Bambu

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Independencia 1790, Valparaiso, Chile

Long time operating vegetarian restaurant serving a variety of food such as pizza, pasta, salad, Chilean food, juices, and desserts. Has lunch of the day. Serves only drinks and snacks after lunch service. Menu in English, French, and Spanish. Holds cooking classes, tai chi, yoga, meditation, and talks. Open Tue-Sun 10:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Western, Take-out, Chilean, Latin American

19 Reviews

First Review by camila

Average - Edit

We went to Bambu for lunch because we wanted to try Chilean food - vegetarian style, so we ordered empanadas and a corn pie (not sure what the Spanish name is). Both were a bit disappointing. The outside of the empanadas were dry and the corn filling of the corn pie was nothing spectacular. I would have loved to love this restaurant, as their menu is very extensive and exciting for vegetarians traveling in Chile, but the food is average at best. Perhaps the other items are better (pizza, pastas, soups)? We did, however, enjoy the openness and natural sunlight of the space.

Pros: Nice ambiance

Cons: Average food

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poor vegan menu - Edit

ordered salad with tofu, tofu was tasteless, salad was without any oil, just plain, felt as if it's 19th century.

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"Real" restaurant vibe - Edit

Feels like an old style real restaurant without the tight space of many of the smaller veg places.
Welcoming owner
Nice Buddhist vibe.
A decades long favorite

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  Contributions +25

average at best - Edit

Had an empanada with soy meat and it was quite bland. I ended up scooping out the inside and just eating that as the pastry part was tasteless. Quite disappointed I didn't order something else as the other reviews made the place seem decent

Pros: vegan option in the area

Cons: no taste, waitress did not speak English

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delicious and hearty food - Edit

I visited last week with a non-vege friend who lives in Vina. I ordered a gluten casserole with carrots, potatoes and lovely seasoning. It was simple but very tasty and healthy. Exactly what i needed after a month in Argentina with far too many pizzas and pastas. My friend got the lunch set which was huge and looked great.

Extensive menu with lots of variety in dishes -both Chilean and international.

Lovely lady working there.

Would recommend.

Pros: delicious, nutritious , price

Cons: dingy toilets

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A Good Opportunity to try Chilean Food - Edit

Chile is a bit tough for vegans and vegetarians, but I enjoyed my meal at Bambu! When I travel I always want to try local food, and have found that to be especially difficult in Chile. At Bambu they had a pretty large menu and many different versions of local dishes to try. I agree with a few of the previous reviews, the food could have been a bit more flavorful, especially the main dishes. On the other hand, the fried potatoes that came with my meal and the melon juice I drank were both top notch - very delicious. The place was cute and inviting. I think the bottom line on this one is that if you are of the veggie persuasion and in Valparaíso, Bambu is a must. It's good food and there's barely any other options anyway!

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Great food & nice atmosphere - Edit

Great food with many vegan options. Many different dishes to choose from, including veggie versions of traditional Chilean food. Lunch menu (Salad, soup, main dish, desert) was 3.500 pesos.

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Great spot - Edit

Fairly extensive menu with Spanish, English, and French language options. Prices were very reasonable (but the 1600 pesos figure in the listing description is out of date). I had a delicious hearty stew with chunks of gluten, potato, carrots, and other veggies. My friend had a Spanish tortilla with spinach, eggs, and veggie meat. (Not vegan.)

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A singular place in Valparaiso - Edit

The menu costed us 3.500 and it was good. We also had apricot natural juice, it costed 1.500 but the amount was 500ml, quite a lot!
We also tried the vegan completo, which is like a hotdog, for 1900. It lacked a bit of taste, but it was the only one we could find! :D
It's not easy to find vegan food in Valpo.

Pros: Lots of vegan options.

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Vegan set menu - Edit

The Bambú is a nice place to go (well, I preferred the Komedor Vegetariano but have to admit I ate well there too). The set menu ($3500) is vegan (normally) and they also have vegan versions of classical Chilean street food (empanadas, completos, etc.). I ate there one of the best moussaka I ever eat in my life, maybe was I lucky this day, but it is a big plus for me. The rest of the food was okay, no more.

Pros: Good food for moderate price

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ok - Edit

When I first got to chile I ate here a lot. They are very nice and the food is good... But not great. It lacks flavor. I suggest the vegan empanadas since they are good and hard to find elsewhere

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Go just for the bread :) - Edit

This family run restaurant in the heart of Valparaiso was both welcoming and English speaking. I liked this place so much I visited it everyday while in the city. The menu was in several languages (Spanish, English and French).

The restaurant is located on the first storey of an old colonial house so it isn't the best access for wheelchairs etc.

The menu offered traditional western meals (lasagne, pizza etc) and had a vegetarian twist to Chilean dishes. Their homemade bread is also great (apparently most of the bread in Valparaiso is not vege friendly and made with lard). This is nowhere near fine dining but the welcoming nature made it a favourite of mine.

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Just OK - Edit

As a vegan I didn't like Bambu very much, even though it's better than some others in the area, considering it's very difficult to find a vegan (even vegetarian) place to eat in Valparaiso / Viña del Mar.

The place is rather cold in winter I guess it must be nicer when the weather gets warmer.

They offer plenty of options on the menu, but check with the waiter, they may not be available / in stock.
Some vegan options.

They only accept cash.

I rather go to a regular restaurant and ask for a good salad.
Updated from previous review on Monday September 19, 2011

Pros: location, whole pastry

Cons: not credit cards, not very tasty

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great place to eat - Edit

After traveling around South America for over 2 months, it is always good to find somewhere really good to eat. Bambu is one such place.
It is very easy to find, all the staff are really helpful and the food was delicious.
We ate here for the most of our time in Valpraiso and had some nice unique meals. Lots of vegan options.
The cost was very good value for money and I would highly recommend going here.

Pros: tasty food, good value, Vegan options

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nice but simple meal - Edit

went here for lunch and had the menu of the day, which was the best value for money at 2100 pesos. We had a basic salad, vegetable soup, maize patty with mashed potato and capsicum, and a strawberry rice pudding. Was a fresh and healthy meal but the salad and main meal were a little bland - the desert was quite starchy. Would probably not go back.
The staff were very friendly and helpful.

Pros: friendly staff, fresh tasting meals

Cons: lacked flavour

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i love this place - Edit

as a chilean, I tried different places with vegan empanadas, but this place have one of the best vegan empanada ever. Also i remember that the waitress was nice too.

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vegan options - Edit

english speaking waitress. large menu (in english, french, and spanish) that has a lot of cheese and eggs, but is easy to find or alter to make vegan. the waitress was also helpful in letting us know that the tortillas have eggs (like omelettes she said) in them. we had soy meat with mushroom empanada, mixed vegetable empanada, the country pizza (without cheese). the items with soy meat have a lot of soy meat in or on them. they were all very good. i liked the bread of each of those, especially. they have fruit drinks (good sized), with soy milk options.

i very much enjoyed the food and service here. bread served with meal. our meal for 2 people was 5750 pesos. would visit again.

Pros: vegan options, english speaking, helpful staff

Cons: uncomfortable chairs

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I loved the empanadas!! - Edit

Its a good place for cheap vegetarian food. Good atention too.

Pros: good food, , fast, cleen

Cons: second floor.

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Bambu es So-So - Edit

After reading the online menu, I was stoked to go to Bambu with my girlfriend. the food was so-so, kinda like being a vegetarian in the 70's in the U.S. As a vegan, they didn't have many offerings but if you were vegetarian, you might be satisfied.

Pros: they have tofu!, and soymilk!

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camila 22 Feb 2013 - I loved this place. Great Food and good environment. They have a new location too. Considering that vegetarianism in Chile was almost ZERO per cent when Bamboo started, (and still nowadays) one should congratulate them for being constant after 25 years.
Pplin CHile doesn't know about vegetarian food. They teach and promote vegetarianism. Go on Bambu!!  


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