Vegetarian in Lisbon – MegaVega Review

Azulejo 14If you’re a strict vegetarian or vegan you might find that Lisbon is not one of the easiest places to eat out. Most menus are full of the nation’s favourites which means lots of fish and meat. However, over the past few years, several establishments have opened which means you’ll far from starve.

As my travelling companion was vegan I made a list of places we could potentially go for food, one of which was MegaVega.

Finding it was the first hurdle, tucked away off Rua dos Sapateiros we managed to walk past it twice before finally the wind blew in the right direct and we smelt food.

Inside the decor is quite sparse – minimalist I guess would be the best term to use. There are bright pictures of healthy food and a variety of menus over the main counter. Everywhere is extremely clean. At first glance I wasn’t too sure how it all worked but it turned out that there are a variety of set options at a range of prices. The food is laid out under glass right along the counter like a buffet.

The next main hurdle was figuring out what was vegan and what was vegetarian. Note that it isn’t strictly veggie so make sure you have learned the words and phrases you might need to determine whether what catches your eye is suitable for your diet. I’m planning a future post on this. My sense was that although vegan food was served, veganism is an extremely new concept.

As we were ravenous from our Lisbon wanderings, we plumped for the €8.50 menu which included a main, 3 vegetable or salad servings, a desert and a huge glass of fresh juice. I’m a bit of a salad girl myself but there was both hot and cold dishes available.

The food was delicious. I chose a wrap that contained a gorgeous rice and vegetable centre plus 3 salads. One general green salad, a bean salad and a red salad similar to colslew with beetroot, red cabbage and seeds. It was all tasty, satisfying and obviously made fresh that morning. Desert was a tempting sweet mango compote. I believe there may have been a hint of peach and apple in there too and it was decorated with cinnomon stick. The juice was carrot and apple – not one of my favourites but again very fresh and using good quality ingredients.

The food was certainly excellent and good value as the portions were generous. We had to walk a good few hours after that before we needed to even think about supper. Personally I felt the only thing lacking was atmosphere. It feels quite austere with it’s bright lime green walls and light wood furniture. I tend to prefer a cosier environment where I can relax and watch the world go by.

All in all however, if you are looking for a good vegetarian place to eat in Lisbon I would definately recommend this as a quick lunchtime stop.

Address
Rua dos Sapateiros, 113, Baixa/Downtown, Phone: 21 346 8063
Opening Hours
Mon – Fri 8.30-23.00; Sat 10.00-23.00. Closed on Sundays.


6 comments for “Vegetarian in Lisbon – MegaVega Review

  1. Ubi Rhodes-Malin
    September 10, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Hi Lily!

    I like what you write!!! I’m in love with Portugal & everything Portuguese myself.

    A friend of mine is a vegetarian and is going to Lisbon. I have read your article and you mentioned that there is review in Portuguese and that one can click on ‘ver fotos’ to see pictures of the inside of Mega Vega and of a selection of foods they serve, but I can’t see any link available to see the photos.

    Has something changed on their web page?

    Thanks for your help!

    Ubi

  2. Lily
    September 10, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Obrigada Ubi 🙂
    I have checked the link and yes it seems as though they have removed the photo’s. I can’t find any more at the moment.
    Your friend might also like the following places too
    Terra Restaurante (very famous)
    Jardim dos Sentidos
    Oriente
    Tibetanos

    Let me know if you need more details and I’ll get them for you – I may just write an article on this subject anyway 🙂

  3. Ubi
    September 19, 2007 at 7:18 am

    Thanks!

    I tied to send you a comment, but ‘WordPress’ said it detected a duplication of my message!

    Don’t know how since I hadn’t sent anything yet! :o(

    So I’m going to try and send it to you here. So here goes:

    Good morning Lily!

    I have to say, this is one of the only places on the Internet that I keep on coming back to and see what you have new, to share with all who love Lisbon and Portugal in general!

    Mine is quite a long story and who knows, I might start a blog to tell it all and add, as you do, what happens to me from now on.

    I am referring to Lisbon and to so many different occurrences in connection with Portugal.

    Thank you for your stories, articles, observations, anecdotes and everything else you add to your blog!

    Kindest regards,

    Ubi

  4. foodieguide
    October 2, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Lily

    Thanks for visiting my site. This is great info, especially for my husband who’s vegetarian. We have a friend who lives in Lisbon and he’s usually our restaurant guide, but I’ll tell him about this. Many thanks!

    foodieguide

  5. Nathalie
    August 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I’ve just come back from Lisbone and yes, as a vegetarian I must confirm that megavega is just a fantastic place to eat tasty and healty food, while hearing some very nice indian music!!

    • Lily
      August 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

      Hi Nathalie – thanks for comment. Really glad to hear you enjoyed MegaVega!

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