House of Wonders

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Largo de Misericordia 53, Cascais, Portugal, 2750

Reported all-veg by owner April 2015. Mezze-based menu plus juices and smoothies, pastries, raw vegan desserts, non-dairy milks. This cafe and galeria features rooftop with sea view in the centre of Cascais, up a multiple flights of steep stairs. Free Wi-Fi. Also sells hand-crafted goods and furniture. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Mediterranean, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Moroccan, Portuguese

65 Reviews

First Review by Greysocialist

Did not live up to the hype - Edit

House of Wonders is a great place if you like fresh salads and are on a low/no salt diet; however, I was not at all impressed by the overall taste of the different dishes.

It does not please me to leave anything but positive reviews for the places I have eaten, but I simply cannot allow House of Wonders to get away with selling (admittedly pleasing to the eye) bland food.

Their heart is in the right place, and maybe with a few years or slight change of direction they may hit the right button, but for now...

Pros: Central, Nice ambience

Cons: Expensive, Not nice food

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Buffet, juices and desserts with a view - Edit

Love the food and the vibe. Great juices and desserts (some without sugar), good staff and killer buffet or you can simply enjoy a combo platter in the rooftop with an amazing view over Cascais. Sometimes the buffet could have more diversity.

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Different expectations we suppose - Edit

Our expectations were so high after reading all the review here and we longed for a high quality, interesting dinner with the family during our holiday. Seldom have we been so let down by the experience. Dont take me wrong, the staff was great and very attentative and their intention is great. But really, it felt like "Fresh from the vegan 70s". A very bland tasting un-innovative buffé where no flavours stuck out. A tasting menu where unseasoned boiled leek and tomatosauce is the highlight is not really what we expected. Yes, food was ok, bland, very pricey for what it was, and definitely not of 2018 expectations . Nice wine though!

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Not good - Edit

I paid over 17€ for a plate, juice and a piece of cake. Juice and cake was good, but the main dish, the plate, was really disappointing. Literally everything on the plate had the same weird taste to it, appeared old and dry and was extremely oily. It’s nice for sitting, some of the staff is friendly, but not all of them. All in all unfortunately not a very pleasant experience.

Updated from previous review on 2018-04-27

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Excellent lunch - Edit

Beautiful place in centre of Cascais, with rooftop facility. Friendly staff.
New restaurant has a buffet, the other side plates, both are delicious and beautiful colours.
Downstairs is a patisserie with a lot of desert choices.

Warm and cold plate, shared with my wife. Delicious choice of vegetables with different tastes. Nice choice of fresh homemade juices. The parfaits are a must (raw dessert) with choices of cappuccino, blueberries and lime.

Pros: Lot of choice, Vegan as well (lacto)vegetarian

Cons: none

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Lovely lunch - Edit

We ate in the new restaurant section opposite the old building (down the steps) and it was lush. All veggie, one of the hot meals was vegan and most of the buffet dishes too. Just a couple of things had a non vegan sauce but were easily identified by the helpful & charming staff. Come when you're hungry because there's a lot to eat with the buffet plates! Also the juices are delicious.

Pros: Most dishes vegan, Knowledgeable & friendly staff

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Everything you need - Edit

Really tasty food, I loved everything so much, I ate so much I had to roll out of there. And this is even tho I'm not a big fan of parsley and is was parsley in a lot of the food. The staff was really knowledgeable, funny, welcoming and caring! It was also a really cozy and positive atmosphere in this restaurant.

Pros: A lot of vegan and vegetarian amazing food, great

Cons: Too many dishes with parsley for me.

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Amazing food and atmosphere - Edit

The food here is truly amazing and delicious and the atmosphere makes it all even better. The staff are really lovely and the whole place has a really friendly feel to it. Went twice in one week when I visited a couple of years ago.

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Perderam o Brio - Edit

Quando este espaço abriu tinha um serviço de buffet EXCELENTE. Dispendioso, sim mas, sem dúvida, excelente. O que aconteceu? Voltei uma segunda vez há cerca de 1 ano e já deixaram mesmo muito a desejar, embora os preços se mantivessem.
Agora o que aconteceu há cerca de três semanas foi de facto lamentável, uns “restos” de comida fria no buffet e alguma com sabor já azedo...
E o preço? .... sim... Quase 45 € para 2 pessoas. Foi um jantar desastroso e embaraçoso para duas pessoas educadas que de facto não tiveram coragem de reclamar o sucedido convosco.
Se não melhorarem urgentemente não deveriam manter o estabelecimento aberto. Ou então estão sem noção alguma...
:(

Pros: Atendimento , Decoração

Cons: Comida , Preço

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Cosy soul-warming lunch - Edit

You can have the "all you can eat" menu or a plate to serve yourself just once. I had te second one and it was more than enough! I also had the spinach/pinaple/ginger juice which was spicy and delicious! The food was savory and there were many different dishes for every taste! The only thing at fault is that there weren't many protein-rich dishes... in the end it wasn't too cheap but I think the price was fair. Also, this restaurant has a very chill environment and nice staff. Do recommend!

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This place is so cute!! 🤩 - Edit

So so friendly 😊 with delicious food and gorgeous drinks, fresh juices, wines & beers 😊 Vegan friendly

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Cute place but expensive for what they offer - Edit

Really cute and cozy place but too expensive for the buffet they offer. They have vegan options but nothibg amazing. Raw vegan deserts are nice and staff are friendly.

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lovely food and lovely rooftop terrace - Edit

Very helpful people. The food was lovely, a choice of two plates..they were so very accomodating of my yeast allergy and triple checked all ingredients for me. House of wonders has a beautiful feel and the fresh juices are wonderful

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friendly staff and super mezze - Edit

We had lunch on the rooftop tarrace. Mezzes, different types of small foods. Very nicely seasoned. Beautiful desserts, vegan options. Artisanal beers and fruit juices with refreshing ingredients.

Pros: lots of vegan options, sweet and savoury

Cons: not wheelchair accessable. choice of 2 plates (foo

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one of best but loosing qualities - Edit

It was one of my favourites. There's a buffet on the lowest floor, and pre-made plates (like two choices) that you can have on the roof or the gallery. Great desearts and juices. Problem is it used to have more quality and variety (both buffet and pre-maid plates) and seems like they are getting relaxed wich is not admittable for the high prices they have. You don't want to pay much for salad. They used to have more original stuff. Also getting a little annoying with the rules..you must ask on the 1st floor for the food, on the second for drinks..then come back to 1st or go to the roof to eat.. they dont like you walking around to see the place first..and last time took way too long to bring the food.

Pros: good food and deserts

Cons: loosing variety and effort. getting expensive for

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Food Lovers Paradise - Edit

Upon crossing the doorstep into the House of Wonders we enter a warm athmosphere with colourful, earthy tones.

A welcoming chat with founder Anneke teaches us that her team consists of over a dozen different nationalities. This multicultural variety, and a passion for experimental cooking is the basis of creating the dishes that are served here on a daily basis.

We go for the combo of the warm dish, which consists of a trio of small hot dishes, and the buffet option offering a wide choice of cold platters and salads. A range of unique tastes, combining mediterreanian influences, 'forgotten vegetables' and exotic grains deliver a truly sensational, diverse dining experience.

The dessert that follows is a selection of raw vegan parfaits that would even convince the most skeptical food lover. Creamy, sweet and all natural.

House of Wonders earned it's name, and comes highly recommended!

Pros: Excellent food, Very Friendly Staff, Locally produced food

Cons: None!

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beautiful roof terrace - Edit

Went here back in August for lunch. The food was really tasty and we wanted to go back for dinner but didn’t get a chance. Great smoothies and quick service at the cool lunch mezze.

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Very fresh and tasteful food - Edit

We tried the "share" version with a plate with small portions of the 4 hot plates (there is no option to have big portions of any of the hot plates) and than free access to the cold plates. We requested the vegan version for all the hot plates, since 3 of them where lacto-vegetarian. All of them where very tasteful. The cold buffet was also very nice and fresh. The system is a bit complicated but the staff will have the patience to go through it with you.

Pros: Food is excellent and very fresh., Very friendly staff., They have vegan versions of all the hot plates.

Cons: You can only taste small portions of hot plates., Expensive, even if the food is worth it., The menu system is not very straight forward.

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Beautiful and delicious plates - Edit

This is not just a beautiful rooftop from which you can spend hours chilling and relaxing in. It offers the most gorgeous vegetarian and vegan plates that are mouth watering, and offer a great selection of fresh juices. The owner has so much energy and is fantastic to spend time with, my friends and I loved this whole experience in Cascais.

Pros: delicious food, great setting, owners warmth

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Great vegetarian food, nice rooftop terace - Edit

Loved the lunch at this nice rooftop restaurant in Cascais. staff is very friendly and the dishes are large and very tasty. Liked the potatoes and hummus especialy

Pros: food, location, staff

Cons: none

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Lovely - Edit

I came here based on the previous reviews and I have to confirm all positive written. Beautiful restaurant, we sat on the roof terrace enjoying the lovely view over Cascais. Delicious juices and a plate full of vegan fingerfood. Admitted, there were only a few plates to choose from, but the plates have lots of variety in itself. European prices, not cheap, but for me it was worth the good time I had here.

Vegan full-time traveler and blogger
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Updated from previous review on 2017-08-21

Pros: Good food, All vegan, Nice indoor and outdoor seating

Cons: Not cheap

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Tasty juices and Food - Edit

Lovely roof top location with imaginative menu.

Pros: Lovely location and staff, Imaginative menu, Elaborate Juices

Cons: None

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Great cakes - Edit

We day-tripped to Cascais from Lisbon and stumbled upon House of Wonders on a wander around the town. We shared the trio of raw vegan desserts, which were all delicious and fresh (we couldn't decide our favourite!), and some good coffee. We sat outside thanks to the weather and it was a very pleasant way to spend a chunk of the afternoon - we were disappointed we hadn't known about it sooner and had a proper meal here. Recommended to friends who visited recently who sat on the rooftop and loved it too. Super friendly staff who were very happy to explain the options and vegan choices.

Pros: Friendly staff, Great food, Picturesque setting

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Sit back and relax... - Edit

...because they take care of everything for you, including your food choices. It was really fun to be surprised by what they were going to bring out next. The starter and warm food are part of set menu and then you choose your cold food options. It was great to try such a variety of different kinds of foods. We particularly liked the lime coconut cheesecake, the sweet potato salad (with strawberries!), and the strawberry-guava juice. The staff were so warm and friendly. You pretty much have to make a reservation - we saw so many people turned away because they were full (it was a dinner). It wasn't that expensive either - 25 EUR/person for a 4-course meal and drinks.

Pros: Great variety, Mostly vegan food, Nice atmosphere

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Beautifully flavoured vegan buffet lunch options - Edit

A popular restaurant in the centre of Cascais serving an excellent array of vegan options at lunchtime. I opted for the small plate, which was more than enough, and was presented with beautifully flavoured vegetable dishes and fruit options. Great service, too. Booking in advance recommended.

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great food in beautiful surrounding - Edit

thanks to happy cow we found this place in cascais, a very beautiful little village outside lisbon. easy reachable within 20-30 minutes by train.
we had juices, coffee and cakes on their rooftop terrace and enjoyed it very much.

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Great vegan options - Edit

Amazing food with plenty of vegan options. Good atmosphere and the staff is very friendly. Absolutely worth it!

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