Respond to Review of Cafe Paradiso
by Laura Hall
Review: It deserves the hype, Cafe Paradiso is really the best veggie restaurant in Ireland, and probably Europe. The food is strongly focused on local produce, and the quality is frankly better than most of the top veggie restaurants I've been to around the world (with possible exception of Millenium in San Francisco). Common main courses include aubergine sandwiches of spinach, pine nuts and local cheese; stuffed cabbage leaves of oyster mushrooms and chestnuts served with cider-sage sauce; couscous cake served over steamed greens with harissa sauce. I've brought hardened carnivores here, and they loved it. There's a long wine list, with several reasonably priced options. It is expensive, even by Irish standards, but there is an early bird special at the moment so you can get three courses for 28 euros. The portions are not huge, so you need to budget for eating at least two courses. After recent flooding, the decor has changed again, for the better, and is modern but relaxed. The vegan options can be thin on the ground as Dennis Cotter is a big lover of cheese, but if you talk to the lovely staff they will advise you on which dishes can be adapted- usually 3 of 7 main courses, and 4 of 7 starter options. A meal in Paradiso makes for a very special evening out.