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Dublin City Centre Recommended Vegan Dining at a Glance

Umi Falafel, 13 Dame Street, Dublin 2. 

Open 7 days a week
12.00 to 22.00

 

 

Phone: 01 670 6866

 

 

info@umifalafel.ie

Vegetarian and mostly vegan. Reasonably priced. Lebanese. Pitta sandwiches, Lebanese salads. No meat. One of very few eateries in Dublin without meat on the premises. There’s a competing vegetarian falafel shop across street, but Umi is better, and more sanitary (in Umi the food is not exposed to customer sneezing and coughing).
     

Cornucopia, 19-20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 

Monday & Tuesday: 08.30-21.00
Wednesday – Saturday: 08.30-22.15
Sunday & Public Holidays: 12.00-21.00

 

 

Phone: 01 677 7583
info@cornucopia.ie

Expensive cafeteria style cafe. Vegetarian and vegan. No meat here. We’ve never understood why this is so popular. Food is luke warm, no table service, expensive and crowded. You may have to share a table.
     

Govindas, 4 Aungier Street, Dublin 2. 

 

12.00pm – 9.00pm Monday – Saturday

 

Phone: 01-4750309

 

 

Also:Govindas, 84 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1

 

12.00pm – 9.00pm Monday – Saturday

 

12.00pm – 7.00pm Sunday

 

info@Govindas.ie

 

Vegetarian and vegan cafeteria style. Overpriced for what it is. No meat here. Staff don’t seem to have much sense of serving food on plates. You’re likely to get enough rice for four and a tablespoon of vegetables.
     

Karuna’s Kitchen, Temple Bar Market, Meeting House Square, Dublin 2. 

 

10:30-16:30 Saturdays only.

Vegetarian and vegan market stand. Hot food and cold. No meat at the stand. Worth a visit, but try to get there earlier in the day. When closing time nears there may not be much left.
     

Dada, 45 South William Street, Dublin 2Phone: 01 617 07 77

 

info@dadarestaurant.ie

Dinner : Every day from 5 until late
Lunch: Friday and Saturday 13:00
Sunday: 14:30

Moroccan. Mid-range restaurant prices. Very little natural light. Many vegan appetizers and sides. Meat also. Unlimited sparkling and still water for €2. Assemble many tasty side dishes or choose from a couple of vegan mains. Self-built mezza is the way to go here, especially if you’re two sharing. Spinach is excellent as are most of the appetizers and sides.
     

Byblos aka The Cedar Tree, 11 St. Andrew’s Street, Dublin 2 

 

Phone: 01 677 2121

Lebanese. Mid-range restaurant. Assemble many vegan sides. Meat also. Ask about the mushrooms, sometimes they are cooked in butter, but they can do them in oil sometimes.
     

Malone’s Chippers, 34 Dame Street, Dublin 2 

 

Open early until late (exact hours not known, but we’ve never seen it closed)

Fish and Chip shop. Chips cooked in separate oil to fish and other meat. Not the best chips, but at least done in vegan friendly oil. Mushy peas are Heinz’s.
     

Diwali, Unit 1, Castle House, South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

Phone: 01 475009

diwali@live.ie

Opening hours not known but seem to be regular restaurant hours (until around 23:00).

 

Indian. Mid-range Can do vegan. Most others Indians in this neighbourhood cannot (ghee only). Nice tablecloths. Next door to ‘Down to Earth’, the biggest health food shop in the country.
     

Wagamama, South King Street, Dublin 2 (steps down into basement).Open seven days 12:00 until 22:00. 

Phone: 01 478 2152

Asian fusion. Surprisingly dear given picnic benches, shared tables, inflexible menu. They’ll take out ingredients to make a dish vegan, but they will not add anything in. Rude staff. Juice is good.
     

The Counter, 20 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2

Phone: 01 611 1689

Monday-Thursday 12:00 -22:00
Friday-Saturday 12:00 – 23:00
Sunday 12:00 – 21:00

Burger and fries. Expensive for a burger. Vegetarian burger is vegan, fries done in vegan friendly oil. Fried pickles are not vegan. Loud music and cold. Staff always try to seat you at worst tables, even if the place is empty.
     

Burrito and Blues, 2 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 

 

Monday to Thursday: 12:00-22:00

 

 

Friday to Saturday: 12:00-16:00

 

Sunday: Closed

 

No contact details given.

This is the only one in this chain where we have seen ingredients placed in a way that avoids risk of meat particles falling into vegan ingredient bowls. Watch them make one to ensure no cross-contamination is occurring. Worth visiting, if so.
     

The Runner Bean, 4 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 

 

Phone: 01 6794833

 

runnerbean@iol.ie

 

 

Closed Saturday and Sunday.

 

No opening hours given but we think it’s until about 18:00 Monday to Friday.

Quaint little independent sandwich shop. They understand what it means to be vegan but can get sloppy about cross-contamination with meat and dairy. There are many sandwich shops in Dublin, KC Peaches, O’Brien’s, etc. For vegans this is the only one we know of where it’s possible, with negotiation, to get an uncontaminated sandwich with nice ingredients such as avocado, olives, vegan pesto, sundried tomatoes, etc.
     

Acalpulco, 7 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2 

Phone: 01 6771085

Tex-Mex The staff understand vegan and do their best to accommodate, but some seem more informed than others about what the ingredients are in the items like burrito wraps. A lot of talking is necessary before a vegan order is placed.
     

Chameleon, 1 Lower Fownes Street, Dublin 2 

 

Phone: 01 6710362

 

 

Tuesday-Sunday from 5pm

Indonesian rijst-tafel. Several dishes are or can be made vegan. Meat also. A little expensive, but worth it. Intimate venue. Best go here with people with people with whom you are happy to share dishes. The idea here is that you get serveral dishes to make the meal. The only downside is the loud staff bellowing in the small space downstairs. Groups eat upstairs. Worth a visit.

Nyonya, 76 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Phone: 01 670 7200

Seven days 10:30 – 23:30

Malaysian. Mid-range restaurant. Meat also. Be sure to tell them you are vegan and specify no oyster sauce. Aubergine claypot is very nice. Crispy tofu is good. Various other vegan dishes. Tasty.

Down to Earth, 73 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2 

Phone: 01 6719702i

 

nfo@downtoearth.ie

 

Monday-Friday: 08.30-19:00

 

Saturday: 08.30-18:30

 

 

Sunday: Closed

Health food shop with biggest selection in Dublin. Fridge and freezer section. Helpful staff.
     

Nourish, 16 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 

Monday-Saturday 09:00-19:00

 

Sunday 12:00-18:30

 

Phone: 01 670 3223

One of a chain. Health food shop with fridge and freezer. Takes them about five minutes to serve each person.
     

Health Matters, 8 Grafton Street, Dublin 2 

Phone: 01 6710166

 

Monday-Wednesday: 09:00 – 19:00

 

Thursday: 09:00- 21:00

 

Friday to Saturday: 09:00-19:00

 

 

Sunday: 12:00-18:00

Vitamin shop with some food extras. Good for vegan sweets but very limited on chilled food. Staff are knowledgable about vegan supplements and treatments.
     

Holland and Barrett, 75 Grafton Street, Dublin 2 

Phone: 0167 03335

 

Sun: 12:00 – 18:00

 

Monday-Wednesday 09:00 – 18:00

 

Thursday-Friday 09:00 – 20:00

 

Saturday: 09:00 – 18:00

Tinned food, nuts, dried packages, shampoo, etc. We prefer ‘Down to Earth’.
     
Bread: visiting vegans wanting to make their own sandwiches need bread. Bread is consistently disappointing In Dublin. Mostly, sellers don’t know if the bread is vegan or not. Often, the bread is exposed and sneezed upon. Dunnes Supermarket, Exchequer Street/South Great George’s Street, sell ‘Soul’ bread which is packaged and vegan. It’s not great, but it’s as good as you can reliably get here (goes stale quickly, and is a bit more expensive than other breads). Mclosky’s vegan German rye can be found in the Polish shop on Talbot Street. Mark’s and Spencer on Grafton Street sells some reasonable loaves (and a variety of rolls, but these, unfortunately, they leave open to general adult and child handling, etc.) . The Saturday Temple Bar market also has a few exposed bread stalls (some of these are vegan, of course, but the conditions are not sanitary).  
     
     
     

County Arms Hotel, Birr, Co. Offaly

What: Restaurant in a 4 star hotel, currently undergoing renovation.

Prices: Average. Rack of lamb with champ €21, herb coated chicken €16, filet of salmon €16, starters between €6.50 and €7.50.

Vegetarian menu: Poor. Vegetable quiche €10, stir-fried noodles with veg €11, linguini pasta with forest mushroom sauce €10.

Drinks: Full bar.

Service: Friendly. However, the menu states that all of the mains are served with a choice of potato, veg, salad or chips. I was surprised when I ordered a main not to be advised that I should make a choice from that list. When I called the waitress back and said that I was confused she told me that all of the mains are served with a choice of the above, but that my main (mushroom linguini) is such a huge portion that they don’t make that offer to people who choose that meal.  She did bring me the included side in the end, but trying not to serve food included in the price of the meal is unacceptable.

Comfortable? The table was big and didn’t wobble. The chairs were comfortable enough. However, the table was dirty when we sat down — it still had crumbs from the previous guests. There was also a table in the middle of the room with a bizarre wine display and the tablecloth underneath had a brown stain on it. Such lack of attention to detail was evident throughout. A Nora Jones album was playing lightly in the background.

Was the food good? It was disgraceful. I ordered the “linguini with a forest mushroom sauce” at a cost of €10. I felt certain that it was straight from a packet and indeed it turned out that I was correct. The waitress checked in the kitchen and confirmed that it was from a Roma packet. It is stunning that this hotel thinks it is acceptable to serve a packet of Roma sauce to guests and then charge them full restaurant prices.

Toilets: Clean and functional.

My advice to the chef: I can only assume that there is not a chef in the kitchen. Surely no professional chef would consider pouring hot water on a packet of Roma powder to be the “gourmet cooking” that the hotel advertises on its website.

My advice to the manager: What you are serving up here is an absolute disgrace. Serving food from a packet is shameful in any restaurant or canteen, but trying to pass it off as “gourmet food” in a 4 star hotel is beyond belief. There must be a lot of profit on serving food from a packet and, in addition, trying to get away with not serving a side included in the price. For shame.

Overall: In my opinion this “restaurant” should be avoided at all costs.

Management have been asked to respond to this review.

Linguini served with a packet of Roma sauce

Linguini served with a packet of Roma sauce


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