My favourite restaurant in Cork is Cafe Paradiso - obviously but not only because it is a vegetarian restaurant (I do eat fish - so I do go to 'normal' restaurants as well) but because they are creative in their cooking. Restaurants like Augustine's (still a big loss to Cork City), Fenn's Quay and Les Gourmandise having started to be more adventurous with the vegetarian option and have it actually as part of their daily menu rather than just a little mentioning between kiddies meal and the side dishes.
|Vegetarian Food can look so delicious|
Why are chefs so afraid of trying something new - it is depressing to read menus these days - if you are lucky you get a tart with caramelised onions and goats' cheese - gosh, how exciting. Some might say, that no one is ordering the vegetarian option - of course not, why would they if most people can cook better at home.
This is a call to all chefs out there - please get some cookbooks and try something new and exciting. Prove to your paying diners that you actually care about food and that you can cook more than just the 'usual stuff'.
Let me know what you think....