Amaluna Vegan Restaurant & Lab

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 8 reviews )

Organic vegan cuisine with Mediterranean influence in a finer dining atmosphere. Since Dec 2014. Frente Parqueo Residencial Playa Turquesa, al lado del Hotel Merengue. Accepts VISA. Open Mon-Sat 7:00pm-10:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Western, Mediterranean, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out

8 Reviews

First Review by MarkellMN

Amazing Food - Edit

Summary:
We visited Amaluna because we are vegan, but this restaurant has delicious food for everyone! The restaurant is 100% vegan. Our waiter who is also the restaurant manager, Mario, was exceptional, helpful and very kind.

How to find it:
It is situated near a large plaza area. It is found next to Hotel Merngue but we passed it without knowing a few times. Right before the hotel there is a small street that you need to walk down (about 100 feet) to get to Amaluna. The street is not very well-lit at night, but it’s a very short walk.

The food:
So yummy. I ordered the ravioli amaluna ($15USD). It was so flavorful and tasted like everything had been just picked from the garden; so fresh tasting. You can see and taste that they put in a lot of time to make the food taste amazing. My husband got the black pasta ($15USD). I had to steal a bite. This was also very flavorful.

Price:
The prices are good for this place. We are eating fresh vegan food on an island (mock meats and vegan cheeses). These are not easy to come by. The price ranges from $15 to $25 USD.

There are some cats that are on the property but they mind their own business and don't come near people. The place is very clean and we will definitely be going back to eat here again.

Pros: Food, Staff, Prices

Cons: Easy to miss

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Love love love! - Edit

Amazing vegan restaurant in a beautiful setting with friendly staff. The food was so delicious and there were so many different flavours to suit every pallette. I cannot wait to return!

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Best food in Punta Cana - Edit

Going to Amaluna was definitely the highlight of our recent trip to Punta Cana. As a vegan chef, I'm constantly searching for the best and most creative food out there, and Amaluna didn't disappoint one bit. We went once a few days into the trip, and I instantly knew we had to go there for our last dinner. The staff was incredibly welcoming and made it the whole dining experience very enjoyable. Upon arrival they bring you a 'welcome gift' consisting of chickpea flour/corn pancake, tomato salsa, and an avocado mayo. All of the flavors and textures complimented each other well, and it definitely wet our appetite for the rest of the meal. It's served with a cocktail, but since we don't drink we passed. To my surprise, the staff actually took the time to make a nonalcoholic juice for us! The menu consists of many themed 3-4 course meals such as Caribbean, Jamaican, Indian, Chinese, and Carnivorous; as well as many al a carte options (bowls, pastas, etc.) We tried the Caribbean, Jamaican, Chinese, and carnivorous menus. Everything was presented beautifully, and was clearly prepared fresh. The creativity used at Amaluna was inspiring and motivating. I didn't have a single bad bite of food in the 16 different plates we tried over the course of the week. It did take a bit of time between courses which was unexpected at first, but it turned out to be a wonderful dining experience. It allowed time to actually enjoy every bite, to analyze each plate, and for the food to settle before the next course came. Overall dining here was a fantastic experience! It is definitely a hidden gem in the middle of Punta Cana and I highly recommend anyone, vegan or not to give it a try!

Pros: Creativity , Plating, Taste

Cons: Language barrier

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Grateful to AmaLuna! - Edit

Hello there! I've been to AmaLuna yesterday night and I felt so comfortable and welcome, I'm delighted about the care they have of details which transmits the love and passion they put in what they do. I've enjoyed a lot the tasty food and my stomach did too, feeling full but not heavy. Very happy to have a place like this here in Bavaro. Doesn't matter if you're vegan or not, you're going to Love AmaLuna!

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Best Vegan food on the island, period! - Edit

What is the biggest problem when traveling and you're vegan? Finding a restaurant that is vegan or at least vegan-friendly.  The first night I was in Punta Cana we found Amaluna on Happy Cow. We visited and you could say the rest is history.  We spent 7 days on the island and 4 nights we enjoyed dinner with Magda, Ornel, and Javier.  We felt like we were family. We tried to eat every meal on the menu. Everyone was great and inventive. The plating was remarkable. You can tell that Javier and Magda put their heart and soul into each one.  If you visit Punta Cana make sure you stop and visit you won't miss the meat, trust me.

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-02

Pros: Magda really takes good care of you, The food has been well thought out, and tastes so , non vegans would love this food

Cons: I didn't have a problem, but you do wait a bit

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Food as art - Edit

The lab part of the name is appropriate in that it is indicative of the experimentation taking place here but to me the creativity on the (bamboo) plates is more art than science. The owner/chef Maddalena is an artist with flavours and textures. We were fortunate to be there on the restaurants 2nd anniversary when she did a special menu that included her vegan version of crab cakes and ceviche. They were amazing. The ceviche tasted and had the mouth feel of fish/scallop ceviche (heart of palm standing in for the scallops) and the crab cakes nailed it. This is not tofu fakery ('tofurkey'?, tofu burgers? really?) but a mixing of plants and spices to create flavours and textures of foods I used to eat but now either can't (allergies) or won't (as AnaLuna's motto says: animals are our friends, and we don't eat our friends). They even accommodated my sesame allergy (although a word to the wise, if you are sesame sensitive and visiting a Spanish country, both sésamo and ajonjoli are sesame, the first seems to apply to the larger black seeds and the second to the smaller white ones; something bitter experience in Spanish countries has taught me).
It is not cheap, (primarily in comparison to other restaurants in the local area) but I'd argue that it is not that expensive either, both for what you get and for what we are used to paying at home for food of a similar type (but far inferior quality, creativity and remarkably, quantity). The Chinese selection (four courses, eaten on a different night) left us stuffed.
This is good food. This is remarkable food. Go there if you like good creative food. You need not be vegan to appreciate what is going on here but if you are, it is wonderful to discover what can be done with plants.

Pros: Wonderful atmosphere, The food, the food, the food!

Cons: Opens late (7:00 or 8:00 pm depending on the day), wear mosquito repellant (but it is worth it)

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AmaLuna 02 Jan 2017 - Dear lovely guest,
Thank you so much for the nice comment you left about AmaLuna Vegan Restaurant, we are glad you appreciated the art we try to express in each of our dishes and our effort to keep researching for new flavors and textures with love and respect for the animals.
Looking forward to see you again!
Love & Peace
Maddalena  


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Great vegan food in Punta Cana! - Edit

I had seen this restaurant on Happy Cow before traveling to Punta Cana. To my surprise, it ended up being literally around the corner from my hotel (Hotel Merengue). It is only open for dinner and closed completely on certain days. Only accepts cash. My omnivore boyfriend went with me and he loved his veggie burger! I got a hot dog, also really good. They had a big menu to select from with fancier options and a junk food page. We got 2 alcoholic drinks, the burger, the hot dog, and a chocolate crepe for desert, and it all came to around $40 (Not sure if we were charged for the water we had too or not). Food came with a little chip/dip appetizer and it all looked really well presented. The restaurant is half outdoors, with oil lamps and a couple cute little kitties roaming around. The food was great, especially the sauces they come with, but pretty pricey, which is why we only went there once. It's definitely worth a stop but be prepared to drop some cash $$$.

Pros: Great vegan food, Wide variety of options, Pleasant environment/staff

Cons: Expensive, Cash only, Short hours

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Lovely Atmosphere, Great Food - Edit

Very romantic setting. Food was great - we had a meal with four to five courses so that we could try as much different flavors as possible. They did a great job taking familiar flavors and making them interesting with special sauces or dips. I definitely recommend AmaLuna.

Pros: VEGAN , Beautiful Presentation & Atmosphere, Friendly Owner, Staff

Cons: Mosquitos (just come prepared), Specialty drinks didn't taste like much, Relatively new still - kinks to work out

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