Cafe and restaurant with relaxed vibe. Hearty portions of wholesome food using lots of beans, lentils, tofu and soya. Features Saturday jazz, African and other kind of music. Bookshop and several courses in macrobiotic food. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Macrobiotic, Portuguese
Pç Ilha Faial, 14A, Lisboa
Lisbon, Portugal
+351-3553990

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First Review by Espandy
xDIABOx
xDIABOx
  • vegan
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+54

Price doesn't pay

3
Posted on 12 / 14 / 2015

This is not the sort of Veggie place I want to go into.
A place that offers emulation of "normal/meaty" plates along with a fish plate... nah, dislike that.
Also, the food doesn't have much taste into it, it's very bland.
Been there on several ocasions and it never impressed me.
Below average.

Pros: Inexpensive, Central, The store is good
Cons: Food is really below average, Not enough Vegan choices, Place serves fish-based plates
vegandrey
vegandrey
  • vegan
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+79

A cantina mais barata

3
Posted on 11 / 21 / 2015

Um dos restaurantes vegetarianos mais antigos de Lisboa. Estilo cantina, com comida simples, sempre com opções veganas. Quem não quiser comprar bebida, há sempre uma infusão disponível gratuitamente. Nem sempre os funcionários são simpáticos, e muitas vezes o mesmo que serve a comida tem que dar a volta para receber o dinheiro no caixa, o que pode tornar o serviço lento. A vantagem é o preço e estarem sempre abertos entre os horários de almoço e jantar.


mbbl
mbbl
  • vegan
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+773

Cheap

3
Posted on 10 / 15 / 2015

If you want a budget meal this is the palxe to go, but don't expect gourmet food.

Quiet place with free tea if you´re having lunch or dinner there.



immaia
immaia
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+29

An oldie, but good

3
Posted on 09 / 09 / 2015

It's a canteen-like restaurant, with a good variety of foods to choose from and although not everybody agrees, I have always found it tasty. The price is very affordable and when it's not crowded, it's a cozy place to relax and enjoy your meal.
The only negative aspect I've always encountered is that the food display is not very friendly, some things are kind of "hidden" from our view and nothing has identification, so we have to ask "what's this, what's that" and when there's a long line behind us, it can be very stressful.

Pros: price, variety, tasty
Cons: canteen-like, food display not so good, some strange costumers sometimes
RaquelMesquita
RaquelMesquita
  • vegetarian
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+45

Comida de qualidade

4
Posted on 07 / 07 / 2015

É impossível não reparar no cheiro bom ao passar na porta do restaurante. A comida é muito boa, há uma grande variedade e se houver indecisão não há problema pois vale sempre a pena voltar ao restaurante.
O espaço é agradável, mas para mim o melhor é mesmo a oportunidade de levar comida vegetariana do melhor para casa. Os preços são bem em conta e as doses, quer a pequena quer a grande, são bem servidas. Gosto da simpatia dos funcionários.
Local que recomendo. Pode não ter a beleza de outros vegetarianos da cidade, mas a qualidade na comida e na confecção dos pratos existe. Mesmo para aqueles que não apreciam comida vegetariana, vale a pena pela experiência. Muito bom

Pros: Atendimento, Preço, Qualidade
Rita Jacobetty
Rita Jacobetty
  • vegan
Contributions
+25

Cheap and simple - no glamour

2
Posted on 02 / 18 / 2015

I haven't visit this restaurant in a long time. It's stuck in time and it could be a lot more.
What it is, is a simple and cheap canteen. The buffet has plenty of options but all very similar: stews of vegetables, mashed vegetables and seitan/tofu steaks.

I went at night, it was quiet and cozy but the decor is dated, time-worn and tacky. The staff were nice and the food was good (for it's cost). I payed 5€-6€ for a big plate and had the complementary tea.

It's great for a I-have-nothing-in-the-fridge kind of dinner or a eat-something-in-a-hurry lunch. There aren't many vegan options in Lisbon so this is great to have near home. But I wouldn't make plans to go there.

Pros: Price, Fast and easy
Cons: Lack of charm and appeal, Average food
Md81
Md81
  • vegetarian
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+41

Vegetarian haven

5
Posted on 01 / 15 / 2015

Vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon are not easy to find, especially restaurants that are open most of the day (several close for a large portion of the afternoon). My partner and I were lucky to find this restaurant located below a book shop in our visit in June 2014. We went to Espiral several times for lunch and were always satisfied by the quality and quantity of the food, as well as with the kind staff. It does have vegan options. The sitting area is very pleasant and one can has as much herbal tea as desired as well as a few free salad toppings. Espiral shop has also a cafe attached (completely separate from the restaurant). We didn't try it but it seemed like a good option as well, esp. for the times the restaurant is closed (mornings).

Pros: variety and taste, large portions, good location
Greysocialist
Greysocialist
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+132

A feed for weary travellers

4
Posted on 03 / 10 / 2014

Looks like a typical Portuguese coffee-and-pastries cafe, but behind the counter was a tasty dish of seitan and vegetables, which was served with fried rice and a bit of side salad (tomatoes, lettuce and grated carrot). A cheap and satisfying feed for weary travellers! The place obviously does lots of yoga, astrology, massage and the like - and probably there's music at weekends. It's website didn't really explain what to expect, but it does list the varied events that take place there. http://www.espiral.pt

Pros: Quick and tasty, Cheap, English spoken
Cons: Dish of the day or dish of the day!
GizelaRego
GizelaRego
  • vegan
Contributions
+44

My first experience :)

4
Posted on 07 / 12 / 2013

I went there in 1999! I just became veg that year, and the food there motivated me to continue, because i discovered the seitan and many other stuff i didnt knew :)
I don't remember a lot, but i do remember enjoying the food very much


hack_man
hack_man
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+3421

Basic & Tastless

2
Posted on 11 / 11 / 2012

I really did not like this place at all. We decided to go the so-called restaurant downstairs (there is also a ground level cafe). The staff were great but the setup and food was poor. It reminds me of a factory canteen and is essentially a pulse and tofu festival with tasteless vegetables and horrid tasting side dishes. The tofu cutlets looked as if they had been there for days and there was a moment when I just thought of walking out but the staff member had already caught us and was getting ready to take our order. I'm sorry to say this but I could not bear to go back. Maybe we went at the wrong time as there were plates everywhere many with half eaten food on them it made the place smell a bit and put you off your own food. That's just the way I saw it on my visit on 25.08.12. Maybe I would try the cafe upstairs one day but from what I saw of the food on display I don't think I'd bother.


Cons: uncleared trays, basic food, shabby interior
JMarin
JMarin
  • vegan
Contributions
+37

Not positive

2
Posted on 06 / 20 / 2012

Is one of the first veggie restaurants in Portugal, i think that since then there was no improvement, and i don't recomend to any one who wants to try veggie food for the first time. It as a "prison like" way to order. It was the worst seitan i ever tasted.

Pros: It's Veggie, Has history
Cons: Food, Atmosphere, Staf
Mimi
Mimi
  • vegan
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+75

Friendly & Good Food

4
Posted on 12 / 17 / 2011

Just went a couple of times for a late evening snack in the cafe, there is also a restaurant.

Food is vegetarian, so check for vegan food. Easy, relaxed atmosphere, food tasty, good value too.

Pros: Relaxed atmosphere, Food varied, Friendly
hitesh
hitesh
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+32

wholesome food

5
Posted on 03 / 30 / 2011

A little bit away from the central area normally visited by the average tourist, but still within a historic district of this big city that is Lisbon. The food is wholesome, using lots of beans, lentils, tofu and soya. Feels very relaxed as it is a self service and the furniture nice, leaning towards rustic. It's not all-you-can-eat buffet, but the portions tend to be big, so it's very good value. Very popular with locals.

Pros: Excellent food, good atmosphere
Fancy
Fancy
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+44

Good food - good price

4
Posted on 08 / 26 / 2010

Enjoyed my meal very much and found the price very good (less then 5 Euros for a big portion of salad + main dish).

Pros: Food, Price, Location
Cons: Desserts
Dharam
Dharam
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+35

Simple

2
Posted on 01 / 07 / 2010

I went there once and to be honest to food is ok, nothing special and the restaurant is to dark for me.If you dont have other place to go, its ok.They also have a bookstore but i just didnt like the way that the food are display, it looks like you are in prison canteen.I ear that at lunch its better and the area of the coffe is nicer than the restaurant...
The price is a lit expensive for what you get and the staff are kind of wierd to.

Probably it was a bad day...


Espandy
Espandy
  • vegan
Contributions
+22

Every Day Restaurant

4
Posted on 01 / 26 / 2009

Espiral offers a real variety of Vegan food, it as also some products with eggs or milk, but it's mainly Vegan.

The taste of food it's medium/good and the price is cheap.

with 10€ you'll have a full plate with 5 varieties you can choose, plus bread, dessert and drink.
If you go for the small plate, no dessert, there's always free tea to drink, you'll spend about 6€.

Definitely a good choice if you need to eat out everyday.
Pedro Pinto

Pros: healthy cuisine, good value, friendly

 

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