Cultura Dos Sabores

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rua de Ceuta 80, Porto, Portugal, 4050

Veggie buffet restaurant, opened Apr 2014. Food changes every day and the selection is larger on the weekend. Vegan-friendly. Bright interior with seating on 2 floors. Open Tue-Sun 11:00am-11:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Buffet, Salad bar, Take-out, European, Portuguese

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First Review by RubyFriel

Good food but expensive - Edit

Food was good, but not amazing. Very friendly staff! a little on the expensive side though! but a good place to go if you want a really filling and healthy meal

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Nutritious vegan buffet - Edit

I highly recommend Cultura dos Sabores. We had at least one meal per day there during our trip to Porto. Very good value for money, friendly staff and nice environment.

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Swings! - Edit

I chose to go here for a late lunch yesterday as I was very excited about sitting in the swings. The buffet was all vegan and the desserts vegetarian. The food was very fresh and I particularly enjoyed the spiritual tofu, which reminded me of macaroni cheese. Didn't go for a dessert in the end, the vegan option being a chocolate mouse, but it looked to be delicious and quite a large portion.
All in all, a lovely place to eat and the swings are great for a relaxing read while you eat your meal.
I should add that they close at 4pm and then I think they reopen at 6.30pm (possibly later).

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-07

Pros: Interesting seating, Fresh food

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excellent - Edit

Excellent and nutritious food brilliantly prepared and combined. Lovely restaurant and friendly staff. 9.95 euros for evening buffet without desserts, drinks or coffee. But food is so generous that you feel full and no space for anything else ! Highly recommended!

Pros: food , premises, staff

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amazing vegan food in Porto - Edit

Buffet is full of tasty and amazing food, vegan and vegetarian. Staff is very gentle and smiling. Very good dessert also.

Pros: lots of vegan options.

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Very nice place in Porto - Edit

We are 2 vegan people and for our first day in Porto this restaurant was a very good experience ! !!!
Vegan starters and main courses were all vegan, colorfull and very tasty.
The staff is very friendly :)
Thank you very much !
Caroline from "Chez Caro et Seb" (Vegan guesthouse in France - Savoy- Regional Natural park of Chartreuse)

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Tasty Buffett - Edit

On the day we visited we were told that the Buffett was 100% vegan which pleased us very much. The food was tasty, I particularly enjoyed the lasagne which was rich in flavour. The interior is smart but relaxed. Staff were professional, friendly and helpful. It was reasonably priced and I would definitely return.

Pros: good for vegans, tasty food, friendly staff

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Best buffet in Porto - Edit

This was definitely the best buffet experience in Porto. Lots of choice in cold and hot items. On the day of our visit on 13 Abril 2017 everything was vegan. Brucie Bonus!! Higher or lower than a King? Selected highlights were the lasagne and bean burgers. I'm sure they change things around during the week though. I love the swing seats at the window but you just have to be that extra careful with your knife & fork.

Pros: great food , lots of vegan options , friendly

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Swing and dine! - Edit

With the swings facing the street, dining at Cultura Dos Sabores is a fun experience. The food was great as wel with a wide choise of cold and hot dishes from the buffet. A hot or cold tea (free refills) was included.

The food itself is simple and healthy. I don't think much, if any, oil is used while cooking. At our visit the whole buffet was vegan.

We had the apple crumble for dessert and it was nice as wel and not overly sweet.

Although many reviews state the restaurant is overpriced I disagree. Don't expect gourmet-like food and enjoy healthy food instead.

Pros: Swings, Healthy vegan food, Price

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Good but not Fantastic - Edit

Some of the dishes on the buffet are really good but some (like the sushi) are not worth the space they take up in your stomach. The staff is extremely friendly but the buffet is way overpriced.

Pros: All vegan buffet, Some really nice dishes

Cons: Over priced, Some items are not flavorful at all

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Lovely Buffet options - Edit

We had a lovely healthy lunch here, which was great as the rest of out time in Porto we mainly ate cheese and pastry!

There is a variety of different meals and you go up and serve yourself, we ate a range of salads, brown rice dishes and stews. There was also a fresh mint tea included in the set price meal.

The staff were really friendly and helpful and we definitely had enough to eat. It was easy to locate with the swings in the window.

Pros: Healthy veggie options, Nice space , Easy to locate

Cons: Informal setting

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First impressions - Edit

Cultura dos sabores is a good vegetarian restaurant where you can serve yourself and eat as much as you want. I like the fact they have swings inside!! Recommend it!

Pros: Good food, Calm, Near

Cons: Expensive, Could have more options

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The price is not justified - Edit

We had the dinner buffet which was over 12 euro per person. The cold dishes were nice, it had really good vegan sushi and nachos with a vegan cheese dip, but other than that it was a wide selection of fresh veggies that you could combine into a salad. The hot dishes included creamed soup with no flavour, bland seitan skewers with overcooked veggies, very dry hummus crockets, a filo dough parcel stuffed with tofu and just potatos and rice as sides. Very, very underwhelming for the price and we didn't enjoy the evening because of this.

I considered trying the vegan franchesina on the next day but I was informed that the price was a little shy of 13 euros. That's 13 euros for a sandwich covered is cheese and a tomato sauce. Are they kidding?

Pros: Staff was friendly the interior is nice and it&#39

Cons: Very overpriced for what you get, the food was bla

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Genial restaurante! - Edit

Genial restaurante con columpios y muy buena comida :-)

Pros: Columpios , El arroz con seitan estaba realmente delicioso.

Cons: Nada

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delicious food, great restaurant - Edit

never ate food on a swing before :)buffet was almost fully vegan and really varied, all very tasty, very friendly staff as well... vegan sushi was a standout

Pros: almost all vegan, reasonably priced

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buffet genial - Edit

Un sitio con comida muy buena y todo el buffet es vegano.

La francesinha Vegana muy rica.

Pros: espacio, luminoso y todo muy rico

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cold food in a hot buffet - Edit

Went twice.
One lunchtime the food was fairly tasty but hot buffet a bit cold.
Told us no francesinha available, buffet only.
Next evening we got turned away after being left in cafe entrance 15 minutes while staff talked outside.
Initially offered francesinha, the response was yes but she changed her mind and asked us to think about hot buffet.
We returned at 7pm and got several cold dishes allegedly in hot buffet.
Food was almost completely cold. All in all it seems a place reliant on passing tourists and they couldn`t care less about the hot food.

Cons: cold dishes in hot buffet, no flavour, expensive

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Don't go there late at night - Edit

We visited this place quite late in the evening during some festivities in Porto and it was packed with people.
There was a buffet offer for 11,5€. The offer was not very big (I assume because of the amount of people that had passed through before us?). Some stuff that I had was great (the green pea hummus was excellent), but other was just plain "normal" food like rice, potatoes, corn salad, lettice, etc.
Overall for 2 people dinner buffet and 2 0,3 beers we paid 27€, which I found very overpriced for what it was and for Portuguese prices in general.

Pros: The deco

Cons: Small space in busy hours, Small food offer in busy and late hours

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top - Edit

superfreundliche mitarbeiter, die genau wissen, was sie tun..... in jeglicher hinsicht

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Absolutely fantastic restaurant - Edit

A great vegan buffet restaurant in the heart of the old town. Such a lovely clean energy vibes through the two floors and the gentle music together with the smiling employees makes every visit a recharging experience. The design is very appealing, the food is delicious and very affordable. A place to go everyday to support your health and mood and an important movement. You won't regret your visit here. 5 stars recommended!

Pros: Every day changing buffet, Nice atmosphere, Central located

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Great spot - Edit

We visited Cultura dos Sabores twice on a recent visit to Porto. The first time we had the buffet - there was a good range of cold salads and hot items included soup, baked seitan, lentil burgers and a traditional Portuguese dish made with tofu rather than fish. Only one hot item was not vegan. It was a smaller range than I have seen in other buffet places but all was delicious. The second time we had vegan francesinha - another traditional Porto dish but stuffed with seitan, tofu and soy sausage rather than pork & cheese. Completely overindulgent and delicious! My omni parents were very impressed and happy with their meals - in fact, it was their suggestion to go back the second time as my dad didn't think he could face the meat francesinha but wanted to try one! Bright and cheery atmosphere, really great staff (even under pressure - the second time they were short staffed, the electricity kept tripping), good value.

Pros: Tasty food, Fantastic food, Really cold beer (important in 35°C!)

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nice buffet - Edit

This place has a nice buffet with many cold and hot options.

It's not strictly vegan, but at least an half of the options are.

The taste is very good and the price was around 9Eur at the time I visited.

The decoration is very nice and ambience is relaxed.

For me one of the best vegetarian options in Oporto city centre, specially if you are hungry :)

Pros: taste, a lot of options, decoration

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A nice cosy vegan find! - Edit

Lovely fresh deco with swinging chairs by the window. A good selection of salads and cold starter bits. The hot food options had soup, tofu, soya, rice, a mini burger, bean stew, filo parcel and some cooked vegetables, which were all tasty and fresh. It was a good lunch selection for €9 that also included a cup of tea.

Not to miss the desert that was very tasty and the staff were very friendly to accommodate our different coffee preferences too!

Pros: mostly vegan options, central location, comfy seat

Cons: none

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Excellent veg(etari)an buffet - Edit

All-you-can-eat veg*an buffets seem to be very popular across Portugal. I went here twice in a recen trip to Porto and all the dishes happened to be vegan on both occasions. Really nice and helpful staff, great variety of salads and cold dishes, also 8-10 hot plates to choose from. Price is really inexpensive, less than 10€, but includes only the foods. Drinks (except for a herbal tea included in the price), desserts and coffee must be paid separately. Easely accesible at the top or Rua da Ceuta, barely 5 minutes walking distance from Avenida dos Aliados, the main city centre.

Pros: amazing food, inexpensive, extra nice helpful staff

Cons: located at the top of a steep slope, but well, tha

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Great place! - Edit

Great place, great food (very fresh and colourful), great atmosphere. Very friendly lady who was explaining all to us. She was good fun too.

Pros: Staff, So much to choose from, All very delicious

Cons: No terrace

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Lovely buffet ate on swings - Edit

We went to the place for dinner.
Buffet was 12 euros, all you can eat.
It is a bit higher than average around the place but worth for the food quality and attention, with a creative hint.
Place is cozy and some tables have swings instead of chairs.
Overall a very good place, and buffet turned out to be 95% Vegan, sol lots of choice.
Would definitely come back to taste their vegan francesinhas.

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Swingers Special - Edit

We visited here for dinner and we chose to sit in the swings (sadly it is impossible to actually swing on your swing whilst having your dinner, otherwise you bounce off the window of the shop). This modern and bright restaurant serves vegan and vegetarian fare in a buffet style. The menu was varied with a mixture of hot and cold dishes, all very fresh and we suspect it will be a different range every night. The staff were polite and friendly and we were not rushed at any point. The food was delicious with some intelligent combinations of flavours and the puddings are worth paying extra for!

Pros: Swings

Cons: can swing and eat

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