Shyadma's Veg Food

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20, Rue Laalouj - Place El Khayma, Essaouira, Morocco

Vegetarian and vegan Moroccan food including tagine, couscous, salads, and soups. Food is vegan except for some breakfast items.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Moroccan, African

17 Reviews

First Review by girovago

Good food, excellent price - Edit

We had to search to find this restaurant, but it was worth it!
The food we ordered was moroccan salad, chickpea tagine/ chickpea couscous, with drinks of freshly squeezed lemon....168dhs about 16€ for two of us!
The food was good, not the creme de la creme....but good honest food.

Pros: Good honest food, owner spoke a little english., Cheap, Lovely freshly squeezed lemon drinks

Cons: Music from next door was loud ., We were the only clients ?

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Calm & sincere vegan place in the heart of the Medina - Edit

We went there while visiting Essaouira in November 2017 with my sis. The owner is the cook himself, he is a very friendly and caretaking person. He offers all sorts of moroccan traditional meals, from Tagines, couscous, to salads and fresh juices... We arrived there in the evening, while searching for a place with Wifi (which is, by the way, available and pretty stable) I went for a menu for fifty dirhams only, containing a fresh beetroot juice and a chickpeas tajine. The served meals were generous and well flavoured. We highly recommend

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Good vegetarian option - Edit

A nice little find in a little square off the street leading up to the city walls. Good quality 100% vegetarian with lots of vegan choices.

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Charming host! - Edit

This place is something! Even though the menu of Le corail, which is basically right next to it, is much longer, we ended up here because it has such a nice charm to it and we didn't regret it! As other reviews stated already, everything's made from scratch, in our case the owner/cook/waiter - all in one - even sent someone to get some of the ingredients fresh from the souq. I loved that but if you're really short on time you should consider this. We had the lentil tajine and the tajine with green beans and prunes (it's around 40dh for the mains) and out of the two I would definitely recommend the second - finally something different than the usual vegetable tajine. Also I really enjoyed the beetroot juice, if you get the chance to try it, you should!

Pros: Best host, Everything is fresh, Yummy juices

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Dont expect much - Edit

Was so happy to find an all vegan/vegetarian restaurant in Essaouira, so we didnt mind the long wait for our food to be ready. But when food came it was a big disappointment:(.. Too dull, no spices and almost no taste.. I would still recommend this place for sure, nice and cosy, lovely owner/server/chef but do not expect much from the food, pretty much average

Pros: location, central cosy, server/owner/chef, juices!

Cons: long wait for food, food, not so good

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nice little place - Edit

Nice little restaurant that serves mostly tajines. We were alone in the place so the service was fast. Beside not gettinh the soup ive ask for, we ate really well!

Pros: fresh press juices, good service

Cons: dine options are only tajines

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Nice place - Edit

We visited Essouira in winter 2015. I was surprised when found out that this place was very close to our Riad. The cafe was clean. The owner was friendly. food was good, although the service was slow.

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What a pleasure! - Edit

This is a small business that delivers a big punch. Great veggie food. Great drinks. The avocado juice is outstanding. And the owner - running a one-man show - is incredibly hospitable.

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Scrummy Tagine - Edit

We were only in Essaouira overnight but we managed to eat here twice.
The restaurant has a really laid back atmosphere as everything is cooked fresh from scratch so you have to sit back and relax.
The Prune and Green Bean Tagine is such a lovely crunchy change from the usual veggie tagines but make sure you mix the caramellised onions from the bottom with the rest of the dish to really bring out the flavour.
The Vegetable Cous-Cous is a huge portion of food with the lightest fluffiest cous-cous you can imagine.
The fresh apple juice is a meal in itself.
If you are in Essaouira make sure you search this place out, you will not be disappointed.

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Loved the tajine :) - Edit

This is a lovely cosy restaurant off the main street on a nice quiet square. We liked it so much that we ate there twice on our short trip to Essaouira. The place is run just by one man, but he is really friendly, prepares the food from scratch from very fresh ingredients and the tajines we had were the best in Morocco!
The portions are huge - > go for menu of the day - and you will not be disappointed.
We sat outside and enjoyed in sun (in January 2014) and it was nice to relax in a quite place in the madness of Morocco :)
The food was also very very cheap and we even liked the toilets there :)

Pros: Price, Tasty food, Friendly owner

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Best tajines in Morocco! - Edit

This tiny restaurant serves Moroccan vegetarian food, offering many different variations that are usually not available in regular restaurants. To start, we ordered the harira soup, which was good, although it could have used a bit more spice/salt to round of the flavour. We ordered two tajines as entrees, one with green beans and prunes and the other chickpeas. The first few bites of the tajines seemed a bit bland, however the bottom layers were spiced perfectly, making these two of the best tasting tajines we've had in a month travelling through Morocco!

Pros: great selection, very tasty, friendly owner

Cons: slow (if you're rushed) since it's fresh

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good veggie Moroccan food - Edit

We didn't have high expectations going here since the food we'd had up to that point on our trip has been very unimaginative and bland. This place was different though as there was plenty to chose from for veggies and vegans alike.

There was the usual veggie tajine and couscous dishes, but with a variety of ingredients and flavours including tajines with beans and lentils, which is not so common in our experience. All the food was freshly prepared in the small kitchen by the friendly owner who was happy to hear that we found him on HappyCow.

If you're in town, I'd say this is your best bet for Moroccan veggie food

Pros: friendly owner , freshly prepared, interesting variety

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I struggled not to cry... - Edit

The place is a sympathetic one man business, but despite the fresh ingredients and an hour long waiting, the food was absolutely tasteless. Moroccan cuisine in general is nothing for spice lovers, but usually the food is edible with some milder tastes. This one was just horrible. Unless you really really love the taste of over cooked carrots and plain couscous, I strongly recommend anything else but this.

Pros: Fresh ingredients, English spoken

Cons: Tasteless, Small portions, Very slow

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Delicious and organic - Edit

We arrived with anticipation, as had heard about this place, but all the lights were out.. They had lost electricity, but the guy welcomed us with open arms and said he was still open.
We are so happy we chose to eat there, in candle light! Amazing lentil tanjine and the best olives I have eaten in morocco. Very impressed and portions almost big enough to share for 3.
Highly recommend, can't wait to return.

Pros: Quaint, Nicely decorated, Friendly helpful staff

Cons: Small

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Really, really lovely! - Edit

We ate at several nice places in Essaouira and Marrakech, which did decent vegan food, but this was definitely our favourite. We were told that it was 'all fresh' and it definitely was! From the fresh veg and fruit smoothies to the tagines, it all seemed to be made there & then (we even saw the owner bringing veggies back from the market, then cooking them straight away for our food).

I had a tagine with preserved lemon and olives and it was delicious, we also kept getting brought lovely local bread to go with it (whenever we finished we were given more for free). It was also very relaxed - we sat there a long time each visit, and didn't feel hurried along at all. The food took a little while, as it was all cooked from scratch, but it was definitely worth it. Highly recommended if you want a fresh and tasty meal.

Pros: fresh, delicious, friendly, un-pushy staff

Cons: takes a little while (but worth it!)

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Simple but nice - Edit

We found this restaurant easily, it's colourful and our waiter was friendly.

I had the daily special for 50DM, which consisted of a tomato salad starter and a choice of either vegetable cous cous or tagine for a main. I chose the cous cous. The portion was large with chunky vegetables but not much flavour.

Pros: friendly service, lots of choice, colourful decor

Cons: food lacked flavour

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Best vegan food in Morocco - Edit

After several weeks of tagine and couscous of varying standards but often with the same ingredients this place offers a pleasant change. A wide range of vegan tagines, couscous and salads using fresh and varied ingredients all prepared in the small kitchen directly in front of you. Expect to wait a while for you meal as this is a one man show and the food is all prepared upon order. However, the restaurant is set in a quiet, sunny courtyard so we had no problem with the wait and the food was definitely worth waiting for.

Pros: fresh ingredients, wide variety of vegetables, great setting

Cons: none

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