A great little vegan place everyone should support
Posted on 03 / 27 / 2012
Cork's long been ok for veggies/vegans even if via Quay Co-op alone.But this sweet innovative cafe certainly adds to the range. 5-10 mins walk from the centre(depending where you start from) it's hardly on some remote back street, but it is away from the main bustle, which is a plus. I was with locals so had no trouble finding it.I couldn't guarantee the same for visitors,but a basic map should mean no probs.A radical left/anarchist bookshop opposite underscores a somewhat alternative/boho chic.I have only been once and can't say I paid loads of attention to the menu, but it seems to heavily lean to the raw which is fantastic - something we don't see enough of,and a niche hopefully destined to succeed (this is only my second raw EVER - the other being the more swish 'Saf' in London). VHF has a nice homely vibe, reasonable range at competitive prices (falafel,bread and some salad at 7.5E, Soup at 4E).That description alone really doesn't do the nosh justice. It is quite unlike any other falafel I have ever had, once my friend (who got to it first) got me past the idea of it not being hot (raw doesn't have to mean "cold" as I understand-more cooked below body temp I think),I have to say it was delicious, familiar and unusual all at once. What actually stood out most to me was the bean side salad, not usually something I'd give 2 thoughts to. The soup (spicy aduki bean) was slightly less to where I was at but the idea was great and my mate loved it. Salt would probably have made it for me, but I didn't get round to it. A wheatgrass based smoothie with too much other stuff in it to mention was a lot more accessible than most wheatgrass stuff I have had ('endured' is often a better word). All in all this will be a great find for Corkonians, visitors, vegans and ominvores alike. Genuinelly different without being at all intimidating. Affordable and tasty with interesting textures. Opening hours seem stable. There have an all you can buffet for 9E on a Wednesday eve. Best to check their website/FB page for finer detail I guess. Support this great small business. I certainly will each time I'm over. PS:The coffee point in "cons"-they don't have it-genuine commitment to health. I don't know why this would preclude decaff, maybe you'll ask. There's a vast array of other hot drinks and smoothies though, and it ain't like it's for ever, even for crazed addicts like moi. And risking custom for principle is actually very admirable methinks.
Totally vegan , Even feels really ealthy, Nice ambience in quiet part of town
Map might be useful if u aint local., No coffee may bug some