Al Natural

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
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C/ Zorrilla, 11, Madrid, Spain, 28014

Small place with bar at front and seating area at back, located near metro Banco de Espana and Parliament Building. Around one-half of the menu are vegan items. Gets busy so reserve ahead. Open Mon-Sun 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Beer/Wine, Spanish

Reviews (41)

First Review by Parasol

Ok for vegetarians, not a lot for vegans - Edit

I emailed this place prior to vising and asked if they catered for vegans, I was told 'Yes'. However, when we visited the only thing that was vegan was a vegetable paella (and you do get a bit bored of those in Spain!!). Other dishes, I was told, could be adapted by removing the sauce (ALL sauces contained cream) but then they would have been rather dry.
The paella was fine and the salad starter was nice but nothing to get excited about. My partner, who ordered vegetarian, said it was 'nice' but they did not bring him the dish he ordered! No desserts for vegans.
The decor was nice though and the staff friendly enough.

Pros: Centrally located, Friendly staff, Good for vegetarians

Cons: Not much for vegans

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A good atmosphere - Edit

A real Madrid feel to this one. The waiter was a little on the sleepy side the night we went, but the food and a nice sparkling wine more than made up for that. We were greeted with very tasty appetisers - a nice tradition we found in most of the Madrid restaurants. As in all the restaurants we tried in Madrid the hardest part was choosing from the extensive menu. Not all the English translations were perfect (they never are!) and it's worth asking to see both menus to work out some of the stranger items.

Pros: atmosphere, location, substantial portions

Cons: slow service

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Excellent little restaurant - Edit

Went here for a fairly leisurely lunch in April 07 (really well situated for museums). Food was very good quality and I thought well priced. Crowd was mixed age range and nationalities and they had menus in both spanish and english. Looked to be popular but not so busy you'd be in danger of not getting a table. Staff (and owner) very friendly. I had a tasty mixed vegetable dish with tofu and seitan in a corn wrap to start and followed by a pretty good veggie paella. My lunch companion had a simple spinach and garlic started which he enjoyed and also the paella. Would give a 5 star review except the system only allows 5 stars for 100% veggie restaurant now and as another reviewer points out they have a few non-veggie dishes at the back but make explicit that this is cooked entirely separately to the veggie meals. I have to say though that I see this as a plus. It's OK hunting out veggie restaurants when I'm travelling with other vegetarians but sometimes you're with meat eaters who don't want to have veggie food the whole time. Having a decent vegetarian place that also has a few token meat dishes is the ideal situation and it seems a shame not to be able to give it a full 5 stars when the dishes themselves warrant it.

Pros: Great food, Near to museums, Cheerful staff

Cons: Slightly out of the way

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Good food, freshly prepared - Edit

I have just come back from a trip to Madrid with my girlfriend who is vegan. We went to this restaurant for a hearty, long lunch after a morning of tramping round museums. I thought the restaurant itself was nice and intimate, the service was prompt and polite, they spoke English and were very happy to help us work out what was and was not vegan. The food itself was fresh and tasty with ample proportions, the bill was reasonable. I really enjoyed eating in this restaurant and would definitely go again if I am ever in Madrid.

Pros: Nice place, Tasty, fresh food

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Tasty! - Edit

Not 100% Veg but it's nice that they make a point to mention that the meat dishes are cooked in a separate part of the kitchen.

This place was nice and serene with typical Spanish decor (dark woods, red brick, stucco). Very nice exhibit of Buddhist art when we were there (Sept 06).

Substantial portions and a large selection of food. English menu available. Fast service and popular with locals. Could expand dessert menu. A little expensive but good quality. Would visit again.

Pros: Great Food, Large Portions, Cozy Atmosphere

Cons: Relatively expensive

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