Soul Food

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76 Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta

Serves fish, vegan options available. Several vegetarian and vegan choices including pastas, salads, vegan meatballs, and couscous with veggies. Also offer fresh squeezed juices. Open Mon-Fri 10:30am-6:00pm, Sun 10:30am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, International, Italian, Juice bar, Non-veg

37 Reviews

First Review by joel

Healthy but better for vegetarians than vegans - Edit

We had a Buddha bowl and a lentil burger. Both were tasty and healthy. However they do lactose free cheese but not vegan cheese. They also do egg pasta dishes but no vegan pasta. I found this strange as dried pasta and vegan cheese are so easy to obtain nowadays and would broaden their menu for vegans so substantially. Worth a visit but I'm not inclined to go repeatedly.

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plenty of vegan / vegetarian options - Edit

It was very delicious but also expensive, especially considering the small meal size. The 3 sauces and the chocolate salami were great though.

Pros: vegan options, unique food

Cons: expensive, small meals

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not fully vego - Edit

Went here due to its vego listing, only to discover anchovies on menu. After that didn’t stay to eat. Wasn’t inexpensive either.

Cons: uses anchovies

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very nice indeed - Edit

I had ayervedic Buddha bowl. It was very tasty. Nice place. Polite staff, friendly and warm. On our second visit I had vegan Buddha bowl again really enjoyed it. Very clean and pleasant tasting. So healthy, with spinach, beetroot hummus, corn, red cabbage, radish, I loved it here, felt really catered to as a fledgling vegan. Oh but the chocolate salami wasn't anything to write home about.

Pros: tasty, a thoughtful selection of vegetables

Cons: not enough choices

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disappointing ... - Edit

We visited Malta in October and it was a challenge to find places offering vegan food. We thought that the soul food could have been a good option. But reviews sometimes can be misleading ...For Malta maybe OK but if you have experienced good european restaurants you will be disappointed.
Food was not good and service not really excellent - I do not share the enthusiasm of other happycows contributions - For me: room for improvement.

Pros: vegan options

Cons: expensive for Malta, No atmosphere - Tourist place

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It was fine but not great - Edit

My husband and I went here because it was advertised online as having vegan meatballs which they actually didn't. Was quite expensive for what we got and wish we had visited the grassy hopper instead.

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Great desserts and lovely location - Edit

Had a vegan Buddha bowl with a lentil burger which was okay, I've definitely had better burgers. The vegan chocolate salami however really was amazing, would recommend!! The location and general vibe was really comfortable and chilled. All in all had a lovely meal thanks Soul Food!

Pros: Chocolate Salami dessert, location, Vegan and raw vegan friendly

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Not worth it - Edit

We went here because they advertised vegan options outside, and I ordered their vegan quinoa salad and a vegan smoothie. Unfortunately, the quinoa tasted burned which made me want to leave as quickly as possible, and the smoothie wasn't anything special either. I'd say there are much better places for vegan food in Valletta.

Pros: Vegan options, Central location

Cons: Poor taste

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Lovely, relaxing and healthy! - Edit

Great spot! Lovely place to hang out and enjoy food.
It is a non vegan restaurant, but they have some vegan options. Food was very good! They offer vegan deserts as well, what is great as usually milk, eggs and butter are all over the place when it comes to sweets ;-) ... Unfortunately they ran out of the vegan chocolate brownie. I am confident it would have tasted good though :-D
Try this place, it's a nice and relaxing spot.

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Pretty good food, very vegan friendly - Edit

I stopped by Soul Food when Grassy Hopper was closed, and was happy to find several clearly labeled vegan options on the menu. I had the "Ayurveda" Buddha Bowl, which for my tastes was pretty good. The fresh juices are much appreciated. Service was warm and attentive.

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Great food - Edit

Loved their buddha bowls but would have loved it even more if they had made more dishes vegan, as the pasta would easily made vegan if they wanted to.

Pros: Buddha bowls variety

Cons: Expensive , Could have been more options

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Really good - Edit

Very nice place in the centre of Valletta with friendly staff and quite a few vegan options. I only tried the vegan brownie and hot chocolate on soy milk (REAL Italian-style hot chocolate, not cocoa), both of wich were capital. The dishes poeple around us were taking looked excellent.

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Klein aber fein - Edit

Hier gibt es italienische und ayurvedische Küche, klar gekennzeichnete vegane und vegetarische Gerichte, Bio-Weine und frische Säfte. Die Atmosphäre ist nett, die Bedienung sehr freundlich, nur der Platz innerhalb des Restaurants ist auf zwei kleine Tische begrenzt. Mehr Platz und Tische gibt es in der Fußgängerzone.

Pros: Vegan und vegetarisch, Leckeres Essen, Lieferservice

Cons: Nur zwei Tische im Restaurant, Nicht richtig preisgünstig, Kleine Toilette

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nice place - Edit

Very good vegan food. Everybody vegans go eat here.

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Laid-back and unpretentious - Edit

Eating dinner on the side of the road on a warm summer's night watching the world go by, was the apt setting for our meal at Soul Food.

It has a laid-back and unpretentious feel to it, which is admirable for one of the only vegan-friendly options in Valletta.

There's a substantial and appealing menu to choose from, with prices averaging €8-10.

I went for the vegan lentil burger dish served with vegetable couscous, salad and satay dressing. It was a huge and colourful plate and I admittedly couldn't finish it, but did enjoy nonetheless.

If I'm being completely honest, the patty itself was nothing special, and when you know how good a veggie burger can be, disappointing to be eating something a little uninspired.

However, the salad, couscous and nutty satay dressing were all lovely and it was a plentiful plate of healthy goodness.

A great but not mind-blowing option in Valletta city.

Pros: Healthy food, Large, colourful serves, Great outdoor seating

Cons: Lentil patty a little plain, Limited opening hours

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mediocre - Edit

horrible service, we where seated upstairs and the waitress didn't bring salt or paper on the table we had to get up and get them ourselves plus we complained about it being hot (it was 1pm) we where boiling and the waitress did not turn on a fan or ac... as for food, I took the vegan soya burger and it wasn't in a bun and wasn't even cooked well it was watery and tasted like it had been boiled. the "salad" was just lettuce and seads and over all very mediocre and not worth 12 Euros, when in other places for half that price you could get better food, service and environment

Cons: expensive , not good food , bad service

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Good flat breads, but why the meat? - Edit

Nice place in the heart of Valletta with some outdoor seating. Mainly vegetarian with some good vegan options, the flatbreads (Piadina) with different vegan burger options stuffed inside were lovely for lunch. Had a vegan Brownie which was dry and frankly vile, like they'd used nothing to bind it together. Why oh why are they serving meat options though? They advertise it as a veggie, vegan healthy eatery, yet have ham on the menu? Seems to be a strange message and considering almost every other restaurant in Valletta serves meat it seems totally unnecessary.

Pros: Friendly, pleasant place, Well located, Tasty vegan options

Cons: Vegan brownie was vile, Meat? Why meat?

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Lovely space, but disappointing vegan food - Edit

I was thrilled to discover this vegan friendly restaurant near the apartment we were staying in. It has a small cafe on the ground floor, but if you head upstairs there are more tables and a cosy atmosphere. The majority of the food is vegetarian but there are some vegan options which my husband and I tried. Unfortunately the food we chose (the lentil and soya burger with salad and bread) were lacking in imagination. The homemade bread was delicious but the burger itself was almost completely without flavour, and the salad on the side was a bit sad. The vegetarian pasta dishes that were being eaten by those around us looked lovely and were a nice portion size. I am glad this restaurant exists, and I hope that they develop their vegan menu as it really is a nice space.

Pros: The space

Cons: The flavourless vegan food

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good choice vegan and vegetarian .... but not only - Edit

excellent choice of homemade dishes made at time.
Express service even if the kitchen is small, but the staff is dynamic and professional. Organic wines, Italian craft beer, the Ayurvedic and homemade desserts. good girls

Pros: creativity, professional staff, excellent varieties

Cons: -, -, -

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Not worth the money - Edit

This place is quite expensive but it is also the worst food I have had in Malta. They heated up my couscous in a microwave oven and I am really against such ovens and the prices are too high for a place that microwaves your food. Also it was rather tasteless and I regretted going there. I saw that they make the smoothies with packaged orange juice. That is unacceptable, these juices are not fresh, nor healthy.
I wouldn't go again, very disappointed.

Pros: One of the staff members was actually friendly.

Cons: expensive, tasteless, microwaves the food

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Pleasant little spot - Edit

A small oasis in an area where veggie/vegan food is somewhat sparse. Unsophisticated, but tasty with pleasant service.

Pros: Mixed menu so caters for all

Cons: Not entirely Vegan but understandable in this area

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small restaurant .... great heart... - Edit

we are affected by so many local people who enter this small restaurant,,, with tables outside and in a room above ... the dishes were very colorful and with great smell .... then we sat down and a waitress Italian welcomed us and shown the menu,,, with lots of vegetarian and vegan dishes,,, and daily specials .... we celebrated my birthday with two bottles, a prosecco vegan friendly and a brut organic... super ... .flatbread piadina made at the time and then homemade desserts .... we love you ... thanks for the good time and happy atmosphere....

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Vegan

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Special Food....Special SOUL FOOD - Edit

special food,,, great atmosphere and good music SOUL,,, freshly prepared meals,,,, fresh pasta and potato gnocchi homemade .... craft beers and wine bio ... I highly recommend it
waiters available in the reception proposals or advice
they called a taxi to go to the airport .... all very exciting

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Non è per vegani e salutisti - Edit

Esperienza negativa. Sono stata in questo locale che si definisce "vegan friendly" proprio perché a Malta è quasi impossibile trovare qualcosa di simile. Le recensioni facevano sperare bene. La prima volta non ero rimasta per nulla convinta, in quanto non hanno farine integrali (un posto che si chiama soul food che abbia solo farina raffinata non promette già bene). Essendo appunto vegana, ma non solo (perché non mangio alcun tipo di prodotto confezionato, surgelato, raffinato, zuccherato) abbiamo deciso ,insieme ad un gruppo di amici di trascorrere la sera di capodanno in questo posto , proprio per l'alternativa alimentare che poteva offrirmi.
Bene, ho ordinato un brasato di soia (che non mi è piaciuto di gusto ) ho scoperto che si trattava di hamburger di soia surgelati 0.0 contenenti ALBUME (NEL MENÙ ERA SPECIFICATO SI TRATTASSE DI PIATTO VEGAN) e tante altre schifezze che non sono qui a raccontare...
Detto questo, sono rimasta davvero delusa dalla scorrettezza dei proprietari che hanno vantato il loro prosecco vegano e mi hanno poi propinato l'hamburger con albume surgelato (terribile!!!)..
Ovviamente ho fatto presente la cosa ed hanno fatto finta di essersene resi conto sul momento, dando colpe al fornitore. Una cosa di cui sono sicura è che quando mettete piede in quest'isola vi dimenticate la qualità che serviamo in Italia ai tavoli...

Inoltre , se fossi stata allergica all'albume adesso mi troverei in ospedale.

Mi sento gravemente lesa in quanto non sono state rispettate le mie idee salutistiche ed etiche.

L'unica cosa che mi è stata detta è : "ci scusiamo per l'inconveniente"..


Ho avuto mal di stomaco e senso di vomito per tutta la sera. Abbiamo anche speso moltissimo.

Non aggiungo altro, anche se avrei tanto da dire.

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Not recommended - Edit

Not tasty at all. Hamburgers are so dry. Service is very poor. They barely can speak English (they are Italian)
Once and not more.

Pros: None

Cons: Food has no taste, Staff

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small, cosy place with a good selection of vegan items - Edit

Very cosy place, with friendly staff. A good selection of vegan dishes: I had homemade chickpea burger with salad and a hot spicy cuscus, followed by a nice lemon sponge cake. They also offer vegan piadina, Ayurvedic dishes, and a good selection of smoothies and hot chocolate made with soy milk.

Pros: centrally located, nice food, welcoming staff

Cons: very small

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Vegan

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Good option in a good location - Edit

It is not vegan but there are different vegan options: burgers, salad, desserts, etc..

Near Grand Master's Palace

Pros: vegan options, good food, good location

Cons: too slow when it is busy, it is not vegan

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