Check out 5 vegan eats that I can personally vouch for in Dublin, Ireland!
This ah-mazin’ multicultural city is bursting with energy, attitude, history, and good food! Unsurprisingly, Dublin is probably one of the coolest places I’ve been to on my travels. Plant-based foodies don’t fret, there is PLENTY of deliciousness to be had in this lively place.
Sova Vegan Butcher: My dear deity yes! This place was on the top of my list for vegan restaurants to try in Dublin and it was phenomenal. Sova Vegan Butcher was off the charts in creativity and presentation. Our plates looked absolutely perfect and tasted even better. The restaurant opened just over a year ago in a small two story hole in the wall just a 10 minute walk from downtown Dublin’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Almost instantly this little restaurant sprang to life as vegans and non-vegans alike marveled over the creations coming from the back kitchen.
I ordered the Seitan Steak with pepper sauce, truffle mashed potatoes, red onion confit, and kale crisps. WHAT. WAS. LIFE. BEFORE THIS?? I really truly don’t know how I’ve lived without this food. I feel honored to say I’ve sat in the presence of such great mastermind chefs, watched them work tirelessly in the kitchen just steps from our table, and then squealed with excitement as these masterpiece plates were laid out before us. Am I over reacting? No, I’m really not. The truffle mashed potatoes had me rethinking everything I ever knew about good mashed potatoes, the steak and pepper sauce had me trusting in the meatless revolution, the red onion was flawlessly sweet and tangy, and the kale crisps may have possibly been the best thing on the entire table (how?).
Josh ordered the tarragon crusted porc medallions with Jerusalem artichoke buckwheat risotto, steamed baby veggies, and mustard jus. I can honestly say I’ve never had anything like it! The porc medallions just melted in your mouth with perfect notes of savory and sweet and a nice crisp around the edges, the veggies were fresh and tasty, the risotto was unique and exceptionally flavored and textured. Truly, it was a phenomenal dish.
Luckily, Josh and I share everything we eat (YAY), so we get to try more options. As many of my friends know, I have a serious scarfing problem. I get so excited about food I could probably fit an entire meal on my fork as I swoop it into my watering mouth. I was so impressed with Sova Vegan Butcher, I SAVORED every bite. I actually took my time to eat. Josh was shocked. I didn’t want it to end! If you’re in Dublin, vegan, vegetarian, meat-eaters alike, you will LOVE this restaurant. Just be warned, we tried to come back on a Sunday for lunch and they were completely booked :’( reservations only! I was sad but I could understand why. Just call in advance if you’re worried about getting a table on the weekend.
McGuinness’s Take Away: The mecca for vegan drunchies (drunk munchies) after a night out! This chipper shop (cheap fast food to-go) offers a full vegan menu that spans the size of the side wall. They have everything from chickpea burgers and double bacon cheese burgers to curry cheese fries, vegan battered sausages and veggie pizza! Walking in, it looks like any other chipper in town, but seeing the full vegan menu made my eyes light up and my mouth drop open. Having so many options is a rarity! Sometimes you just want a mouthful of deep-fried delicious fare. This was one of those times. I went for the chickpea burger and Josh ordered the double bacon cheese burger. Within a couple minutes our food was handed over and we grabbed a barstool to eat at the counter. Neither of us could wait! It was an explosion of taste, combining literally everything you could want from a late-night bite. Josh and I glanced at each other with that look of pure satisfaction and went right back to eating. After the burgers we were surprisingly full. I really wanted to order the curry cheese fries or the battered sausages but I couldn’t hang. We came back the next day to find they weren’t open yet and left Dublin sadly without trying more of their food. Next time I visit Ireland you can bet I’ll be in McGuiness’s with my friends and this time I will stuff in those curry cheese fries!
Aperitivo: A cozy little hole in the wall pizza café offering delicious espresso and a separate vegan menu. The pizza, yes, but those paninis, YAS! Creamy vegan cheese layered with sautéed mushrooms, fresh greens, and truffle oil in a toasty roll makes a fantastic lunch item. Their vegan B.L.T. is equally a smash hit. Thankfully on our first visit we were able to snag a slice of their divine vegan chocolate cake before it disappeared (of course we went more than once!). This shop is located in Temple Bar, which is one of the best and most popular spots to visit in Dublin. We were happy to have found a place to grab a quick bite at a good price with a variety of options.
Yumo: I’m going to start this by saying if you’ve never had ramen from a Japanese restaurant or home, you’ve never had real ramen. ‘Top Ramen’ is a sad interpretation of a phenomenal delight. When I was first introduced to ramen by a good friend, I felt like I had been cheated and lied to my whole life. Ramen is now and forever one of my favorite foods of all time. A combination of umami, salty, and spicy make up the perfect blend for ramen broth. Slippery noodles, a variety of veggies, and tofu submerged in a rich bath come together to form one of life’s greatest foods, Japanese soup. We were so excited to find a ramen spot within walking distance of our hostel. Yumo is a tiny little place on a busy street that offers a build-your-own style ramen menu with vegan options. They have an awesome selection of toppings and offer a generous bowl. Needless to say, we left there full and content. We tried both vegan broths and found each to embody their respective flavors, shoyu and miso. This was a great find as some of the other ramen places nearby use egg noodles or meat-based broth. Vegan win!
Umi Falafel: Sweet cheap salvation! Thankfully, falafel is huge in Dublin. Back home, falafel is one of my go-to lunch items. It’s delicious, fairly prices, filling, and perfect in a time crunch. Umi is a small chain with a solid customer base. In Dublin, they are conveniently located on Dame St. (a central area) right by the bus stop. They offer take away or sit-in, but they are always packed. We opted to sit-in since it was chilly outside and we wanted to take a break. The decor was simple but trendy and chic. The menu had a plethora of vegan options but we both ordered falafel pitas. Josh got the Lebanese version and I opted for the Palestinian (spicy); both were tasty. This spot is great for the vegan on the go. We had falafel two other times on our trip and this was the best of the three.
Dublin is truly a fantastic city to visit. We enjoyed just walking the streets and admiring the architecture and ambiance. The food selection was an A+ in our book. With so many vegan options in walking distance it’s hard for a foodie not to love it! One particular perk is that many places will list allergen information on the outside menu. This makes it easy to find something before you go in to a restaurant, as many places do offer vegan items even if they serve meat. The other awesome thing we learned, Guinness beer is now officially vegan! You can enjoy a pint, cruelty-free, in any establishment (Guinness is pretty much the only beer people drink in Ireland), or take a trip to the storehouse, which is something we recommend!
Have you been to Ireland, live in Ireland, or planning a trip? Comment below your favorite eats or somewhere you’d like to visit!
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