One of a kind in El Salvador
Posted on 01 / 25 / 2011
As far as I know, there is no other restaurant in the country with such a wide selection of vegan/ovo-lacto options. I have gone twice now, both times I was the only veggie in the group. The first time I went with one guy that was quite skeptical. He ended up ordering a raw vegan sandwich (The Bright Balance). He was surprised by how rich and flavorful it was. I also got the Bright Balance... it is a sandwich with cucumber for bread, filled with fresh veggies, and topped with a seed cheeze. Simply incredible.
They do have poultry and seafood on the menu, but it only makes up about 15% of the menu. I would say that about 50% is vegan, and the remaining 35% ovo-lacto. I have also gotten the raw vegan soup (strangely hot but delicious), the oyster mushroom entree (very savory and well-seasoned), and the Steak Ita (a seasoned piece of tofu steak, pretty good, but nothing like the Bright Balance). They have kombucha on the menu, but they were all out both times I went.
The restaurant is located in a fairly nice neighborhood that seems pretty safe. It is less than a block from Iglesia Sagrado CorazÃ³n de JesÃºs. So, if you find the biggest cathedral in Santa Tecla just go half a block north.
The restaurant is very nicely decorated. They display works from local artists, and have live music about once a week (normally Wednesdays). I guess that they are expanding in the building next door quite soon, so expect the seating area to be a lot larger soon.
Both times that I have gone we have had multiple waiters, but somehow they seem to communicate with each other well. The service has been pretty much impeccable. Everyone is really friendly, and the food seems to come pretty quickly.
For El Salvador it is priced about the same as most indoor sit down restaurants, which is pretty amazing considering that a lot of their ingredients are organic and fair-trade. Entrees are between $5-$9 I believe. Appetizers are about $3.
Overall, Yemaya is the best place to eat [for vegans] in El Salvador as far as I am concerned. I always put dairy, eggs, and/or meat in the cons ... but, I don't know if they would be able to provide the service that they are providing without offering these options. Vegetarianism isn't even understood by most Salvadorans.
Menu, Service, Price
Meat, Dairy, Eggs