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Los Sabios

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Ave. Corrientes 3733 (at Mario Bravo), Buenos Aires, Argentina,

Busy restaurant. Offers hot and cold buffet food for dine-in or take away. Use their containers or bring your own. Slightly cheaper price at weekday lunchtime. In the hot food and dessert sections, only half the food is vegan (lots of ricotta and egg ingredients). Cold/salad section is mostly vegan. Nearest subte station is Medrano. Mon-Sun 11:30am-3:00pm, Mon-Sun 7:30pm-11:30pm

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Chinese, Buffet, Salad bar, Take-out, Asian

Reviews (22)

First Review by lauraXsynthesis

Not incredible - Edit

Pretty similar to Green Life, more in the center, although tastier: big buffet offering a lot of vegan options and different meat substitutes, but the dishes are not so tasty and leave a greasy impression...
There is one price for eating in, "all you can eat", and I found it pretty expensive regarding the offer, the place (very impersonal) and well yes, the fact that I didn't eat the worth of 3 meals! It was 130 pesos, when for around 100 or 110 you can have a dish in a restaurant like Bio Solo Organico or Vita.


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Excellent for Vegan / Veggie Backpackers! - Edit

This place was our salvation in Buenos Aries! So happy we found it! We saved a fortune here by cramming a takeaway tub full of food (but no rice, no noodles) and then cooking our own rice at home to go with it. By this method, we fed 2 people 2 x meals each (4 meals per tub). The tub cost $40ps which worked out at $10ps per meal! Its an all vegan and vegetarian buffet / take away. Lots and lots of choice for vegans (approx 20 dishes to choose from and a salad bar too). Lots of fake meats though so if you're not a fan of those then you may want to skip this place as most dishes contain them.

Pros: Very cheap!, Located close to subway, Open late


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Lots of Variety - Edit

This is a great place for veggie food. We had planned to visit several different places in BA, but there was so much to try here that we kept coming back.

The pricing system is complicated: it seems to be a fixed 90 pesos in the evenings, and by weight (working out substantially cheaper) at lunchtimes, but with various special offers too.

Pros: Range of food, Tasty, Friendly staff

Cons: Confusing pricing, Limited opening times


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Muy sabios - Edit

A pesar de ser vegetariano y no vegano tiene bastantes opciones veganas. Está copado que sea también un tenedor libre.

Si les gusta el alcohol tengan en cuenta que no venden ahí. Lo mismo si quieren llevar a gente no vegetariana/vegana porque también les va a faltar el alcohol y pueden llegar a indignarse un poco (XD).

Pros: Tenedor Libre, Hay comida vegana aunque sea vegetariano, Local bastante grande


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Siempre salva - Edit

Los sabios está bueno más que nada para comprar comida por kilo. O para ir y comer mucho de siempre lo mismo, porque tampoco es que hay tantas opciones. Yo voy por el seitan y las batatas acaramelizada, y con eso me basta para que sea uno de los mejores lugares para mí, porque es riquísimo.
Ojo que a veces los chinos te tiran que alguna comida es vegana y después la estas comiendo y sentis gusto a queso, un asco.
Postres veganos no hay ninguno, solo fruta.
Otra cosa, si dejas en el plato, tenes que pagarlo, si como algo que no me gustó me lo guardo en el bolso y lo tiro, ni loca pago de más, pero es una estrategia para que no te sirvas de más (chamullan con que es para salvar el mundo).

Pros: El mejor seitan, Las batatas acaramelizadas, Siempre hay lugar

Cons: Mucha ovolacteada, No hay postre vegano, Aceitoso


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Siempre amé los sabios - Edit

Fue mi restaurante de cabecera durante años, aunque tienen pocas opciones veganas, siempre usan mucho huevo y lácteos y hay que preguntar antes de comer algo. El pastel de nabo es uno de mis favoritos, aunque no recuerdo si lo siguen haciendo vegano, hay que preguntar antes de comer.

Pros: comida deliciosa, siempre hay lugar, moderadamente económico

Cons: pocas opciones veganas, no hablan mucho español, los baños deben mejorar


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Great - Edit

I went there once, and I think it has great vegan options if you're thinking of taste. But it was mostly oily and greasy. It's chinese though, so I think it's expected.
The price is up now, though.
70 pesos and about 15 for a beverage.

Pros: Tasty vegan options

Cons: Noisy environment, Greasy food


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Not very good for vegans - Edit

Most of the food options are fried or have a lot of oil.
Though it has vegan options, most of them are plain raw salads, which doesen't have much taste. If you are egg-lacto-vegetarian, you will find more tasty food options.


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Salvation - Edit

Been in Buenos Aires for 1 week, living off pizza and empanadas. Then discovered Los Sabios just half a block from my apartment.Wonderful. Problem solved.
Updated from previous review on Monday March 12, 2012

Pros: good food, friendly staff, excellent value

Cons: nothing fancy about the restaurant decor, evening opening is not until 8pm


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Lunch at Los Sabios - Edit

We went for a weekday lunch. Good value for money. Nice and varied selection, lots of vegetables and salads. Downside was that the hot food selection was really only slightly warm. It wasn't that busy, so difficult to see what the turnover was and how long the food had been lying out.

Pros: Lots of vegetables and salads available, Good value, Pretty tasty food

Cons: Food not very warm, Not very nice fried rice


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Lots of Vegan Options! - Edit

We went here twice and each ate 2 large plates of food. We were on a very tight budget and it is a very affordable place- especially for lunch on the weekdays. The staff are friendly and happily pointed out which items were vegan (about 50-75%). Unlike some other all you can eat buffets they had a very large selection of vegan items and they all had a unique taste full of different flavors. The textures of the gluten and tofu items were perfect. Ok, writing this is making me hungry and wishing I was in Buenos Aires again! Check this place out!

Pros: helpful & friendly, lots of vegan options, variety of flavors

Cons: no vegan desserts


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Popular place - Edit

Los danios is a pretty popular place because it's cheap and it's big. There is always a table to catch. Common Asian buffet food, maybe half vegan? I'd say so. Spring rolls, fried veggies in a crust, dumplings, tofu with veggies n soy sauce, rice noodles, rice and eggplant Milanese(crusted in breadcrumbs). Didnt look at the nonvegan things really. The salad buffet has some bland cooked veggies like cauliflower and broccoli. Some nonvegan salads and fruits for dessert.
Nothing outstanding but always easy to come round to fill up your belly for few pesos.


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Good food and variety, great price - Edit

The buffet had lost of dishes and most of them were pretty good, a couple were really good. It's all-you-can-eat, but they charge you extra if you take food and then don't eat it, which I thought was a really great idea. The servers were not overly helpful (when I asked a couple of questions (in Spanish). All in all, I liked the place and would definitely go back.


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Good typical vegetarian buffet - Edit

This place is very nice and a great option in Buenos Aires. Very similar to other vegetarian restaurants in town like it, this places food seems to be a little fresher than some of the others. We enjoyed our meal here!

Pros: Good, fresh food

Cons: Not 100% Vegan


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Good selection - Edit

The staff were friendly and the selection was great: a mix of western/asian hot meals plus salads, sushi and desserts.. A big space that got pretty full on the Sunday lunchtime I was there. Would happily go back! Prices seem to have gone up since earlier reviews, but still good value! I am not vegan so can't vouch so much for that, but a lot looked vegan but quite a few dishes looked creamy...not sure of the origin of that. Takeaway was good value too.

Pros: selection, value, friendly

Cons: drinks not incl


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Really good... - Edit

But there is a lot of stuff that isn't vegan, and you have to ask with patience, because they never know imedeatly. But the food is great and you can eat a lot for a really good price.

Pros: price, options, location


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cheap eats - Edit

the staff went through the hot line of the buffet and pointed out everything that was without animal products (vegan) for us, very helpful. more than half the line was vegan-friendly. there were a number of faux meat dishes, sushi, faux fish, spring rolls, deep fried mashed sweet potatos! etc. i didn't get much from the cold line, just some seaweed salad that was tasty.

the restaurant has a philosophy of not wasting food, so don't take more than you can eat on each plate (but it is all you can eat, so you can go back as many times as you want).

i had lunch for 15 pesos. plus 5 pesos for water.

Pros: cheap, helpful staff, vegan options


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Palermo Buffet - Edit

There are so many entries at this vegetarian Chinese buffet in Palermo, and most of the food is really tasty: three types of seitan stirfry, egg rolls, fried rice, tiny soy milanesas, flan, crepes, these little puffballs that taste like stuffing, carrot and veggie soufflé, rice pudding. The clientele is also fascinating: hardcore Christians, punk rockers, goths, vegetarians, fastidious tourists, Porteñas on a diet, families. Between lots of food and droves of people, you can't go wrong. One bit of advice: come for lunch, it's cheaper. Only 12 pesos for a Wednesday lunch but 20 pesos for a Friday dinner.

Pros: Variety, Taste, Cost

Cons: Lots of Fried Stuff, Lots of Fried Stuff, Lots of Fried Stuff


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Nothing to write home for, but good for a big bite - Edit

Mmm... buffets. Not so chic, yes. But fulfilling. There's the buffet phenomenon of trying to beat your opponents to the food. People get ferocious around the seafood section.

Los Sabios fortunately doesn't have a seafood section, as it's an entirely vegetarian/vegan friendly buffet. There are two sections, hot and cold. The hot section has a variety of Chinese style dishes. Lots of imitation meats fried with vegetables, kebobs of corn and bell peppers, fried rice and noodles, imitation fish and so on. In the cold section you'll find a selection of desserts and fruits that are done the Chinese way.

That is flan with caramel that is made from tapioca and rice pudding that's made with jasmine rice. It takes a bit getting used to, but the flan made of tapioca started to grow on me.

Lastly, located in the back of the restaurant is the dumpling stand where you can get fresh dumplings heated for you (You can also get crushed ice desserts here.). I tried them out and they were sour and came with "latin' toppings like salsa and cheese. Not my cup of tea.

It's sometimes hard to defrenciate your feelings for a place when you are vegetarian. You can get trapped in the feeling of appreciation when you find a place that caters to you. Los Sabios has decent food, but it's for sure nothing to write home about. For hungry vegetarians wanting to grab a big bite, this is your joint.

For photos and the full review please go to: http://www.leolucaescobar.com/thesweets

Pros: Inexpensive, variety , gluten free/vegan friendly

Cons: somewhat lackluster, hit or miss


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More on Los Sabios - Edit

The address is Ave. Corrientes 3733 and the nearest subte station is Medrano. The restaurant is about 30 blocks from the centre, but worth going to if one is in the neighborhood. Staff are helpful with letting you know what has 'leche' or 'huevo', so just ask. The buffet is very big and all you can eat for very cheap to someone coming from Europe. Opening hours are 12-3 and 8-midnight or later. It can get pretty busy at peak times like after 10pm. If staff don't want you to sit in the upstairs bit, it's because they suspect you are one of those customers who brings containers to take home loads of food from the buffet!

Cons: Food is a bit greasy


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