Those who know at least a little of Portuguese cuisine know the importance of fish and pork for most traditional dishes in the country. For this reason, vegetarians and vegans have a hard time finding good restaurants. Still, Lisbon has great places for those who follow this type of food.
I confess that I would like to try vegetarian readings of typical Portuguese dishes, but most restaurants end up following a more international and “standard” line of vegetarian / vegan meals. Despite this, most of the menus have touches of creativity and innovation that make all the difference!
AO 26 Vegan Food Project
Some say that the AO 26 Vegan Food Project is the best vegetarian restaurant in Lisbon. The decor of the place is very modern and with a clean appearance, and the open kitchen makes you feel part of the preparation of the dishes. In addition, anyone who likes to follow the process of assembling the food will love watching the work of the cooks.
Their menu is very diverse, with lunch and dinner having different menus. For lunch, for example, you will find some options for salads and vegetarian burgers. At night, the options are more limited. One of them, for example, is the dish “Cogumelos à Bulhão Pato”. It is a reinterpretation of a traditional Portuguese dish made with clams, which in this case were replaced by the mushroom. Very interesting, right?
With both vegetarian and vegan options, PSI brings together different cuisines. The house dishes, in addition to Lusitanian cuisine, are also influenced by the cuisine of India, Thailand, North Africa and Italy. The local dishes are praised mainly for the seasoning and the use of ingredients that are always fresh and tasty.
For you to know a little of the menu, I will mention some of the main dishes! One of the most requested is the house seitan, served with vegetables of the day, homemade cream sauce recipe, basmati rice and a salad. In the case of vegetarians, they substitute the cream sauce for a soy sauce option. Another amazing dish is curd and spinach canelloni ?
The Food Temple
Despite being a very small restaurant, The Food Temple is super known by the residents of Lisbon who are vegetarian / vegan. They don’t always have enough seats, so some people end up eating on a staircase that is right in front of the restaurant, like a street food cart, you know?
Their menu usually varies a lot, so what I talk about here may not be available the day you go to the place. One of the options that is usually on the menu is the millet puree with mushrooms and roasted pepper sauce. Most of the dishes are totally vegan, so this is a good place for those who do not eat anything of animal origin.
The decor of Graça 77 is charming, a mixture of industrial elements with vintage touches that leave the environment beautiful. Their food is also great, with a variety of salads, wraps and sandwiches. The menu usually has at least a choice of pasta and a dish that even looks like a vegan feijoada!
Chef António Borges seeks to offer customers homemade food without meat or animal products for all meals of the day. If you want to have brunch, for example, you can order vegan pancakes, homemade granolas and baskets with fresh breads, accompanied by delicious scrambled eggs.
Backyard of Santo Amaro
Another incredible vegetarian corner in Lisbon is the Quintal de Santo Amaro. It is a super cozy cafe and the menu always has healthy options, be it salads, soups or toast. Many people usually go to him to pick up lunch boxes, made especially for the trip. Still they have tables for those who want to eat there.
Almost all dishes on the menu are vegan, so be sure to add this restaurant to your itinerary if you want to have a completely vegan meal. The menu changes daily, always being creative. The mixture of flavors and textures created by the local chefs are some of the strengths of the coffee, as in the dish of wild rice, falafel, cucumber sauce with mint, pumpkin in the oven, almonds and salad with pomegranate.
Foodprintz’s ambience is very simple and minimalist, combining a lot with what is served on the menu. The restaurant works with seasonal and local products, so the menu changes regularly. Few dishes have any animal products, and almost everything on the menu aims to be as healthy as possible.
For those who want to try vegan cheese, for example, they serve some options made with nuts that are always praised. Another option is the coconut and pumpkin curry, served with chopped almonds to give a different texture to the dish.
Although some dishes on the menu are made with fish, Pachamama could not be left out of the list. It is one of the first restaurants in Lisbon to use organic food. That is, ingredients that were grown without any use of pesticides. They are also concerned with using seasonal fruits and vegetables, bringing even more freshness to the dishes.
Their menu changes regularly, mainly because of the use of seasonal products. One of the options that often appears is the pumpkin risotto and the vegetable falafel with tabouleh, which is a very common type of salad in Lebanon!
Like Pachamama, Organi Chiado works only with organic ingredients. The difference of the place is a menu with a more refined footprint, being that both the savory dishes as well as the house desserts are very well evaluated. As they work with seasonal products, the chef is always trying to be as creative as possible when choosing food and assembling dishes.
Some menu options have fish and red meat, but nothing that affects the vegetarian part of the restaurant. Among the vegetarian options are the lentil curry, brown rice served with vegetables and egg and also the vegan hamburger, made with mushrooms and lentils, accompanied by roasted sweet potatoes and salad.
Miss Saigon’s proposal and the universalization of veganism and vegetarianism. For this reason, their cuisine arises from the union of cuisines from the West and the East. Chef Cláudia Salú creates multicultural dishes, using organic and seasonal ingredients. In addition, it also offers gluten-free options, which are usually very tasty.
Creativity is always present in the dishes, such as the tofu moqueca with grated pumpkin beans and the seitan kebab with vegetables and celery vinaigrette. If you enjoy trying different dishes without fear, be sure to try at least one of the options on Miss Saigon’s menu ?
Last but not least, a great choice of place to eat delicious and vegan desserts. Veganeats Caffe makes sweets without animal products, completely cruelty-free. Although they serve some savory dishes, such as breads and salads, their focus is on sweets.
Their chocolate cake is undoubtedly one of the most praised desserts. The salted peanuts on the cake make all the difference to the flavor. In addition to it, you can order take-out muffins or a flavored molasses cake. One of my favorite options is the pineapple cake with salted caramel!
As you have noticed, it is impossible not to find delicious foods in Lisbon! These are just a few of the city’s vegetarian and vegan options, so I made this selection with some of the best rated places to share with you ?