Before visiting Dublin, Ireland, I asked several people for restaurant recommendations and kept hearing the same thing again, and again: “You have to eat at Cornucopia.” Dublin has a few vegetarian restaurants, none are 100% vegan, but this one stood out to most locals and recent visitors as being the best of the bunch. On one of our first days in the city, we headed there for lunch and met up with Glauce from the All About (Vegan) Food blog.
Glauce walked us through the menu options. Everything is prepared in advance, allowing for quick service. You walk up to the counter, place your order, and are served immediately. There are several daily hot specials and cold salads to choose from. The options change every day, giving customers a chance to try new things each time they visit. The menu board clearly indicates which items are vegan, making it easy for us to spot our options.
John went for the special of the day, a butter bean and brazil nut fillet with mushroom gravy, roast garlic mash potatoes and steamed vegetables. The dish looked very retro, and we were a bit skeptical about how it would taste. It looked a bit bland but we were happy to find the fillet was sweet, savoury and well seasoned, with a nice, crunchy crust. The potatoes were infused with the flavours of fresh herbs, hence their green colour, and tasted great. The steamed veggies and mushroom gravy were nothing special, but overall the dish impressed us. The portion size was very generous, making us feel better about the €11.95 Euro ($14.78 USD) price tag.
John and I ordered the butter bean fillet to share but figured we might need a little something extra to top up the meal. I ordered a small salad, which meant I got to choose two of the daily options. I ended up with generous portions of the chickpea, roast aubergine, squash, sun dried tomato & baby spinach salad, as well as the sprouted barley, pea, scallion & spinach salad. The salad was fantastic, full of lots of healthy stuff and awesome flavours. It was only €4.50 Euros ($5.57 USD), which helped balance the cost of our meal. It was great value for money, and big enough to satisfy my lunch-time hunger.
Glauce had a lot of good things to say about the desserts at Cornucopia. She was a big fan of the vegan chocolate cake, as well as the vegan blueberry cheesecake. I’m not usually a fan of cakes made with silken tofu but figured I’d give them another chance. Sadly, my opinion remains the same. This was yet another vegan tofu cake with weird texture and mediocre flavour. This was €3.25 ($4.02 USD) we could have saved for a better treat.
If I had a chance to go back, I’d definitely give the vegan chocolate cake a try.
Cornucopia also had slices of sugar free apricot and cinnamon cake with tofu and cherry icing. Like most things in the restaurant, they had an old school vegetarian and hippie feel.
Cornucopia has recently been renovated and has a new, large dining area with lots of seating. It’s a cozy place to eat, with lots of good old fashion home cooked vegan and vegetarian food. Service is quick and prices are fair for the quality and quantity of the food. I will continue the tradition of recommending Cornucopia to vegans and vegetarians visting Dublin.
19 Wicklow Street
2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Tel: 01 6777583