All posts tagged: vegetarian restaurant

#221 Lovely dinner at The Gate (Islington), London

restaurant review #221 – The Gate is vegetarian restaurant in London. Actually there are already three The Gate restaurants in London (Islington, Marylebone, Hammersmith), and in March 2019 a fourth one will open (St. John’s Wood). We had already been to the one at Marylebone (see review here), so this time we went to the one in Islington. This was during our stay in London for VegfestUK, in the Fall of 2018 (see post here). The Gate at Islington is a spacious place, and nicely renovated. A combination of old and new. There’s a restaurant room at ground level, and a room in the back which is up a few steps. I had made a reservation online, and we were warmly welcomed and took place in the ground floor restaurant room, with a view at the bar. Everything on the menu at the Gate is vegan, except for the non-vegan options labelled as such (NV = not vegan). We had a lovely dinner. Mezze platter (£22) to share as a starter. Mushroom risotto (£16) and …

#207 Nice dinner in a relaxed decor, Het Strand, Louvain

restaurant review #207 – Het Strand (‘the beach’) is a vegetarian restaurant in the city center of Leuven (Louvain, near Brussels). We were here for dinner during the Summer. We didn’t make a reservation as the restaurant only takes reservations for parties of six and more. We had to search a little bit, because the restaurant is located in a brand new complex (with cinema etc). Luckily, there were still plenty of free tables (we were there quite early, the place soon filled up though). Het Strand is a spacious modern place, everything is brand new. An enjoyable atmosphere, although quite uncomfy (hard!) schoollike wooden chairs. Lunch and dinner options are noted on the large chalkboards in the back. Most options seemed vegan, although that was not noted on the chalkboard. So to us, it was unclear whether everything was vegan or not. We asked the waiter, and he said he would check to be sure with the kitchen staff. The walnut spread with onions was unfortunately sold out. This is what we had for dinner: cauliflower …

#204 Light vegan lunch at organic vegetarian resto Imagine, Middelburg (NL)

restaurant review #204 – Imagine is an organic vegetarian restaurant in the city center of Middelburg (NL). We were here in the Summer of 2018, and had lunch on the terrace. It was a blooming hot day, and we were happy to take a seat under the big umbrellas on the large terrace in front, offering shade, with a nice view on the church. The lunch menu at Imagine is mainly snack items, like paninis and wraps. Vegan options are clearly indicated on the menu. There is also a small shop area inside, with nuts and seeds etc in dispensers (waste free). We ordered a vegan toasti with pesto, mushrooms, parsley and walnut (5,8€) and a wrap with cannelini spread, mushrooms, peanut, crunched onion and pickled red onion (8,5€). The food combinations were a bit odd and felt strange to our taste buds. Not really our cup of tea. There were several vegan cakes and pies on offer. We had a piece of strawberry and a piece of banana cake, and an ice coffee, which were …

#200 Nice dinner at vegetarian resto De Brugsche Tafel, Bruges (2)

restaurant review #200 – Wow, time flies! When I started this blog at the end of 2013, I could never have imagined that I would one day publish restaurant review number 200 🙂  In those five years, the vegan scene in Bruges and Flanders and Belgium, has changed quite a lot! While there were only a handful of restaurants that served vegan options in 2013, the list with places in Bruges where one can now enjoy a vegan breakfast, lunch or dinner is steadily growing (list outside Bruges, see here).  There’s of course still a lot of progress to be made, and many places remain very traditional and oldskool, but still, there is change and hope! Restaurant De Brugsche Tafel, in the city center is a great example of that evolution. This traditional family restaurant, run by Pol and Charlotte, used to serve the local classics: stew, mussles, steak. At the end of 2017 they added some vegan options to the menu. And only a couple of months later, in June 2018, the restaurant went …

#199 Nice vegan lunch from the buffet at Tibits, London

restaurant review #199 – Tibits is an international vegetarian restaurant chain. There are several locations in Switzerland, and also two restaurants in London (in Soho and near Waterloo station). We went to the one on Bankside (Waterloo station) a couple of months ago, for lunch. Tibits offers a buffet, where you can choose yourself, and one pays at the counter (where you also get your drinks). Price is per weight of food on your plate. The buffet was quite varied, and the vegan options are clearly labelled (seemed that most of the buffet was vegan). Lots of choice! There’s also a buffet with several vegan desserts. We had a vegan raspberry pie and a chocolate and pear cake. Delicious! I don’t remember the exact prices, but it was somewhat on the expensive side though (it is the city centre of London afterall). There was a relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of space inside the restaurant. Not crammed together like we have encountered at many other London restaurants. There’s also a nice veranda room at the back, which is bright …

#190 Pizza and crema Catalana at Vegetalia Born, Barcelona

restaurant review #190  – Vegetalia is a vegetarian restaurant in the city center of Barcelona, with several locations in the city (Gotico, Raval, Born).  We went to the one in Born, in the historic city center of Barcelona. Vegetalia Born is at the corner of a square at the Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, and sitting at the window, we had a nice view on the square. This review is from a visit a couple of months ago, during our short trip to Barcelona (More reviews of Barcelona HERE). We arrived here a bit after lunch time. Vegatalia Born is a busy place, but there were some empty tables. There was a mixed public of young and old, and I think a lot of visitors were locals (not tourists). Vegan options are indicated on the menu. There are also fresh juices available. We were served some egg plant (free appetizer). We had a glass of wine (3,50€) and juice (4,20€) and some olives (2,60€). We ordered a vegan pizza (9,50€) and the catalan creme, …

#187 Delicious dinner at vegetarian restaurant Rasoterra, Barcelona

restaurant review #187 – Rasoterra is a vegetarian restaurant in the old city center of Barcelona (More reviews of Barcelona HERE). It often pops up as one of the best places to go dining on vegan or vegetarian lists of Barcelona – or even the world! So we really wanted to visit Rasoterra. I made a reservation when we passed by the day before, which was absolutely necessary, as many other patrons were turned away during the evening we were there. We could choose between a menu, or choose our dishes seperately. The waiter informed us that the dishes are more tapas style, and suggested we order several smaller dishes, which were to share. A great idea! That way, one gets to taste more dishes than just a main course. There’s more variety. This is what we had for dinner (this came down to 61€ for 6 courses, shared by two persons, or 30,5€ per person, which we found very reasonable!) Free hummus appetizer Croquettes with spinach (8€) Trinxat potatoes (8€) Autumn: sweet and purple potato and …

#181 Vegan dinner at Teresa Carles, Barcelona

restaurant review #181 – Teresea Carles is a vegetarian restaurant in the city center of Barcelona. We went here for dinner a couple of months ago. Teresa Carles has several locations (not all vegetarian), and sell several products under the name (Teresa Carles olive oil, juices, ..) so it is more than just a restaurant, but a ‘brand’. I had made a reservation online, and we were seated at a table with my name card present (see photo). On one side seating was a large bench, on the other side a wooden chair (both not so comfortable). There are several juices available. I had the vegan vampire juice (5,95€) and it came bottled (you can also buy it at the front of the restaurant, to take away). Water was 1,95€. Vegan options are clearly indicated on the menu. This is what we ordered for dinner (both main dishes were specials of the month). We shared the bruchette as an appetizer. Bruchetta with ‘tuna’ (7,95€) Freak & Do: seitan with fricando sauce (12,50€) Popeye lasagne: spinach, pumkin …

#179 Nice dinner at vegetarian restaurant Farmacy, London

restaurant review #179 – Farmacy is a vegetarian restaurant on the north side of Hyde Park. We had already passed by Farmacy during our Summer visit to London in 2017, but then we had already eaten at nearby restaurant Redemption. Farmacy has a no reservations policy, which I find very unfortunate. I often avoid going to restaurants with a no-reservation policy, as I have mobility issues (sometimes use a wheelchair). When dining out, I will always try to make a reservation, as I want to be sure I will have a spot. It is not so easy to navigate in a fully packed restaurant. And if one is met with a long queue and not sure how long it will last, it is for me also not always possible to decide last minute to go somewhere else (especially if vegan options in that region are not so abundant). We took our chances and went for an early dinner, and luckily, were one of the firsts in the restaurant. Farmacy is a nice place. It has a …

#167 Nice vegan lunch at the harbour, The Green Spot, Barcelona

restaurant review #167 – The Green Spot is a vegetarian restaurant in the city center of Barcelona. It is located near the harbour, also not far from the Catalunyan Parliament (in the Parc de la Ciutadella). (More reviews of Barcelona HERE). The restaurants covers the whole downstairs area of the building and there are entrances both at the Carrerde la Reina Christina and the Pas de Sota Muralla. I had made an online reservation for lunch, which turned out to be really necessary, as the restaurant soon was filled with guests for lunch. We sat at the window, with a partial view at the harbour. The restaurant area is a spacious bright room, nicely decorated, with wood like colours dominanting the atmosphere. Seatings were comfortable. Vegan options are clearly indicated on menu. This is what we had for lunch: Muhamara (6,50€) red pepper dip with walnuts, served with pita bread and celery Edame beans with chili 7,50€. The edame beans were ‘fingerfood’ and a bit unhandy and messy to eat (since they were covered in …