The ground floor of The Glass House Building was intended as a retail unit. The original concrete and metal remain, creating a modern, industrial-looking cafe, but with a series of personal touches, Urbanity remains a welcoming space.
Perhaps it is the meticulously curated playlists, or the bar made from former scaffolding wood. Or maybe it’s the shelf of pickle jars – you might spot fermenting kimchi, which, when ready, will accompany 15-hour Pork Belly and homemade barbeque sauce in a bricohe bun. Scrambled organic eggs, Moroccan-inspired tomato sauce, merguez sausage, lemon yogurt, scallion and coriander on toast is also popular on weekends, when brunch is king.
Those who choose to eat-in at Urbanity will be sharing their dining quarters with a large ‘Probat’ machine where, after hours, the crew roast their own single origin coffees. Ground beans are available for take away, as is a selection of chocolates containing some unusual native ingredients.
For the scores of people in and around the nearby legal precinct, or visiting the Jameson Distillery, the house-cured beef, Comté cheese and celeriac remoulade on sourdough is a popular takeaway lunch option.
The Glass House, 11 Coke Lane
Smithfield, Dublin 7
Mon to Fri: 7 – 4
Weekends 9 – 4