Plaza de la Merced, 21
(near Picasso’s birthplace)
Endive with hummus €3.90; roast peppers and baby artichokes €4.80/€6.10; croquettes €5.40/€8.70; potatoes with slightly spiced salsa or patatas bravas €3.70; gazpacho or organic garlic and almond soup (both served cold) €3.50-€3.70.
Mixed salad with lettuce tomato, aspargus, olives, onions, carrots and sweetcorn; yogurt salad with carrot, apple, walnuts, currants, pineapple and yogurt; Canadu salad with lettuce, sweetcorn, tofu, pineapple, sprouts and Canadu sauce; Greek salad; or tropical salad with various fruits and avocado and pink sauce (that makes me heave). Salads cost between €4.80 and €8.10 depending on your choice and size. Small portions are aimed at one, larger at two people sharing. What I’ve noticed about salads in Spain is that they are complementary – and therefore not really considered a full meal by or in itself. Except the wonderful salad algas at La Tastaolette in Valencia (best salad in Spain award 2012).
There are soups for €3.50 including cream of vegetable or a thick chickpea, mushroom and almond soup.
There are a bunch of pasta and rice dishes such as ravioli with four cheese sauce; spag bol with soya mince;’ vegetable lasagne and organic rice risotto with asparagus, mushrooms and cheese.
Specialities are mousakka, scrambled eggs with broad beans, wild garlic, and sundried tomatoes; soya ‘meat’balls with tomato sauce and potatoes; Moroccan tacos with couscous or wholewheat rice; veggie burger and fries, or stuffed eggplant with mushrooms, nuts, béchamel sauce and wholewheat rice. Main dishes cost beween €6.80 and €8.90.
The quality of the salad I had was poor but the portion was massive although most of it was one type of lettuce.
The dessert menu is large with a choice of yogurt cake, yogurt canadu (with sugarcane, honey, walnuts and almond); cheese cake, caramel-cream coconut cake, tiramisu and various other options. They cost from €2.
There are a range of teas from 2.10. Such as ginseng, winter tea (in winter) digestive tea, green tea (Moroccan style with mint and sugar or fructose), jasmine, earl grey, Assam, ginseng and Pakistani tea which is spiced and served with milk.
The ambiance is poor. Too brightly lit and not much thought has been given to the décor. Pine tables and chairs and orange marble-effect walls. There is a terrace – making it hairy progeny-friendly and at night this is cute and lit by candles – a far nicer prospect than the interior.
I recommend avoiding the salads and going for something more hefty, unless you are a raw foodie and you have no choice. The prices are very respectable compared to other vegetarian restaurants I’ve seen in Spain and this could be reflected in the quality of the food and the surroundings.
The service is slightly abrupt and came without smiles.
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