Loto Azul Vegetariano

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 8 reviews )

Carrera 5Bis no. 12C-02, Bogota, Colombia,

Vegetarian cafeteria operated by Hare Krishna devotees, near La Candelaria historic district, Cudinamarca. Crowded at lunch time. Large set lunches. Offers international dishes as well as typical Colombian comfort food. Open Mon-Wed 7:00am-4:00pm, Thu 7:00am-6:00pm, Fri 7:00am-4:00pm, Sat 7:00am-2:00pm.

Category: Lacto, Ovo, International, Delivery, Take-out, Latin American, Colombian

Reviews (8)

First Review by iceicekati

Hostile attitude - Edit

I made a special effort to go there, managed to get past the cult vibe and asked the man at the counter where I should sit. His response: "You want to eat?" Odd question in a restaurant. So I repeated that I was there alone for lunch and wanted to know where to sit. He pointed out several already prepared dishes on the counter and said, "option 1 option 2, option 3." I asked if he could describe what they were, but he just repeated the numbers. I don't know if they were to be served cold or microwaved, but this plus his hostile attitude was enough and I left. I had addressed him in Spanish, which I know is accented, but totally understandable. He insisted in responding in English baby-talk. I tried to give this restaurant 1 star, but this site will not allow that for vegetarian restaurants.

Pros: Not far from better options

Cons: Discourteous service and bad attitude, Hare Krishna cult atmosphere

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pretty good - Edit

They have a choice of 5 set lunches, 4 of which were vegan when we were there. the food was good but not exceptional although with the soy cheese and fried stuff more on the heavy side (which can be lovely, depending on what you look for).The locality is spacious but rather dark and not very atmospheric. Because it opens right to the street, the car exhaust is always present.

Pros: cheap, lots of vegan options, comfort food

Cons: atmosphere is not very nice, heavy food

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great portion size and tasty - Edit

2 lunch options, both $9,300. comes with juice, soup and a dessert (banana and strawberry jam dip) for main I had rice mixed with noodle and veg, pumpkin mash and cauliflower/veg mix. nice flavours.

Pros: central location in La Candelaria area, big portions, reasonable price

Cons: confusing on what to do after paying at counter (t

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not great - Edit

Too heavy, not for the vegetarian that likes light fresh foods and vegetables. If want dishes full of rice pasta etc...then you may like it.

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Good vegan tamal - Edit

[Went there on July 23rd, 2015, and they told me that they were open everyday. Although, they were closed earlier than what they told me so I can't be sure.]

I went there for the breakfast, and I chose the tamal (COP 6.500) which was filling and good (the tamal was filled with potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, green peas, TSP and seitan). The juice was at 2.400.
They told me the menu was at 8.800, which seems okay, but I didn't try it.

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Cheap and decent food - Edit

Plenty of vegan options and all the meals are really cheap! I had a meal with fried plantain which was decent but nothing too special. My two meat eating Colombian friends had the same but didn't really like it. It came with a very nice vegetable soup though. My vegan friend ordered a burger and thought it was good but not great. But anyway for that price (7000 pesos) I won't complain too much!

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  Contributions +139

good value with lots of food & choices - Edit

I ate lunch here 5 or 6 times for $7800pesos. I had soup,main (brown rice,veg, beans/chickpeas, falafel etc, help yourself salad bar, juice, fruit & dessert which was normally 1 piece of fruit (banana & tiny piece of fruit in small bowl with sauce). I was full after ecery meal & service was really fast & helpful. They always gave you 2 choices for this price but there are other options too. I always ate upstairs, its like to restaurants in one with buffet upstairs & downstairs. Its a very busy place but always have room & is vegan friendly. You can see whats on the menu at the door as they have the food on display. This really helps when you do not have good spanish & dont know or understand what you want. You pay at door , get ticket, get a seat & waiter comes & asks you what you would like

Pros: vegan friendly, friendly staff, good choices

Cons: not open for dinner

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Definitely worth trying! - Edit

We really liked the set menu, it was a decent value, quite a bit of food and a variety. The Hare Krishna atmosphere is nice and they have other events and cooking classes too. They also have lasagna and sandwiches, and natural foods to go like soy milk powder and almonds and honey.

Pros: good value, central location, nice people

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