Bioforma Restaurant

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Rua da Queimada de Cima, 31, Funchal, Portugal

Part of a large organic chain in Madeira. Inside is an all-veg restaurant. Stocks a wide range of organic packaged food plus vitamins and cosmetics. Open Mon-Fri 9:00am-7:00pm, Sat 9:00am-1:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Salad bar, Juice bar, Take-out

15 Reviews

First Review by vegantonio

A real find. - Edit

This establishment is a real find. Not only did we have a very tasty, if simple lunch but the store also had other items for us to help us during our stay in a location where being fully vegetarian is a little challenging.

The selection is a little limited but it would be churlish to rate this as a negative as there is a selection. In addition, we had freshly squeezed orange juice and felt well satisfied at a fair price after our meal.

Staff were friendly and it is clear that many locals eat here - always a good sign.

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Lifesaver - Edit

Had a really good meal at this little basement buffet cafe as I was quite protein deficient at this point after a few days in Madera this was really welcome ! They let me break the portion system and have a bit of everything (I needed 2 plates) I left feeling full but not unpleasantly stuffed and much better for it ! I had Vegan lasagna, beans, a burger (without bun) a fresh salad with sprouts. The staff were pleasant friendly and welcoming. Not everyone there spoke good English as mentioned in a previous review but why should they it's not England ! We all got along fine :-) I enjoyed my food immensely X

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Nothing vegan there - Edit

My partner and I arrived here at 5 o'clock to find that it looked closed up. There was no one there and it was all covered over. My partner asked if they were open and the assistant said they were, but the only thing they had to offer was a cream cheese sandwich- little use to myself as an ovo vegetarian and my partner who is a vegan. Over all it was a really poor experience

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Not so tasty and poor eating area - Edit

Just like almost everywhere else in Funchal, lunch time starts at noon time.

Food was not so tasty but it was vegan and included a little bit of protein as well and for this reason I was happy to eat here once during the week we stayed in Funchal.

Unpleasant eating area.

Pros: Vegan food

Cons: Everything else

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Nice food, small place - Edit

Upstairs is a shop and the restaurant is downstairs.
They offer 3 dishes of the day to choose for 6,80€
I had a veggie lasagna which was good. Not a big portion but you can also get a dessert.
The place is small and it was quite warm inside but they serve fast so I did not spend a lot of time there.
There are also veggie sandwiches to take away for 2-3€ each.

Pros: 3 different options to choose, Vegetarian and vegan, no meat or fish offered

Cons: A bit small which is ok, but too hot inside

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The best option to eat vegetarian/vegan in Madeira Island - Edit

This is the second completely vegetarian restaurant that you'll find in Madeira Island. Serves in a buffet method vegetarian dishes with vegan options.
The menu is elaborated according to each day of the week - usually it has veggie lasagne, bean/quinoa burgers, tempeh and fresh apple juice with spiruline. Sometimes, it has vegan desserts like apple pie but you'll have to ask if it contains eggs and dairy.
The price is fair (Main dish + Juice + Dessert = about 10€) for the amount/quality of food, specially knowing that is the only restaurant in the island with a certain variety of vegetarian options, excluding soups and simple salads...

Pros: Completely vegetarian restaurant, Good price, Nice diversity/quality of food

Cons: Place too small

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Food ok but a bit depressing - Edit

Simple but tasty food. Three vegetarian main dishes (2 are vegan) with raw vegetables for 5,50 euros, 6,50 with a drink. Offers also sandwiches and cakes. It's a quite cheap and nice option in Funchal. But it's a bit depressing downstairs, with no windows, almost no decoration and white blinding lights.

Pros: good portions, price, healthy

Cons: not a warm place

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Nice Little place for lunch - Edit

Nice cheap Little place in Funchal centre. Easy to find. 3 mains options served with salad. Small portion 5 euros large portion 6 euros. Extras and deserts ranging from €1.20 to 2 euros great place to stop for lunch.

Pros: Great value, All veggie, Friendly

Cons: Small

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Le seul restaurant végétarien de l'ile ! - Edit

Nous avons testé ce restaurant, seul végétarien de l'ile. Prix un peu cher, c'est plus une cantine qu'un restaurant. on vous sert le plat du jour dans une petite assiette (spaghettis légumes + steack soja + salade).

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At last a real vegan lunch on Madeira! - Edit

For a vegan Madeira is quite though to eat out, especially when you are not located in Funchal, but on our visit to Funchal we visited this restaurant in the cellar of the Bioforma shop. There was not much to choose from and they barely spoke English but they had one hot meal with rice or bulgur with salad for us. My children had some vegetarian options because they are not vegan. I loved my vegan meal, I have made a picture of it in the display and on my plate so people who speak Portuguese can read what it was  The people where very friendly and helpful, I was glad one of them understood no egg and no milk/cheese.
Updated from previous review on Saturday May 16, 2015

Pros: vegan option, friendly , clean

Cons: only one vegan option

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Vegetarian - yes... But not too vegan :( - Edit

I was in Madeira for my honeymoon and I had just decided to eat vegan. So I was very pleased to find out there was actually ONE vegetarian restaurant (in all of Madeira...). Unfortunately, I don't think the personnel was very kind or helpful, and they didn't speak much English. I had to explain that I only wanted to eat vegan food, which they seemed to find odd.

For the main course, I could have couscous with grilled vegetables. They also put some salad on the plate, which turned out to be a bad choice because it was very boring and without any sauce/dressing. However, the vegetables were very nice.
Then as desert I had tofu cream pie, which was amazing - the tofu was so soft and creamy, you could have fooled anyone to believe it wasn't vegan at all. But it definitely was!

We went here around lunchtime, and you won't believe how many people there were. There weren't many tables, most people had to sit on bar-chairs to eat.

So the restaurant could definitely use some improvement, but I would definitely recommend it for the food, because it's a relief to eat there after visiting all those restaurants that only sell meat or fish...

Pros: Great pastry, Vegan choices available, Affordable

Cons: Unfriendly personnel, Very busy around lunchtime, Few vegan choices

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Shut on Saturday! - Edit

Shut on Saturday 14th December. Gutted! We had walked around ages to find it too. :-(. Ended up going back to our cruise ship to eat.
Another time maybe as Madeira was a beautiful island.

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Good little cafe - Edit

Went here twice whilst on holiday in October My Portuguese isn't good but I got the message across about dairy free food. Very tasty food, at reasonable prices. Also has a health food area in which I found some items difficult to get hold of in Cornwall. I've filled in the 'cons' but they are statements rather than criticisms. Although opening later would be good for a coffee/tea and cake later in the afternoon. Recommended.

Pros: Good value, tasty food, friendly staff

Cons: no outlook, quite small, closes at 3pm

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Bioforma Restaurant - Edit

The restaurant is conveniently located at the heart of Funchal. Itbis situated beneath the shop.
The staff are always friendly and welcoming.
The menu changes daily with a variety of dishes to choose from. Fresh juices, savoury snacks were also good. The soup, main courses and deserts varied and I was kept interested in wanting to try them on different occasions.
I look forward to visiting Bioforma restaurant again.

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good small vegetarian lunch restaurant - Edit

While vegetarians can always find a place, Madeira is not easy for vegans. This small restaurant saved us at lunch time. It has always a vegan otion (and dessert)and the staff was very friendly and flexible. Caterina ("Kathy") the manager will help you and support if you need anything. Happy to have found it ...

Pros: vegan option, good value, friendly staff

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