Restaurante Vegetariano – Bilbao

Alameda de Urquijo 33,

I love the fact that this place is called ‘vegetarian restaurant’ in Spanish. It makes me laugh until I fart spirulina and alfalfa into my pants.  (That never happened. Well, only once.) It certainly does exactly what it says on the tin, which is somewhat commendable.

Restaurante Vegetariano is a comfortable typically Spanish looking place arranged over two levels that gets very industrious at peak times when it seems to be hugely popular – possibly as there only appear to be two restaurants serving exclusively vegetarian fodder in the entire darn city. What is this? Europe?

Retaurante Vegetariano is old fashioned and serves largely unadventurous but agreeable vegetarian standards. The menu del dia consists of a small (slightly bland) salad, an equally small (and commensurately bland) soup, a large choice of main dishes and a dessert. This costs approximately €13 and includes bread.

Whilst Restaurante Vegetariano might lose feathers in its cap when it comes to originality, it certainly gains them when it comes to choice. The menu is vast and contains a load of options that are suitable for vegans.

The staff are very friendly and ooze Basque character, providing a relaxed and amicable spot to eat lunch.

There are lots of salad options for raw foody vegans and the generally health conscious and they staff are massively happy to adjust an ingredient here or there if you want to personalise your dish.

Cooked food is served hot and tastes fresh and fairly tasty. Portion sizes are good. Hectic at peak times.

No alcohol is served here, so should you exhibit alcoholic tendencies, they are best alleviated elsewhere once you have eaten.

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