Raw vegan food and diet is becoming more popular in the last few years. Back in 2011 I started having more contact with raw vegans and I was a little bit surprised to find out that there were a lot of people into it, not just here in Ireland but around the world. It was back then that I had my first contact with raw vegan food prepared by a chef. I was around 6 months pregnant and me and my husband were invited to go to this “raw vegan evening” in a restaurant. It turned out that the restaurant didn’t host the night and it was all very last minute rearranged but the food was delicious anyway.
We left Dublin in the beginning of 2012 and I didn’t have many contact with raw vegan food while living in Rome to be honest. Back in Ireland I’ve heard that there were new vegan options in Dublin, including a raw vegan restaurant called Sseduced. I was surprised. Dublin has none vegan restaurants and there is a raw vegan one? Well, I actually can understand this. It seems that many people are choosing a vegan diet for healthy reasons (including weight issues) and being raw vegan is great for this. I don’t see anything wrong about it, it is actually great that more people are stopping to consume animal products. And raw vegan food is delicious too, so let’s support it. That’s what I thought after my first “oh” moment.
Back to the restaurant topic, my husband got an offer from Groupon for a 4 course meal for two people at Sseduced. We couldn’t go together so I went with a friend. Before going there I realized that the restaurant is owned by the same lady who was the chef and host of that night in 2011. This meant I had great expectations for the food.
I didn’t know what to expect of the place itself because it is located in Temple Bar, one of the most touristic (and expensive) areas of Dublin city center. What I’ve found is a very cozy an peaceful restaurant, located in a corner, with white decoration and candle lights. It was a Wednesday evening so it wasn’t packed. We were promptly attended by a very kind waitress, who took a really good care of us.
Our first dish was carrot made with creamy cashew milk with a slice of almond toast. It was very well presented and really very creamy and taste. Our evening has started well!
As main course we had a plate with one slice of pizza. “Sil’s Famous Pizza is made in a base of sprouted gluten-free buckwheat and golden linseeds. Takes up to 2 days to prepare. It’s topped with hand cracked cashew cheese, raw black olives, oregano and delicious vegetable toppings of the day” (From Sseduced website). Our slices were topped with mushrooms and peppers. I have no idea how famous this pizza is but I remember that I had it in 2011 and it was my favorite food of that evening and it was again very good. Being someone with so much contact with the Italian cuisine I would think that raw pizza would be weird but it is not. Dough is actually very thin (like the classic Italian pizzas) and the toppings are very similar to traditional pizzas. Even the Italian husband liked this raw version of one of his favorite foods ever. Back to our main course, we also got beetroot salad and it was delicious. I am not a big fan of beetroot but the salad tasted light and fresh.
As part of the main corse we also had warm Creamy Indian coconut banana curry served with soft sprouted wild rice. This was my least favorite dish. The curry tasted great but I ate all of it before I had finished the rice and it was a little bit “hard” to eat the rice with no complement because it was just… rice (a little bit tasteless).
At this point I was feeling I was done with the food, satisfied. Actually almost full to be honest. And there was still dessert to come! We were offered tea and decided to take some time, talk a little bit more and relax before our final course. And then we were served a slice of Carrot Goji Cake (made with goji flour, sun dried coconut and chocolate icing). I love carrot cake and this one was as good as any other fully baked cake I had before! It was soft, tasty and the icing was excellent too. Perfect way to end a lovely evening.
We left the restaurant after their closing time and the girls working that nice were kind enough to not rush us out at any moment and kept smiling at us until the end. Regarding their prices, it is not cheap, honestly. But food isn’t cheap in Dublin anyway and vegetarian and/or vegan options are not different. I would say it is worth it. Food served has high quality (all organic), is tasty and the restaurant has a really nice environment.
Sseduced is a great alternative in Dublin for raw vegans, vegans and plant-based people living or traveling here.