Tasty vegan eats in Glasgow, Scotland

In terms of vegan-friendly-ness, Glasgow is at the top. The city has 5 totally vegan restaurants. In fact, according to HappyCow.net, it has 5 vegan restaurants and only 3 vegetarian restaurants! I think one of the reasons why I am so impressed with Glasgow’s vegan food situation is because I wasn’t expecting it to be so awesome. The best part: All the food was really tasty! We ate at 4 of the 5 vegan places and visited the 5th (we had just eaten or we would have tried #5 out too!), and across the board the food was great.

We also noticed that the vibe was very similar from restaurant to restaurant. They all were very comfortable and large, with free wifi, and appeared to have similar handwriting across the chalkboards. From speaking to a waiter at Mono (the final place we tried), it seems that they were all founded by the same guy, but each restaurant’s chef creates his or her own menu.

So I thought I would give you the roundup on Glasgow’s vegan awesomeness, to encourage everyone to flock to Glasgow and get eating!

Saramago:

Saramago is located right next to/part of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow just off of a main walking street. It’s an excellent place to take a break from walking/art-seeing, has free wifi, and tasty food. Also, make sure you at least go into the CCA so you can see the beautiful building. Saramago’s bathrooms are actually in the CCA, so you may see it a bit even if you don’t want to.

Saramago and a pensive Molly

Saramago and a pensive Molly

Saramago interior

Saramago interior

Saramago artichoke hearts

Saramago artichoke hearts

Saramago tempura

Saramago tempura

Saramago grilled aubergine

Saramago grilled aubergine

Saramago dolmades

Saramago dolmades

Saramago root veggie chips

Saramago root veggie chips

Saramago brownie sundae dessert

Saramago brownie sundae dessert

Saramago coconut lime raspberry cake

Saramago coconut lime raspberry cake

As you can see, we ordered lots of food. Which lead to it being a bit expensive… But very tasty!

Stereo:

We actually went to Stereo twice, but only took pictures once. Our biggest comment about Stereo is that it is H-O-T in there! Open some windows, guys! Also, if the pictures below look familiar it is because we posted about Stereo in our “South Side of Glasgow” post!

Stereo

Stereo

Stereo interior

Stereo interior

Vegan haggis pizza, salad and house coleslaw

Vegan haggis pizza, salad and house coleslaw

TLT with salad and chips

TLT with salad and chips

The 78:

The 78 had our favorite desserts in Glasgow. And the good was stellar, too. But seriously, look at those desserts! Those of you who know me will be shocked to learn that I ordered that chocolate torte. But I ate every single bite of it! The only thing I would have changed was to add more raspberries. But everything is better with more raspberries, right? The chocolate was amazing, the ginger crust was the perfect compliment. A fantastic dessert. And, oh yeah, Dan loved his brownie sundae as well! Also, we forgot to take an exterior shot. Don’t be mad!

The 78 onion rings and hummus plate

The 78 onion rings and hummus plate

The 78 burger

The 78 burger

The 78 quesadilla

The 78 quesadilla

The 78 chocolate raspberry ginger torte

The 78 chocolate raspberry ginger torte

The 78 brownie sundae

The 78 brownie sundae

Mono:

Mono was the final vegan place we made it to while we were in Glasgow, and I think it may have been my favorite. It probably didn’t hurt that we were there right at opening time so we had the (giant) place more or less to ourselves. It was the perfect place to decompress for a few hours before catching our bus to Liverpool. Great wifi, fantastic food, and an awesome venue that also has music and a cool zine shop and record shop in it. We highly recommend it! I mean, just look at the food…

 

Mono

Mono

Fancy lemonade at Mono

Mono smoked tofu pesto mayo sandwich

Mono smoked tofu pesto mayo sandwich

Mono awesome pepperoni pizza

Mono awesome pepperoni pizza

And there was also vegan sticky toffee pudding for dessert, but the picture seems to have disappeared! So you can visualize it in your head. A slab of awesome, gooey cake with a scoop of ice cream on top, drizzled with caramel sauce! Yup. Aren’t you sad I can’t find the picture??

There is one more vegan restaurant in Glasgow, a bar called The Flying Duck, that we simply didn’t have time to visit. But they have vegan bar food, so definitely look it up if you have a craving while in Glasgow.

So those were our awesome eats in Glasgow. I highly recommend Glasgow – and Scotland in general – as a place to visit as a vegan. You will have tons of vegan options throughout Scotland (I promise!), and Scotland is so beautiful it will make your soul hurt.

Dublin Vegan Food Post

Dublin has many options for vegan diners. We spent 6 days there and tasted some standout vegan options. Below are some of our highlights.

Govinda’s Vegetarian Restaurant

Govinda's Restaurant (one of three Dublin locations)

Govinda’s Restaurant (one of three Dublin locations)

Govinda’s restaurants can be found in various cities around the globe. It is a Hare Krishna chain of vegetarian restaurants. I only hope that the other locations serve food of the same quality (and volume) as we experienced in Dublin. There are three locations in Dublin and we ate at two of them. The restaurants offer small plates for €6.95 and large plates for €10.45.  This price may seem like a lot but the large plate did feed both of us for two full meals.  Below is what you can expect from large plate:

Govinda's large plate

Govinda’s large plate

In addition to the plates being almost comically overloaded with food, the food was genuinely excellent. There are new items each day and you are able to pick and chose from about a half dozen dishes each day. Just ask which options contain dairy products, as usually one or two of the dishes do. This was the first restaurant we visited in Dublin and I was reluctant to even try another place with the value and quality of food provided at Govinda’s. Sadly, not all restaurants in Dublin take a page out of Govinda’s ‘wallet-friendly’ approach.

Cornucopia Wholefood and Vegetarian Restaurant

Cornucopia

Cornucopia

Cornucopia Vegetarian Restaurant in Dublin is considered the top of the line in regards to veggie cuisine. Let me start by saying that I really wanted to like the the restaurant.  The Cornucopia cookbook is on sale online and in the store for a price of just under €40.00 (which is about $53.00 US).  In my mind this sets the bar quite high. One concerning trend I noticed while waiting in line was that several plates being bused had a substantial amount of food remaining. Conversely, there were positive trends such as the lengthy line and number of patrons in the restaurant. We chose one entree and also the soup of the day – with extra bread!

Cornucopia pastry with salads

Cornucopia pastry with salads

Cornucopia soup with extra bread

Cornucopia soup with extra bread

In the end the food was not all that memorable. The pastry was outstanding but the soup and salads did not match that level of quality. If you do order soup and want try more than just one variety ask for the ends of the loafs! Our server indicated to us that no one wanted them and additional bread is always a welcome addition to soup.

One item I will point out is that the chefs at Cornucopia compose new menu items each and every day. This certainly provides a lot of variety for the local vegan community but some of the dishes may miss the mark with such a quick turnover.

Beirut Express

Beirut Express

Beirut Express

Beirut Express is a Lebanese restaurant in Dublin that serves meat and also offers several vegetarian and vegan options. It is just a few minutes walk from the middle of the Temple Bar district across the street from City Hall and Dublin Castle. We chose this location after we were unable to successfully locate Lurve – a vegan cafe located in the Temple Bar district. We later learned that Lurve is only open Thursday through Sunday and is located in Lucy’s Lounge.

Beirut Express offered a diverse menu and we shared three smaller dishes.

Beirut Express salad

Beirut Express fatoosh salad

Beruit Express hummus

Beirut Express baba ganoush

Beirut Express platter

Beirut Express falafel platter with hummus and pickles

The food stood out and you could tell that great care was taken in both preparation and presentation. We observed that the portions on entrees were generous if you choose to skip appetizers and dive right in. It is in a prime location and is a worthy stop after spending a few hours touring sights such as Dublin Castle.

Bubblicity

Bublicity, Dublin

Bublicity, Dublin

Bubblicity is Ireland first bubble tea shop. We happened upon it totally by accident. It is quite vegan friendly while also offering fresh-squeezed juices. Bubblicity is located in a small indoor shopping center at 26, George’s Street Arcade. If you are looking for a dessert option downtown it is a wonderful place to check out. Pro-tip: go for a mix! They will let you mix and match any of the bubble tea flavors. A large strawberry/pineapple combo comes highly recommended. And all the flavors are vegan if they use soy milk powder instead of cow’s milk powder!

Look at all of those bubbles!

Look at all of those bubbles!

If you are visiting the United Kingdom and Ireland, make sure you check out our previous posts on vegan options in London!

London Vegan Food Part 1 

London Vegan Food Part 2

London Vegan Food Part 3

A round up of the amazing vegan options in Glasgow will be coming up soon!