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by Clare

Review: Having travelled up a few hours from El Rocio through decidedly carniverous Huelva, where Museums of Ham and sausage making plants ruin an otherwise fairly pleasant landscape, I was exstatic to be informed by the lovely ladies of the Tourist Information centre in Mérida that this place existed. I went in the evening and enjoyed the welcoming ambience, comfort and hospitality. The place has been running for roughly a year. The decor was vibrant with nice pictures of flowers and a hint of holistic undercurrents (a little dream-catcher in one corner and some nice artwork on the exterior which includes a quote: "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will be at peace") but I did not find the place to be overtly hippyish. There was a bar and at the time I was there, Michael Jackson was on the stereo. I was most impressed with the service. The young waitress (who had spent time in the UK and the USA so I'm guessing would be able to translate the Spanish menu) was pleasant and attentive. When I asked which dishes were vegan she promptly went off to check with the cook- her mother. The chef was pleasant and oblliging and came away from her work to tell me that 2 out of the 3 salads were vegan (and the third could be veganised), along with the spaghetti bolognaise, the tofu with mushrooms, the seitan with vegetablles and a few other dishes. I had the spaghetti and could not eat it all as the protion was huge. It was very tasty. Sadly there were no vegan dessert options but vegetarians could look forward to different home-made desserts such as a 3 chocolate tart, carrot cake, cheesecake and there were a variety of teas and coffees. Prices ranged from €8 to €12. It was easy enough to find as it was just up from the Roman Temple of Diana.

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