Khow Thai, Galway

Khow Thai, Galway

Khow Thai, Galway

Literally the nicest spring rolls I have had has been in the Khow Thai restaurant in Galway.

Located in an industrial estate in Galway city, I only accidentally happened across it as I was walking down to meet the hubby for lunch early one afternoon. I have taken up the habit of checking the menu of new restaurants I pass to see if they offer vegan options, and to my delight this one did.

About a week or so later we visited, just to have a quick dinner and the wonderful waitress there suggested that we tried the fresh spring rolls. They were absolutely like no spring roll I had ever tasted before, they were just delicious, a mixture of green asparagus, avocado, coriander, mint, in baby leaves with garlic, plum and cashew nuts, healthy and super tasty.

Asking about the vegan dishes available was greeted with a detailed knowledge of which dishes we could have and which dishes could be altered to suit, all being no problem at all.

I ordered the vegan Phad Thai, which is rice noodles, a mix of vegetables and tofu with crushed nuts, chilli flakes and a wedge of lemon on the side. Alan ordered a vegan yellow curry again with vegetables and a generous helping of tofu with a side portion of rice.

Both dishes were really genuinely delicious. So much so we have eaten there quite a few times since and have gone back and forward between ordering the same two dishes. They are even perfect for sharing to get the benefit of the different tastes and textures unique to each dish in one sitting.

As they explain on their website, ‘Thai cooking places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge. It is known for its complex interplay of at least three and up to four or five fundamental taste senses in each dish or the overall meal: sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy.’

Just to reiterate, apart from the food being delicious, I’d really like to note that all the staff we have met there have been very helpful and on hand to guide us through what dishes we could and couldn’t eat, the front of house staff all knew what was in each dish and there was no problem at all making the dishes vegan.

If you are in Galway, I would definitely recommend a visit or just in case the Liosbaun Industrial Estate is too far out all of their dishes are available to order via their website http://khowthai.ie.

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Khow Thai
19A, Merrion House, Liosbaun Industrial Estate,
Galway, Ireland

091447630 / 091458084

Image below the Yellow Curry

The Skinny Kitchen Belfast

The Skinny Kitchen, Belfast

The Skinny Kitchen, Belfast

Keeping with our recent visit to Belfast, one of our go to places to get a really nice vegan meal is the Skinny Kitchen. Located on the Boucher Road, unlikely enough amidst a retail park, that being said it is easy to find parking and the place is usually full.

Most of the items on their menu are available as vegan options, where you can swap out a section for a vegan substitute and there are some dedicated vegan meals also available.

One of the first times we went there it was completely by accident, whilst driving past I spotted their sign and we decided to pull in. Ironically enough we had eaten not too long before this, never the less we have decided to try something in every vegan restaurant, café we come across.

Our first meal there consisted of a vegan pizza on a tortilla base with a bowl of messy skinny sweet potato fries for sharing between the two of us. The meal was tasty and definitely very filling, but then again it was our second dinner that day. I also spotted on that occasion that they did vegan desserts but no matter how much I wanted one, there was definitely no space.

We quickly decided that we were going to have to make a return visit. A few weeks later we were back up visiting family and decided on having a full dinner there.

This time I opted for the noodles and Alan had the chilli followed by the dessert, a healthy banana, coconut cream, chia seed and mixed grain, nuts and dried fruit mix. Again the meal was filling and delicious, it is actually really nice to be able to go to a restaurant and have the vegan alternative options on the menu, so you pretty much know what choices are available.

Most times when asking, it feels like it can be too much effort, or that you are being awkward, or then there are the times the meat or dairy section is taken out and there is nothing extra put in leaving you with half a meal for the same price.

The Skinny Kitchen is definitely an excellent place to visit if you are on the look out for good vegan food in Belfast. The have various other locations from Ibiza to Canterbury and Bournemouth, and their menu is available online at https://www.skinnykitchen.co, do take note that the menu may slightly vary from location to location.

The Honest Vegan, Belfast

The Honest Vegan, Belfast

On our last visit to Belfast, we had previously eaten in a place called Raw on the Lisburn Road, and after two days of traveling and visiting family, we decided a nice sit down vegan meal was in order.

So we made our way back to Belfast, to revisit Raw. When we arrived we noticed that they had changed their name, but it wasn’t until later, during the meal, that we realised it was a completely new business. Previously know as That Vegan Café, they had relocated from the Strandmillis to the Lisburn road and renamed as the Honest Vegan.

Being a vegan for just over a year, I have quickly learned all the establishments we can eat in. I have almost a homing bird instinct at this stage, so it was really good my instinct lead me back here.

The food was just delicious, so delicious we went back the second day for more. It is really great to just be able to go in somewhere and know I can order anything off the menu and I don’t have to ask a list of questions or make requests that have various degrees of acknowledgment.

The Honest Vegan, South Belfast, 336 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 6GH, Tel: 07912886475

What we ate – The Honest Vegan, Belfast

On our first visit we shared the Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites with BBQ dip, I had the Hearty Chilli, which consisted of a bowl of red kidney bean and lentil chilli with basmati rice, served with cashew sour cream, corn tortillas, red onion, lime and coriander, and Alan had the Chickpea Burger with House Sauce and Side Salad.

It was all definitely very yummy, and since my discovery of cashew nut creams and sauces I am one very happy vegan.

The following day, for the starter we had the cherry and basil bruschetta, this time I opted for the burger with the house sauce and Alan had the Chickpea curry.

After our last visit we decided we had to leave enough room for deserts, and because we couldn’t decide on just one, we chose three of them to share, a crumble, cheesecake and peanut butter cup (all vegan).

Oh my goodness, this was both a good and a bad idea. They were all just really, really yummy. We ordered coffee to go with the cakes and started, by far my stand out favourite, purely because I have an extremely sweet tooth was the peanut butter cup. It was just delicious.

I did have a very big sugar rush afterwards, eating that many cakes altogether is not the wisest thing to do at all. But since it was going to be months before we were back up to Belfast, we really couldn’t choose.

While we were there we got talking to the staff and they were just lovely and really helpful with us making choices, there was even talk of suggesting a tasting sample of the deserts, which would be brilliant for some one like me.

I would definitely recommend a visit, whether you’re a vegan or not, recently I just discovered via their Facebook page that they are hosting a 3 course vegan dinner menu for £22.00, so it looks like a pre-Christmas trip is about to be organised.

Check out their details over on the Happy Cow.

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