Highly sensitive people like you and me are more attuned to the feelings of others, such as those of animals. This is why a vegan diet is particularly interesting to us. I have been vegan for 3 years now and, as it seems to be relatively new in Ireland, it can be hard to find vegan restaurants that are tasty. That’s why I put together this list of my favourite, tried and tested, vegan restaurants in Dublin. Stay tuned for my list of Galway vegan restaurantssws coming up soon!
- Coccu– specialising in healthy food to go but they also do seated service. They do a delicious tofu salad topped with pomegranate seeds, lots of veg and a mustard vinaigrette yum!
2. Happyfood– a café and yoga studio that focus on vegan food. Literally all the food I have ever had there has been delicious! If you’re looking for a calm place to sit and read a book away from all of the crowds of the city this is the place for you.
3. Yamamori– this company has 3 different Japanese restaurants; one focusing on noodle dishes, another on sushi and the last has a bit of everything. I recommend going to the one that has a bit of everything. It has the best vibe and also has a great pub downstairs. Recommended dishes: mango sushi roll and marinated tofu!
4. The Rolling Doughnut– forgive me if I’m wrong but I think this may be the only vegan doughnut place in Dublin city! Their doughnuts are seriously tasty. Some of my favourite flavours include cinnamon-sugar, jam doughnut and pistachio.
5. Umi– a casual dining restaurant that focuses on Middle Eastern food! Falafels and Tatziki galore! And I’m talking about real crispy falafels not those soft moist ones that they seem to be selling in all the supermarkets these days.
- 6. The Nightmarket– located in Ranelagh, this Thai restaurant has a beautiful story behind it… the founder, a Thai lady herself, came over to work in Ireland only to find the love her life while working at another restaurant. They then set up their own restaurant together. How cute! Not only is their story fabulous but there food is too!
7. Pickle– an Indian food experience like no other! I would say its more upmarket than the average Indian restaurant… and the prices reflect that. But if you’re looking for quality Indian this is the place! After spending a month last summer in Sri Lanka, an island at the tip of India, I can confirm that this is proper authentic. They even serve their signature vegan dish on the traditional platters with lots of dips.
8. Chameleon– another great Thai place but this one is in the city centre in the famous temple bar area. A small but cosy place… with quirky interior; upstairs they have a Moroccan feel with puffs/cushions that sit at low tables.
9. Etto– not a vegan restaurant per say but if you ask in advance they make a seriously tasty vegan dish. It is a small, but cosy, Michelin restaurant… so expect smaller portions with complex flavours. This is a great one to consider if you’re the only vegan in a gang of meat-eater- it satisfies everyone.
- Fallon and Byrne– situated above a fancy grocery store, this French restaurant exudes class, with white tablecloths and waiters in waistcoats. This is another option to please all dietary requirements. But get this they have their very own vegan menu! Kind of unheard of for a French restaurant!
11. Zizzi’s– this is a chain restaurant, originally set up in the UK I believe. But don’t let that stop you from trying it out! It has a casual and friendly atmosphere. I had the best vegan pizza I have ever had here! They also have some vegan wines you can choose from.
12. Aoshima sushi and grill– located in Stillorgan, this Japanese restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside and it is often quiet during the week, because its further out from town, but it has some seriously tasty dishes. I always go for the Teriyaki tofu with rice and sometimes a miso soup on the side.
- Maritime Café– a hidden gem nestled in an old church. A must if you’re making your way out to Dun Laoghaire for the walk along the pier. They use the crustiest most delicious bread for their sandwiches. Ahh I’m just drooling thinking about it!
So that’s it folks. Let me know if you have tried any of these or if you have any other recommendations in the comments below. Also if you found this useful please share. I would be so grateful!
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