Bijou, meaning trinket or something along those lines in French, if I'm not mistaken, is such an apt name for this sumptuous deli.
Having been to it's big brother, the restaurant, a few times before I was incredibly keen to try the deli. To say it's a diamond in the rough (see what I did there) is a bit of a cop out given the voluminous number of eateries in the Rathgar/Terenure area, not to mention Rathmines but I'm entirely sure that no deli in those surrounding areas, or Dublin for that matter can match Bijou deli, it's a real gem.
Walking through the door into the quant space you're greeted by the warm aroma of freshly baked rolls, breads, cakes, muffins... I could go on. The options available at the salad bar are vast and the quality of the produce is superb, especially when compared to some delis....
Whether you're grabbing a quick sandwich for lunch, or you want to get some stuff to go, the Bijou Deli has a massive selection. While I LOVE my pastries and treats of that nature, the zenith of the experience is their chicken tike, you won't be disappointed.
The coffee is great too, it doesn't taste like the usual cheap stuff you can be served up which tastes rather like the server has gone out the back, dug up a clump of earth, rammed it into a cup and loaded it with hot water.
While it may be a little more upmarket in terms of the price it's so worth it and in my opinion is still quite reasonable. The staff are always really chipper and hospitable. One of the most satisfying things about this deli though, is the fact it is always buzzing with customers, a true statement of how good it really is.
Bijou deli is a beacon of pearl and silver - ok enough of that now, but seriously try it, it won't disappoint.
Fresh sandwiches and salads. Nice pastries, Good coffee. Fast service. Only drawback is there is no inside seating. In good weather there are chairs outside on the patio. So basically everything is take away. Very reasonably priced.
They may indeed sell sambos and panini and all manner of lunch things but really, if it is a cake you want or a fresh cream slice... this THE place to go in the Rathgar / Tererenure area.
Before another bakery opened nearer my house Bijou was my favourite Dublin 6 place for bread. Laziness aside though its a great little shop. Formerly cuisine de France and now owned by the Bijou restaurant next door. Nice to see they haven't changed the place that much, save for a new logo.
As well as doing a thriving lunch time trade in filled baguettes they aslo do great breads, cakes, deserts and pastries.
The place is small though so expect a queue.
Good bye New Year's Resolutions!!
The first time I went into this deli was a few year ago, when it was under a different name. At that time the brownie I bought was so good, that my friend and I stopped back in on the way home from our walk (yes we were trying to be healthy! ha!) and bought some more pastries to bring home.
The name has now changed, but the goods they offer are still absolutely delicious and just thinking about them now is making my mouth water! When I popped in again today, they did something that I didn't think was possible, they got better, they added more cakes and pastries. YUM. If you're not a major chocoholic/sweettooth like me they've got equally delicious savoury items as well! Say goodbye to your waistline!
Club sandwich, with a fresh baked eclair to follow. Scrum-diddly-umptious!!
Friendly chatty staff, good sambos, slightly later than norm opening hours. Does it get better than this? Maybe it does, but in the meanwhile, fill yer pie-hole here!
Don't forget to visit the hole in the wall first - no plastics accepted...
may 2012 update - cards accepted for payment now
Bijou first opened in 1998 the restaurant has two floor which offers lots of dining space. On the ground floor there is the casual dining area and on the first floor there is a restaurant, bar and smoking terrace.
The Cuisine in Bijou is French Bistro. I think this is a great restaurant to go too. It is a bit away from the centre of Dublin but I say it is worth the trip. I recommend the cafe bistro area of the restaurant although you cannot book this area, if you have to wait you can go to their cocktail bar which is loacted upstairs. When I went their I had good old bangers and mash that was delicious. To finish I just had to try the chocolate fudge cake....needless to say it was to die for. I would also sat the restaurant is very reasonable priced.
This is a bit of a high class deli, if there's even such a thing, which produces VERY high class sandwiches!
I can never walk past without wandering in for one of those excellent muffins or a piece of the dangerously delicous chocolate cake. I've had a LOT of sandwiches from this place and i've yet to have a bad lunch.
I've just bought a chocolate muffin from this place, so I had the idea, why not tell people about it?
This place is a small little bakery on the corner of Highfield Road and Orwell Road. It is charming on the outside, with a blue and white canopy over the door. In front window you can see the display of fresh bread and pastries. It is small inside, but filled with lots of nice things.
My famiy regularly buy pastries here e.g. croissants, danishes, muffins etc. These are delicious. My chocolate muffin today was creamy chocolatey, with large chocolate chips. There are also big fancy cakes as well as brownies and cookies.
They sell some ready made meals which could be handy if you're coming home from work and you're hungry but don't feel like cooking. You can get rolls or sandwiches made up here to your liking too.
It's worth a visit. We tend to go on Saturday mornings, although it can be busy. As the shop is small the queue stretches out the shop onto the path, which shows you how popular it is!
I haven't had much here, but the doughnuts, coffee and quiches are really very good. Plus this place is always packed, which maybe why I don't stop in often. When I get a craving I want instant gratification, not to wait in line so my sensible brain can talk me out of what ever fatty yumminess my stomach absolutely MUST HAVE!!!!! However, the few things I have had from here were so good, my head is starting to be outweighed and my tummy desires win. So a few more goodies from here, and my brain may have no chance and neither will my waistline.
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