September 19, 2011

KC Peaches: Wholefoods with Allergy Free Options

The idea behind KC Peaches is simply ‘healthy wholefoods’ (what a novelty! I love the present trend towards healthy living!!) There are self-serve hot foods, and cold foods as well as a made-to-order sandwich bar which also makes salads from the huge range of exciting toppings and fillings with grilled portobello mushrooms, homemade olive tapenade, homemade hummus and avocado in its seemingly endless list!
The staff were SOoooo helpful and didn’t grumble at all when I asked the ingredients of three different toppings! My server asked me if my sandwich was vegetarian, which gets a different meat free chopping board (alleluia!) and apart from questioning the staff all of the hot and cold pre-made dishes have the ingredients listed under the name of each one... Now, I did notice that some things were left out such as the grated carrots which obviously contained sesame seeds but the provided information takes half of the questioning away and the staff are so helpful that I have no doubt you will be able to find something to tempt your allergy sensitive, free from palates! (Note: I found that most the hot dishes contained dairy but there are a lot of different options elsewhere)

And what would lunch be without a sweet ending you ask? KC Peaches covers this as well with a 4th/5th counter serving baked goods.

I spotted 2 or 3 gluten free options which said that they were baked in a gluten free kitchen (hip hip!)

And to top it all off I delighted in a soya chai latte with, get this.... agave nectar! That's right, agave, honey and sugar are all available to self sweeten your beverage.... It is a small touch but the Agave was my favourite part...the pure novelty if it!

And if you want it straight from the horses mouth:

‘We say no to muffin mixes, artificial ingredients, preservatives, food additives and more because we care about the food you eat.  Sure, it takes a little longer for our kitchen to chop fresh herbs, roast our own sandwich meats and source special baking ingredients, but it means our food tastes better and is better for you.
In addition to serving only whole foods – no additives, preservatives, artificial flavours or colours – we also care about having something for everyone.  Thus, we offer one of the largest selections of gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian food in Dublin.’

The damage is that although it won’t literally cost you an arm and a leg KC Peaches is a bit more pricey then your average café. I had a toasted ciabatta sandwich with two spreads, grilled portobello mushrooms and grilled red peppers with a small self serve salad plate for 8.50 and a chai latte with soya milk for €3.35. F had a large hot plate for €9.50, an iced tea (sugar free! sweetened with apple juice) for €3 and a dessert for €3.50 which definitely added up.

On layout, there are so many food bars and people that it can seem a little confusing when you walk in but just shake it off and start browsing around. When you order your sandwich, salad, coffee or sweet you pay for it and your order will be served to your table. For self-serve foods, just pay, sit and eat. There is ample seating on the ground floor, in the basement and upstairs.

KC Peaches also offers catering.

When I first saw KC Peaches I was convinced that it was a chain restaurant. I decided that it was definitely either American or English. But I was delighted (and not so shocked) when I found out that KC Peaches was actually an Irish business owned by an American born (Seattle, WA) and Irish born locally based pair. Also, all the bread is sourced from Dublin’s own Bretzel Bakery - so happy days all around because i love to support Irish owned businesses! ... although I do see KC Peaches becoming a chain in the not too distant future! But that will be ok too :)

KC Peaches
28/29 Nassau Street
Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 633 6879
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 08:00 - 20:00; Sat 09:00 - 19:00; Sun 09:00 - 18:00

Unit 10A
Trinity Enterprise Centre
Pearse Street Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 677 0333
Opening Times: Mon-Fri 08:00-20:00; Sat 10:00-16:00; Sun 11:00-16:00


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