CLOSED DOWN IN MAY 2011
What: Stylish looking restaurant. Brand new to Dublin (taking the place of Cafe Bar Deli on Georges Street).
Prices: Above average.
Service: The staff member we spoke to was friendly.
Vegetarian menu: There is not one single vegetarian meal on offer. We learned that they will make a salad for a vegetarian if needs be, but nothing warm.
Drinks: Seeing as the chef/manager does not want vegetarians to spend their money here I didn’t investigate.
Comfortable? As above. However, I don’t think I would enjoy eating in the basement room visible from the street.
Toilets: As above.
My advice to the chef: Anybody can make meat and fish taste okay. All it requires is light seasoning and it will always be acceptable. I can only conclude that you do not know how to cook without meat. This is not the sign of a good chef.
My advice to the manager: While each restaurant is free to select their own menu, it seems like a bizzare business strategy to exclude people who, for whatever reason, do not eat meat. Groups, large or small, cannot book a meal here given that there is nothing on offer for potential vegetarians. You might have the impression that you will prepare “anything” at the request of a vegetarian, but the vegetarians should not be left to do the work of designing meals for you. This is what you are paid for.
Overall: These people clearly only want money from meat-eaters. Avoid this restaurant if you are booking a group meal. There is usually at least one vegetarian in a group and that person would have to go hungry, or certainly disappointed, here.