Dublin Vegetarian Reviewer

Graenn Kostur, Skolavordustigur 8b, Reykjavik 101, Iceland

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2014 at 6:28 pm

What: Small cafeteria style vegetarian/vegan eaterie. For those familiar with Cornucopia in Dublin, Ireland, imagine it on a smaller scale but nicer. It’s also much easier to negotiate the queue here than in Cornucopia, i.e., not designed to create a big bottleneck.

Prices: Reykjavik is not a cheap place to visit, but this place was comparable to similar eateries in the area.

Vegan menu: Evertyhing is vegetarian and at least one meal a day is vegan. Some desserts are vegan also. Menu changes daily. There seems to be a choice of two soups, several salads, around five hot meals and some desserts on offer, daily.

Drinks: Usual assortment.

Service: As everywhere in Reykjavik, I found, perfect English is spoken. Staff were able to quickly explain which food was vegetarian/vegan.

Comfortable? It’s okay for a cafeteria. If you get a bar stool at the window or a regular table at the window it’s comfortable enough. I wouldn’t want to be in the middle of the room with people pushing past to view the food at the counter.

Was the food good? If you’re looking for vegetarian/vegan food in Reykjavik, and you don’t want the hassle of traipsing all around town checking out every menu only to be disappointed then you can happily eat here. The hot food is really not hot enough when served, this lets the place down. It’s not hugely imaginative fare, but it’s tasty enough, and I was grateful that it was available. I did return on that visit and would again, partially due to the fact that Reykjavik isn’t a vegetarian/vegan friendly town so it’s just easier to eat here.

Toilets: Clean, but too close to the dining area for my liking. Almost beside a table at the back.

My advice to the chef: Hot food should be hot not lukewarm.

My advice to the manager: Is there no way to have the toilet further away from the dining area?

Overall: This place has the advantage of being the only really vegetarian/vegan eaterie in town. They do try hard, but there’s seems to be a lack of imagination. It can be a bit tricky to find so check out the location on a map before heading out. You’ll likely end up here anyway so you might as well try it on the first day.

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The Pink Giraffe, 43B St Clements Street, Oxford OX4 1AG, England, UK

In England, oxford on August 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

What: Chinese restaurant with a super huge selection of vegan meals. Meat also.

Prices: Mains around £7 (huge). Appetizers around £4-5.

Vegan menu: 99% of the very extensive vegetarian menu is vegan. Vegan prawn crackers, vegan mock chicken on skewers in sate sauce, vegan crispy beef in salt and pepper dressing, vegan butterfly crackers with seaweed, mini vegan spring rolls with plum sauce, vegan pork in Chinese red curry, bean curd in sweet and sour sauce, vegan chicken or beef in wine and garlic hot sauce. This is a random sample. Click here for the whole menu: Pink Giraffe menu. It’s amazing, as a vegan, to be able to peruse a menu for a long time trying to decide what to eat.

Drinks: Usual soft drinks, wine, sparkling water.

Service: A relief to speak to people who immediately know what should and shouldn’t be in a vegan meal. Friendly, easy to order.

Comfortable? Yes, It’s nice to get the table at the window.

Was the food good? Very good. Plum sauce is really nice. Sate sauce is really good. The black bean sauce is very, very nice. Skip the curry sauce. It’s hard to go wrong here.

Toilets: Adequate.

My advice to the chef: Keep up the good work. Re-think the curry sauce, it’s disappointing compared to the other excellent sauces.

My advice to the manager: Please open in Dublin, Ireland and elsewhere.

Overall: Do not miss this place if in Oxford. It may will be the culinary highlight of your vegan travels in the UK, if you like Chinese food.

Some photos are from 2013, some 2014, but the menu does not seem to have changed. All vegan.

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The Gardener’s Arms, 39 Plantation Rd, Oxford OX2, England, UK

In England, oxford on August 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm

What: Vegetarian pub that caters well to vegans. 20 minute stroll from Oxford centre.

Prices: £8.50 burgers and fries, £9.95 main meal (mushroom pie, chilli and more), hotdog meals around £7, calzone £8.95 and much more.

Vegan menu: Exchange veggie burger for two vegan burgers to make all burger meals vegan. Choose your own toppings. Mushroom pie meal, Indian meal, rocket, olive and tomato calzone, burger wraps, kids burger or sausage meal and bar snacks are all vegan.

Drinks: Usual drinks available in a pub. No vegan ales when this reviewer visited. Vegan Pilsner and lager on tap.

Service: Friendly, helpful.

Comfortable? Yes. Tables are big, chairs are comfortable. No loud music. Nice easy-going atmosphere.

Was the food good? Yes, definitely. More fries in the basket would have been okay. The burger was great (photo below doesn’t do it justice!). The mushroom pie was nice enough.

Toilets: Clean.

My advice to the chef: Good stuff. Keep it up.

My advice to the manager: None.

Overall: Don’t miss it if in Oxford.

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Summer 2014

Summer 2013 --- Mushroom Pie

Summer 2013 — Mushroom Pie

Summer 2013 --- Mushroom Pie with pastry lid

Summer 2013 — Mushroom Pie with pastry lid

Summer 2013 --- vegan burger and fries

Summer 2013 — vegan burger and fries

The Gardener's Arms

The Gardener’s Arms

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