The best vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon
António Borges, the owner of Graça 77, speaks six languages, travelled around more than 50 countries in 10 years, and was once a Krishna monk. He settled down in Graça to open this vegan restaurant at the start of the year. There’s Sunday brunch (€8.50 or €16, depending on the portion), with vegan pancakes, daily specials and desserts.
At Catarina Gonçalves’ restaurant (who was already known for opening the vegetarian venue Nomalism in Campo de Ourique, now defunct), you will find beetroot or lentil hamburgers (€7.50), bifanas made with thyme and lemon seitan (€5) and toasties made with bolo do caco (Madeira’s famous bread) and vegan cheese (€6). Don’t leave before biting into the raw dried fruit tart, which is sugar-free and sweetened with dates and agave syrup (€4.50).
When Ceri, the Canadian owner of Eight – The Health Lounge, was little, she liked to stay inside her house, cooking instead of going to school. Many years later, she created the menu for this vegan lounge on Praça da Figueira, with a matching shop on the first floor. “I wanted the menu to include fast-food items - smoothies, bowls, toasties - but very nutritious,” she says, so she filled the menu with smoothies, wellness shots, panini, salads, energy balls and sweet snacks without sugar or honey - only fruit.
It’s one of those places you start missing as soon as you walk out the door. The service is friendly, the food is good (with a menu made exclusively of non-animal products), the atmosphere is welcoming and the prices affordable. The owners are Caroline, a German cook/yoga teacher, and Lisa, a Dutch citizen who moved to Lisbon a little more than a year ago. On the top floor, there are avocado- pineapple toasties (€2.50), homemade vegan nut cheeses (€4.50 and €9), hearty dishes at lunch time, and banana- cinnamon ice cream for dessert (€3.50). On the ground floor, there are yoga classes.
It’s impossible to walk past Os Tibetanos without peeking inside – either the scent or the colourful flags will draw you in. Inside, you will find a very peaceful hall that serves world-inspired cuisine, 100% vegetarian. That means Indian papadoms, Nepalese momos, Tibetan spinach and cheese pastries, curries, pastas, salads and even tofu and seitan steaks, all famous around Lisbon.
This is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in the city, in business for 15 years. It’s vegetarian, not vegan, but also has a varied vegan offering signalled on the menu. The garden, with its waterfall and pond, home of ducks, turtles and carps, was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama and also has a kids playground and a garden with plants and aromatic herbs. Yasser Saiyad, the chef, prepares Indian, Thai and Italian-influenced daily dishes. Mango ceviches, vegetable samosas, cheese, honey and nut roti, feta or chickpea falafel salads, sweet and sour aubergine, seitan “meatballs” and panna cotta with pistachio pralines for a perfect last touch.
Vegetarian, but very vegan- friendly. In fact, the large majority of the menu is vegan. Lentil soup, tofu and pea curries, seitan tandooris, carrot stew with harissa, asparagus and banana lasagne for dessert. If you’re looking for a special experience, book a zen dinner. You’ll be welcomed with a massage, followed by a meal for two (€130).
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