Eight great places to eat vegetarian and vegan – The Irish Times

3 Sheets

Blackrock Market, Main Street, Blackrock, Co Dublin; 3sheets.co.uk

To know 3 Leaves is to love 3 Leaves, and that includes its chef-owner, Santosh Thomas, and his awesome wife, host-owner Milie Mathews. Everything about the tiny Indian restaurant in Blackrock Market is pure and simple, and their special thalis, samosa chaat and biryani have redefined the idea of ​​Indian food for many Irish people. A kitchen expansion in June will mean new items on the menu, in case you need more reasons to visit. Lisa Cope

Dooks Fine Foods

Kerry Street, Fethard, County Tipperary; 052-6130828, dooksfinefoods.ie

If life is too short to make an Ottolenghi salad, head to Richard Gleeson’s chic daytime restaurant, where lunch will cost you no more than €18. Trained in Ballymaloe and Ottolenghi, he offers lunch options including a trio of seasonal salads with beetroot hummus and freshly baked focaccia, bruschetta with all sorts of toppings and his Crowes pork sausage rolls. Corinna Hardgrave

Cafe Iyer

38 Pope’s Quay, Cork; 087-6409079, instagram.com/iyerscafe

For many years, Iyer’s was one of the few places to serve dosa, a thin crepe made with fermented rice and lentil batter. But whether you order dosa, samosa, uthappam, or a piece of pistachio and rosewater cake, Iyer’s is setting a benchmark for mindful comfort eating. He is 100% vegetarian and often vegan. Joanne Cronin

Izz Cafe

14 George’s Quay, Cork; 085-1495625, izz.ie

The story of Eman Alkarajeh and her husband, Izz, is often shared. From Palestinian territory to direct sourcing and finally opening their own cafe, they bring Palestinian food to life. Many dishes are vegetarian in nature. Try manaeesh (flatbread) or fatayer, a cheesy egg mixture baked in a fluffy batter and topped with traditional toppings such as ground beef, potatoes and olives. Follow with a sweet treat and their rich cinnamon infused coffee. JC


14-15 Main Street, Tramore, County Waterford; 085-2635555, mezze.ie

You might notice the queues outside Mezze before you spot the restaurant itself. Devoted locals and day-trippers congregate to get their hands on owner-chef Dvir Nusery’s Egyptian-style omelettes, French toast with challah bread and, of course, the full mezze platter with falafels, pitta, salads and sauces . There’s indoor and outdoor seating, plus a lovely backyard with an expandable tent and heaters. CL


43 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2; 01-5557755, picklerestaurant.com

The food at Pickle is so good that sometimes you forget the impact it had when the place first opened. But bring someone here for the first time and your eyes will be opened again, as if you were a tourist in your own country. The keema pao goat has gained cult status, but it’s also a place for vegetarians and vegans. This is one of the few restaurants where, whatever your dietary requirements, the food is spectacular. CH


40 Drumcondra Road Lower, Drumcondra, Dublin 9; 01-5322114, shuk.ie

Shouk owner Alon Salman says they want to bring the vegetables to life, not kill them, and a heaping dollop of their grilled smoked eggplant with tahini, tomatoes, zhug, pomegranates and spring onions will illustrate to how successful they are. The sincerity of their first-class food never wavers, and while plenty of Middle Eastern dishes are naturally vegan, there’s plenty for meat eaters too. The atmospheric courtyard seats 80 people, and a Middle Eastern food store and bakery will arrive later this year. CL

Sweet Beat Cafe

Bridge Street, Sligo; 071-9138795, sweetbeat.ie

Everything at Carolanne Rushe’s Sweet Beat Cafe is plant-based, but you might not realize it until you leave. From the crispy apple fritters to their OG hummus toast, everything is colorful and beautiful to look at, and best enjoyed on the terrace outside in sunny Sligo. CL

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