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Yemaya

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Avenida Manuel Gallardo (at /next to Church of El Carmen), Santa Tecla, El Salvador, 1023 CW

Serves meat, vegan options available. Yemaya offers organic, vegetarian and vegan dishes including pasta and desserts, combining foods from different regions. Flavorful large dishes costing 6 dollars on average, pleasant and friendly staff, clean, decorated and spacious set-up. They also always have exhibitions of paintings and photos from local artists. Open Tue-Fri 12:00pm-3:00pm, Tue-Thu 6:00pm-10:00pm, Fri 6:00pm-11:00pm, Sat 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-4:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, International, Organic, Western, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Middle Eastern, Non-veg

Reviews (3)

First Review by westcornersville

"Gourmet veggie," rather pricey. - Edit

When you compare pricing in this restaurant to others, the prices here are a bit steep. The portions, I thought, were a bit small for what we were paying. This is probably due to its location, which has become a high-demand area. The food, however, was delicious and very "gourmet," in my opinion.

There is great variety in the menu which is good when you want to go out with your non-vegetarian friends and they're not entirely fond of tofu!

The ambience of the restaurant is very calm and nice, if you don't mind the heat. It was a very hot, windless day when we ate here but the place was beautiful nonetheless.

Definitely a must-see, but make sure you're okay with spending over $10 per person.

Pros: Variety, Great food quality, Good environment

Cons: Small portions, Pricey


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Pretty Good Place - Edit

The previous person wrote a good review--easily half the menu items are vegan, including a cream of mushroom soup with cashew milk and several tofu and gluten dishes. A lot of dishes have mushrooms (including oyster, portabella, etc.). They also have beer, wine and cocktails. Prices have gone up a bit since the last reviewer posted them--entrees are mostly $7-12 with appetizers averaging around $5. It's quite roomy inside with seating on the porch in back as well. Very clean and nice ambiance (lots of artwork on the walls).

Pros: good food, good ambiance, lots of mushroom dishes

Cons: some meat on the menu, apparent recent price hikes


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One of a kind in El Salvador - Edit

As far as I know, there is no other restaurant in the country with such a wide selection of vegan/ovo-lacto options. I have gone twice now, both times I was the only veggie in the group. The first time I went with one guy that was quite skeptical. He ended up ordering a raw vegan sandwich (The Bright Balance). He was surprised by how rich and flavorful it was. I also got the Bright Balance... it is a sandwich with cucumber for bread, filled with fresh veggies, and topped with a seed cheeze. Simply incredible.

The Menu:
They do have poultry and seafood on the menu, but it only makes up about 15% of the menu. I would say that about 50% is vegan, and the remaining 35% ovo-lacto. I have also gotten the raw vegan soup (strangely hot but delicious), the oyster mushroom entree (very savory and well-seasoned), and the Steak Ita (a seasoned piece of tofu steak, pretty good, but nothing like the Bright Balance). They have kombucha on the menu, but they were all out both times I went.

The Location:
The restaurant is located in a fairly nice neighborhood that seems pretty safe. It is less than a block from Iglesia Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. So, if you find the biggest cathedral in Santa Tecla just go half a block north.

The atmosphere:
The restaurant is very nicely decorated. They display works from local artists, and have live music about once a week (normally Wednesdays). I guess that they are expanding in the building next door quite soon, so expect the seating area to be a lot larger soon.

Service:
Both times that I have gone we have had multiple waiters, but somehow they seem to communicate with each other well. The service has been pretty much impeccable. Everyone is really friendly, and the food seems to come pretty quickly.

Price:
For El Salvador it is priced about the same as most indoor sit down restaurants, which is pretty amazing considering that a lot of their ingredients are organic and fair-trade. Entrees are between $5-$9 I believe. Appetizers are about $3.

Overall, Yemaya is the best place to eat [for vegans] in El Salvador as far as I am concerned. I always put dairy, eggs, and/or meat in the cons ... but, I don't know if they would be able to provide the service that they are providing without offering these options. Vegetarianism isn't even understood by most Salvadorans.

Pros: Menu, Service, Price

Cons: Meat, Dairy, Eggs


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