Goto Home Page


Cafe in Limerick | Different is Good

Scroll Down

26 catherine st, limerick. CALL. (085) 215 3212

Go to Top


simple things done well!

‘Writing about music is like dancing about architecture’ a quote attributed to several people (Laurie Anderson, Steve Martin, Frank Zappa, Martin Mull, Elvis Costello, Thelonius Monk) and it came to mind when Elaine asked me to write the ‘about’ text for the website. A cafe is about eating the food and experiencing the atmosphere. Getting your ten minutes of ‘me’ time; drinking that perfect flat white, or meeting a good friend who you just don’t get to meet as much as you’d like. You have your favourite seat, your must have; wrap, lunchbox or salad every time you come in. What ‘Canteen’ is to others is not for me to say.

For me it’s a place of work firstly, where targets need to be set and met, where  bills and wages have to be paid weekly. Secondly it fulfills a dream I always had of owning my own business. Thirdly it’s a chance to change people’s perceptions that food can be fast, simple local and good. You should feel healthier when you finish your meal than went you started. With the Irish fondness for self-deprecation it’s hard for me to say how great or bad we really are, plus nobody reads ‘about’ section anyhow… So here is what others have said about us…

John McKenna / Tom Doorley/Pól Ó Conghaile

  • breakfast bagel

  • french toast

  • aztecs porridge

  • porridge with super seeds & raspberries

  • green eggs and ham

  • amazing organic meatballs

  • pulled pork wrap

  • superfood burren smoked mackerel, pea & walnut

  • super slaw

  • smokey chilli chicken wrap

Go to Top


the very best & locally

  • joe - riot rye

    sourdough baked in a brick oven Joe built himself and fueled with wood grown near-by. the most sustainable bread in the country and i think it the best

    sean - temple roe farm

    Sean Condon as been farming organically for 13 years and switched to once a day milking to ensure better quality milk and happier cows.
    His raw milk (unpasteurised) is amazing; available at the weekends

    crowe's - outdoor reared pork

    a truly family operation, the crowe’s make some of the best sausages and rashers in the country

  • badger and dodo

  • white

  • super seed muffin

  • coffee

Go to Top


bits & pieces

  • fun, creative, caring environment
    i have spent more time with the canteen team during the pandemic than I have with family and friends, and this has reinforced and highlighted to me that my most


    impact 2021
    some extra downtime in the last year has given us more time to reflect on where we have come over the last 8 years, where we are at currently and


    feeling lucky
    although this was an awful, awful year for so many people here and around the world; when I look back I just feel very lucky lucky that we were in


  • basmati rice
    Battle of the basmati rice Basmati is a variety of long, slender-grained aromatic rice that is traditionally from the Indian subcontinent. we selected four Tesco basmati, Dunnes Basmati, Uncle Bens,


    canteen tastes - cola
    Five cola’s selected  Barrs Cola  Tesco Classic  Pepsi  Aldi Vive Cola Coca Cola  here is what we thought #canteentastes  Barr Cola €1.17 2l   (since 1875 ! UK)  Very flat (carbonisation wise),


    canteen tastes - sausages
    sausage royal rumble -we tasted 6 sausages different supermarkets Lidl – hand tied sausages €2.19 492g Very nice, good texture, skin and inside feel like one product, Lacks favor, small