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Café Irie, 11 Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland

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CLOSED DOWN 2012

 

What: Very cozy, eclectic cafe, which offers a nice retreat from the usual soulless chains. The kind of place that has notices for yoga studios, including Open Minds, which is nearby. It is located upstairs from an interesting ground floor and basement curiosity shop and under a tattoo parlor.

 Prices: Reasonable considering the quality of the ingredients and the quantity served.

 Vegetarian menu: Very good. Veggie breakfast (egg, mushroom, tomato, with grilled cheddar, relish and toast) €6.80, French toast with maple syrup €6.45, sandwiches around €5.80 (veggie ingredients include: hummus, roasted tomatoes, guacamole, avocado, black olive, roast pepper, mixed leaves, relish, deep fried tofu, cheese…), tofu wrap €7.45, toasted bagels around €6 (with veggie toppings), ciabatta and paninni with veggie toppings around €8, pizzas, noodles and soup and some more…Choose bread from a nice selection, which includes walnut.

 Drinks: All sorts of coffees, many teas, smoothies (all vegan!), soft drinks, juices and some more.

 Service: Unrushed, but that’s part of the charm. It was very pleasing to be able to build my own sandwich without any fuss. They give you what you want, as it should be.

 Comfortable? Yes, there’s a really nice and relaxed atmosphere in this cafe. Music is not intrusive, chairs and tables are comfortable.

 Was the food good? Yes. It was very enjoyable.

 Toilets: Nicely decorated, but the dirt on the pipes is unforgivable (see photo).

 My advice to the chef: Keep up the good work.

 My advice to the manager: This reviewer loved the attention paid to vegans and vegetarians. The sweet touches of the little blackboard menus on the tables are lovely. What a nice cafe! Clean the toilet.

 Overall:It might seem strange to get excited about a sandwich containing roasted peppers, olives and tofu, etc., but in Dublin this counts as a super imaginative veggie sandwich. Highly recommended to vegetarians and vegans in search of a snack or something more substantial.

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Tasty veggie sandwich

Tasty veggie sandwich

Off-menu sandwich with tofu --- yummy

Off-menu vegan sandwich with tofu — yummy

One can also order a triple-decker, but this was plenty

One can also order a triple-decker, but this was plenty.

Cafe is sadly let down by the filthy pipe in the toilet

Cafe is sadly let down by the filthy pipe in the toilet

Hallway leading to cafe

Hallway leading to cafe

Exterior

Exterior

Interior

Interior

menu

menu

menu

menu

vegan smoothies

vegan smoothies

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