The people of Ireland have become more health-focused in recent years, with the recent swathe of health-conscious food products taking the nation by storm.
Even so, we still enjoy occasional moments of indulgence with a luxurious restaurant meal.
On the hunt for a dining experience both opulent and nutritious, we settled on the newly-opened Copia Green located in Castletroy, just outside Limerick City.
Copia Green is a health-driven restaurant who strongly support ethical values in the kitchen and have implemented a zero-waste policy.
There are plenty of dishes on the menu to cater for vegetarians, vegans and those who are wheat-intolerant.
As two vegans with a passion for health, we felt it was our duty to test out Copia Green, who claim they were born with a “commitment to nourish with every plate”. And we were left far from disappointed!
As soon as you enter Copia Green you are enveloped by a feeling of tranquillity. The restaurant is spacious and set over two floors, with a calming teal and dark wood colour scheme.
The ceilings are high and create a spacious dining area, which manages to remain cosy due to soft lighting fixtures and ornate decorations, setting the perfect scene for a revitalising dining experience.
The kitchen itself is open and adorned with plants and jars of pickled foods, with the slogan “Eat Like You Care” branded across most of the eatery.
The restaurant also boasts a coffee bar, with an intoxicating range of teas and coffees available for sit-in or takeaway.
Copia Green offer a beautiful breakfast menu which we will certainly be back to try, but on the day in question we visited for lunch and were met with a tantalising array of options.
There were ten options on the menu, with an impressive 5 of these dishes being vegan.
It is obvious from looking at the menu how much thought and effort has gone into each dish – the ingredients are all seasonal produce and the flavour concoctions are second to none.
There are meals to satisfy meat-eaters and pescatarians too, with a lamb, chicken, and salmon option nestled amongst the plant-based options.
There is also a delectable dessert range for those with a sweet tooth, with the gluten-free and vegan blueberry, lemon, and lavender cheesecake certainly on our list for the next time we visit.
What We Had
We decided on a pea, coriander and coconut soup to start. We then went for the ultimate vegan burger and the butterbean, tomato and ginger hotpot as mains, finished off with steaming prana chai lattes.
How Was It?
The soup was by far our favourite dish of the day. Fresh and zingy, crowned with a scattering of crunchy pumpkin and sunflower seeds, it was a pure bowl of nourishment and comfort, served with two hearty slices of bread. We would genuinely come back for the soup alone!
The mains were both winners, bursting with vibrant colours and flavours. The vegan burger came adorned with a bright rainbow slaw and chunky polenta chips, which were a welcome change to the typical soggy side salad and chips that so often accompany a burger.
The hotpot was warming and had a lovely kick of ginger, truly the perfect dish for these colder months to warm you from the inside out.
It was complimented by a slice of homemade bread and a portion of Copia Green’s in-house hummus, which was one of the most flavourful we have ever tasted – and as self-confessed hummus fanatics, that really is saying something!
We found all dishes filling and satisfying but not overly heavy, due to the light and fresh ingredients on our plates. We had just enough room left over for creamy, spicy prana chai lattes made with soy milk.
Again, attention to detail was stellar and our lattes were wonderfully presented on wooden boards and glasses, adding a touch of finesse to a simple hot drink.
Our soup came in at €5.50, the burger €12.50, and the hotpot was €9.50. Our lattes were €3.50 each.
A two-course lunch followed by chai lattes for €40 was pretty reasonable, especially considering the quality of the dishes we received.
Staff were friendly, welcoming and attentive. Our waitress had good knowledge of the dishes on the menu and was able to answer any questions we had.
Our waitress also checked on us throughout the meal, offering us water and asking if we wished to see the wine menu.
Service was relatively quick and overall, we were very happy with the standard of service we received.
At the end of the day, we only have good things to say about Castletroy’s latest health food restaurant.
Copia Green is a relaxing venue with a range of dishes that obviously have a lot of thought and care put in to them.
If you are in the area and in need of food that nourishes both your body and soul, Copia Green is the spot for you.