5 Reasons to Dine at Sova Vegan Butcher | Review

After hearing such great things about the food served in Sova Vegan Butcher, we just couldn’t wait to get there and try it out for ourselves. The experience was great, and the food served actually managed to exceed our high expectations!

Here are 5 reasons we loved dinning at Sova Vegan Butcher, and think you’ll love it too.

1. Beautiful Presentation

We all know the saying “you eat with your eyes first”. The presentation of a dish can lure you in or send you away. At Sova Vegan Butcher, every dish that came out was presented beautifully, in a way that made you want to dig straight in.

Our top rated dish for presentation at Sova’s is their King Skallops. Each mushroom skallop is presented with a dill potato cake base, and topped with beautiful kelp caviar. Complementing the mushroom skallops are a black pudding crisp, marinated cauliflower, and a beurre blanc sauce. Our only remark is that we wish the portion was bigger, as when we tasted it, it was so delicious, we just didn’t want it to end.

Sova Vegan Biutcher
King Skallops with dill potato cakes, kelp caviar, black pudding crisp, marinated cauliflower and beurre blanc sauce at Sova Vegan Butcher, Dublin. Image: Vegan in Ireland.

2. Fantastic Flavors

In terms of tastes and flavors, all the dishes we sampled at Sova Vegan Butcher ranged from good to excellent. Some of the dishes, like the King Skallops mentioned above, and the Caesar Salad displayed hereunder, were so incredibly delicious, it feels like they are calling us to come back for more.

The Caesar Salad main came with a beautiful creamy Caesar dressing that was simply spot on, accompanied by avocado slices, olive oil crostini, tempeh cuts, and “bacon” strips. As someone who is not a tempeh person, I was positively surprised. If you are going to make tempeh – this is the way to do it. The “bacon” stripes were outstanding, and the marriage of all the flavors was exceptional.

Caesar Salad at Sova Vegan Butcher
Caesar Salad with tempeh, “bacon”, olive oil crostini, avocado slices, and Caesar dressing at Sova Vegan Butcher, Dublin. Image: Vegan in Ireland.

3. Innovative Dishes

Another reason we loved dining at Sova’s was the creativity and innovativeness of the dishes. The menu is filled with interesting combinations of ingredients, textures and flavors. Furthermore, Barto, the owner and creator of Sova Vegan Butcher, and his team are not shying away from challenges, and are taking on major tasks like the creation of a vegan steak.

Seitan Steak at Sova Vegan Butcher
Seitan steak with mashed potatoes, green salad, kale and pepper sauce at Sova Vegan Butcher, Dublin. Image: Vegan in Ireland.

If you are looking for exact replicas of taste, texture and consistency, you won’t get it in this steak dish, or the chia burger dish also offered on the evening menu. However, if you are looking for a delicious, filling dish, with deep flavors and a comforting vibe – then both dishes are great options, with the Seitan Steak being the more distinctive.

Chia Burger at Sova Vegan Butcher
Chia burger with Coleslaw at Sova Vegan Butcher, Dublin. Image: Vegan in Ireland.

4. Friendly staff and service

Booking in advance is important at Sova Vegan Butcher, especially on the weekends. When we arrived at the restaurant this past Saturday evening, it was completely full, and we were delighted to have booked the upstairs table in advance.

We were greeted and welcomed by the staff, and were well taken care of by our waitress. Barto, the owner, was there as well and the atmosphere was welcoming and inviting.

5. Supporting a fully vegan restaurant

If all the reasons mentioned above weren’t enough, another reason we enjoyed dining at Sova Vegan Butcher was the fact that we didn’t have to double check the menu, or question the ingredients, or ask for special accommodations. At Sova’s everything is vegan. In fact, this is one of only three fully vegan dining venues in town.

And what about the desserts section? Well, let us share some really great news! The Vegan Dublin Food Tour, launching May 31st, will be stopping at Sova Vegan Butcher for a dessert tasting! So if you would like to sample Sova’s desserts as pat of our vegan food tasting tour, you are more than welcome to book your ticket here. We look forward to seeing you! 

Vegan Cheesecake at Sova Vegan Butcher
Vegan Cheesecake at Sova Vegan Butcher, Dublin. Image: Vegan in Ireland.

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