Irkutsk doesn’t have many vegetarian-only establishments. Two cafes are all that the city has to offer. But if you don’t mind people eating steaks at the next table, the number of options increases. Many places are able to feed vegetarians heartily. If you want to know more about the options and their prices, this article is just what you need.
Option #1: strictly vegetarian
Govinda café, found on Furye and 2nd Zheleznodorojnaya streets, prepares food without animal proteins, eggs or gelatin. Even hardcore vegans will like Govinda’s options. A hearty and healthy meal at the cost of 200–300 rubles is the norm in this place.
Start with a gauranga baked potatoes or a vegetable stew with cheese. If you like pastry, try a samosa with carrots, potatoes, cheese, apples or raisins. If you can’t live without sweets, finish the meal with a local dessert — and you’re guaranteed to start singing in joy.
2nd Zheleznodorojnaya str., 66V
11:00 — 19:00 (daily)
|Furye str., 4cafegovinda.com
|250 rubles||11.00 — 20.00 (daily)|
Option #2: compromise
Many dining places serve fresh salads and vegetable soups or stews. Almost all canteens, snack bars, cafes and restaurants in Irkutsk count as a compromise solution. During Orthodox fast, most of them offer a special menu option that looks like a vegetarian menu.
So if you can tolerate the smell of meat from the tables near you, don’t stop at trying out just 2–3 cafes in the whole city. Try the food everywhere. To avoid unpleasant surprises, don’t hesistate to ask about the ingredients, preparation process. You can also ask whether the chef can cook the dish without the ingredient you don’t want.
Enjoy your options!