Mel & Limao

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Largo pe da Cruz nr 25, Faro, Portugal, 8000

Reported 100% vegan November 2016. A cafe/bistro in the town centre. Calm atmosphere with music. Offers all made-in-house meals using many organic ingredients. Offers several different dishes each day. Lunch and dinner with menu items such as burgers, bread, pastries, vegan cakes, natural drinks, coffee lattes and more. Open Tue 10:30am-7:00pm, Wed-Sat 10:00am-11:00pm. Lunch is served 12:30pm - 2:30pm, Dinner 7:30pm - 10:00pm. Coffee, tea, fresh juices and cakes served at all other times.

Category: Vegan, International, Organic, European

Reviews (26)

First Review by seangel

excellent - Edit

Everything about this rest is excellent. The mgt, staff, ambience and most of all the food. We are a family and normally go for the tapas selection. Came in 2016 during our hols and many times this year. Recommend 100%

Pros: excellent creative made vegan dishes

Cons: will have to leave the Algarve sometime!!!

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Best place in the algarve - Edit

We loved eating here Everything is 100% vegan we already visit mel last year and still lovely and amazing , My husband and I shared the tapas at night with organic vegan wine .The hummus was delicious and the whole night was very special . At lunch we had their burger. with rice and salad .. We had their famous cheesecake for dessert, We'll definitely be back. I highly recommend it .

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Updated from previous review on 2017-06-18

Pros: All veagn

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OK place - Edit

Dropped in for a late breakfast. It is an okay place. Had tofu scramble which tasted much better than what I make, but I maybe had a bit higher expectations. My boyfriend on the other hand had some kind of a sandwich, and I do believe he was more satisfied than I was. Don't take me wrong - had I lived nearby would I have probably been a regular customer there, given the options in Faro. But having tried other places in Portugal, this one, though a pleasant memory, is on the average end of the scale.

Pros: OK prices, Animal friendly

Cons: Slow service

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Loved the books sold for an association ! - Edit

Great food. Cheap.
Loved the books which you could buy for an association which sterelises the cats and dogs.
Nice decoration as well.

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Friendly - Edit

The food was lovely and the smoothies were excellent. The staff were nice but there was a mix up with our dessert and coffee, as they believed we had already received it when we were waiting for over an hour. However once we got passed the language barrier they were very apologetic and gave us complimentary cake. Would overall recommend.

Pros: nice food and atmosphere

Cons: staff perhaps too laid back so mistakes easily mad

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Great food and friendly service - Edit

The food was lovely, especially the buckwheat fritters and the carrot and chocolate cake

Pros: Great tasting food, Friendly service, Lovely decor

Cons: Not open every day

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OK for vegan food - Edit

Went in for lunch but they only had 2 options, lasagne and a burger. The lasagne was nice enough but the pasta was a little overcooked. My girlfriend had the burger, it comes without a bun and is served with a side of rice which is a little strange. She said it was quite dry and almost burnt, it did look quite crispy which isnt great for a bean burger.

The drinks options were also a little lacking, the options were lemonaid or coldbrew tea. The lemonaid was just lemon squeezed into water.

Overall not too expensive but definitely not cheap either. 2 lunch courses (pretty small) and water with lemon in it for 15 euro.

For me it is an overall OK, it filled a hole. 3 stars.

Think if I had the burger I'd have given a 2 or 1 star.

Pros: everything they have is 100% vegan.

Cons: not many options, food overcooked.

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Deliciuos food & Great service - Edit

Great gem of a restaurant! Delicious and healthy food and super friendly service. Only con is I couldn't eat there again. I had the salty german pancake and chocolate, peanut butter & banana pie ?.

Cons: I could only eat here once ?

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A place to come back to! - Edit

Great tapas, good organic wine, super friendly staff (we loved our waiter who was literally running around serving the guests - all alone and always with a gentle smile), cozy and calm ambience, delicious vegan gluten free options - what a find on our first evening in Faro! We loved this place.

Pros: Friendly, helpful staff Vegan food, gluten free op

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Yay for a vegan restaurant in Faro! - Edit

It's a vegan place with good food and nice staff. My only complaint is that I feel the servings were too small and I didn't feel completely full after finishing my plate (which has always happened at other veggie restaurants I've been to).
Oh and the desserts are great!

Pros: Nice staff, Great desserts

Cons: Meals aren't very filling (small servings)

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Best part of my holiday in Faro - Edit

My vegan boyfriend and I were both so delighted to find this place in Faro.
The food and staff were so lovely and we even went there for lunch two days in a row.
PS the cakes and desserts are amazing?

Pros: Great vegan food, Friendly staff, Great location

Cons: Some things on menu weren't available

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Amazing - Edit

My only regret is that I only went to Mel e Limão for dessert, especially after having just a big plate of veggies with bread for dinner at a non-veg restaurant.

The restaurant is filled with vegan/AR messages, there are many tables, it is spacious and there are a few tables outside.

I ordered a cake with apricots and coconut cream. I am not usually a fan of coconut cream, but this was simply delicious.

If I lived in Faro, it would definitely be my favorite restaurant.

There are also a few beauty products (hair, lips, face) on sale near the cashier.

Pros: Great vibe, Great food

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Great cook - Edit

First things first: this restaurant is now all VEGAN! We went to Mel & Limao and had a great meal. Actually we went in the afternoon when it was between meals and were able to get coffee, a detox green juice and we could not pass up the carrot/oat cake with coconut whipped cream!
We went back for dinner and had tapas...actually not tapas in the traditional sense but small bowls of different plates. We had a traditional Portuguese dish called the Woodpecker..it had pickles, potatoes and vegetables with seitan...I would never order something with pickles in it but it was fabulous! We then had an Indian spinach Saag and then a curried lentil dish. All delicious.
We are going back tonight. Mel is an accomplished cook and her small dishes each have very unique spices and character. Please visit, you will not regret it. It is a nice 10 minute walk from the main area through a nice neighborhood. Be sure to check out the Chapel of Nossa Senhora Do Pe da Cruz, a 17th century church right next to Mels. I love that she helps rescue dogs and her compassion for life.

Pros: excellent cook, nice atmosphere, vegan desserts

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tasty and cozy - Edit

The food was delicious, great desserts and the service was friendly. The smoothies were very good.

Pros: Food was delicious, Good environment

Cons: A bit away from the center, Difficult to park

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Nice place - Edit

Good food, good service. Recommend. Cannot complain about anything I ate and I ate a ton of food!

Pros: Nice reasonably priced vegan, Clean and quirky, Attentive staff. Very welcoming environment.

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"perfectly vegan"! - Edit

A perfect place for vegans to feel at home! The owner and chef is vegan herself, and cooks wonderfully.

She also manages a lot of dishes taken from Portuguese traditional cooking and reinvents them. Serves "tapas" (Petiscos), so one can taste severall dishes at the same meal. I highly recommend it.

Pros: super tasty Portuguese-like vegan reinvented food, quiet restaurant, the desserts are amasing

Cons: maybe too quiet, not that much "atmosphere"

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best vegan food - Edit

Very nice and beautiful place ,we came 4 times we had lunch and dinner and it was very good .There have vegan tapas at dinner and the dish of the day for lunch .We eat a lot .. and we had vegan organic wine .
There have a big option on desserts like cheasecake and aplecake .Very very nice staff always very friendly .

Pros: vegan, sweets, friendly

Cons: A bit away from the train station/ downtown, it take a bit but every thing is made on time

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Awesome - Edit

Food here is awesome, there's nothing to complain about it. I came here with my girlfriend 2 times, the first time we arrived at 11am for breakfast (it said it opened at 11am) but we had to wait 50 minutes for our sandwiches, the second time we went for dinner and it was amazing, we had a delicious lasagna and a pica-pau (traditional Portuguese dish made Vegan).

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one of the best vegan restaurant in Portugal - Edit

Hard to found at first, but it worth the move!
Huge amount of vegan/ sometimes vegetarian (cheese) dishes for not really expensive prices, really nice staff and quality food for sure!
I really recommand this one :), will return again.

Pros: Quality/ handmade food, Vegan all the way, nice staff

Cons: hard to find (not into the center)

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Super lovely place with fab food - Edit

We went here for dinner very hungry and ended up ordering half the menu. Super friendly service, brilliant food - even if we weren't exactly sure what we were ordering half the time haha - we really enjoyed our time here and would definitely go back.

Pros: Friendly, spoke English, inexpensive, great food

Cons: Didn't always serve our food at the same time

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Best in faro city!!! - Edit

So happy I found this place!!!
The service was excellent and the sandwich was sooooooo good :D
Will definitely return one day :)

Pros: Good value, Friendly staff

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Great place with delicious food - Edit

Friendly staff and all vegan food.

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cute and cozy ???? - Edit

everyone was really nice and the food was so deliciousssssss
you feel in your home

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Tastyyyyyyy - Edit

Probably the most tasteful vegetarian/vegan food I ever had! The price range is real good value for the money.
I had a chickpeas, pasta salad and my girlfriend a "Seafood" rice... superb.
The deserts are much better that other vegan spots I've been the - and the desert offer is good.
The space is clean and I really enjoyed the music. A must go.

Pros: Tasty, Price, Deserts

Cons: A bit away from the train station/ downtown, No dogs allowed, No bike parking

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cute little bistro - Edit

Great little all vegan bistro/Cafe. We were here for lunch and had a chocolate smoothy, a salad, the eggplant spread sandwich, and a grilled sandwich with mushrooms. The grilled sandwich was absolutely fantastic, by far the best of what we ordered. The chocolate smoothy was for my child and was perfect (no straws though), and the salad was delicious.
The food took a very long time to come so I don't recommend if you are in a rush. We took a slice of the apple crumble and one of the vegan versions of the traditional Portuguese pastry home for desert and they were both very tasty.
The staff were lovely and very friendly, taking time to chat with us and make recommendations on beaches to visit etc. Definitely recommend if you have some time and are looking for a tasty meal.

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The green healthy jug - Edit

Super friendly place with an ethic hearth and delicious food.
Bright and lovely. We had a big lunch and enjoyed it all. Try the green detox jug.

Pros: Vegan. Healthy. Tasty. Yoga class. good prices. fr

Cons: The service is a little bit less efficient than th

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