Prana Bar Natural

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Av. San Martin 275, El Chalten, Argentina

Vegetarian restaurant in a small town dominated by steak, pizza, and pasta places. Sits in the center of the city on the main avenue. In addition to a daily menu, it offers many kinds of food: sweet and savory crepes, soup, curry vegetables, pasta, desserts, juices, and local beer. Staff is aware of what vegan means, so ask. A chess game is there for guests to play. Relaxed atmosphere. Open Tue-Sun.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Beer/Wine, Argentinian

8 Reviews

First Review by jpoell

ZEN FOOD - Edit

The First Place that literally reached out to me on my arrival to Chaltén Town didn´t open until a few days later. I have to stress the artistic quality of the entire onset, as well as the high quality and varied menu that, of course, includes Vegan options.

Personnaly I recommend their Chai with Cocoa/Beatroot Cake for all Vegies. For Vegans I tried the Dahl and their Ensalada Completa so far, GOOD STUFF !

GRAX

Pros: Excellent Concept and Construct, Amazingly Warm Welcome, Premium Attention

Cons: No Beans in their Salads, Too Many Dairy Products in their Salads, "eye free" Humus?

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Cute Restaurant - Edit

We really liked Prana Bar Natural. We ordered the lemonade with ginger and mint and it tasted exactly like a mojito! For dinner we had the spinach soup and lentil dal which were both so delicious. We liked it so much we are going back today to try their lasagna.
It's a little pricey but compared to everything else in the town, it's reasonably priced.

Pros: Good food, Good portions

Cons: Pricey

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A few veganizable dishes. - Edit

This place had 2-3 dishes they could veganize. I liked the lentil dish and my wife liked the stir fry dish. Both were only okay though. [edit by staff - see tos]

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Good vegan/vegetarian options, peak times chaotic - Edit

We visited Prana, on the main street of Chaltén toward the back of town, twice for dinner at around 8:30/9:00 pm in the summer, peak tourist season. This is the busiest time of the day and year and it was clearly overwhelming for a small, laid-back restaurant. The staff were stressed out in the tiny kitchen trying to serve people at their ~6 tables and service really deteriorated, with even simple drinks taking 30 minutes to get to the table. They were apologetic, but I'd definitely recommend going at an off-peak time if possible to have a better experience.

Although the price on HappyCow is listed as "expensive", prices here are in line with other restaurants in Chaltén (being an isolated place, everything is rather expensive), with a main dish approx $10 USD. In addition to mains like lasagna, risotto, curry, they also have small plates like salad, crepes, bruschetta, as well as teas, fresh juices, beer including some artesanal, and even a mojito. They also have a few baked goods and desserts and I enjoyed a rare vegan dessert!!

It's definitely a pleasure to find a vegetarian restaurant with lots of vegan options with a pleasant hippie vibe in rural Argentina. Chaltén is a uniquely veg-friendly town for the area because of the type of travelers who visit. The food at Prana was fine in quality and quantity. I was disappointed we didn't want to go back because the service was such a letdown, but I'm sure it would be a good experience at non-peak hours.

Pros: All vegetarian, ~1/3 vegan menu

Cons: Small place gets overwhelmed, Not economical for regular meals

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Vegetables and smoothies - Edit

Brown rice, loads of vegetables and fresh juices/ smoothies! They also provide "box lunch" and whole grain (!) wraps to go. This place is a oasis for vegan hikers

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We couldn't believe our luck! - Edit

We drove past this little gem on our way to our hostel, and we couldn't believe our luck. We ate here twice and easily made some of the vegetarian options vegan by omitting cheese etc. Both meals were delicious, though you may want to ask for the salt and pepper as I'm pretty sure they don't use any in the cooking. We also asked for some aji picante, and received a chilli oil that was actually spicy! This is one of the very few places in Argentina we found anything remotely hot. The coffee, wine, and cocktails were also great. If you're heading to El Chalten you won't want to miss this lovely restaurant.

Cons: Not 100% vegan

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Best veggie option in town - Edit

We ate here in January 2015 and again in February 2015. It is not a vegan restaurant, but there are plenty of vegan options. The owner is very friendly and willing to accommodate special orders. We ate here a number of times. We had the lentil and rice dish, the coconut curry and my boyfriend who is not strictly vegan had the risotto. We also had complete salads, which we love and a raw chocolate banana dessert. All of the food we tried was great. They also have nice fresh juices. We found this to be the best place for us to eat in El Chalten.

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lovely vegetarian & vegan food! - Edit

this was our go to box lunch and dinner spot daily during our stay in chalten. it kept us going strong for our hikes. and the food is delicious! charming atmosphere and wonderful owner and chefs. a true gem of a vegetarian restaurant in patagonia!

Pros: fresh, delicious, healthy

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