I've always been interested in eating well most of the time especially at home when cooking for myself. When it comes to eating out that's where things tended to fall apart when it came to clean eating. It seemed I was always the fussy person of the group, or if I tried to be easy-going I generally didn't feel particularly healthy afterwards. Thankfully Dublin food has improved so much lately. Whether you are gluten free, plant based, vegan, vegetarian there are definitely a lot more places catering to you.
Here is a list of my favourites
Sprout & Co - Newly popped up on Dawson Street this is the kind of place I've been waiting for for so long! Essentially this is healthy fast food. Think simple breakfasts, salads made to order with really pure ingredients, cold-pressed juices and clean treats and protein balls. They also do lovely coffee and have all sorts of dairy free options for those who don't want organic milk in their latte's. What I love is the value also. Of course you can get lots of extras thrown into your salad and drink three juices and spend a small fortune. But at the heart of it this is quick and reasonable eating. I hope it expands!
Honest To Goodness - Honest has been around for quite a while initially in the George's Street Arcade. Demand exceeded space and the queue was out the door most lunchtimes. They moved to Exchequer Street and both the premises and the menu grew. I think the breakfast here is really good. They are pretty strict about the cut off and my pleading eyes have been met with resistance asking for an omelette after 11 but it's all day Saturday and Sunday. They bake their own bread and also the menu involves ticking lots of boxes to customise so you end up with exactly what you asked for.
Balfes - The thing about healthy eating is that it can't all be about porridge and salads. When the occasion calls for it and something a bit more glamorous is called for Balfes is fabulous. Situated right beside The Westbury, this is a bright airy space and although the menu would cater to those who want posh burgers and chips as easily as those in need of something cleaner.
The Marker Hotel - I am a huge fan of the spa in The Marker Hotel and what's wonderful is the well-being ethos now extends to the menu. So much consideration has been put into really exploring the popularity of the likes of Deliciously Ella and Susan Jane White and expanding that vibe into the menu. After swimming and steaming myself in the spa and feeling super clean and make up free I felt little guilt tucking into this amazing vegan cheesecake.
Salt - No food post could be complete without mentioning Avoca. Championing the guys in Sprout early on, stocking raw caramel squares and cheesecake, and dairy free Happy Pear pesto long before they were mainstream is all in a day's work for Avoca. Years ago I associated Avoca with gifts and clothing but now it seems food has taken over. Salt was one of the first stores I saw that had dedicated in-house food concessions within. Not dissimilar to Daylesford Organic in the UK this could best be described as a positive food emporium. Last time I went here I had completed three days of a juice cleanse. I felt starving and in need of a rewarding meal but wanted to keep it healthy enough. A plate of sweet potato vegan fritters with lots of dips ticked all the boxes and was delicious but eased me back into normal eating easily and very socially - the place is always heaving! And yes... the glass of red wine was also deemed part of the reward!
I hope you enjoy these and if you've other places you think I should check out -let me know in the comments below !
Till next week!