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The Porterhouse, 16-18 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

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What: Sprawling, busy pub.

Prices: Inexpensive. Mains around €10 and sides around €3.50.

Vegetarian menu: Thought has gone into catering for vegetarians. Mushroom burger as a main €10, chunky chips €3.95, cheesy garlic bread €5, moussaka €10, Spanish chickpea stew €10, veggie mezze board €8.50 and some others.

Drinks: Full bar. Their own plain stout is vegetarian (Guinness isn’t vegetarian, by the way).

Service: Table service was efficient and friendly, especially given that it’s a very busy and noisy place.

Comfortable: If you like huge, loud and busy pubs you will be at ease here. The chairs were fine, the tables plenty big. The temperature was fine too.

Was the food good? The garlic bread with mozzerella and crumbled blue cheese (see below) was like a doughy pizza. It was acceptable. I’d have it again. I was advised not to try the feta and olive spread by a vegetarian who had tried it in the past.

Toilets: Surprisingly clean for such a busy place.

My advice to the chef: Veggie burgers do not need to be flat mushrooms. Consider using some vegetarian patties.

My advice to the manager: None.

Overall: It’s a better place for its vegetarian stout than its vegetarian food, but if it’s a stout and pub grub you’re after you could do worse.

Cheesy garlic bread

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