Christmas is officially over, and a fresh new year has just begun. More than likely we indulged a little too much over the festive season (although we regret nothing!) and the new year calls for smarter food choices to detox and cleanse our souls! In an ideal world we would all prepare healthy home-cooked dishes each day, but realistically we live busy lives, and sometimes lunch on the go will have to do. But eating out doesn’t have to mean eating unhealthily. We’ve rounded up some of Dublin’s best eateries to make your dining habits good for mind, body, and soul!
Even if you haven’t been to Nutbutter, you’ve probably seen its dreamy interiors all over your Instagram feed. Their self described “sexy healthy food” includes tasty poké bowls that are full of colourful and nutrient-rich ingredients. Here you can enjoy protein-rich bowls, fresh salad bowls as well as homemade soups and sweet delights like cocao & hazelnut toast and chocolate avocado truffles.
With two locations, Bachelors Walk and Tara Street, you won’t be waiting too long to get your Póg fix. Póg prides itself on creating fresh and wholesome food that is full of flavour. They’ve even started serving vegan afternoon tea, complete with sweet and savoury treats to tantalise your taste buds.
PangPang, you’ll be transported to the streets of Hanoi in no time.
EathosEathos makes your lunchtime dining a delightful experience – who said eating healthy had to be boring?
Brother HubbardBrother Hubbard’s Northside & Southside locations offer great choices for diners who are looking for healthy dishes. Opt for the 3-salad plate served with homemade sourdough bread and hummus for a guilt-free lunch. The salad offering changes daily so you won’t get bored any time soon. A favourite dish of mine is the vegan avo special; smashed avocado & chickpea on sourdough with green lentils, red onion, tomato, smoked maple crisps and pea shoots – perfect with an oat milk latté!
TangTang is greatly influenced by Middle Eastern flavours and made using fresh Irish produce. You’ll find Tang on Dawson Street and Abbey Street, so whether you’re Southside or Northside of the city you’re not too far away from a vibrant and hearty plate of food. They also open for brunch every Saturday with dishes such as buckwheat pancakes with almond butter, avocado eggs, and homemade nutty granola.
Two Boys Brew
From the moment this neighbourhood café opened its doors in Phibsborough, it was a much welcome addition, and an instant hit. I live nearby and the queues for weekend brunch are a regular sight, and a clear sign that these guys are doing something right. It’s so easy to eat healthy at Two Boys Brew with options such as slow-cooked porridge with roasted fruit compote, or vegan overnight oats with hazelnut butter! Enjoy larger dishes like avocado mash with beetroot hummus and crumbled feta (yum!), or harissa baked beans with soft poached eggs and chilli.
Sprout & CoSprout & Co’s signature salads such as the ‘sataysfied’ chicken bowl with brown rice and satay sauce; baked falafel bowl with sweet potato, tzatziki, and red cabbage or Japanese salmon with noodles, pak choi, and sweet miso dressing. For breakfast, you’ll be torn between vegan porridge with coconut milk and poached egg pots with various toppings.
Kale + CocoKale & Coco is complete without a smoothie bowl. A thick and creamy smoothie base made with ingredients including rice milk and frozen banana, that is then topped with an abundance of tasty toppings such as goji berries, coconut chips, mango, cacao nibs and more. Pair these pretty bowls with superfood lattés made with cashew milk and sweetened brown rice syrup. If you’re looking for healthy food fast, Kale & Coco is your one-stop shop.
Meet Me In The MorningMMIM provides diners with menus full of food provenance. Enjoy their eggs & greens, with McNally kale, garlic yoghurt, paprika, parsley, and poached eggs. Situated on Pleasants Street this popular café is guaranteed to give you a more than pleasant experience. Packed to the rafters at weekends a wait for a table is not uncommon. Pop into the café’s neighbour Reference, for a takeaway coffee while you wait to chow down on the fabulous food that awaits you.
Sova Vegan ButcherSova’s take on the staple dish or apple & cinnamon pancakes with whipped coconut cream.
SabaSaba has long been a favourite with Dublin diners. Its authentic food created by Chef Tao and his team uses fresh fruit and vegetables with fragrant herbs and spices that will leave you hungry for more. Their paleo caveman curry is one of their most popular dishes; full of flavour and low on calories. This gluten free dish is jam-packed with nutritious butternut squash, sweet potato, bok choi (to name a few) and served with a luscious red curry sauce. The Gaeng Karee Fuktong is another fantastic option for those on a health kick, this aromatic yellow curry is guilt-free, without losing any of its delicious flavour.
Sinéad is a Culinary Arts graduate from DIT. She is a passionate cook with a love of fine dining and modern Irish cuisine. A gin lover, Sinéad loves seeking out cosy new pubs and sampling a variety of craft beers.
If she’s not dining out, Sinéad loves travelling the world exploring new cultures and cuisines. Working with TheTaste allows Sinéad to fully immerse herself in the Irish food industry.