Paladar Zen

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 58 reviews )

Avenida Barbosa du Bocage 107C (at Uptown), Lisbon, Portugal, 1050-031

Features Zen ambiance and all-you-can-eat buffet which includes vegetable soup, several hot meals, veg sushi, and a variey of cold salads. Fresh juices and desserts also available. Directions: Metro at Campo Pequeno, saída Av. Barbosa du Bocage. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-3:00pm, Mon-Sat 7:30pm-10:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, International, Western, Buffet, Take-out, Portuguese

Reviews (58)

First Review by barbarella

meh experience - Edit

This restaurant was disappointing. It is close to the Gulbenkian museum, so if you are in that area and hungry, i guess it would make sense to go there.

I had the dinner buffet, but none of the dishes were individually very good. The apple crumble was alright. The ambiance was nice and relaxed. All of the dishes were under-seasoned.

Pros: close to museum

Cons: food, service

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Equilibrado - Edit

Acolhedor, bom atendimento e tem os melhores pratos frios de todos os buffets que já fui. O meu único senão é na pouca variedade e originalidade dos pratos quentes, mas de resto é mesmo óptimo :)

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My favorite - Edit

I really love Paladar Zen. Nice place with lots and lots of delicious food. It's a buffet so you can taste a lot of dishes. Really worth it

Pros: Delicious food , Good value, Friendly staff

Cons: Sometimes it's too noisy, Come early or make reservation

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Amazing buffet - Edit

The restaurant was quite crowded, so we had to wait for a free table, but it was definitely worth it. The waiter kindly showed what was vegan, which was the majority of the food. The restaurant looked fancy, but it was cheap, I chose from the buffet plus I had dessert and it cost me €11 :)

Pros: Delicious food, Lots of choices for vegans, Cheap food, tastes expensive :D

Cons: Small so it gets crowded

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best vegan buffet in Lisbon - Edit

beautiful and cozy place. lots of vegan options, very well cooked and all you can eat!

Pros: amazing food, inexpensive

Cons: sometimes gets too crowded

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moderado - Edit

Estive lá em janeiro de 2015.
Havia bastante opções vegans no buffet, e o garçom foi simpático e atencioso para nos informar sobre os ingredientes.
O preço é moderado.

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A good restaurant for a group meal - Edit

The buffet had many dishes on offer and the food was good, even my non-vegetarian friends liked it. The menu for groups includes drinks and a dessert, but not everything is included. The buffet area might get a little crowded since the restaurant is small, probably the only con.

Pros: Food, Variety, Buffet

Cons: Small restaurant

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Interesting place - Edit

I know this restaurant is inexpensive, with plenty of options and good food as well, but I didn't love it.

Maybe it was because I kept comparing it to Terra, in Principe Real, but I was expecting something better, due to the reviews I had read about it.

I've always done my birthday dinner at Restaurante Terra and because it is a bit pricey, I decided to do something different and chose Paladar Zen.

I am not saying it wasn't good, still when compared to my previous birthday dinners....I felt something was missing....maybe my cogumelos á bulhão pato that I absolutely LOVE eating at Terra.

Even my guests, who are not vegetarian or vegan like me, thought the same. Needless to say that we returned to Terra the following year!

Still I have read really good reviews about this restaurant, so I believe it is a good place to visit.

Pros: Inexpensive, Nice Vibe, Buffet

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All You Can Eat - Edit

This is, right now, the best Veggie place in Lisboa.
All you can eat, really good food with a rich selection of salads, daily soup and vegan sushi.
The warm plates are all described as Vegan/Veggie and there are several daily Vegan choices. Also, the menu changes each day so it can be checked out several days in a row and you'll never eat the same.

Pros: Best food in Lisboa, All Vegan options are marked, All You Can Eat

Cons: Can be expensive, Only 2 Vegan Desserts

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Great place for lunch - Edit

Buffet lunch, mainly vegan options and all food was clearly labelled. Generous selection of salads and hot food cooked in a Portuguese style. Plenty to eat and reasonably priced. Would definitely go back again. Staff were helpful and friendly.

Pros: Tasty dishes with a Portuguese twist , Wide selection of mainly vegan dishes, Reasonably priced

Cons: Can't think of any cons!

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Good choice - Edit

Great place. We eat there every week.

They have a very decent choice of vegan dishes that go from good to absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, they are not labelled vegan (only the desserts are), and it's unfortunately true that the waiters are not always aware of what is actually vegan and what is not. One tiny thing to improve.

Warning: their hot dishes are mostly inspired by traditional Portuguese cuisine, which is often oily, so you can expect these to be oily as well. Well, this is what most of their Portuguese customers want I guess... One the other hand, it's a rare occasion to have a taste of Portuguese specialities in a veg*n version!

Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant.

Pros: You eat as much as you want, Good food, decent price, Lots of vegan choices

Cons: Veagn foods are not indicated , Staff is not always aware what is vegan

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Couldn't have asked for more - Edit

This place is awesome. We came for dinner. Food was delicious and fresh tasting. Everything but a couple items was vegan. LOVED the curry and coconut rice. Price was very reasonable. Place was clean, tidy, and well organized. Location may seem a bit out of the way for most tourists, but it's only a short subway ride from the old town and I can assure you it's gonna be worth it!

Pros: very good food, great value, clean modern décor

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O buffet mais barato - Edit

o melhor buffet vegetariano da cidade em termos de qualidade-preço. Por menos de 10 euros (e é mais barato ao dia semana) é possível comer, repetir, comer. Bebidas e sobremesas são pagas à parte.

A oferta é variada. Há sopas, várias opções de frios (saladas diversas e com muita variedade) e ainda várias opções de quentes. Nos quentes destaco as almôndegas de vegetais (uma verdadeira delícia) que gostei mesmo muito. Estavam muito bem preparadas, com um sabor interessante (e eu que nem aprecio beterraba). Gostei muito do ratatouille vegetariano e do folhado de vegetais. Havia outras opções de quentes mas sem dúvidas estas foram as que gostei mais. Provei também o panado de tofu que tinha um excelente aspecto, saboroso, mas não me convenceu.

Nos frios destaco a qualidade das saladas - notava-se que eram frescas. Havia também muita variedade e nem consegui provar todas, mas as que provei estavam saborosas.

Fui à hora de almoço e o restaurante estava cheio. Notei que havia bastante comida e mesmo a que acabava era logo reposta. Não notei nenhuma confusão na altura de servir. Achei também que os funcionários eram muito prestáveis e simpáticos.

Como sobremesas (há uma boa diversidade à escolha) escolhemos panacota com frutos silvestres e ananás. Recomendo e espero voltar.

Pros: Preço, Diversidade

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Great all-you-can-eat buffet - Edit

"Paladar" is a great buffet-style veggie restaurant.

Its location is a bit remote compared to most of the central places in Lisbon, but it's still very easily accessible.

I went there for lunch, and for 7.80€ took the menu option including the cold/hot dishes buffet + 1 drink + 1 coffee.

Needless to say it's an incredible value, and the food was quite good. The vegan options are clearly indicated.
It seems to be very vegetables/cereals oriented, and maybe it lacked a little variety of legumes.

Also, the atmosphere is ok, but the decoration is quite bland (Ikea-like).

The tea was, unfortunately, a mere Lipton tea bag.

Apart from this, it's a highly recommended place.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday April 07, 2015

Pros: Food, Buffet, Price

Cons: Location

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Buena comida en buffet - Edit

Fuimos muchas veces a cenar en nuestro viaje a Lisboa. Lo encontramos por casualidad, ya que estaba muy cerca de nuestro hotel y nos gusto tanto que fuimos varias veces. Muchas opciones veganas, precio muy bueno y un servicio muy atento y rápido. La comida muy rica, con opciones como ensaladas, legumbres, platos con tofu y seitan. Muy recomendable.

Pros: Buen precio, comida rica y buen servicio

Cons: Algunos platos están algo salados

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A must go to - Edit

Been to Paladar Zen today for the first time and I definitely want to go back. Very good food (cold and hot), lots of variety and a very cozy environment. The staff are friendly. Advisable to go early otherwise it gets full (because it's so good) and, even though it's not a small restaurant, you would need to wait for a table to be empty. They offer an "all you can eat" buffet so I was really stuffed full because the food was yummy yummy. Who says vegans and vegetarians must starve has never been to Paladar Zen. ;)

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Excellent - Edit

Excellent place to eat for vegans. All you can eat buffet with a wide range of food. I particlalurly enjoyed the sushi rolls and the veggie burgers. The place is clean, staff are friendly and the prices are low.

Pros: Great Food, Great Value, Staff are very good

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Disappointed - Edit

Bad expericience.
I started by asking one of the waiters wish dishes were vegan, since me and my girlfriend are vegan.
After the waiter told me wich dishes were vegan i was about to serve me (buffet) when my girlfriend suspected that that dish wasn't vegan, but it was one of the dishes the waiter told me it was vegan. I went back and asked again the waiter and this time she told me. "Oh, yes, it has butter in it".
Oooookay, I just lost all my thrust in the dishes that she told me were vegan.
We ate and tried all the vegan dishes (there weren't many) and they were FULL of salt and oil. Even if we wanted to balance the salt and oil with something fresh, we couldn't because even the salad and vegetables were salty and oily.
We left the place with a salty and oily mouth and very disappointed.

Sugestion - Invest in fresh ingredients so there's no need to hide the bad quality with salt and oil

Ps. I ate there the most ridiculous sushi ever, small, hard and dried rice with 2 little pieces of carrot.

Pros: Friendly staff, Buffet

Cons: Too much oil and salt in the food, Little vegan dishes, Staff doesn't know wich dishes are vegan

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