Valentines Day spent in a Butchers

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we visited Sova Vegan Butcher   

Smoked Salmon with dill cream cheese on potato kugel
Smoked Salmon with dill cream cheese on potato kugel

The venue itself is pretty small and has been busy any time we visited, therefore, booking in advance is essential to ensure you secure a table. This done by contacting them through the phone or their facebook page linked above.

The restaurant has its own unique enjoyable decor and atmosphere. It is decorated with hipster pictures promoting veganism such as this one :

Real men don't need meat
Real men don’t need meat

Staff members are friendly and helpful. We find Bart – the owner of The Sova Vegan Butcher, always welcoming his customers with a smile and joining the team members in serving food and ensuring visitors are happy.

Valentines Set Menu

Dinner commenced with a glass of Mimosa (combination of prosecco and freshly squeezed orange juice) needless to say, it was delicious.

A welcome Mimosa
A welcome Mimosa

Starters

We shared Smoked Salmon with dill cream cheese on potato kugel and Eggplant and green peas risotto tower with primavera sauce between us. I got very excited when I saw vegan smoked salmon and we both absolutely loved it. The smokey taste of the vegan salmon (marinated carrot shaves), creamy texture of dill soft vegan cheese and crunchy edges of the potato kugel accompanied by a vegan caviar was just a perfection. 👌🏻

The second starter was also really tasty and nicely presented. Green peas risotto was melting in your mouth and the addition of tomato sauce nicely complement it.

Eggplant and green peas risotto tower with primavera sauce
Eggplant and green peas risotto tower with primavera sauce

Main Course

Of the four options available we decided to go with Tempeh Satay Skewers on roasted beet and citrus salad with quinoa trio as well as potato gnocchi with asparagus, broccoli and pesto sauce served with rocket salad.

Tempeh Satay Skewers on roasted beet and citrus salad with quinoa trio
Tempeh Satay Skewers on roasted beet and citrus salad with quinoa trio

Both completely different but really tasty and full of flavours meals. The caramelized strawberries in the citrus salad were sweet and sour and beautifully melted in your mouth.

The male half of the Vegan in a suit described gnocchi as best he has ever had.

Potato gnocchi with asparagus, broccoli and pesto sauce served with rocket salad
Potato gnocchi with asparagus, broccoli and pesto sauce served with rocket salad

As an interesting fact about the Sova Vegan Butcher is that it’s the only restaurant we have been to that does not have salt and pepper set on the tables. This shows the confidence of the chef and rightly so because the meals are always perfectly seasoned.

Desserts

We finished our meal with strawberry cashew nut cheesecake and chocolate and avocado mousse.

Chocolate and avocado mousse, agave honeycomb and Sorbet
Chocolate and avocado mousse, agave honeycomb and Sorbet

The only downside of the dessert menu is these are the only two options available so they can get less exciting if you visit the restaurant regularly.

Strawberry cashew nut cheesecake
Strawberry cashew nut cheesecake

To summarise our experience at The Sova Vegan Butcher, we thought it was a feast for all senses. Gorgeous taste, presentation and atmosphere. It was really good value at €35 per person. You can also bring your own wine. Huge compliments to the chef. We admire the imagination, great taste and food presentation skills. We will be back.

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