Portugal has a huge variety of food options but what about the people who don’t eat meat?
One would be surprised at all the vegetarian options available out there, even though one of the most typical dishes on the Island is made with beef ‘espetada’ you’ll also find in a typical Madeiran Restaurant, fried corn cubes, sweet potatoes/potatoes, rice, mixed vegetables, tomato and onion soup, salads, bolo do caco and of course, delicious fresh fruits.
Lupins, olives and peanuts are a also a typical treat served with drinks in any bar or restaurant.
Below we have listed 10 Vegetarian-friendly Restaurants for you to try out:
With a beautiful sea view balcony with aromatic herbs and flowers, you couldn’t be in better company.Roberto and Luis will prepare you excellent meals, not only vegetarian but also vegan, or even catering to specific requests, like gluten or dairy free meals. The menu includes amongst others, Papaya and Madeira wine risotto, Avocado and tamarillo salad with a hot chilly sauce, stuffed sweet pepper with wild rice and sauteed vegetables and Sun dried tomato risotto.
- Mania da Cozinha
One of the favorites amongst locals is Kitchen mania. Grácia is the lady that started this restaurant 15 years ago in Funchal, as she herself experienced food allergies and felt the need to cook special food for special people. Their vegetarian options include vegetarian lasagna, cuscus with vegetable and vegetarian burgers.
- Happy Burger
The name is not the most appealing to vegetarians but they provide amazing vegetarian dishes, plus the prices are low budget.It’s a very tiny restaurant in the center of Funchal, especially because it’s full of locals at lunch time, looking for tasty, home made food.
Try dishes like the vegetarian lasagna, the vegetarian pies and the tofu desserts. You can also order fresh juices.
Istanbul is all about turkish food, offering a rich sensory experience. The colors, the smell and the taste is unforgettable.They have a vegetarian menu where for starters they serve Falafels and aubergine stacks, as mains roasted bell peppers, and Halloumi cheese salad.
This was one of the first Vegetarian options to exist in Madeira. They don’t only serve vegetarian meals but they also sell all kinds of vegetarian goods.It is located next to the Sé Cathedral. On the top floor is the shop/groceries store and on the ground floor the restaurant.
- Indian House
In Indian gastronomy, you’ll always find many veggie options. It’s not expensive and has a nice atmosphere. Try the cauliflower or the spinach with rice and popadoms.
- SHU AKA
Shu aka serves a lunch menu and a tasting menu for dinner with vegetarian and vegan options.
- GiGi Sumos
Originally from Brazil, they serve great vegetarian and vegan wraps and fresh smoothies. Located in the old part of Funchal, you can sit outside, get some sunshine, listen to some music and enjoy an healthy meal.
This recently opened restaurant is part of the beautiful Castanheiro Boutique Hotel. Their vegetarian dishes include tofu burger with mushrooms accompanied with sweet potato toothpick or courgette stuffed with Mediterranean salad pesto and walnuts.
- Ayurveda Center by Birgit Moukom
Located in Caniço de baixo, this Ayurveda Cure Center has a restaurant which serves Vegetarian and Vegan meals following the traditional Ayurveda medicine and philosophy of life.
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