Italian salumi and orange marmalade. A daily cake special is available too. Assassination Custard is, in fact, named after a cake – one baked by Nora Barnacle and James Joyce for Samuel Beckett, whilst he was recovering from a near-fatal stabbing.
While more of a restaurant than a cafe, owners Ken and Gwen (both chefs) make a decent cup of coffee and source beans from local roasters such as Nick’s and Two Fifty Square. Bookings are not taken, but the venue and cooks are available for private hire outside of regular opening hours.
Mon to Fri: 12-3pm


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