Restaurant is warm like an house and people are friendly.
Food is great and price is fine.
I will return for sure
Restaurant is warm like an house and people are friendly.
Food is great and price is fine.
I will return for sure
I gotta say a great place with delicious food.
Nice and small, it gives you a homely feeling and you can see how your food is being prepared freshly in front of you.
Definitely worth visiting.
Friendly warm people are there to serve you.
I just got back from eating here, and it is delicious! In a country that's cuisine is about as not vegan as it gets, this place is an oasis. It's nice that the dishes maintain the Portuguese flavor, though, so I feel like I'm still getting to experience the local cuisine. And, boy! Did I ever experience the local cuisine here! After getting by on nothing but French fries, bread, and rice at other places, I was ready to eat! I did each of the three tapas dishes, olives, bread, soup, the main course, and the cake, and all were fabulous! I took pictures of all of them for you to see except for the cake because I wolfed that down too quickly :(
Anyway, this place is super cool and quirky on the inside, and the owners are great. I see a lot of people saying the place is hard to find, but as of January 2014, Google maps is now correct. I also posted some pics of where you should turn if you're coming from the Martim Moniz Metro stop. It's just a very short walk from there up some very cool, twisty streets. Keep your eyes open, and you'll be fine.
Enjoy your meal here! I know I did!Pros: Great vegan food, Inexpensive, Cool owners/space/location
such a warm friendly place, super delicious food. I LOVE IT! will be back to lisbon for this place, for sure. look for the fado guitar, then ask again for directions. its off to the right and then look for a green lantern. definitely a worthwhile treasure hunt... magical place.Pros: genius meals, complimentary flavors you wouldn~t think, cozy atmosphere
I dont't like to lose to many words: it's a real great restaurant and you really should visit it if you enjoy delicious vegan food and very friendly staff.
Don't give up looking for it, it could be a little hard to find it, but it's worth it!
Our first night in Lisbon, we went out on foot searching for this place. I'd read that Google Maps doesn't have the right location, so we used the Happy Cow map. It's close, but not quite right. We wandered around until we found it quite by accident, only steps from where we'd been. Basically, instead of taking that last right into the courtyard, take a left. You'll see a place with a green paper lantern hanging out front (at the top of a slight incline). That's the Food Temple. We ate here twice during our trip and both were five-cow experiences. The food and the service are top-notch. The surrounding neighborhood is super charming. There was a Fado celebration going on at Fado's Corner, so we had some music to listen to while we ate. We were utterly charmed by this place, it's people and their neighbors. It's all vegan, which is great, too. This is a "must" if you're visiting Lisbon!Pros: Delicious Food, Charming Neighborhood, Friendly Staff
My husband and I are vegan (23 years for me, 22 for my husband) and we love finding all vegan restaurants. We were thrilled to find this one. Alice, the woman who cooked for us is so friendly and welcoming. We had an amazing meal, which we saw prepared. The dessert was out of this world, a rhubarb chocolate mousse. I am not a soup person, but the soup Alice made was truly the best I have ever had--a red pepper with chipolata soup. This restaurant is hard to find, yes, our taxis was lost for a long time even with a telephone call. However, you can get there and it is sooo worth it. Please make the effort and do not give up. Make sure you get a print out of the map (we did not have one) and the phone number (we did have it). One we were finished out meal, Conor, the waiter walked us down to the taxi stand and the square was right there (had we seen this before, I do not think we would have had such difficulty).Pros: Delicious, amazing food , Wonderful people, Amazing value
Vegetarian? Vegan? Go.
This wasn't a meal, it was an experience.
I had to think twice when they said it was €15 to eat here on Sunday evening, but hugely grateful I entered. A wonderful memory. And the food was very good too.Pros: Authenticity, Passion , Personal
I'm really ethusiastic about the food temple and I really appreciate what they are doing. It is a small place, really, really hard to find. (So make sure you check it on the map before!)
Just a few options for food- but thats totally okay, because you feel that every person in there is totally behind healthy, delicious, quality food. So a few options- but great options. Freshly made the kitchen is actually in the sitting room. A light, lovely atmosphere and very friendly, funny staff (english spoken). Also great music.
I have to point out the great carrot-ginger cake I ate at both times I was there. One of the best carrotcakes I have eaten so far. Super fluffy and great, interesting spiced. They know what they are doing and I appreciate it a lot. Thank you.Pros: food & cake
The restaurant is located in a small street near the Alfama district.
I loved the fact that it was written nowhere that the place was entirely vegan; I think it would probably attract more people.
The place is quite small and you can watch the cook cooking right in the middle of the restaurant.
There were only a few choices in the menu but all of them including some typical Portuguese ingredients like "caldo verde" or duck rice replaced by seitan :-)
Only one dessert though which was strawberry ice cream
We had stuffed tomatoes as a starter and then the rice as the main dish, with one homemade ice-tea and one watermelon juice for...17€ for 2 people!!!!!!!!!!!
You can only dream of places like this. Set in a rough and ready part of Lisbon, this place is part of real life but when you get there the tranquil courtyard setting is so peaceful and serene. Yes, it took a while to find, we actually met a couple a few nights previously in Terra who said they gave up looking for it. I can kind of understand why. OK, here is how I would do it. From Martin Moniz Metro walk up Rua Cavaleiros until you hit the first main crossroads / junction. Take a right onto Rua Marques Ponte do Lima then another quick sharp right into a street (more like a passageway) called Rua Guia. There is only one sign for Rua Guia, you will have to look behind you to see it. Follow this narrow road down to the bottom and you will see a sign for Beco Jasmin at which point turn left and you will see the Food Temple. On the day of our visit, 4 September 2013 we had the spicy tomato soup which was out of this world and an absolutely oustanding shittake mushroom and tofu stir fry served with rice and rocket. It truly was delicious, if not breathtaking. I do not exaggerate. Expect to pay €2 for soup and €8 for main courses. The place is run by two friendly ladies who are so happy to see visitors from other countries particularly when you mention Happy Cow. Outside seating is basic but so tranquil and lovely in the courtyard area. A truly wonderful place, it's not flash, pretentious or elaborate. This is the Food Temple.Pros: Great food, Nice setting, Friendly
The place is actually not hard to find, you just have to be careful if you decide to ask for directions (or if you use GPS), as there are two "Beco do Jasmim" not very far apart from each other - you will want to go to the one in the "Socorro" area, not the one in the "São Cristóvão e São Lourenço" area. Once I got there, I was extremely pleased with the typical, unadulterated settings (I am from Lisbon myself). The staff were very nice and helpful, and I and my daughter decided to have Seitan with Rice and Mustard Sauce with Caramelized Onions. Everything was prepared to perfection and incredibly tasty. I will definitely return many times in the future.
Updated from previous review on Monday September 02, 2013
Updated from previous review on Monday September 02, 2013Pros: Great vegan food, Typical settings, Friendly staff
Unlike some other reviewers, I didn't find the neighborhood to feel unsafe at all. It is definitely a residential area with an ethnically and socio-economically diverse population, but that doesn't make it 'dangerous'. I also found the restaurant without any problems whatsoever. Yes, it's located in a small (and lovely square) a few twists off the main street, but as long as you're following a map you'll be fine. It's also an easy walk from the main center (Chiado) of town.
Onto the food--I imagine the menu changes daily, it's also limited to a single main entree, a small selection of tapas, a soup, and deserts. I don't mind the small selection at all; everything I ate--in this case, I tried the three tapas, which was enough food for me--was delicious. These included a really nice soba noodle dish, a small slice of incredible pizza, and a slice of savory mushroom pie. My only complaint at all would be that the tapas dishes were very starch-heavy. I'd have enjoyed having a dish that was more heavily vegetable and / or protein focused for one of the three tapas. But that's a small complaint. For dessert I had cheesecake (remember: everything is vegan!), which very much met my expectations--creamy goodness very reminiscent of New York cheesecake.
Updated from previous review on Saturday July 20, 2013Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff, Outdoor seating in a lovely square
The Food Temple is a special sort of restaurant aspiring to be more than just a place to eat. It is a very cute little place with about five or six indoor tables, a handful of outdoor seats, and an open bar kitchen. In many ways, it feels as though you've walked into chef Alice's home. When your food arrives, it will be as if your mother made you a home cooked meal, except she learned how to make awesome vegan food since the last time you saw her.
This small community joint is full of locals who come because they know the always changing menu is one that will entice them and make them feel warm inside. Pictures on the walls show that Alice has had community workshop days with local children, making sure she gives back to the neighborhood that has welcomed her. As a Canadian, she is fluent in English, so no problems there.
The only real con, as others have said, is the tough to find location. No worries, the happycow map is spot on. Google maps has some trouble with this alley address, but Bing maps found it without problem. Get to the Martim Moniz metro, then head up Rua Cavaleiros (as others have mentioned this is a little sketchy, so keep your wits and avoid dressing/acting "like tourists"). Take your first right at the top of the hill, then an immediate right again onto Rua Guia--this does not feel like a street so much as a neighborhood plaza, and there is only a street sign if you turn around, so it's easy to miss. Walk across the plaza to Beco de Jasmim, turn left, and it'll be on your left. Not hard to miss once you're in this alley/street.
Overall, a fantastic place, fantastic food, great prices, and one I would highly recommend all vegan and veggie visitors check out!Pros: Awesome food, Local/non-touristy
Near impossible to find and you might have to go through a few less than comforting alleyways at night. Don't trust google maps as it takes you somewhere else. Most of the locals I asked had no idea where this place was and it finally took a policeman to help me find it. (Said policeman recommended I hide my camera while walking up there because of the type of neighbourhood.)
But when you get there it is worth it. I had a celery soup which was probably the best I've ever tasted. They had a chorizo/potato dish that was so good I ordered a second. The kitchen is open which is great and it seems to be run by interested people.
All in all very nice.Pros: All vegan, Interesting food, Tasty
The Food Temple is a charming recent addition to the Lisbon vegan scene for which as far as I can tell is just coming to life. It's a small cafe located a short walk up a hill from the center and can be quite hard to find so make sure you draw out detailed directions beforehand! This is not their fault but a simple reality of Lisbon itself. It's a small rotating menu from week-to-week.. I had a few of their tapas sized items however there was a main dish and dessert which I never got around to trying. But for starters was a garlic soup.. yes, garlic soup. Very unique and quite strong but I happen to like garlic a whole lot so it was no problem for me. Next I had an eggplant and seitan dish along with fried rice and tofu which I think was the better of the two. Both were nice and had good flavors though! It was a rather quiet Sunday evening so I had a chance to chat with the proprietors who were just as charming as the restaurant and food. They're definitely onto something special and I hope to see it grow sooner than later. I'll definitely be back next time I visit Lisbon.Pros: great food, cool people, fairly priced
My husband and I visited this restaurant recently during our trip to Lisbon. The address was confusing, there are two streets with the same name, I think. This one was near the square, and tucked into a very residential neighborhood. GPS found it, and even though we wandered a bit to find it, it was VERY worth it. They encourage you to call for directions if needed.
The tiny kitchen is in the middle of the very intimate restaurant, which has about 5 tables. It is fun to watch the chef, Alice, make the food. The waiter was extremely friendly, and spoke English extremely well. Our food was great- there are 4 rotating (and unique) tapas and 1 main dish to choose from. Very reasonably priced. My husband and I shared 3 tapas and the main dish along with a few beers, and it was the perfect amount.
I am sad I don't live in the area and won't have the chance to become a regular at this restaurant...
Great food. Nice and lovely service. All vegan. Sort of hard to find. If you have trouble finding them just call them.Pros: food, service, area
I really recomend this small and cozy restaurant for everyone who wants to have some really nice snacks in one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of Lisbon. Other things that make this restaurant unique is the concept of vegan "tapas" and the sympathy of the staff.
Oh, and this is one of the few (if not the only one) 100% vegan restaurant in Lisbon.
It took me and my friend some time to find it, but therefor it is just a wonderful atmosphere on the quiet little space with outdoor seating. The food was good, we were both happy. The only thing I didn't like was that most of the dishes were adaptions from meatdishes.Pros: good food, tapas, cozy
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