Dublin’s favourite cheesy café, Meltdown has just opened its second prime city centre location at 15 Montague Street, Dublin 2. The cheese lover’s paradise was set up by owner Maeve O’Malley in 2018. What began as a pop up has since grown to two permanent city centre cafés: 5 Leeson Street Lower and the new Montague Street.
The new location is open Monday-Friday 8am-3.30pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-3.30pm, and offers a bigger space for staff and customers alike. As restrictions lift, Meltdown, Montague Street will become a day-to-night dining experience with the addition of the evening ‘Winedown’ menu.
Winedown is Meltdown’s night-time sister. Winedown — which will open once restrictions are lifted — will offer food and wine with relaxed service in a space filled with contemporary Irish art. Think sharing plates and set menus with interesting wine pairings and exceptional cheese.
Like many businesswomen, entrepreneur Maeve O’Malley seeks to engage and promote other businesswomen in her work. Winedown has been transformed from the mind of the founder into a reality thanks to the work of several leading female creatives. Nadine Savage carried out the interior design, DJ Tara Stewart created the playlist and Meltdown stalwart Sarah Maloney designed the branding. Nichola Hughes created the wine list, Fatti Burke painted an original mural that greets you as you enter the space, and Kate Dillon is keeping loyal fans up to date sharing sneak peeks on social media.
Chef Maeve Walsh curated the Winedown menu after joining the team during lockdown. Walsh won the Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year award in 2016 and has worked in a host of amazing restaurants including Restaurant 41, The Canteen, and Nathan Outlaw.
Alongside the Winedown menu, the Montague Street menu now includes tasty breakfasts, salads, cold sandwiches, cakes and cookies, alongside the now famous range of cheese toasties, all made fresh, onsite, daily. The new location will be serving up all of the usual cheesy glory as well as some delicious new additions to the menu.
For breakfast, expect burritos packed with eggs, bacon, hash browns and mozzarella and of course Meltdown’s very own HotStuff hot sauce, or opt for the veggie version that swaps the bacon for mushrooms. For something lighter, the Bircher Muesli will set you up for the day with rolled oats, apple cinnamon, hazelnuts and maple syrup.
For lunch, the cheesy melts still reign supreme, with favourites including the Ribmelt – pork ribs, macaroni and cheese, red Cheddar and caramelised onions on sourdough. The Vegan Hun packs a punch with vegan mozzarella, secret Meltdown cajun sauce, tomato, red onion and rocket. You’ll also find lighter lunches such as spicy tomato soup and salads, as well as coffee and a range of fresh cookies.
Speaking about the new location, owner Maeve O’Malley said, “This location will be Meltdown by day (until 3.30pm) and will transform to Winedown by night (from 5pm). Winedown will offer an Irish seasonal menu curated by our new chef Maeve Walsh.
“The food will be served as large and small sharing plates and there will also be an option to avail of a set tasting menu with wine pairing. To say we are excited to allow people in to enjoy the space is an understatement!”
Meltdown is available for collection or delivery. For more information, visit www.meltdown.ie.