All Reviews by Jenny G
Rua Francisco Sanches 39, Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
One of the best
This is one of my favourite places in Lisbon - the food is always tasty, the staff are pleasant, and it's really good value.
They have a system with 4 or so main courses each day, and you choose to get a small or large plate, with a combination of these dishes. If they're short on vegan options, they do adapt. All dishes are served with brown rice and the most amazing cabbage salad (my boyfriend loves it and he usually hates cabbage!) on the side. The cakes and home-made desserts aren't vegan but are loved by those who eat them. You can get soya desserts instead (Provamel type things) or fresh fruit. Don't forget to try their fresh juice (a mix of carrot, apple and something else...).
The restaurant is only small so does get busy at peak times - try and get their early before the Portuguese eat and you'll be fine, otherwise expect to wait a bit.
Rua de Sao Jose 23, Lisbon, Portugal
I'd been hearing about this for a long time before it opened, so when I saw reviews on here I had to check it out. I wasn't disappointed. My friend and I went there on Friday for a very late lunch, expecting to have a snack but they prepared some leftover lasagne from the dish of the day. The ingredients were fresh and tasty, and the salad with it was huge. We were so excited to have a place with all the extras that were all vegan, we tried hot chocolate (white chocolate!) which was very sweet, but perfect, muffins (mine was pistachio and choc-chip), a fresh mango rice-milk shake, and we sat there feeling sad we couldn't try the quiche, the pizza, the toasties or the ice cream! Definitely going back. It's a shame they're not open on weekends, it'd be perfect for a leisurely brunch location.
To be honest, the cakes didn't look that exciting, especially since the name suggests it's a bakery, but trust me - they taste great.
And although they call it vegetarian, everything is actually vegan.
Travessa Da Mota, 10, Faro, Portugal
Nice veggie restaurant
I visited this place for the first time this week. It's only small, seating 26 inside (with a few tables outside), and a correspondingly small buffet selection, yet this for me is one of the advantages. It's cosy and friendly, in a land of soulless shopping centres.
Almost everything was vegan: the tofu with mixed veg and seaweed was crunchy and had a pleasant flavour, and was accompanied by couscous or rice noodles (slightly overcooked, but not unpleasant). The other dish was some kind of pastry roll with cheese in it, so I didn't try that, but I did sample the tomato sauce that went with it, and it was good. Then there was a selection of steamed veg (broccoli, cabbage and carrots) and some salads.
The drinks menu had a selection of freshly squeezed fruit or vegetable juices which you could combine in just about any way you wanted, as well as the usual soft drinks.
Be warned, it gets full fast at lunchtimes, so try and get there early.
Rua da Mae D'Agua, 3, Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal
I went here recently with my boyfriend, a lapsed vegan, who had been here and eaten 'the best lasagne ever'. We went for the lunch buffet, and the selection was quite small, and the salads almost non-existent. To be honest, I was disappointed. I had high expectations and it was just average, definitely on a par with the other mediocre veg. places in Lisbon and not much available for vegans. Considering the higher price than some of its competitors, I wouldn't suggest it above the others. What saved it for me was the lovely garden, although, unfortunately, it allowed smoking outside, so that spoilt it somewhat.
Overall, I'd say not bad, worth trying for variety, but not great for vegans and pricier than average.
Tynska ulicka 6, Praha 1, Prague, Czech Republic
I had heard about this place having been to Clear Head a few times. We went there with a group of about 8 and had one of my worst Prague restaurant experiences. The food was really mixed - some was good, but some terrible (read: the kung pao - a load of soya sauce and hardly any rice).
The staff were unpleasant and sullen, and considering the price, I'd have expected a lot more. A friend went there more recently and had a similar experience.
Rua Marques de Sa da Bandeira 76, Lisbon, Portugal
Tasty and cheap
Love this place, very much like Bio, on the other side of town, but I prefer the staff here - maybe also because it's 5 minutes from home!
They open for lunch and dinner, and offer a good variety of home-cooked food with different dishes every day using soya, seitan and tofu. Check with staff for vegan dishes. Nice selection of desserts, fruit teas, and coffee.
Also perfect if you're visiting the Gulbenkian across the road. It hasn't been open long, and summer is always quiet in Lisbon, so we've not yet had a problem getting a place, but I imagine when people get back from holidays you may have to book.
Highly recommended - while it's not haute cuisine, it's tasty, good value and very friendly.
Avenida Barbosa du Bocage 107C, Lisbon, Portugal
I first went to Paladar Zen about 3 years ago, and it was so bad I swore never to go back, but when it became my local veggie restaurant I decided to give it a second chance, and I'm glad I did.
It's not the best restaurant around, but they do have a nice selection of dishes - always soup, always a large selection of salads, and some alright sushi (not Japanese standard, but definitely nice as an extra on your plate). The hot dishes are a bit hit and miss for me. I love their mixed vegetables, but they tend to use too much soya for my liking, and as it's not all vegan, the non-vegan options can be a little disappointing.
Still, it's a 10-minute walk from home, and it's good to get a lot of variety on days I'm too lazy to cook! If you're in the area, I'd definitely recommend it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get there otherwise.
Staff are friendly, the decor is nice, and the price is relatively reasonable.
No 50, Rua Da Madalena, Prato Feito, Lisbon, Portugal
Change of heart
It seems that this place has changed since it opened. It hasn't been around all that long either, but when I went there a couple of months ago it was 100% vegan. The explanation on their facebook page is that they started offering fish and meat dishes but are still largely vegan (95%) because they were lacking customers. It's a shame, but understandable in the current economic climate, especially here in Portugal.
About the food, well, sadly it wasn't that enjoyable either. The flavours were bland, the quality not great, and the combinations somewhat strange. The way I see it, the problem with buffets is that you pay, you eat, and if you're disappointed you still eat a lot, and they still get rid of the food, but perhaps don't learn/care what's popular.
Staff were very pleasant, and I did go there in a very large group, but as it's a buffet, quality shouldn't suffer just because the restaurant is almost full.
I said I'd go back and give it a second chance, since an all vegan restaurant is a rarity round here, but since they've changed their policy, I'm not so tempted anymore.