Anyone who thinks veganism is a fad is "a dinosaur, living in denial", according to London chef-restaurateur Alexis Gauthier, who's just announced that his fine-dining restaurant Gauthier Soho is to go fully vegan within the next two years. Citing an impending "global environmental catastrophe", and the fact that restaurants need to set an example, it's a bold move, and one that further cements the growth in plant-based eating across the western world.
Dublin tends to follow trends that happen in London (which tends to follow New York), so expect vegan dining options here to grow rapidly over the next 12 months, but there are already some brilliant places to eat plant-based food. While going full-time V might be too restrictive for most of us, sometimes you might just want to up your veggie intake or give your stomach a break from processing meat and dairy, so whether you're vegan or just vegan-curious, here are 12 of the best places in Dublin to eat plant-based food without losing out on flavour...
1. Veginity / Vish Shop
If you haven't tried Australian Mark Senn's vegan food before, either at their old veginity food truck in Portobello or from 'Vish Shop' at Eatyard, you need to sort that out. The vish and chips, made from cassava and seaweed, is the best fish substitution we've had, and the cauliflower 'wings' are a game changer, giving chicken a serious run for its money. They're in the process of opening a permanent site on Dorset Street, just north of the city, and we'll be first in the queue.
Delicious Middle Eastern, purse-friendly food in Drumcondra that's predominantly vegan, with pittas, falafel, mezze and flavour-packed salads. It's BYO too (€4 per bottle) so you can bring along your favourite vegan-friendly wine.
3. Pho Viet
Some of the best Vietnamese food in the city with a whole page on the menu dedicated to vegan and vegetarian dishes. Try the savoury pancake filled with bean sprouts, carrots, onions and peppers with their homemade dipping sauce, or the vegetarian bun (noodle bowl) with spring rolls.
4. Fallon & Byrne
The dining room above the high end food hall recently introduced a vegan-friendly menu, with dishes like roasted globe of artichoke with tomato pesto and pine nuts, and chocolate and peanut parfait. Plenty of vegan friendly wines too.
5. Sova Vegan Butcher
One of the go-to's for vegan's in Dublin for the past few years, Barto Sova's ever changing menu at Sova Vegan Butcher includes things like mac n' cheese, seaweed chowder with samphire and strawberry and cashew nut cheesecake.
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