Boojum Abbey Street – Review
January 24, 2017 (3 Comments) by Evan Coughlan

There are quite literally hundreds of places to get grub in Dublin City Centre, but when I eat somewhere I think it’s so important that 1) the food is good (well duh!), 2) the staff are friendly and 3) that it’s good value for money. I recently ate at Boojum on Abbey Street and I have to say it ticked all of these boxes.

The Food

Okay, if all you eat all day, every day, are your Mammy’s Sunday dinners, which consist of half boiled veg and bone dry meat, then Boojum isn’t for you ‘cause there’s a real possibility that your mouth will explode from the first bite of something with a bit of flavour and spice to it.

how-to-eat-a-burrito-boojum

Anyway, Boojum is essentially a Burrito bar with a bit of a twist. There is no table service; it works like a conveyor belt that you work your way along, picking up different parts of your burrito, fajita, taco or salad which is made right in front of you. You then add in your protein or veggie option (for all the vegetarians out there) which includes some good ol’ fashioned guac’.

Lastly you add your salsa, cheese or sour cream and you can also add extra peppers or jalapeños, then you’re ready to sit down and feast on your food. There are a whole host of hot sauces to help fry the fu*k out of your pallet (if that’s your thing), choose between Chipotle, Jalapeño, Caribbean and many more.

boojum-hot-sauces

If your completely famished and think a burrito may not get you over the line, we’d recommend getting a bowl which is basically all of the burrito goodness without the doughy tortilla, a massive bonus for anyone on a health buzz. They’re bigger, some would say better and all would say a hell of a lot easier to eat! If that still isn’t enough, we would recommend a portion of homemade tortilla chips and salsa for sharing or selfing, whatever floats your boat.

The Service

I went on a Saturday evening and, I have to say, the staff were brilliant. They were quite busy and it did take quite a while to get served, but the staff were very apologetic. It’s always nice when the staff acknowledge that the queue is long and make a good attempt to get through it as quickly as possible.

Although it was extremely busy, the seating area was continuously cleaned by one of the members of staff to make sure there were plenty of available spots for people to sit and enjoy their food. The toilets were also kept crystal clean which is always an added bonus.

Generally queues at lunch time can be a little crazy so we would suggest arriving by 12pm, otherwise it’s at least 10-15 minutes of standing around. But hey that’s usually a good indicator that the food is worth the wait, right?

boojum-abbey-street-staff

The Extras

In the chilled fridge there are a well-stocked variety of Mexican brewed beers which is handy if this is where you’re starting a night out or if you just want to unwind after work. Expect the likes of Modelo Especial which is a pale pilsner, a light amber lager in Negra Modelo as well as the bog standard Corona Extra and Magners for the mad cider heads.

Make sure to pick up a Boojum loyalty card which gets you a free meal for every 10 you buy and a free t-shirt after 40! It would be silly not to mention that these guys are pretty active with their fans on social. Last April when they opened their doors, the burrito shack decided to give out a rakeload of freebies for their first 200 customers. To that we tip our hats and say sound job, Boojum, good on ya!

Added Bonus – The Atmosphere

As I said previously, the place was busy when I arrived, but by the time it came to eating there were plenty of places to sit down and the atmosphere in the place was great. Unlike other Boojum bars, Abbey Street also has a downstairs which is really handy if you’re sitting in during the busy lunchtime hours.

They were playing lots of classic 80’s and 90’s music which definitely gave the place a bit more life. Every type of person seemed to be queuing up to get there food too, not just college students, so don’t worry, you won’t feel left out.

boojum-atmosphere

The Pesos

Now to the important bit, how much is this going to set you back? The answer is not that much at all. The prices in Boojum are very reasonable with my meal only costing me the guts of €8 (check the menu out for yourself here) and not to mention I was more stuffed than a turkey at Christmas after it all went down.

In Summary

Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience for my first visit to Boojum on Abbey Street. Great food, great staff, and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. I’ve tried many a Burrito Bar and I can honestly say that Boojum is one of the best, if not the best Burrito Bar in town.

I should also mention that Boojum have two other locations in Dublin City Centre, one on Kevin Street and one close to the Millennium Walkway which I am sure are of the same high quality service as there Abbey Street burrito brothers.

boojum-abbey-street-collection

One independent critic claimed that they are simply ‘The pinnacle of burritos in Ireland.’ A bold claim, but with a rating of 4.6 stars from 115 Google Reviews we think you will be hard pushed to find a better burrito for better value.

Evan Coughlan
Writes about sport and stuff. When Evan thinks of a witty comment it will appear here.

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3 Responses

  1. Everything you’ve said is why I love Boojum.
    The staff in Abbey street are amazing, such great craic.
    I eat there far more than I care to admit! The staff are deadly, they have the craic with each other but have this great buzz going with the queue the whole time. I love them, also more than I care to admit!
    However, I’ve noticed this one woman and she is such a buzz kill. She’s rude and sucks the fun out of the staff and in turn, the customers. She’s not a regular staff member ( the give away I eat there too much) but I’ve seen her a few times. By the demeaning way I’ve seen her speak to staff I’m guessing she’s a boss of some sort. She’s so grumpy. Anyway, she should lay off and be a nicer human. The food is great and the staff are the shit!

    • Thanks for sharing your experiences with us Laura. We are also guilty of eating there far too much, their burrito bowls are just too addictive! 🙂

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Boojum Abbey Street – Review
January 24, 2017 (3 Comments) by Evan Coughlan

There are quite literally hundreds of places to get grub in Dublin City Centre, but when I eat somewhere I think it’s so important that 1) the food is good (well duh!), 2) the staff are friendly and 3) that it’s good value for money. I recently ate at Boojum on Abbey Street and I have to say it ticked all of these boxes.

The Food

Okay, if all you eat all day, every day, are your Mammy’s Sunday dinners, which consist of half boiled veg and bone dry meat, then Boojum isn’t for you ‘cause there’s a real possibility that your mouth will explode from the first bite of something with a bit of flavour and spice to it.

how-to-eat-a-burrito-boojum

Anyway, Boojum is essentially a Burrito bar with a bit of a twist. There is no table service; it works like a conveyor belt that you work your way along, picking up different parts of your burrito, fajita, taco or salad which is made right in front of you. You then add in your protein or veggie option (for all the vegetarians out there) which includes some good ol’ fashioned guac’.

Lastly you add your salsa, cheese or sour cream and you can also add extra peppers or jalapeños, then you’re ready to sit down and feast on your food. There are a whole host of hot sauces to help fry the fu*k out of your pallet (if that’s your thing), choose between Chipotle, Jalapeño, Caribbean and many more.

boojum-hot-sauces

If your completely famished and think a burrito may not get you over the line, we’d recommend getting a bowl which is basically all of the burrito goodness without the doughy tortilla, a massive bonus for anyone on a health buzz. They’re bigger, some would say better and all would say a hell of a lot easier to eat! If that still isn’t enough, we would recommend a portion of homemade tortilla chips and salsa for sharing or selfing, whatever floats your boat.

The Service

I went on a Saturday evening and, I have to say, the staff were brilliant. They were quite busy and it did take quite a while to get served, but the staff were very apologetic. It’s always nice when the staff acknowledge that the queue is long and make a good attempt to get through it as quickly as possible.

Although it was extremely busy, the seating area was continuously cleaned by one of the members of staff to make sure there were plenty of available spots for people to sit and enjoy their food. The toilets were also kept crystal clean which is always an added bonus.

Generally queues at lunch time can be a little crazy so we would suggest arriving by 12pm, otherwise it’s at least 10-15 minutes of standing around. But hey that’s usually a good indicator that the food is worth the wait, right?

boojum-abbey-street-staff

The Extras

In the chilled fridge there are a well-stocked variety of Mexican brewed beers which is handy if this is where you’re starting a night out or if you just want to unwind after work. Expect the likes of Modelo Especial which is a pale pilsner, a light amber lager in Negra Modelo as well as the bog standard Corona Extra and Magners for the mad cider heads.

Make sure to pick up a Boojum loyalty card which gets you a free meal for every 10 you buy and a free t-shirt after 40! It would be silly not to mention that these guys are pretty active with their fans on social. Last April when they opened their doors, the burrito shack decided to give out a rakeload of freebies for their first 200 customers. To that we tip our hats and say sound job, Boojum, good on ya!

Added Bonus – The Atmosphere

As I said previously, the place was busy when I arrived, but by the time it came to eating there were plenty of places to sit down and the atmosphere in the place was great. Unlike other Boojum bars, Abbey Street also has a downstairs which is really handy if you’re sitting in during the busy lunchtime hours.

They were playing lots of classic 80’s and 90’s music which definitely gave the place a bit more life. Every type of person seemed to be queuing up to get there food too, not just college students, so don’t worry, you won’t feel left out.

boojum-atmosphere

The Pesos

Now to the important bit, how much is this going to set you back? The answer is not that much at all. The prices in Boojum are very reasonable with my meal only costing me the guts of €8 (check the menu out for yourself here) and not to mention I was more stuffed than a turkey at Christmas after it all went down.

In Summary

Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience for my first visit to Boojum on Abbey Street. Great food, great staff, and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. I’ve tried many a Burrito Bar and I can honestly say that Boojum is one of the best, if not the best Burrito Bar in town.

I should also mention that Boojum have two other locations in Dublin City Centre, one on Kevin Street and one close to the Millennium Walkway which I am sure are of the same high quality service as there Abbey Street burrito brothers.

boojum-abbey-street-collection

One independent critic claimed that they are simply ‘The pinnacle of burritos in Ireland.’ A bold claim, but with a rating of 4.6 stars from 115 Google Reviews we think you will be hard pushed to find a better burrito for better value.

Evan Coughlan
Writes about sport and stuff. When Evan thinks of a witty comment it will appear here.

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3 Responses

  1. Everything you’ve said is why I love Boojum.
    The staff in Abbey street are amazing, such great craic.
    I eat there far more than I care to admit! The staff are deadly, they have the craic with each other but have this great buzz going with the queue the whole time. I love them, also more than I care to admit!
    However, I’ve noticed this one woman and she is such a buzz kill. She’s rude and sucks the fun out of the staff and in turn, the customers. She’s not a regular staff member ( the give away I eat there too much) but I’ve seen her a few times. By the demeaning way I’ve seen her speak to staff I’m guessing she’s a boss of some sort. She’s so grumpy. Anyway, she should lay off and be a nicer human. The food is great and the staff are the shit!

    • Thanks for sharing your experiences with us Laura. We are also guilty of eating there far too much, their burrito bowls are just too addictive! 🙂

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