Veg oasis in a sea of beef
Posted on 02 / 08 / 2008
This was the second La Vegetariana we tried, and we ended up going back almost every day. It's an excellent value for all-you-can-eat, and they accept credit cards.
They had a large salad bar in addition to their hot buffet, with interesting leafy greens and most other fixings that you would want. One mistake I made was that I thought that the brown liquid in a bottle next to the oil in the salad dressing section was vinegar, but it was soy sauce.
The hot food is plain and filling, but don't expect much in the way of seasoning. There was always one chafing dish full of boiled root vegetables, and usually another vegan hot vegetable dish (leeks with lentils is one memorable one). Many of the more interesting dishes contain egg, so vegans have less to choose from, but there's still plenty there for a healthy, satisfying vegan meal. One specialty they make is Milanesa (a breaded "veal" (seitan) cutlet), but this is made with egg. You can ask the chef to make you a special portion of Milanesa without egg in the breading, and they usually do it for no charge. I liked the Milanesas with their tomato sauce, or just with salt.
They also had very good noquis (gnocchi) in red sauce at this location. In Uruguay it's traditional to eat noquis at the end of the month.
They also had excellent fresh-squeezed orange juice, which you could order by the glass or by the jug (the little jugs served 2 people).
This La Vegetariana is very centrally located and is convenient to many hotels.
The only thing I didn't like about this restaurant were the bathrooms: the toilets did not have seats, and were pretty scary in other ways too.
Excellent value, Friendly staff, Good food