Four to try... Clean food cafés
A selection of four restaurants bursting with healthy choices.
Second Floor, Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin 2 (01) 679 9225
Former Miss Ireland, Pamela Flood, is about as good an advertisement as it gets for clean eating. She and husband, restaurateur, Ronan Ryan, opened Counter Culture in early summer and it was an instant hit with all the beautiful people. Plenty of paleo and gluten-free options for those on a restricted diet, juices and shakes that sound delicious despite being good for you, and treats that aren't cheats.
37 West Café
Lower Newcastle St, Galway (091) 524 122
'Healthy is the new sexy' is the tag line for Gill Carroll's Galway all-day café, named the best in the city last year, for its healthy menu that has plenty of options for vegetarians, cavemen, carb-avoiders and the dairy- and gluten-free crowd.
9 Baggot St Upper, Dublin 4
At Cocu you start by picking your main (Vietnamese chicken maybe, or charred beef flank), then add greens and/or a slow-release carb (sweet potato or brown rice) and finish it off with a sprinkle of nuts and seeds. It's an offering that is absolutely of the moment - Green Beard juices, Roasted Brown coffee, free-range chicken and meat - and the queues outside at lunchtime say that Cocu is getting it right.
6-7 Thomas St, Limerick City (061) 419 171
Designed to provide a healthy alternative to traditional fast food, Joe Treacy's temple to clean eating is a hit with Limerick's gym bunnies and ticks all the boxes - high-protein, low-carb, locally-sourced, paleo-friendly - for wholesome and nutritionally-balanced food. Gasta's detoxes are in demand too, as are its free-from occasion cakes, both available to order via its website.
Treats not Cheats
At Counter Culture, lunch might consist of char-grilled jumbo prawns with caramelised peaches, tossed seasonal veg and sweet potato fries followed by sugar-free, home-made coconut and strawberry ice-cream.
“Cocu’s is an offering that’s absolutely of the moment ... Green Beard juices ..... Roasted Brown coffee ......free-range chicken and meat .... greens and slow-release carbs ....finished off with a sprinkle of nuts and seeds”