Charming Atmosphere, Otherwise Standard
Posted on 09 / 15 / 2010
I visited Juice for dinner, within the window of eligibility for their three-course early bird dinner. Perusing the menu - and considering reviews below mentioned the small portion sizes when ordering a two or three-course meal - I could not find any combination that was particularly appetizing. Underwhelmed with the originality of dishes on the menu, I opted for their 'pasta dish of the day' which was slightly cheaper than the other main dishes. I also ordered a glass of pear juice.
The service was excellent, I must say. It felt almost as though you couldn't get away with anything without the waitress noticing. The second my water glass was empty it would be refilled! The atmosphere is nice, somewhat romantic with candles and flowers adorning the tables, youthful with groovy ambient music playing and a photo essay featured on the wall alongside the service desk/bar.
The food was generally good. The pear juice very good. Nothing too special though. Portion sizes were fair - which I like. I ordered their fruit crumble desert because I was hoping for something special to redeem 'Juice.' The desert was visually quite small, though, in retrospect, a decent portion size, plus tasty and healthy.
All in all, I wasn't impressed by 'Juice.' They bill themselves as Dublin's only true sit-down vegetarian restaurant - which is true. However, it seems as if they just asked 'what do vegetarian restaurants serve?' and copied that instead of doing something different. I ate at three other Dublin Vegetarian restaurants which are unique locations (not counting Govinda's as they are all over) and they each have their own flair. Juice gives the appearance of flair, but I witnessed very little.
Attentive staff, Nice Atmosphere
Nothing Special about it, Very standard menu