El Palo

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )

Carrera 45 52-63, Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia

Tienda y cocina vegetariana. Store and vegetarian restaurant.

Categories: Colombian, Latin American

5 Reviews

First Review by enRoute

Nice cake but it was very expensive - Edit

I only came in here for a drink and a cake. I didn't check the price and it turned out the cake was 5000 CUP - which by local prices is astronomically high. I felt a bit cheated to be honest. I said hey that's expensive and they said it was because it was special vegan cake. Other than that the cake was nice tasting and it is a fairly OK place to sit outside of the busy times.

Cons: Expensive cake

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Un stock super variado y económico - Edit

El Palo posee una de las tiendas vegetarianas más económicas que he visitado y tienen una gran variedad de productos, quizás les falte un poco en cuanto a productos orgánicos y repostería vegana, pero puede ser debido al público al que van dirigidos, sin embargo no está de más preguntar siempre por tortas, galletas, cupcakes, etc... veganos, para que así vean que hay un público para este tipo de alimentos.
La atención es super amable, una de las mejores que me han tocado junto con vitaintegral y organicfit. El menú del día no lo he probado pero apenas lo haga les estaré contando y venden un tofu super económico que además no es transgenico ni lleva conservantes.

El Palo has one of the most inexpensive vegetarian stores I have visited and they have a great variety of products, maybe they lack a little in organic products and vegan bakery, but may be due to the target audience, however we always can ask for vegan cakes, cookies, cupcakes, etc ... So they will see that there is an audience for this type of food.
The attention is super friendly, one of the best that I have experienced along with vitaintegral and organicfit. The menu of the day I have not tried but as soon as I do I will be telling you and they sell a super-economical tofu that is not transgenic or carries preservatives.

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-30

Pros: Económico, Variedad de productos , Excelente atención, demasiado amables

Cons: No es 100% vegano , No tienen nada de repostería vegana, Faltan más productos orgánicos

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Nice fresh carrot juice and burger - Edit

We had a vegan burger who was pretty good and a coffee of soya with soymilk. the fresh carrot juice was delicious. the menu of the day was sold out at 2pm. it's a nice inexpenssive and healthy place.

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Good food here, except on Saturday - Edit

I advise you to arrive early, as I got there at 12:30 p.m. to find a packed restaurant! As of January 2014, the lunch of the day costs 9.300 pesos. On the day I went, there was a choice of 2 soups, brown rice, salad, squash stuffed with tofu and veggies, juice, a slice of watermelon and an oatmeal cookie. I thought the food was quite inspired, and the flavors were very good. The service was quick, even though it was very busy. There are lots of downtown workers lunching here for good reason. (The above paragraph is from Sept 2010).

Update January 2014:
I went here on a Saturday and was disappointed. They don't offer the set meal on Saturday, so instead of the good food I had a few years ago, they had little to offer. Everything is a la carte. There is no written menu, so they explain what they have (in Spanish). I had the soup and salad, but the tamales and lasagna are made elsewhere and are in their refrigerator case... they just heat them up. The lasagna hardly had any flavor. Not really worth the 15.700 I paid for everything.... I should have gone to Govinda again. I don't recommend this place on the weekend, but would definitely go again Monday thru Friday when they put forth more effort at providing good food.
Updated from previous review on Wednesday September 15, 2010

Pros: Excellent flavors, Attention to nutritive value, Food presented nicely

Cons: Gets crowded, Food not good on Saturday

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very nice little place in the heart of downtown - Edit

Tucked away on Carrera 45, better known as "El Palo," it's right in the middle of the bustling downtown areas and seems like a venerable institution for lunchtime vegetarian trabajadores who fill it every day. Friendly, simple, and clean. I've had several very nice lunches there, including some great touches like their homemade v-chicken and delicious soups. Part of the city's traditional vegetarian side and thus not quite as innovative or flavorful as some other spots, but perfect for a hearty, cheap, enjoyable lunch. Be sure to clearly specify vegan.

Pros: centrally located, cheap, hearty plates, friendly

Cons: a bit hard to find, closes early

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