Dublin Vegetarian Reviewer

Bobos, 22 Wexford Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

In Dublin, Dublin City Centre, Ireland, Dublin City Centre---restaurants vegetarians should avoid, Uncategorized on April 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Warning to vegetarians and vegans: do not eat here despite the offer of vegetarian burgers…

Bobos, 22 Wexford Street, Dublin 2, in no sense caters to vegetarians, even though burgers falsely characterised as vegetarian burgers are on the menu. The vegetarian burgers are cooked on the same grill as the meat burgers, a grill which is a sea of greasy meat juice. The falafel burger is cooked in oil in which meat is not officially cooked, however, the chef can be seen to place the tongs used to dip items in this oil onto the grill in a puddle of meat grease and back into the allegedly vegetarian falafel oil. This is disgusting and cannot be recommended to anybody. To knowingly mislead vegetarians into believing that they are eating meat free food is unethical, immoral and downright gross.

Consider this burger and fries place instead, also in Dublin 2, if it’s a vegan/veggie burger you want:

http://dublinreviewer.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/the-counter-20-suffolk-street-dublin-2/

Lovin’ Dublin has their top ten burger places listed here, but we don’t know how many offer genuinely vegan/vegetarian burgers and don’t fully agree with their rating. However, we do agree with Lovin’ Dublin that a burger should fit in your hands and in your mouth, and that it shouldn’t be a mini skyscraper that requires knocking over before you can eat it using a knife and fork, as is the case in almost all Dublin burger restaurants, including the one we recommend above.

 

VBites,14 East Street Brighton East Sussex BN1 1HP United Kingdom (vegan only)

In Brighton, England on October 26, 2013 at 6:08 pm

What: Vegan diner associated with Heather Mills and supplied by the VBites vegan food producer (formerly Redwood) (opposite Terre-a-Terre).

Prices: Reasonable.

Vegan menu: Pizzas for £8-10, wraps £5.95, jacket potato with filling £5.95, hot dog with fries £6.95, soup £4.95, fish and fries £8.95, full English breakfast £7.95, porridge £3.95 (see menu below for lots more).

Drinks: Teas, coffees, Whole Earth soft drinks, smoothie, fruit juice, sparkling and still water, wines, hot chocolate, bottled beer (see photos below for more and prices).

Service: Mixed. We ate here a few times, sometimes service was very good and one time it was bad. Order at the counter, choose a table, and they will bring you the food. They don’t always communicate very well with the kitchen staff which led to some mix-ups.

Once we had both ordered the same bun burgers and one was served with the expected bun and the other was on regular toast bread; this without any apology or acknowledgement from the waitress. When I called her back to point it out I was told that they didn’t have enough buns, again no apology. Not good enough. You need to ask the customer if it is okay to serve the meal on different bread, and you certainly don’t serve two meals which are supposed to the same, but are very different, without a single word of explanation.

 Comfortable? Yes. Best to choose a table upstairs beside the window. Chairs were comfortable, the tables a generous size and quite solid. No horribly loud music. Plenty of space between tables.

 Was the food good? Quite. Most things were very tasty, and we enjoyed them a lot. If you like VBites proteins then it’s a real pleasure to be able to have it cooked for you out in a diner.

 Toilets: Very nice. Nice fittings, paper towels for drying hands (always good), nice soap. However, on the first floor the door didn’t close properly/easily when we were there.

 My advice to the chef: Make sure that that all the ingredients on the menu are in the kitchen. Otherwise, very good.

 My advice to the manager: Please open in Dublin. Improve communication between order staff and kitchen.

Overall: What a vegan treat! Don’t miss this when you’re in Brighton. Also, you can buy the Redwood/VBites products here.

Click on photos to increase size to see the menu.

VBites Outside

VBites Outside

Yummy!

Yummy!

Filling

Filling

Garlic Bread Side

Garlic Bread Side

Hot dog -- really good

Hot dog — really good

Spacious and clean

Spacious and clean

Menu

Menu: click to increase size

Menu

Menu: click to increase size

Menu

Menu: click to increase size

Menu

Menu: click to increase size

Toliet

Restroom

 

Pret-a-Manger, Gatwick Airport, London, England, United Kingdom

In England, Uncategorized on October 13, 2013 at 1:28 pm

What: Pret-a-Manger, South Terminal, Gatwick Airport, London

 Prices: Vegan sushi wrap was around £3 and the vegan avocado sandwich was around £3.50. There were a couple of other sandwiches which were vegetarian friendly. There were also some fruit pots.

 Vegetarian and vegan menu: Gatwick airport is not vegan friendly. The above Pret-a-Manger sandwiches were the only vegan friendly substantial food choices we could find. There is more choice in other eateries for vegetarians, mostly cheese heavy.

 Drinks: There are bars and newsagents where you can purchase most drinks. The smoothie bar is not vegan, and they cannot make a vegan smoothie.

 Service: In Pret-a-Manger it was quite okay.

 Comfortable? The Pret-a-Manger seating area is quite comfortable. You can choose from sofas and armchairs to regular tables and bar stools. There is a departures board in the dining area.

 Was the food good? We found the avocado sandwich superior to the sushi wrap. The sushi wrap would have been very good had they used asparagus in place of broccoli.

It’s a shame that the vegetarian sandwiches could have been vegan were it not for mayonnaise.

Toilets: The toilets in the upstairs food court at Gatwick are very busy. You’re better off to go downstairs were there is not usually a queue.

 My advice to the chef: Remove the mayonnaise from the vegetarian sandwiches and replace it with it with vegan mayonnaise, some will then also be suitable for vegans.

 My advice to the manager: Consult with Vbites about stocking their vegan meals.

 Overall: There is no hot food suitable for vegans at Gatwick. Vegetarians can have pizza, etc. Most of the vegetarian sandwiches sold are not suitable for vegans. While the Pret-a-Manger sandwiches are nothing to write home about it was a relief to find them. Bring your own food if possible.

vegan food at pret-a-manger gatwick

vegan food at pret-a-manger gatwick

avocado sandwich

avocado sandwich

sushi roll

sushi roll

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