If you enter Vega, you'll leave a vegan. Ethical questions aside, there's no more convincing argument to change your diet than this restaurant that opened in early 2015. Here they get right to the point, directly to your stomach. In Madrid there aren't many vegan restaurants, but among those that do exist, Vega is the brightest star in city's vegan universe.
And it's not just us saying it – we hear the words of the clientele (and we second them) praising the home-made bread, irrefutable proof that there are passionate and skilled professionals in the kitchen, people who care about what they do, who are committed and only accept the best. You can also see that commitment in the two lunchtime seatings offered at weekends to respond to the high demand.
You'll usually find Vega crowded and bustling but comfortable and friendly. The interior features a mix of ochre tones and colourful tiles, high ceilings, unpolished walls, high and low tables filled with thirtysomethings, all kinds of couples, and their fare share of visitors to the city. One of the waiters, who confesses he's omnivorous, says he's excited by the creations that come out of the kitchen (a kitchen which, by the way, is visible from the dining room).
They work with organic raw materials, local or fair trade products, and everything is home-made. There is a lot of work that goes into it, because 'simple' is not synonymous with 'easy' nor 'succulent', and they've got their prepartion down and have come up with a balanced and appealing menu, where hints of Asian and Arab cuisine live in harmony with Mediterranean flavours.
Half a dozen main courses (we tried a very tasty tofu burger and a well-executed vegetable curry), various types of tapas, soups and salads, and an attractive handful of desserts (we had a hard time deciding, but opted for their roasted pear with a delicious yoghurt foam made with soy). Behind the bar they put an emphasis on craft beers (better-known varieties such as La Virgen and Cibeles, as well as an outstanding Segovian Veer), and some good natural wines (both young and crianza).
If you're vegan in Madrid, from now on you've got a place to put a smile on your face. If you like eating healthy food or you're just around the area, stop in and get to know the place and its people. You can also head over between meals to have a snack or a piece of cake. You'll meet happy people who want to make other people happy. We'll be back for sure, since we left without trying their Vega sauce, as well as other menu items we saved for the next time.
|Opening hours:||Mon, Tue 1pm-1am; Wed closed; Thu-Sun 1pm-1am|
|Transport:||Callao (M: L3, L5)|