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Jul 15th, 2009, 09:55 PM
have you had a look at http://www.happycow.net/europe/ireland/dublin/ ?

I like Govinda's, really good value if you're ok with the religious background.

Jul 15th, 2009, 10:02 PM
I looked at happy cow and at http://vegans.frommars.org/ireland/ but the conflicting reviews confuse me - as will any comments here, to be honest! And some of the reviews are pretty old now.

Happy to try Govinda's - but their online menus seem to be a bit paneer heavy!

Jul 16th, 2009, 06:48 PM
they have a daily changing menu, you can just go in and ask for a mixed plate of everything that's vegan that day :)

Jul 16th, 2009, 11:18 PM
Wish I knew this last year was in Dublin to see The Killers and Bloc Party at Marley Park. We made it a week holiday and I struggled. Beautiful place though, hired a car and went off every day. :D

Jul 17th, 2009, 09:54 AM
If you are here on Saturday then head to the Dublin food co-op for some of Natasha`s living food. The chocolate ganache cake thing is sooooo good. She also does raw hummous and other goodies. They have a a small cafe there too so you can buy your goodies and sit with a cuppa to wash it down with. Plenty of veg and other staples on sale there too.

They do have a website http://www.dublinfood.coop/index.html

Cafe bar deli pizza is also somewhere handy to go and they are always good about giving you some other toppings instead of the cheese. They also do salads which you can again ask for without cheese.

Jul 17th, 2009, 12:42 PM
The west of Ireland isn't great for visiting vegans although farmers' markets are currently thriving and sometimes good places to pick up vegan items.

The only vegetarian (vegan on request) restaurants in County Clare (Holywell) went, errrmmm, belly-up recently. Meanwell Wholefoods in Ennis and Kilrush and The Grainey in Scariff are highly recommended.

Cork, Galway and Dublin would be the best places to try and I've heard that Kinsale is good. Otherwise, bring your own!


Jul 25th, 2009, 05:23 PM
More vegan queries re: Dublin. I want to know any good pet shops in central Dublin - preferably not selling animals, or if they do, that they look after their animals well.

I will be staying in my sister's house in Marino while she and her partner are away. Her partner has a cat, Tiggy, who of course I will be looking after and I would like to get her some treats, toys etc. I don't know where they go for her stuff (the supermarket I suppose). I could buy some here but I worry about security (catnip?!). And also I want to see what she has already and what she likes I buy stuff.

Jul 27th, 2009, 10:14 AM
Sorry I dont know any pet shops - cant think of any I have seen in town. You can bring things on the plane with you though as long as its not liquid. I have carried all kinds of things back with me as it is cheaper for me to buy it in the UK - nooch, flaxseed and the only thing I have taken away from me was some pate stuff in a tin grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I tried to argue with the security people but they were having none of it. Bloomin` jobsworths at Bristol Airport anyway.

Will keep my eye out though for a pet shop here in town and report back if I see one!

Jul 27th, 2009, 10:24 AM
Thanks Jibber - I looked around online and I saw conflicting reports re: pet shops and how they take care of their animals. Hate animals and fish etc being sold in pet shops.

Jul 31st, 2009, 02:05 PM
I'm going to be in Dublin the bank holiday weekend. Any up to date information? I will be going to Cornucopia, are they still good? There was talk of them expanding but has anything happened about that?
I'll mostly be self-catering (minding my sister's house on the northside) but want to know a couple of good places in the city centre.

Apologies, I am only getting around to this now, I have been away. Cornucopia has a great vegan salad bar as has blazing salads close by. It hasn't expanded yet but work should start soon. Dublin food co-op is great on saturday. If you are near clontarf there is a supermarket called Nolans that sells a lot of good stuff,also there are plenty of 'Farmers Markets' selling veg and crafts. The one in st annes park is quite nice and you can get veg as well as cooked falafels there. Bring lots of money though cos things are quite expensive. There's a health food shop in Fairview that will have some vegan staples like cheezly should you require that.
Don't know about petstores, i haven't seen one that doesn't sell animals. The food coop might have some treats...

Oct 1st, 2009, 12:10 AM
Hells Pizza
Just back from this place on Camden St and they do a totally vegan pizza. Its on the menu so you dont have to ask for no cheese! It is totally yummy and the kumara fries are good too. Will totally be going back for more. Good value too.

Oct 1st, 2009, 09:42 AM
That's great news. Thanks jibber. I'll bear it in mind for the (very infrequent) Dublin trips.

Dec 19th, 2009, 03:34 PM
Just accidentally found this thread and very happy I have. I am visiting Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway in January. New to veganism so finding many things tricky, was actually worrying about what to eat on my trip away. Some good ideas here though, thank you all.

Jan 17th, 2010, 06:52 PM
Hells Pizza
Just back from this place on Camden St and they do a totally vegan pizza. Its on the menu so you dont have to ask for no cheese! It is totally yummy and the kumara fries are good too. Will totally be going back for more. Good value too.

I ate there last week and I was pretty disappointed with the vegan pizza to be honest. The base tasted really processed and the refried beans didn't really work as a topping. A pity, cause I was really looking forward to it.

Jan 17th, 2010, 07:40 PM
A major blow for Ennis in County Clare was when the Holywell Italian restaurant closed last year. They actually knew what the word vegan was!

There is another Italian restaurant in Ennis (the long-established Sicilian) whose menu states "all our dishes can be made vegetarian". I might pluck up courage to go and see what they know about veganism. I'll probably end up with spaghetti with olive oil and garlic which can be, when done properly, a wonderful dish.

I wonder how their seafood platter could be "made vegetarian". :D

Jan 18th, 2010, 10:27 AM
Wow, is Ennis that bad for vegan friendly restaurants? I forget how lucky I am in Galway sometimes.

Jan 18th, 2010, 10:31 AM
It is. It's a "turkey, bacon and cheese wrap and hold the salad" town; fast food joints abound.

Realistically, there are one or two places that are sympathetic towards vegetarianism; tread with caution!

Jan 18th, 2010, 11:29 AM
God, that sounds terrible! I don't think I could handle that, eating out is one of lifes great pleasures for me.

Jan 18th, 2010, 11:38 AM
Fortunately, we're not big eaters-out and grow some of our own food. Between us, we can be quite creative with our meals and so are quite happy with home cooking!

Our social pleasure tends to come from music sessions as we both play (me fiddle, she flute) so eating-as-entertainment doesn't occur often.

I know Galway is far better than Ennis food-wise. Maybe when the railway is up-and-running (if ever!) we might meet and you can show me the sights!

Jan 18th, 2010, 01:40 PM
If I still live in Galway at that stage! Making the move to the big shmoke (Dublin) in a few months. Sounds to me like you'd love the Crane bar, they have some great sessions in there.

Jan 18th, 2010, 02:50 PM
Been there, yes, very good. Ennis (well, Ennis is for 'kids' really!) is well-catered-for in trad music - but it's best in out-of-the-way spots. You could spend your whole life in the county and not visit all the music sessions out in the country. The best are word-of-mouth, impromptu of course.

No chance of vegan food outside of Ennis, though. Where would you recommend for vegan food in Galway, Barry?

Jan 18th, 2010, 03:05 PM
I'm going to cheat and paste in something I wrote in another thread:

Well there are two great Indians called Tulsi (I ate there tonight, it was lovely) and Kashmir, both are totally vegan friendly. There's a great pizza place called Milano that has no problem seving cheeseless pizzas that are amazing. Da Tang noodle house has a great veggie section that's almost all vegan - with loads of tofu dishes. La Salsa does faux mexican food and they have vegan burritos and tostados, it's pretty cheap and cheerfull! Ard Bia does some good veggie grub although it's always hard to get a seat. Couch Potato does classic Irish baked spuds with loads of different toppings that can be made vegan, the soup is always vegan as well. The best Chinese is called the Golden Rickshaw, plenty of tofu there as well! Thai Garden does passable enough Thai food although I have to say, one thing Galway doesn't have is a great Thai place..

I have to say I've rarely had a problem eating out in Galway, although finding a good breakfast place is a bit of a chore. Of all the restaurants I mentioned I'd say Kashmir is the best, it's also the most authentic Indian food I've had in Ireland, well worth a visit if you likes your curry!

Jan 18th, 2010, 03:07 PM
Ta for that.

Jan 19th, 2010, 11:09 AM
Warning: Hell fry their fries/wedges etc with the chicken!

(Also I have to say I'm not a huge fan of their vegan pizza, although it is nice to have a vegan option on the menu of a pizza place). I find Milano's much better for vegan pizza - yes, you have to ask for it without the cheese, but it's so yummy!

Where else have people found in Dublin that has good vegan options? I no longer live there but I do go back quite frequently, my favourite place to eat is Cornucopia and I also like Juice although it is a bit expensive, and there's a lovely Lebanese on Trinity St. called The Cedar Tree that has some nice vegan options. Also Lisa's Trattoria out in Terenure are great.

Jan 19th, 2010, 11:24 AM
Absolutely love The Cedar Tree, really good food. I really like Cornucopia as well, the vegan fry up is great. The Indian buffet in the Epicurian Food Hall is pretty vegan friendly as well, the pilau rice, veg curry, dhal and all the veggie starters are vegan. It's pretty good value as well, €9.50 for all you can eat.