Helen Costelloe’s Vegetarian Restaurant at The Watergarden

Helen Costelloe's Vegetarian Restaurant with its home at the Watergarden Cafe, Thomastown. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com
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If ever there foodie treat to kick off a month, it was lunch today at Helen Costelloe’s popup vegetarian restaurant at The Watergarden in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.

I’ve missed each of the nights she’s brought her pop-up delights to Butler House in Kilkenny in recent years and the last time (I reckon) I had a chance to sample Helen’s wares was at Outstanding By Design which was May 2014.

The Watergarden Cafe in Thomastown, home to Helen Costelloe's restaurant. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

The Watergarden Cafe in Thomastown, home to Helen Costelloe’s pop-up restaurant. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Herself had decided that lunch was on her for Sunday and Thomastown would be the destination, having seen the restaurant at the Watergarden is now open Saturdays and Sundays. “Fine”, says I, “so long as we can get out early” – for fear of missing out on anything.

Out we land at 12.30pm, finding a handy parking spot just outside the door and a table at the window, the place yet to fill. We’d know Thomastown well, but if it’s your first time heading out there from Kilkenny, you’ll need to do a lap of the main street (it’s a total one-way system) and turn back for Kilkenny, passing the Watergarden on your right as you do.

The menu for the weekend of 30 October 2015 at Helen Costelloe's Vegetarian Restaurant. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

The menu for the weekend of 30 October 2015 at Helen Costelloe’s Vegetarian Restaurant. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Helen posts her menus in advance on Facebook so I had the homework done from the night before – starters, mains and desserts all vegetarian with some of the dishes prepared as vegan. Sunday was more of a main course and dessert type of day so we skipped the winter vegetable suit and went into the mains.

Sweet and homemade sour sauce noodles for lunch. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Sweet and homemade sour sauce noodles for lunch. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Herself opted for the stir fry vegetable noodles with a homemade sweet and sour sauce. I’ll be back another day to try the spelt pizza loaded with roast veggies, pineapple and pesto if it makes another appearance. Instead, I opted for a gorgeous fennell, broccoli and feta cheese frittata.

Fennell, broccoli and feta cheese frittata for lunch. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Fennell, broccoli and feta cheese frittata for lunch. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

With the mains, you’ve got a choice of nine or ten salads – the beetroot above packing quite an earthy flavour, the carrot and rocket salad and couscous the absolute business.

White chocolate mousse gateaux for dessert. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

White chocolate mousse gateaux for dessert. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

There was no question about going for dessert with a menu boasting a gluten-free, sugar-free and gegan chocolate and mango layer, queen of pudding, a white chocolate mousse gateaux and a hazenult and chocolate pudding (also vegan). With Herself going for the latter, I jumped on the white chocolate mousse gateaux with cream, drizzled with chocoalte and mango.

Stuffed wasn’t the word.

All washed down with a post-lunch cup of coffee. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

All washed down with a post-lunch cup of coffee. Photo: Ken McGuire/AnyGivenFood.com

Wash it all down with a mug of coffee by the window  and it’s fair to say that was a pretty successful Sunday lunch.

If you’re looking for something new, Helen’s currently running the restaurant on Saturdays and Sundays. You can check out Facebook, thevegetariansupperclub.com for more information or call directly on 087 2436754.

Written by Ken McGuire
Writes and talks a lot about food, spending way too much time in the kitchen or behind the lens taking photos. Digital Media Specialist by day, broadcaster by night, living in Kilkenny with Mrs. Any Given Food and two crazy rescue hounds.