Sova Food Vegan Butcher Review by Linda Coogan Byrne

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It’s not every day one gets to make a reservation at a vegan only restaurant in Dublin. I was curious. I had heard about Sova Food Vegan Butcher from a few of my non vegan friends, who had raved about it. I repeat ‘non vegan friends’. When meat eaters rave about no meat on their plate someone is doing something right. Sova Food Vegan Butcher opened in May this year for a trial period until August in The Mart, Rathmines. A ground floor, hidden little treasure eight minutes from the city centre.

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The restaurant is located past a corridor of art studios and workshops in The Mart. It probably seats about forty. We were ushered in by Bart, a most welcoming host, and seated at one of their long schoolbench grey tables with a perfect orange daisy greeting us. The room is quirky, holistic even, with an air of (dare I say it?) hipster but with an elegance of stylish ‘New York’ chic. Beautiful art hangs on the walls and gives it that art gallery feel, offering many visual delights before we even began looking at the menu.

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The kitchen is exposed right behind the counter where a single chef works from a four-hob domestic oven. Literally, one oven! I pity the chef when it’s very busy! Everything is freshly prepared. He is an unstoppable force and takes great time in preparing each meal. It was lovely to see an artist craft his creations in clear view.

They don’t do starters as it is a ‘Sunday menu’ today – it’s straight to the main course. They don’t do desserts either on a Sunday, instead they offer a rather impressive selection of fresh juices which, like the food, nourish you from the inside out.

My guest today is chef and cookery teacher Michelle. She is a meat eating food maestro. She orders Lentils and Aubergine Meatballs with a creamy fennel and dill sauce, garlic crostini and pomegranate salad. When it arrived it was almost a pity to have to eat it, it looked so pretty. The flavours were a powerhouse, and each one complimented the other. The fennel was such a culinary delight. The flavours blossomed in the mouth.

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Presentation is stunning and all the food is served on edible plates made from compressed wheat bran, 100% natural and biodegradable. I took a bite out of mine at the end. It tastes like breakfast cereal.

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I ordered the Sage Potato Pancakes, saffron and mushroom ragu, smoked tofu lardones, and tomato chips. The saffron and mushroom ragu stole the meal for me. It was absolutely beautiful. I’ll be honest, they were that nice the rest of the meal is a blur. Drunk on lavish food is an understatement. I’m sure I’ll continue to get flashbacks for the next few days until I find myself walking in their door again as I am definitely going back. All for €9.90 for a main! You can not go wrong.

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The background of the Vegan Butcher is that it began as a regular Friday night pop-up in Paris Wine Bar in Dublin in September 2014 and has evolved and no doubt will continue to evolve. When I ask Bart (yes we were on first name terms, he is that welcoming and friendly!) if everything is going well he opens his arms proudly, looks around a room full of people enthusiastically eating and sampling each other’s food and says ‘looks like it’! He tells me that they are hoping to move after August into a full time premises in Dublin and I sincerely hope they do. If that exceptional chef can produce tasty healthy nutritional meals with one oven, good heavens what will he do in a restaurant kitchen with many ovens?

The sky is the limit and they now know it works. The demand is there. The people are thrilled and excited upon entering and upon leaving are satiated by an abundance of healthy food that doesn’t upset the wallet too much as our meal only came to €24.80 and included two soya flat whites in recycable cardboard cups. Bearing in mind it was a Sunday Menu with starters and desert absent.

All in all, if they keep doing what they are doing, and get to move to Dublin in to a full time premises, it’ll revolutionise eating out in the capital and I for one am very excited. Sustainable, affordable, eco-friendly Vegan eating and not to mention as the photos confirm – delicious. GO! Make a booking now!

Sova Food Vegan Butcher
46 Rathmines Road Lower
T: 085 727 7509

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Delighted to be the official vegan writer for TheTaste, bringing you all the best vegan friendly restaurant experiences and recipes. I’m an entertainment publicist, illustrator and writer. Besides the obvious love for music, art and words; I hold great passion for film, psychology, theatre, travel, health & fitness. I also have a diploma in nutrition and I am a vegan and coeliac. Web:

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