El Buda Profano

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Calle Bolivar 425, Arequipa, Peru

Vegan sushi bar, opened Dec 2015 in the historic centre. Updated menu December 2016 to celebrate one year in business. Details can be found on website. Open Mon-Sun 12:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Beer/Wine, Fusion

42 Reviews

First Review by ZE

Best vegan sushi I’ve ever had - Edit

This gem was only 5 minutes from my hotel! A lovely small establishment. They had an English menu which helped! They prepare the food in front of you.

I had the sushi bowl which was delicious. I also took away with me the only dessert option. I loved it so much I returned the following day with a friend. We shared the combo for 2 which was absolutely delicious, such taste sensations! Hands down best vegan sushi I’ve ever had. The service was great, the food was beautifully presented and came quickly.

You must try it!

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Delight your senses :) - Edit

A sushi place that attracts people from all over. Even omnivores. Why? Because they serve one of the best sushi I ever ate. I will never forget the taste of the Selva Uramaki: Cucumber, shiitake and avocado topped with mango. I also really liked the Verde Futomaki: artichoke, cucumber, avocado, and spinach. The ramen and the ceviche were delicious (10 soles each). The presentation is beautiful, the ingredients fresh, the service fast, and the sushi creative. We ate there twice. I highly recommend to check them out and delight your senses. A mixed sushi tray with 30 pieces is 35 soles.

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best sushi ever - Edit

We just love it this vegan sushi is amazing

Pros: just vegan

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Poca comida - Edit

Local bastante cercano al centro, elegante y pequeño en donde se puede conversar, pero sus platos son al estilo pequeñas porciones, buena presentación y de valores elevados, bastante buen sabor eso ni negarlo.

Pros: Bastante opción , Buen sabor , Buena ubicación

Cons: Caro , Poca comida , Caro

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food good BUT portions tiny - Edit

The food itself was good, but the portions were tiny. Walked out just as hungry as I walked in. Literally the tiniest sushi rolls I have ever encountered. I had the mixed „tabla“ for one for 22 Soles. Given the fact that it was only vegetables and given the absurdly cheap prices of vegetables in Peru this is not an acceptable price-size ratio for me. Long story short: Come here to taste some good vegan sushi as a starter, then go somewhere else for the mains.

Pros: Good vegan sushi, nice and cosy restaurant

Cons: overpriced, service could be better

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Amazing - Edit

I wanted to eat absolutely everything on the menu! So tasty and heaps of variety. A must if you are in Arequipa!

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Best Sushi in the World - Edit

We went there three times in one week during our time in Arequipa. It got in our top 3 of vegan restaurants during our six months world travel. Kind of crazy to find the best sushi in the world in the andes of Peru!

Pros: nice cozy place, friendly stuff, delicious and creative food

Cons: -

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Best and Only Vegan Restaurant in Town - Edit

This place is amazing! I ate here three times during my four day stay in Arequipa. Inside, it's small but not crowded. The menu is creative and includes ramen, dumplings, and miso in addition to sushi. The owner Allen is very kind and friendly.

Pros: Best vegan sushi I have ever had

Cons: None

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Great little place - Edit

Perfect place to have a range of vegan sushi and a few other veganised dishes (e.g., gyoza, ceviche). Prices are reasonable. Popular with tourists -- get there a little early for dinner so you won't have to wait for a table.

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Go there, it's awesome!!! - Edit

Best sushi i have ever had for an amazingly low price. There is nothing more to say:)

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Best Vegan Sushi I ever had! - Edit

Cozy little vegan sushibar, with a lot of different sushis. The best vegan sushi I ever had. For this quality it's not expensive. I can definitely recommend it!! When you are Arequipa you absolutely have to try this.

Pros: Complete Vegan! only Vegan restaurant in Arequipa.

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A gem in Peru! - Edit

What an absolute surprise, a vegan Japanese restaurant in the centre of Arequipa! My boyfriend and I were blown away by the quality of the food served at El Buda Profano, the explosion of flavours, and the ingenuity of some dishes. Kudos to the whole team!

Pros: Amazing Japanese food using local ingredients , Drinks are cheap and delicious , Lovely setting

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best in Arequipa - Edit

I just agree with previous reviews. If you are in Arequipa don't miss it: it's open everyday :-)
Cheers!

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best sushi ever! - Edit

Went for dinner and we couldn't stop talking about how amazing the sushi was. Loved everything we got and wished we could go back for more. Great atmosphere and the owner was our server and he was lovely. Definitely recommend!

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amazing and healthy food - Edit

This place has an amazing food! We enjoyed it a lot! Not too expensive and a much better option than many other places.
Have to take the dessert!

Pros: very tasty, healthy, great sushi!

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Amazing veggie sushi - Edit

What a brilliant concept: a vegetarian sushi restaurant! Usually when I go to a Japanese restaurant the options for vegetarians are limited and dull. This restaurant proves that veggie sushi does not have to be bland, it can be very tasty indeed! I had the 1 person variation menu, that offers miso soup and 4 sushi variations (several if each) for only 18 soles. That is really good value considering the great quality. Well recommended.

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Sushi is not the cuisine for me. - Edit

I don't think I had ever had sushi before. It has never really had a draw for me. I had the selection that you can see in one of the photos here, the one that is a close-up on pale wood. It was 18 sols. Unfortunately, I am not a convert. It was perfectly pleasant but you get so little and it's frustrating to leave hungry and have to go and buy some chips.

It's a cool environment: although it's on the ground floor, it feels like a cellar as it's hemicylindrical and all the wall/ceiling is red brick. There was also jazz playing from another room: I don't know whether there is also seating there or if it's just a space for the musician(s). It was also conveniently just round the corner from my hostel.

I only spoke Spanish, so it was annoying that the waiter at first spoke to me in English and gave me menus in English: it must be a very touristy place. However, unlike some restaurants in Peru, he at least didn't persist.

I don't wash to bash a vegan place so I'm giving it a generous four stars. If you love sushi in general then I am sure you will love theirs.

Updated from previous review on 2017-07-10

Pros: All vegan, Cool environment, Fast

Cons: Unfilling, Quite expensive

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asp 10 Jul 2017 - Hola Salopian. Normalmente comunicamos con los comensales en Español, quizás el mozo mostró un poco demasiado entusiasmo en practicar su inglés.

En respecto de las porciones, tenemos opciones para todos los apetitos. Sobre el precio, todo se hace fresco en el momento con ingredientes de calidad. Nuestros precios son más accesible que otros lugares de sushi en Arequipa y tratamos de ofrecer una buena relación calidad-precio,

 


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délicieux ! - Edit

Original and tasty sushi (all vegan), we went there twice during our few days stay in Arequipa. Very very good, but better order a big sushi plate ;)
Truly recommended!

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Vegan Sushi - Edit

Es un pequeño restaurante de sushi 100% vegan. Buen servicio y rápido. El sushi muy muy rico.... delicioso :-)
Cuando yo estuve solo abrían por la noche a partir de las 18h, un horario bastante limitado para ir pero merece la pena. muy recomendable

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Absolute Perfection - Edit

Everything here is just perfect. From the unfishy flavors to the beautifully-plated presentation, the entirety of EL Buda Profano speaks to the senses.

I visited El Buda numerous times on my week-long stay in Arequipa and was amazed each and every time. For lunch, be sure to try the ramen. For dinner? Bring some friends and split the 48-piece monster sushi-plate (not the actual name, mind you). To finish it off, please don't leave without trying the coconut dessert sushi. It seriously blew my mind.

Thank you for existing, El Buda Profano, can't wait until I return to Arequipa so I can stuff my face once again with your unique combinations. Until next time!

Pros: Affordable and All-Vegan, Healthy, Seriously Delicious

Cons: Restaurant fills up quickly

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incredible sushi - Edit

Everything here is really good: from the moment you get in, you get into a cozy place, nice music and a few tables. The menu is just so tempting, everything reads wonderful. And nothing disappoints when you get to eat the food. We went there twice and ordered nearly half of the menu and believe me it is an AMAZING place! Really good food.

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asp 19 Jun 2017 - A thousand thanks Hazyy! Hope to see you soon, either here in Arequipa or down south in Santiago!  


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Best vegan sushi ever! (really) - Edit

This place is truly a gem. This is not some vegetables wrapped up pretending to be sushi, but a carefully thought out menu with an extensive array of vegan sushi styles which bring you as close to the authentic sushi experience you can get. We liked it so much that we forwent visiting another vegan place in Arequipa in order to keep going there.

We would get a set menu which came with miso soup, and a varied array of sushi. We would order some fresh mango ginger juice (excellent!) to finish the experience. Never had a bad flavour in the two times we went there.

Pros: Value for quality and amount, Open kitchen so you watch your food being made, Very friendly staff; GREAT music!

Cons: Very small sitting area

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best sushi experience of my life (so far) - Edit

I've never been to a completely vegan sushi place so I was in heaven! Their menu is so diverse. They have everything from apples, walnuts, tofu, avocado, tomatoes, beets, eggplant, mango, spinach, cashew cheese, and artichoke. I got an apple juice that was so good. I'm not sure but I think it must've been mixed with dragon fruit because it had lots of little black seeds in the juice. We got the tasting menu for 38 soles. This came with a random roll from each of the maki categories and some miso soup. The miso soup was slightly sweet and all the rolls were amazing. We couldn't stop ourselves from eating two more rolls afterwards. We plan to go there for every dinner we have in Arequipa. The only criticism is that they aren't open for lunch.

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asp 19 Jun 2017 - We are now! Open for lunch, that is.  


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Delicious - Edit

Went between lunch and dinner hours and had a great tasty time. Everything we ordered was delicious. And there was even Tofu on the menu!

Pros: Tofu, Tasty, Friendly

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A must visit in Arequipa - Edit

I have never liked sushi but I went to this restaurant anyways because it is the only fully vegan restaurant in town. I ordered the sushi bowl and it is one of the best things I have ever tasted. If I lived in Arequipa I would go to this restaurant all the time. The staff is friendly and the price is completely fair.

Pros: fresh food, friendly staff, good location

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Only VEGAN restaurant in Arequipa - Edit

what sets this apart from every other veg restaurant I've come across so far in Peru is that there is


********* NO MICROWAVE OVEN. !!!!!!!

also, it's the only 100 % VEGAN restaurant in Arequipa
following the dream of its Canadian owner, Allen

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Delicious Sushi, Rice Shortage - Edit

The sushi was super delicious. We arrived at 7pm and wanted to order a few rounds of sushi to share with 4 people. We had to wait quite a bit, which was ok because the place was full and everything was freshly made. But after we got served our second round at 8/8:30 pm we wanted to order more and the waiter told us they were out of rice and we couldn't order more food. That bothered us, of course, because we loved the food and had to go to another place, because we were all still hungry. I hope this was an exceptional case..

Pros: delicious food , fresly made

Cons: Still hungry, waiting time

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asp 21 Jan 2017 - First, apologies for running out, we have adjusted our policies and procedures to avoid that type of situation in the future. Second, thanks for the positive comments in spite of having to go away hungry!  


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