Located in a super cute and hip part of Dublin, within walking distance of Trinity College, Cornucopia has a cool and laid-back vibe. The neighborhood was picture perfect!
|On our way to Cornucopia|
|Cornucopia Wholefood & Vegetarian Restaurant Dublin, Ireland|
|Near Cornucopia Dublin, Ireland|
Although Cornucopia is a casual dining restaurant, it has a homey feel. In fact, I did not feel like leaving. It felt like I was hanging out in the house of a friend who was an excellent and health-conscious cook.
The menu changes on a regular basis. Vegan and Gluten-Free items are clearly marked and, if you're not sure about something, you can ask the staff. They are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Knowing that I probably would not have another opportunity to eat at Cornucopia any time soon, I asked the staff for suggestions of what to get and I was not disappointed.
I have read other reviews of Cornucopia and some people complained that the restaurant is too popular and there is a long line and / or they found it difficult to find a seat. We were there just after the lunch time rush and had no trouble at all finding a seat and no line to wait in.
|Cauliflower, Fennel and Puy Lentil Pie with Dill and Chervil Mash, Tomato and Rocket Salad, and Garlic Potatoes with Roasted Hazelnuts|
You order at a sort of cafeteria counter, choosing your main dish from their specials of the day and two fresh salads. We had a delicious, hearty Shepherd's-Pie-like item called the Cauliflower, Fennel and Puy Lentil Pie with Dill and Chervil Mash. The Garlic Potatoes with Roasted Hazelnuts were mouthwatering and satisfied my craving for vegan potato salad. The Tomato and Rocket Salad (Rocket = Arugula for the Americans) was only ordered because I thought I needed some greens, not because I thought it would be particularly amazing, but it really was very tasty and I found myself craving it the next day. The olives and dressing gave the fresh veggies a burst of flavor.
I missed a picture of our dessert because it mysteriously disappeared from the plate before the camera could come out. No idea how that happened. We had something like a berry crumble topped with vegan yogurt. It was heavenly. I could not control myself enough to get a picture of it, need I say more!?
|Vegan Scone and Jam|
I wanted to feel like I was eating real Irish food so we got vegan scones. I even took some to go because, well, they are THAT good and I had this crazy desire to have tea and scones for breakfast in my hotel room at some point during our Scotland / Ireland trip, but I was never able to make it happen in Scotland.
|Tea and Scone for Breakfast|
|I felt so good after eating this healthy food that I was literally running down the street, grinning from ear to ear.|