Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A Veggie in Dublin- Part Two

Enthused by the interest in my previous post on the subject of restaurants in Dublin that catered for vegetarians I thought I'd add a few more to the list.

*1. 777 Mexican Restaurant, 7 South Gt Georges St D2
3 starters/small bites + just one main but 4 nice sides

**2. Jaipur Indian, Georges Street D2
3 starters + 8 curry mains with veg option
   
777                                Jaipur

***3. Zaragosa Tapas, South William St
This new tapas bar has 11 vegetable tapas- worth a visit for that fact alone!

***4.Science Gallery Cafe, Pearse St D2
Only open until 5pm but worth a mention for the great value food which I have heard good reports of recently.
2 veg pizzas, 2 salads, 2 platters plus other daily mains and very nice veggie fillings in panini, foccace and bruschette.
 
Zaragosa                                                   Science Gallery Cafe

*5. Eden Bar and Grill, South William Street
Crept in by way of 3 starters (1 as main course option) as only 1 main (also as starter portion option)

***6. Las Tapas de Lola, Wexford St
Tapas is a good choice - this restaurant has 5 salads and 9 vegetable tapas.
 
Eden Bar and Grill                                        Las Tapas de Lola

***7. Musashi Noodles and Sushi Bar, Capel Street
Keep hearing good things about this place and due a visit very soon. Opening soon in the IFSC.
Tofu, avocado, cucumber and asparagus sushi plus avocado and cucumber rolls.


Hope you enjoy exploring these menus and let me know if there are any others I've missed.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Cheesecake Bliss on South William Street!

I've returned from my inaugural visit to that little piece of heaven in South William Street that is "Cheesecake."
(not my photos btw)
 
In a temporary shop space at 55 South William Street which they will have until January, the magical world of cheesecake has been born. Sod the sandwiches- we had cheesecake for lunch, and very pleased we were too! Opting for the cheesecake-in-a-jar just for the fun off it we tried the Crunchie Cheesecake and the Dime Cheesecake. Loose biscuit crumbs at he bottom topped with a generous dollop of sweetened cheese and lumps of Crunchie was bliss in a jar.
 Photo: Oh nearly forgot...we're on an ice cream roll today.... Tangle Twister anyone?  Lime and Vanilla all swirled up together with raspberry in the middle....What's not to like? Photo: Baked White Chocolate with Raspberry Hearts..
The baked cheesecakes at the counter looked fabulous. Tangle-twister anyone? Or baked white chocolate with raspberry hearts(pictured above). The lovely lady who runs the shop said several days they had sold out completely- what a great success for a shop that opened just three weeks ago today. can it last? Is cheesecake the new cupcake? I hope so because I never liked those big splodges of buttercream and not so great cakes at the bottom.

Good luck to another new great Dublin venture. Open 12-6.30pm and on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/CheesecakeDublin .

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Vegetarian in Dublin...Follow my Steps!

With the imminent arrival of a friend from 'down the country' to visit 'the big smoke' I remembered she had recently returned to her vegetarian status. Incidentally another friend has ditched the veggie life after many years and plunged with gusto into a bacon wrapped burger in Damson Diner, blood dripping on the plate!

The friend expressed a desire to eat in Cornucopia, that Dublin vegetarian institution and I felt that it was a great place to eat for a casual lunch, but not quite up to scratch for an evening get-together and also, what about the meat eaters? (growwllll!)


Setting about this with gusto I thought I'd peruse a number of menus for Dublin restaurants to see what they offered the vegetarian. The results were interesting. Some offered just one option whilst others carried dedicated vegetarian menus. Some of the ethnic restaurants offered the widest choice and my research has brought me to many restaurants I haven't yet had a chance to visit and now look forward to exploring.

I started my research on www.boards.ie which helped me to start off with the twenty five restaurants below. I will state that this research is only based on what was advertised on the menu on the restaurants' websites and accept that many if not most will cater for the vegetarian on request or where possible will adjust a listed dish to exclude the fish/meat content. I have starred those that offer more than the average choice to the vegetarian diner-*=4-6 options(at least 2 starters+2 mains), **=7-9 options and ***= 10+options.  I look forward to more suggestions and comments from readers. 

Some Dublin Restaurants and their listed Vegetarian Options

**1. Darwins: 80 Aungier Street D2 http://www.darwins.ie/
A dedicated vegetarian menu with 3 starters and 4 main options + vegetarian option on early bird menu.

*2. Le Bon Crubeen : 81 Talbot Street D1 http://www.leboncrubeen.ie/
2 starters + 2 mains (1 main same as starter) + veg option on early bird.

*3. Pearl Brasserie: 20 Merrion St Upper D2 http://www.pearl-brasserie.com/accueil.htm
A dedicated vegetarian menu with 3 starters and 3 mains + veg option on early bird.

4. Fade Street Social: 6 Fade Street D2 http://www.fadestreetsocial.com/
*(Restaurant) 6 options under ‘vegetables and salads’ plus good selection of veg sides + veg option on early bird
**(Gastro Bar- tapas menu) 8+ options under ‘tapas from the garden’
 Fade Street Social

5. Bang: 11 Merrion Row D2 http://www.bangrestaurant.com/
1 starter and 1 main on รก la carte + same options on early bird.

6. Hugos: 6 Merrion Row http://www.hugos.ie/
3 starters and 1 main + veg option on early bird.

***5. Govinda's: 4 Aungier Street D2,18  Merrion Row D2, 83 Middle Abbey Street D1 http://www.govindas.ie/
An institution in Dublin, the dedicated vegetarian  Krishna restaurant
 Govinda's

?6. Dunne and Crescenzi: 16 Frederick St D2 http://www.dunneandcrescenzi.com/
Options on  evening menu but full menu not on website.

***7. Rustic Stone: 17 Sth Gt Georges St D2 http://www.rusticstone.ie/
4 starters, several pastas, salads as mains and good choice sides
**‘Raw’ lunch menu with mains and veg shakes

**8. The Farm: 3 Dawson Street http://www.thefarmfood.ie/
3 starters + 5 mains
2 starters + 2 mains on early bird
 
Rustic Stone                                              The Farm

***9. Cornucopia: Wicklow St http://www.cornucopia.ie/
Need I say more?

***10. The Cedar Tree: 11 Sth Andrew St D2
A Lebanese restaurant, and possibly the only one left in Dublin without a website?
www.menupages.ie show menus with huge veg choice.


***11. The Chameleon: 1 Lwr Fownes St, Temple Bar D2 http://www.chameleonrestaurant.com/
Indonesian with dedicated vegetarian menu
 
The Cedar Tree                                         The Chameleon

*12. 101 Talbot: 100-102 Talbot St http://www.101talbot.ie/
3+ starters and 2 mains + same options on early bird.

***12. Monty’s of Kathmandu: 28 Eustace St D2 http://www.montys.ie/
Nepalese with wide choice of vegetarian dishes and dedicated vegetarian menu.

***13. El Bahia: 55 Clarendon St D2 http://www.elbahia.com/home.html
Moroccan with large range of choice for vegetarians
 
Monty's                                                      El Bahia

***14. Dada: 45 Sth William St D2 http://www.dadarestaurant.ie/
Also Moroccan with maybe less choice but still lots of vegetarian dishes

***15.Ciao Bella Roma: 24 Parliament St D2 http://www.ciaobellaroma.ie/
6 starters + 4 pasta mains, 8 pizzas
 
Dada                                          Ciao Bella Roma 

***16. Yamamori 71 Sth Gt Georges St D2, 38 Lwr Ormond Quay D1, 13 Sth Gt Georges St
Japanese - enormous variety and more choice than you know what to do with

***17. The Port House 64 Sth William St http://porthouse.ie/
Spanish tapas with appetisers, salads, cheeses + 4 pintxos (bar snacks)
 
Yamamori                                                     The Port House

*18. Odessa: 14 Dame Court D2 http://odessa.ie/
2 ‘sixers’ (€6 plates) 3 starters and 2 mains.

*19. L’Ecrivain: 109a Lower Baggot St http://www.lecrivain.com/index.html
Dedicated vegetarian menu (€60-choice of 2 starters and 2 mains.)

***20. Wagamama: South King St D2 http://www.wagamama.ie/
Fresh fast Asian food with lots for vegetarians.

**21. Jo’burger: 4 Castle Market http://www.joburger.ie/joburgertown
Big salads, nice sides + choice of two veggie burgers.

***22. Skinflint: Crane Lane http://www.joburger.ie/skinflint
Appetizers, 3 salads + 7 pizzas.
 
Wagamama                                                Skinflint

***23. Milano’s:  19 East Essex St D2, 38 Dawson St D2, 6 Excise Walk D1, Hanover Quay D2 http://www.milano.ie
Starters, salads, pastas +pizza

***24. Salamanca: 1 St Andrew St D2 http://www.salamanca.ie/
4 tapas starters, 9 veg tapas mains + nice side orders and bread

Salamanca 

*25. Olesya's Wine Bar 18 Exchequer St http://www.olesyaswinebar.com/index.html
2 starters and 1 main (vegetarians catered for on request stated on menu) + choice on 'nibbles and platters menu' and early bird.