Most restaurants and other eating establishments have been offering vegetarian menus for years, but the explosion of interest in veganism in recent years has inspired some chefs to create entirely plant-based menus for their herbivorous clientele.
Here we introduce some fantastic options for vegan foodies who like to dine in style.
Castle Durrow, Co. Laois
Castle Durrow is dedicated to looking after guests’ every need, particularly in terms of dietary requirements. Whether in the dining room or as a wedding guest, the team at Castle Durrow will ensure that there is an option for all. Their delicious savoury Baklava is stuffed with olives, sun-blushed tomatoes, toasted hazelnuts and black forest tofu, drizzled with a carrot and tahini sauce. Another option is the vegan Filo basket, served with scented rice, stir-fried with Asian vegetables and topped with tempura bok choi and coriander.
Chapter One, Dublin
Chefs at Chapter One are delighted to cater for vegan guests and recently put together a sumptuous sounding vegan tasting menu for one lucky guest, with dishes such as a Shaved salad of celeriac, mixed seed crumb, apple and golden raisin purée, and Roasted green asparagus with Japanese tapioca and truffle. Two and three-course dinner menus are also available.
Chef Ross Lewis aptly states “…our food is a story that is still unfolding.” and this is certainly evident in Chapter One's ever-evolving menus, ever catering to changing tastes and trends.
Bushmills Inn, Co. Antrim
Bushmill’s Summer Spring Salad is packed full of goodness and delicious, fresh summery flavours. A combination of broccoli, sweet potato, avocado, quinoa, baby spinach, chopped garden herbs, pomegranate and toasted pumpkins seeds, with a zingy citrus dressing, will set you up for the rest of the day.
The Ice House, Co. Mayo
The Ice House has added several vegan options to their already extensive and creative vegetarian menu, such as mixed bean cassoulet with chicory and vegan feta; risotto, courgette and pea purée, organic chard, confit tomato and toasted pine kernels. If you’re looking for something a little indulgent, feast on their rhubarb fool with gingernut crumb.
The Wineport, Co. Westmeath
The Wineport, located on the banks of Lough Ree in Co. Westmeath, have also added some vegan options to their menus including a sweet potato, spinach and chickpea curry, served with basmati rice, rosemary and thyme flatbread. Their offering changes according to what's in season and the time of year, so we can look forward to many more delicious dishes as the seasons change.
The Merrion Hotel, Dublin
The Garden Room at the Merrion Hotel has recently launched an extensive, and entirely vegan menu, in partnership with author Holly White. Inspired creations that are sure to set guests’ taste buds tingling include soy-marinated tofu kebabs with satay sauce, chilli and coriander cress; root vegetable buddha bowl with balsamic maple dressing and crispy seaweed, and the deliciously decadent sounding sticky toffee pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. The Merrion has also added a vegan option to its afternoon tea offering which includes delicious plant-based treats such as finger sandwiches with beetroot hummus, carrot and basil cress, passionfruit and mango Eton mess; and banana, chocolate chip and walnut cake.
Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny
Mount Juliet Estate, recently upgraded to a 5 Star Hotel is dedicated to catering for each and every guest’s needs. Their vegan offering at The Hound Restaurant includes a variety of delicious dishes that are entirely plant-based. The menu changes regularly depending on what’s in season, but past menus have included Wellington of roasted pepper, courgette, spinach, basil and sweet onions, Wild mushroom ragout, braised rice, candied walnuts and sourdough croutons and for dessert, Coconut parfait with compressed pineapple and pineapple sorbet.
L'Ecrivain is happy to cater to guests seeking a plant-based Michelin meal, however, a couple of days notice is appreciated and allows the team to put together the perfect menu.
Once you taste the food, the additional organisation is more than worthwhile! A recent menu included decadent sounding offerings such as heritage beetroot with blackberries, hazelnuts and xeres dressing and Jerusalem artichoke with chanterelles, lemon and truffle.
Ireland's Blue Book Houses and Hotels are dedicated to meeting guests requirements and expectations, however, 24-48 hours notice is appreciated for dietary requirements - to make sure guests enjoy their visit as much as possible.
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