Real Food Organic Grocer & Cafe Hot
Real Food is an organic grocer and cafe that serves vegetarian and vegan fare at affordable prices. Their menu includes breakfast items like pancakes, sandwiches and salads, Asian noodle and rice dishes, and a variety of wholesome hot and cold beverages. Food at Real Food is prepared on the spot upon order, and using organic oils and fresh, organic ingredients that are free of preservatives, additives, and trans-fats.
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User rating summary from: 2 user(s)
Meat free, but not taste free
Real food is my kind of restaurant. Meat free and caring about the environment, they also don’t try to hide what they aren’t. Take a look at the website and you’ll see them admitting that their food is not cheap like other less healthy alternatives, and that the restaurant isn’t a fast food joint so don’t expect your food to come quickly. Might seem a bit weird, exposing their negatives to those who have never even visited, but I kind of like how they don’t try and pretend that they’re something they don’t aim to be.
There is a really large choice of meals, all being vegetarian or vegan, and the menu includes whether they are gluten/ wheat free etc. The service was a bit slow and they charge $0.50 per glass of tap water, bit stingy, but overall I thought that the whole experience was good. I wish that I had asked for no chilli on my Aglio Olio, as the whole thing was a fire in my mouth, which is really a shame as the rest of the meal was really delicious.
Although they admit they’re not the cheapest restaurant in the world, my pasta was only $7.80 and I thought a really reasonable choice. I want to go back and try the burgers, and my only wish is that they started using vegan cheese so that there are more vegan options.
real good for relaxation
I really like Real Food, mostly because of the ambience at both the Central and the Killiney branches. I chanced upon the Killiney Road branch one day and was charmed by the neat shelves of books and pretty grocer section. The white lighting is minimal without being inadequate, which adds to its really cosy and laid-back feel.
I've not tried many of their dishes, but those that I've had have been pretty good as well. The prices are a little high, but I suppose this might be a given since their menu is fully vegetarian / vegan. That said, though, the portions are a little on the small side, so (to me at least) some dishes aren't really worth it. Still, I love the atmosphere of the place, so I usually get a pot of organic tea (I especially like their quirky names!) just so I have an excuse to sit and relax there.