On a recent visit to Dublin, I came across this little gem of restaurant and was totally blown away. Set up by the Kirwin brothers, who are behind the Sprout juice business, they now have 6 restaurants across Dublin and Meath and a farm in Rathcoffey, Co. Kildare (about 30 km away).
Offering substantial sustainability, they offer organic salad bowls which are made up from leaves grown on their farm. Because of this they can only offer seasonal leaves, which are local and this is then paired up with protein and grains etc in store.
Wherever possible, all meat is also local and organic, as well as other ingredients like beetroot and eggs, although, as the chap behind the counter told me, they are yet to find an organic avocado grower in Ireland!
But other than this, they are doing a great job. In keeping with the current “wholesome over clean eating” trend, plus the demands of generation X for authenticity, this is a business that is sure to fly. By the time I left, a lunchtime queue was forming and it was already out of the door.
This is not surprising when you see the delicious menu, comprising of delights such as Paprika or Satay chicken, Tamari spiced Hoisin Mushrooms, baked falafel and Japanese salmon. All gloriously organic and as local as possible.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we see either more organic farmers branching out into restaurant operations, or restaurant operators acquiring farms. Either way, if Sprout & Co are anything to go by, I think we will be seeing more of this style of operator.