Póg – Fro-Yo – Salad’s – Juices
You would think that it’d be easy to get a good salad nowadays in the many food selling establishments Dublin has to offer and to be completely honest I’m a dab hand at rustling up my own once I have the right ingredients … but there lies the problem with a not-so-good salad, it’s the not-so-good ingredients. Yes for me there is nothing worse than limp lettuce, dry chicken, gluey sauce, small portions and boredom. I have been surprised by the lack of taste of some salads I’ve dined on during my work lunchtime’s. I have also been impressed with some and the place that has had me coming back for more of their offerings over the past few months is Póg - no shock to my Instagram buddies!
Póg has only been open for four months and the building it can be found in was unused for quite some time as far as I remember. I pass the place on my way to work every morning and was intrigued to see what the once empty building would hold. I was happy to see it being renovated and to see the white and bright walls it had on the days that led up to its opening. Once it was open, I stepped inside.
Póg consists of a bright white walls, colourful lamp shade, chairs, tables and a couch. It has a long counter with a salad section at one end and a juice, smoothie and coffee-making section at the other. There’s a cooler full of healthy prepackaged drinks and a shelving display full of healthy but indulgent food, stuff like gluten-free biscuits, protein bars and the likes so there’s something for everyone and that’s what Póg is all about …
Here at pog we like the idea of treating ourselves. However we also believe in fresh healthy living. On this basis we decided to combine health and indulgence in our new store just off O’Connell Bridge.’ (www.ifancyapog.ie)
What to do at Póg …
Póg means kiss in Irish and although I haven’t tried to buy a kiss in the place, something I wouldn’t recommend, I have been kissed by their delicious salads, soup, smoothies and fro-yo’s, things I would recommend.
There are five ‘Speciality House Salads‘ which range from chicken based to super food based but if they don’t tickle your taste buds you can build your own from the healthy choices of salad leaves, meats and toppings. Everything is über fresh and you almost feel healthier as you watch your salad being tossed and chopped in front of your eyes. My visits to Póg have always been at lunchtime and so far I have always chosen from the Speciality Menu. The one thing I have noticed is that they always get the ratio of ingredients right. The other thing is that the portions are hefty but not overly so and they fill me up, keeping me going until dinner time which is always a good thing.
There are five Póg Smoothies to choose from too, obviously you can ask to leave out ingredients or add some in but the combinations that are available are delicious as they are and depending on how you feel the day you visit, you can pick a Nutty Nonsense 360cals or a Skinny Bitch 190cals or turn it into a ‘Smeusli‘ with some muesli … very clever!
There’s no way you could still feel hungry after a salad and smoothie but if you are, you can always lick your lips to their frozen yogurt selection, or should I say Fro-Yo’s … natural, chocolate, passionfruit and customise with whatever you fancy from nuts and fruit to gummy bears and popping candy … spot the indulgence … oh behave!
As I mentioned earlier Póg do soup and although it can be hard to think of soup on warmer days like the odd few we’ve had of late, their soups are tasty enough and light enough to be enjoyed anytime. They are also jam-packed with healthy stuff to help keep those winter or summer colds away.
If you work in Dublin City Centre or are visiting and fancy something fresh and healthy, I’d recommend Póg. You can sit in and dine, sit out and dine or just take it all away and dine later. For those on a schedule, you can order online and collect on the same day and they even have a Póg smart phone app that lets you check in each time to eventually get free stuff, nice!
Póg is open Monday to Friday 8am – 7pm and on Saturdays from 9am – 5pm. For more information visit their website here www.ifancyapog.ie