What: Canteen-style vegetarian restaurant charging full restaurant prices. It’s also the better of Dublin’s two full vegetarian restaurants.
Prices: Small soup €3.45, large soup €4.50, mains from €10.95 to €12.95, salads between €4.50 and €9.95, desserts between €2.30 and €4.95.
Vegetarian menu: Full vegetarian menu which changes frequently.
Drinks: Wines, sparking/still water (the same plastic bottle available in shops), teas and more.
Service: There is no table service. The food is kept warm behind a glass counter, you make your selection and it is then placed on a plate which you take to the counter to pay. The staff behind the counter are usually friendly and helpful.
Comfortable? Not really. At full restaurant prices I don’t expect to have to juggle a tray full of food and shopping bags while trying to seek out a free table. It’s a pretty awkward place to eat. The music is not intrusive, though, and the decor is nice.
Was the food good? It’s usually quite tasty, but a problem is that the food is most often served less than lukewarm. They do nice salads, but if you get a meal (meals come with two salads) to take away they pile one salad on top of another in the same box, which is pretty unappetizing.
Toilets: Downstairs (you have to go behind the counter) and a bit dingy.
My advice to the chef: Serve the food hot.
My advice to the manager: Lower the prices or provide table service. Also, serve take-away salads in separate boxes. Improve the toilet facilities.
Overall: Tasty, but canteen-style restaurants should not be charging full restaurant prices. I would probably eat here more often if it were a lot cheaper (it’s just too expensive for the canteen experience) or if there was table service (to justify the current prices).
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