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.

Category: Vegan, European, Portuguese

Reviews (107)

First Review by chrdold

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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So good!!! - Edit

Lets be honest, Lisbon isn't exactly known for its vegan food, so when we found this tiny little place we were in heaven, we came back twice (which we never do on a holiday).

Food is superb, small dishes, but so worth it.

Every mouth full is heaven!

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Heaven! - Edit

Cozy. Fresh (limited menu options - this time: soup, 3 tapas, main dish). Great drinks.

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Yuuuuum! - Edit

Food Temple is cute and has a great chilled vibe. The food is great, although make sure you have a pretty varied palette as the menu isn't big and you don't have much choice. But it's delicious and the staff very friendly! Maybe book as well, because it got busy very quick!

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Amazing!! - Edit

We have been there for santos populares last night and the atmosphere was fantastic. The food was completely yummy, we tried a bit of everything, all of it was very tasty but the tempeh burger was something else! The beer we only tried 2 variants, great beer! It's for sure a go, and we will come back.
Great job!

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great place with great food - Edit

Loved the atmosphere and the food. They have a new menu every day with a soup, three tapas and one main dish. And it was all delicious. Great selection of craft portoguese beers as well.

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you will meet some interesting people! - Edit

The food is great.

But what I found the most remarkable about this restaurant is the people you will meet there.

As the restaurant itself is tiny, my husband and I (Americans in our 50s) invited two single people to join us. One was a long-haired Dutch man in his 20s, the other a French-Argentine woman in her 70s. Both were very cool and interesting people.

After we ate we sat outside the restaurant and chatted with a number of people from
Portugal and a number of other countries, all friendly and intelligent.

This restaurant is a special place that attracts a wonderful variety of people. I particularly encourage people on their own to check it out; it's a really easy place to strike up great conversations with nice people from all over!

It's easy to call for a reservation before you go. All the restaurant's employees speak flawless English and are very nice.

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over rated - Edit

The location itself it's nice and people friendly. The food is really pricey and absolutely tasteless. Our main course was a bit of unsalted rice with some pieces of unsalted eggplant and few seitan cubes for 11.50€. Over rated.

Pros: location, friendly staff

Cons: expansive , small portions, tasteless

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good eats and good beer - Edit

This place is busy, so have a reservation or be willing to wait. Also a bit tricky to find. But most places are around these parts. Service is excellent and many different kinds of local Lisboa beers. If you are vegan it won't disappoint. I am vegan and was very happy.

Pros: craft beers , tasty food, good service

Cons: limited menu , difficult to find , reservation preferred

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Artful food! - Edit

We were a little freaked out trying to get there because Uber dropped us off in a walking only area because the streets were too small for cars. Don't be deterred. This place is worth the effort.

Pros: Eggplant, Mushroom pasta, Raw chocolate strawberry cake

Cons: convincing Camarons that I was a little afraid of, Finding the restaurant, Small place is probably better with a reservation.

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08/05/16 - Edit

This place is a hidden gem! Unfortunately, when we arrived (just after opening time) we discovered that the restaurant was already fully booked (this is always a good sign I guess), however this turned out to be a blessing as we were offered the opportunity to eat on the steps outside, sat on some mats with a purpose-made fold-up table to rest our food and drink on. And although it was a little chilly in early-May it was a lovely experience, matched by the friendly service and good food.

A couple of tips:

1. Book in advance
2. Sit outside (especially in the summer)
3. Make sure you have Google Maps on your phone!

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-08

Pros: Great atmosphere, Good food, Friendly staff

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Good food, not that many options on the menu - Edit

Although everything we tried was very tasty, the menu itself wasn't impressing at all. There was one soup, 3 starters, only one main dish and 3 desserts.
Secondly, we experienced quite bad service. In the beginning the waiter brought us soup by mistake and told us it was free. My boyfriend ate it but I didn't and informed the other waitress that we didn't even get the menu and didn't order the soup. They apologized, of course, but then brought bread and olives for my boyfriend who only ordered bread with olive oil. Afterwards we got charged for the soup as well as the olives. I have worked as a waitress myself and find it very unprofessional to charge clients for your own mistakes.
The place was also very small and packed only 30 minutes after opening, so if you go, definetely reserve a table beforehand.

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Excellent place! - Edit

This restaurant was great! Delicious food and a friendly staff. It gets crowded, so make sure to make a reservation. Looking forward to going back the next time I am in Lisbon!

Pros: Great food., Friendly staff.

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A hidden gem - Edit

Really happy to have discovered this charming little restaurant away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. The food was delicious (and also pretty special!) and the service was great. Even my non-vegan friend was impressed.

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Great spot - Edit

I came by on a wednesday night around 8pm and it was pretty packed. Luckily I had called ahead and go reserved for 2 spots in the shared table.
I ordered a soup which was good. Then the 3 tapas came which were incredible (1st: Black rice over a semi sweet coconut cream sauce with mangos on top, 2nd:Mushrooms with green and crunchy quinoa on top, 3rd: Pea puree with sundried tomato and leeks on top.
Main course which probably wasn't necessary. Was good but not as special as the tapas. It was white rice with a black bean, pumpkin and soy chunks.
The tapas were very well blended and innovative. WE ordered 3 desserts and it all came out to $50 euros.
I would suggest calling them when they open at 7:30 to reserve your spot.

Pros: taste, vegan, staff

Cons: busy

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An Amazing Experience - Edit

First, I have to start by saying that my experience at the food the Food Temple was unbelievable. My meal was well prepared/presented, fresh and inspired with the finest ingredients.

Second, the experience is unique. I have never dined in such an intimate space and been so close to the kitchen.
The staff was friendly and professional and intimate. The experience went beyond food and was something much more.

Third, after re-reading the reviews I began to wonder if it was perhaps time for the Food Temple to consider a larger more central space?

Fourth, I found the Food Temple really got me thinking about who would enjoy it and who would not.
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The only considerations I would like to add-

If you are on a tight budget and you are looking for large portions, this may not be your place.

Not easy to find. Extra preparation is needed.

Reservation Recommended.

Pros: Fresh, Inspired, Unique

Cons: Not easy on a tight budget, Hard to find, Small interior

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hidden gem - Edit

Food was so good, could not get enough of it. The staff felt like family and were very fun to talk to. I'm amazed we found the place as it was hidden in a court yard connected by ally's and small roads. Glad we took the time to come here!

Pros: worth the wait

Cons: took a while to get the menu due to how busy it wa

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One of the best vegan restaurants in Lisbon! - Edit

So many vegan restaurants in Lisbon now and I'm still returning here every time I go out to have dinner :)
Beautiful location, cozy restaurant, friendly staff and great variety and tasty food!
My non vegan friends love to come here and enjoy this kind of food so much, some are considering the option of becoming vegans too or at least eat less animal products :)
Keep up the good work! Can't wait to come back!

Pros: Beautiful location, cozy , great variety and tasty food

Cons: small place, better reserve a table on the busy da

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a-vegan-some! - Edit

totaly nice service, great food, reasonable prices, very cute place! would love to take it home with me!

Cons: a bit challenging to find

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Awesome - Edit

Best in town and a must go for everyone (meat eaters or vegetarians)

Pros: Unique amazing food and place

Cons: Evenings / reservation only

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Best vegan food in Lisbon - Edit

I came across The Food Temple by chance, bout ten minutes before de opening time. I decided to wait and grab something to eat, and it was a great experience. There were already some people waiting outside the door when I got there, and the place was packed minutes after it opened. So you should really get a reservation. The restaurant is really small and some tables are actually right beside yours (which is very common in Lisbon), it feels like walking into someone's living room to have dinner. The food was really fresh and the menu changes daily. Everything tasted great, but the gnocchi was something to die for. Absolutely amazing. Also, the staff was supper friendly.

Pros: Great Food, Friendly staff

Cons: The food is mainly Tapas (meaning small portions)

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beyond awesome - Edit

Such a great experience!

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modern and traditional - Edit

it was not that easy to get some dinner in the food temple, because it was so crowded every day!!!
Finally we got a reservation and enjoyed, just as we were recommended, the menu consisting of soup, different tapas and one main dish for two.
Everything tasted very, very good. The dishes are traditionally portugese inspired but of course in a vegan version.

Pros: great taste, portugese flavours, friendly, alternative atmosphere

Cons: a bit too crowded / too small

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You should go there! - Edit

I brought my whole (non-vegan) family and everyone loved the food. So many nice people and the atmosphere is the friendliest I have ever experienced. I cannot wait to be back in Lisboa to see what is on the menu next time!

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great vibe! - Edit

The food is neither amazing nor bland. The staff is incredible and the last time i went ther an italian couple was singing! Loved the environment!

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Go there now! - Edit

I highly recommend this restaurant!

The food was all delicious and interesting! Also i was glad it was not a buffet! (which a lot of the veggie friendly restaurants in Lisbon seem to be) It was small plates so i got a soup, tapas and and entree and a dessert. Everything was delicious, but especially the cranberry cake!

The location was small and laidback, but nonetheless quite lovely with a small plaza with stone steps outside.

The staff was very attentive & friendly! It was like hanging out in your friends' kitchen while they make you dinner!

I was left feeling like i wanted to both work at this restaurant, and be a customer again!

Stop reading this review and go to there.

Pros: food, ambiance, service

Cons: none

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Nice food and great atmosphere - Edit

Lovely little place tucked away in small streets. It serves tapas style food and has an open kitchen, so you can see exactly how your food is being prepared. Staff is super friendly and food is good. Excellent value for money and nice atmosphere. We had a black sesame cake with lemon custard as dessert and it was amazing! Would definitely come here again!

Pros: Vegan!, Nice vibe, Friendly staff

Cons: Very small, so make a reservation!

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