Vegan Vegan

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 13 reviews )

Rua Voluntários da Pátria, 402 B (at Botafogo neighborhood), Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Traditional Brazilian food made vegan and healthier. Has in-house-made vegan ice cream. Clean space. A 25-minute walk from the Botafogo metro station. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-3:30pm, Sat 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Category: Vegan, Western, Brazilian

Reviews (13)

First Review by philjdomm

Ginger ice cream - Edit

It's on the main street in Botafogo, which seems to be somewhat of a vegan centre in Rio. Note that despite the description here it could only be twenty-five minutes' walk from the metro station if you were winning a slow-walking competition: it is ten minutes. It's in quite a nice little annexe with a lot of windows, and felt pretty cosy and comfortable to eat in on my own. The food was nice but mostly not too exciting: unfortunately, Brazilian food is pretty bland so Brazilian vegan food is too. However, the ginger tofu-based ice cream was really delicious. I found the food in general pretty expensive for the amount I got. The staff hovered over me a bit too much for my liking but other people may prefer this attentiveness. I really appreciate the ultra-vegan name as so many businesses hedge theirs in order not to frighten off animal eaters.

Pros: All vegan

Cons: Rather expensive

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Delicious! - Edit

Really liked the plate of the day and the dessert tort that I got. Friendly service, fresh & delicious food, and a great experience overall.

Pros: All vegan, Friendly, Delicious desserts

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Food here was authentic, but nothing special - Edit

Very friendly staff here. This would be the place to come if you're looking for authentic Brazilian food made vegan and you're in the area, but it's nothing to travel out of your way for.

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i ate here looong ago and it was really boring - Edit

I can't say if it has improved now that being vegan is more common, but was one of the first veggie places is Rio and it was sooo boring. Back then being vegetarian meant that you loved salads and tofu and that's all... I hope it got better.

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GOOD good GOOD - Edit

I know this restaurant for quite some time now and the quality of food and service are always the same! very good. The service is super great compared to the miserable Rio service standards. Mains are different every day and you can choose the amount. the desserts are very good and the combinations of juices really interesting.

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A little bland - Edit

Yes, vegans strive to maintain good health, but we can also use some tasty treats now and then. :) For me, this place is a bit too much on the healthy side. The day's offerings (a tofu quiche and feijoada) tasted bland to me and my fiancé. I realize we come from the US where food is more spiced, but the meals were plain and seemed to be very health-conscious. On the other hand, if your options are either this or an omni place in Rio, I'd definitely go here, as it can be tough to explain your diet to unbeknownst Cariocas. :) It was also a very small portion for the price. If you're looking for vegan in Botafogo, head to Refeitorio Organico!

Pros: You don't need to explain what vegan is :)

Cons: Price is a bit steep, Bland flavors

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Nice vegan food with a very health-conscious feel - Edit

I had an excellent lunch here today, particularly enjoying the chickpea roulade stuffed with broccoli and almond sauce. I also felt that it was pretty good value for the portion size and quality of food, especially in Rio de Janeiro. However, I did think that, for the soup and the main course at least, the healthy food focus was taken a little too far and some of the food was a little bland. However, the chocolate mousse dessert was excellent and made up for almost everything.

Pros: Amazing dessert, Good value and quality food, Friendly and helpful staff

Cons: Starter and main course a little bland

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Nice space, but average food - Edit

If you are in the area and hungry this place could be ok for lunch. We personally can't see why you want to eat here when an all-you-can-eat organic buffet is in the same area though.

The ambience here is nice - very light and airy, in a space that feels like a renovated train carriage (but isn't). It's tastefully done out.

Service is all in Portugese. Menu is a choice of A plate or B plate. We ordered both and both were quite average but ok I guess. Lots of cooked food and beans, if that's your thing. Taste profiles reminded me of what was on the dinner plate when I was young in Australia.. which is not a compliment really ;)

In a city with so many organic options we were caught a bit off our guard when we noticed the soy sauce provided contained MSG. Health is obviously not of the highest priority here, but you can kind of tell that from the balance of the food offered anyway. Not terrible, just not optimal in terms of greens/veges/raw inclusions.

We probably won't be back.
Updated from previous review on Monday January 07, 2013

Pros: cheap, nice ambience, quick

Cons: not organic or MSG free, not so balanced, limited options

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Great food, clean place, friendly staff, vegan icecream with ginger..home made it...

Pros: great choice, tasty, healthy

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i have no idea what i ate, but it was delicious - Edit

This place is fantastic for traditional brazilian food made vegan. It is located on a tree lined street and is populated with friendly, smiling people. However, not one of these people speak a word of english or spanish (nor, we found, will knowing spanish help you translate the menu...), so be ready to communicate with hand signals and get something unexpected.

Luckily, everything ate was very good (and with a name like "Vegan Vegan," you can feel pretty confident that everything is, well, vegan). We went on a weekend and got one of each "plato del dia" options. Each was basically composed of a salad (either sprouts or collards), a main dish (either beans with tofu or some tortilla thing) and brown rice.

The deserts are all beautiful and taste amazing. Probably the highlight of the meal!

Make sure to be in a walking mood because this place is a 20 to 25 minute walk from the Botafogo metro stop.

Pros: all vegan , traditional , awesome name

Cons: hard to communicate , pretty far from metro

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good brazilian food, friendly staff - Edit

The staff was very nice. It seems to be a true vegan place for the best reasons. Most places in Rio seem to be vegan or vegetarian just because it's healthy.
The food was good, but nothing to write home about.

Pros: vegan, friendly staff

1 Response

Jeffrey 02 Nov 2009 - Hi Ieve, I liked your review. It is tough to find great vegan food in Brazil I think, so settling for just ok will have to do.  

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great place to get vegan Brazilian food - Edit

As a vegan activist, how could I not check out a restaurant with this name? It was a very quaint little spot to have lunch. Most of all, I was thrilled to be able to try the Brazilian specialty, feijoada, a smoky rice and beans dish, sprinkled with ground manioc and served with greens. My husband had the only other meal option (you choose between two meals, and you choose between two portion sizes), which was a sort of tropicalized stroganoff. While it didn't taste like any stroganoff I've ever had, it was pleasant,and it had manioc chunks, which were mmm-mmm good. For dessert we chose two banana dishes: one in a cup with dates, and one in a cake form, with cashews. All in all, a welcome, satisfying, and, most importantly, Brazilian vegan meal.

Pros: Brazilian food!, tasty, healthy

Cons: staff speaks no English

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i think this was it...AWESOME - Edit

sooo yummy. never thought a meat-eating brazil can leave little space for us vegans! the staff were soo nice due to our language barrier he took me to the back and showed me their cooking. he offered a cooking lesson!

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