The Food Temple

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Beco do Jasmim 18, Lisbon, Portugal, 1100-289

Small restaurant tucked in a residential square in historic Mouraria neighborhood. Dinner is served in the way of changing tapas with a daily main dish as well. Groups of 7+ diners must book in advance, and in general reservations are recommended. Kitchen closes 11pm. Open Wed-Sun 7:30pm-12:00am.

Categories: Vegan, European, Portuguese

132 Reviews

First Review by chrdold

lovely place - Edit

There was no place inside the restaurant when we came but they kindly offered us to sit outside on the stairs (they have these special tables) which was such a wonderfull experience! The menu changes every day. Each day you have one main, 3 startes, a soup and 3 desserts to choose from. The food was great, I would definitly go back and recommend!

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Best vegan restaurant - Edit

The best vegan restaurant I've ever visited. The food is so tasty, the atmosphere is great, staff is friendly. We went there twice during our week stay in Lisbon. Sunday was a busy night, we reserved ahead which was good. Wednesday evening wasn't that busy. Both evenings great experiences. Would recommend anyone in Lisbon to go and eat there!

Pros: Amazing food, Nice staff, Nice atmosphere

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nice hippie place - Edit

Pros: very good quality food and relaxed ambient
Cons: very hard to find
Nothing to choose from but one dish of the day and 3 tapas

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Nice food, great atmosphere - Edit

First advice : Make a reservation ! The place gets full pretty quickly. The place is super cosy and the staff very helpful and attentive. It had a family kitchen atmosphere.
It was a special day so there was 5 different tapas and one bigger tapas instead of the main course.
Some of the foods were great, some others lacking come seasoning and a bit overpriced (like the big tapas, 5 raviolis for 7€) but overall a nice tasty experience!

Pros: original and homemade with care, great team, always changing seasonal menu

Cons: some portions are a bit overpriced

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Magic spot, food is superb! - Edit

I love this place. The environment is so graceful. During summer you can eat outside on the stairs that are prepared for that purpose. In a very picturesque neighborhood. The food is divine!

Pros: amazing food, amazing environment, very Nice staff

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Cosy! - Edit

Cosy place and good tasting tapas in a nice area. Good way to start the evening! Booking in advance is a good idea.

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Never more! - Edit

Unfortunately we couldn't taste any food in this restaurant.
When we arrived we were feeling like invisible. None of the staff noticed us. The worst part was when the table was offered to the people who came after us.
We are not used to this kind of unfriendly behavior in vegan or vegetarian restaurants. Nothing like this ever happened to us before!

Cons: unprofessional waiters

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score! - Edit

we had the suggested soup, then shared three starters and one entree (an apple curry!) crowded, shared table, didn’t have reservations. everything was delicious but could have been more flavorful. pumpkin purée served with carrot chunks and tortilla chips? €35 for two (no alcohol) warrants a bit higher level of food nuance. thanks for fitting us in! friendly and efficient staff!

Pros: everything tastes so good

Cons: might not be able to seat without a reservation

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New Vegan Guy - Edit

My first trip doing the whole Veganism thing and saw this restaurant on this app. Everyone's review suggested making a reservation but since I don't speak Portuguese and I live in SF decided to get there early to secure a table. Everyone was cool including the customers. The menu changes daily and is written with erasable ink. Loved the basmati rice with lentil (daal) coconut curry but reinvented. Totally lived it! I would definitely come back again. The restaurant is off the beaten path in an alley and very quaint location.

Pros: Menu never boring changes daily

Cons: Small restaurant with limited seating but you can

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Lovely vegan meal - Edit

We had a really great experience at The Food Temple. We hadn't booked so showed up a few minutes before they opened and we got a seat just fine. One of the waiters was an absolute delight, really friendly and helpful, taking time to explain the menu and concept to us. The other was pretty surly, but not rude. The food itself was delicious - we got bread and olives to start, and then a soup, 3 tapas and a main to share between two. It was all really delicious and well thought-out. The only let down was dessert - we got two (panna cotta and tiramisu) and barely touched either of them, they just weren't very good. With two soft drinks and two craft beers, the entire meal came to €45 which was the most expensive we had in Lisbon, but well worth it.

Pros: Lovely sharing dishes

Cons: Dessert wasn't great

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Good ambiance and amazing desserts - Edit

The restaurant is in a pretty cool area of Lisbon. There are around 20 seats and the kitchen is almost in the middle of the room, so you see your food being prepared.
We follow the recommendation of the waiter 3 tapas and 1 main dish for 2 people and honestly it's enough, especially if you want to have a dessert. The quality of the tapas and the main dish were good but the dessert was stellar!

Pros: the desserts! they are really next level

Cons: pretty busy, don't hesitate to book.

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Good, tasty food in a comfortable environment. - Edit

My partner and I enjoyed a fresh, flavoursome meal consisting of a selection of tapas and a shared main and dessert. The venue is compact so its worth booking ahead, and I did this easily by email. It was difficult to find the restaurant using Google Maps, I had to call en route for instructions and they suggested, with success, to key in ‘Largo Severa’; of course a good old fashioned map might be more helpful!.

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great atmosphere - Edit

Went here twice as it was so good! The food was very tasty and it was lovely sitting outside on the makeshift tables listening to fado coming from somewhere else. Would highly recommend for atmosphere but get there early to sit outside!

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Best in Lisbon - Edit

My favourite. Great place to try something new.

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Take me back!!!! - Edit

This is a truly hidden gem. Hidden because took us long to find but Im glad we did. The nicest people on Earth, a small and yet familiar type of restaurant where you share table with other people and enjoy a cosy dinner. Food is deliciously cooked and enjoy, is awesome!

Pros: Staff, Food

Cons: Opening time

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Good food, small menu - Edit

This is a bustling little restaurant and we were lucky to get a table without a reservation on a Saturday evening. It was recommended that for two to three people (we were three), we order one soup each, one of each of the three starters (tapas), and one main to share. We did just that and everything was good. The menu changes so you could be a little unlucky with the options. We didn't have any desserts due to lack of time but they looked really good. Staff were friendly and helpful and spoke good English. All in all, a pleasant experience.

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Underwhelming - Edit

You need to be desperate to go there. The food was bland, the portion sizes were tiny and it was bad value for money. Plus, it's community style seating so everyone is squished together. Not recommended.

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: Expensive, food was bland and portion sizes small,

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Little gem - Edit

After walking trough the small neighborhood we didn't expected such a cool place, but it was crowded so you'll have to reserve a table in advance! We had to wait about 45 minutes. But other than that the food was great. I ordered all of the tree tapas and each was delicious, beeing still hungry I also ordered soup which was pretty good too. I didn't feel like having a stew that day (which was the only main dish they offered) but I think they change the menu every day or atleast each week. The "ferrero rocher" cake was great. Even tho the had only one main dish I would definetely come back!

Pros: Delicious, Pretty place, Friendly staff

Cons: Only one main dish

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Not worth the price - Edit

The food tasted boring -> was not spiced good. It was very simple cooked. And for this the price was just too much. We had the feeling that they just charge so much because there are not many vegan options in Portugal/Lisboa and so they can do it. Would not recommand it.

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Portuguese vegan fusion tapas - Edit

The place is cute and welcoming, and the food is always different and creative. The food is not always spectacular (it's normally something you could cook yourself at home) but it's tasty. The portions are rather small and it can get expensive. Friendly staff.

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Vegan na Mouraria - Edit

Espaço muito agradável, principalmente o exterior onde podemos estar sentados na escadaria aproveitando a vista da Mouraria. Ementa com 1 sopa, 3 tapas, 1 prato principal e varias sobremesas. Esta ementa vai variando consoante os dias. Pratos bem confeccionados. Equipa extremamente atenciosa. Um espaço para voltar a visitar.

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portuguese vusion food - Edit

if you are looking for "portuguese atmosphere" and really good portuguese vusion food - GO here! one of the best vegan restaurants next to ao26 and jardim dos sentidos.

Pros: portuguese vusion food, no fastfood, nice atmosphere

Cons: hard to find, small

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one of a kind in Lisbon - Edit

The food Temple was funded with crowdfunding (and that already says something about the place) and its now one of the most famous vegetarian restaurants in town. The location is great, in the middle of the popular Mouraria neighbour hood.
The only thing I will have to say is that the menu is a bit limited - I can understand the concept behind it but for a costumer it can be a bit...boring.
There is artisanal beer and ciders.

Pros: location, food quality, vibe of the place

Cons: the menu is quite limited

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Caro, scarso e con pochissima scelta - Edit

La scelta è limitatissima: 1 zuppa (fredda) 3 entrate (fredde, una delle quali a base di patate dolci) e UNA SOLA portata principale: se ti piace, bene altrimenti ti arrangi. Noi abbiamo provato uno di tutto. Loro hanno capito male e una delle entrate l'hanno portata doppia. Per fortuna perché altrimenti morivamo di fame. Le porzioni sono piccolissime. Il cibo è discreto e abbastanza gustoso, ma ho mangiato cibo vegano anche più interessante in Portogallo a costi paragonabili se non inferiori. Quello che mi ha lasciato di stucco è la portata pricipale: una fondina con circa 6 piccole patate lesse coperte di zucchine trifolate a loro volta coperte con 5 rametti di germogli freschi: 10 euro!!! Una cifra spropositata in se per la qualità del piatto e ancor più in Portogallo dove con 10 euro si può mangiare un pasto completo...

Pros: servizio molto rapido e buona qualità delle materi

Cons: porzioni scarse, poca scelta

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cute neighborhood - Edit

Hard to find but worth it. Healthy and delicious food. One entree, one soup, 3 tapas, and 4 dessert choices. Our seating option is unique and cool.

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Mauvais accueil :( - Edit

L'accueil n'a pas été des plus chaleureux. On s'est clairement senti de trop, tandis que d'autres semblaient accueilli normalement. Peut-être que nos têtes ne leur ont pas plu, mais on ne s'est pas du tout senti à l'aise: pas de sourire, pas chaleureux, on arrive avant un autre couple qui demande aussi l'extérieur, mais c'est nous qui nous retrouvont sur une table mal installé à l'intérieur. Je ne sais pas quoi penser, toujours est-il que l'on a préféré partir avant de commander.

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Very Good - Edit

Calm, with nice people, in a curious place and cosy.

Pros: All Vegan, Desserts Sugar-free and Gluten-free.

Cons: Kind of expensive

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