food, travel

Dublin: Three Veggie Places to Eat

So this is a little departure from my usual content. I’ve been in Dublin, Ireland all week so haven’t been able to crack on with some of my environmental plans at home. However while I’m here, I figured I’d scout out a handful of  veggie places. Perhaps if any of you guys get a chance to visit, you can give them a try as well!

Umi Falafel

Status: Full Veggie, plenty Vegan

Prices: Super reasonable – €10-15 for meal and drinks

Specialities: Falafel, wraps, superfood salads and fresh-pressed juice.

Visited on the second day of our holiday, this was the first fully vegetarian restaurant we came to. Since Dublin is a city, my friend and I found ourselves well-provided with dairy-free coffees and almost every restaurant had at least two or three different vegetarian options.

We each enjoyed a fresh-pressed juice called the Zingy Booster made from orange, apple and ginger. The falafel was clearly handmade and everything tasted clean and fresh. I had a salad of green lentils, chickpeas, sundried tomatoes and roast peppers. It was delicious and fantastically filling after a day of exploring the city. We were both so full when it came time to leave, but still got some fantastic Baklava to take away!

A paper bag from Irish restaurant Umi Falafel and two portions of baklava in takeaway containers
Mucked up a bit here as we didn’t have any reusable containers to hand. We will however be repurposing those takeaway boxes!

 

Cornucopia

Status: Full Veggie, plenty Vegan

Prices: Again, very reasonable – €10-15 for meal and drinks

Specialities: Wholefood veggie mains with choice of salads, homemade cakes and desserts as well as iced tea and pressed juice made on-premises.

Whereas Umi Falafel had a super modern feel to it, the Georgian dining room at Cornucopia paired with the cafeteria serving style made it a lovely place to sit down for lunch after my friend and I visited the IMMA.  The portions are very hearty, generous and any main comes with two portions of salad of your choosing.

We went for enchiladas which also came with great quality vegan cheese grated on top! This was nice to see as many restaurants tend to omit the inclusion of cheese or meat substitutes altogether and focus on cooking with simply veggies, grains and fruit. It made the meal feel a bit more specialist and thought through – like we were really being catered for. The enchiladas had a black bean and mushroom filling as well as a rich, roasted pepper and tomato sauce. Incredible! And there were so many other options, with everything clearly labelled as veggie, vegan or gluten free.

A hearty vegan enchilada on a plate with chickpea and spinach salads
Another plus was that Cornucopia use recyclable paper straws as standard and wrapped our flapjacks to-go in brown paper rather than a plastic box.

 

Govinda’s 

Status: Full veggie, some vegan

Price: Reasonable – around €10 for a large plate of food and water provided

Specialities: Indian cuisine, including curries and soup.

Govinda’s restaurants are located in several major cities including Swansea, London and Dublin. I had never had the chance to visit one before so was really happy that we did so on this trip! Govinda’s restaurants as far as I understand it are associated with various Krishna temples and run by volunteers and members of the faith.

We visited the Govinda’s on Augier Street, which served a range of traditional Indian style foods in another cafeteria-type setting. You could choose from either a small or large plate which was then piled high with everything which was on offer which was all vegetarian. Most Hare Krishnas are vegetarian as a matter of faith and the sharing of food also plays a part in their beliefs. The Hare Krishna Food for Life charity is the world’s largest vegetarian non-profit, with volunteers providing up to 2 million meals a day to the homeless and disadvantaged.

I believe the restaurants are intended to support the local Krishna temples as well as local charities, so use fixed pricing rather than the “Pay what you Can” model that some similar organisations use.

The portions were generous and the food was very tasty. Although having a little of everything may not have been ideal for vegans, the volunteer who served us was very lovely and I’m sure would have been willing to omit the dairy dishes. The standouts to me were the vegetable rice and some incredible paneer in a rich tomato sauce. I could have eaten a plate of that all on it’s own!

A photo of a vegetarian meal alongside a glass of water. The meal consists of various curries and vegetable rice.
Having a little of everything was actually really lovely and led me to try things I normally wouldn’t. Lucky for me, it was all delicious!

 

So that was our culinary tour through Dublin! I can’t recommend it enough as a place to visit – the weather is sometimes woeful but the people are so warm, funny and fantastic and the city is so full of beauty and history that you’ll probably consider moving there. I certainly did!

I know it wasn’t terribly far to travel, but it was a great trip. Let me know if you’d like to see more posts like these as I continue my adventures!

Sláinte!

~ Lois

Featured Photo by Diogo Palhais on Unsplash – An incredible photo of Temple Bar, where we stayed!

1 thought on “Dublin: Three Veggie Places to Eat”

  1. So glad you enjoyed your vegetarian culinary tour of Dublin, Lois! I’d love to visit Ireland one day. That’s where my parents met, back in the eighties. It’s funny seeing a plate of Govinda’s food that was served on the other side of the world, because here in Brisbane we also have a Govinda’s restaurant run by the Hare Krishnas, and from your photo as well as your description of what you ate, it’s exactly the same food. Govinda’s has been my favourite place to eat since I was a teenager. I haven’t been for years now, though, and I really must go back as I just love their food!

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