Sunday, 22 May 2016

PSI Restaurante Vegetariano Alameda Street Lisbon 19th May 2016

PSI  Restaurante Vegetariano is a beautiful oasis, in the middle of the busy city of Lisbon, in the Pela Paz gardens, blessed by the Dalai Lama.

Yasser is the current owner, but PSI was started by his mother fifteen years ago, so its well established and I kicked myself for not finding it sooner, on our many visits to Lisbon.   There is seating both outside and inside and so we chose a table in the garden, as it was a lovely sunny day.

We were looked after by the always smiling Solange from Montenegro, who was so friendly and helpful and brought us the quite extensive menu see here with many vegan options, so it was difficult to make a choice, they all sounded so good.

We chose harissa olives and beet houmous with vegetable crudite to share, which were delicious and so colourful on the plate.

Steven chose Goan Xacuti vegetable and tofu curry, served with red chilli paste and rice and I chose the falafel salad, served with chapati.   We loved our main courses, such fresh ingredients, well executed and fantastic presentation, so you wanted to dive in and eat.

We were really full, but I could not resist the vegan raw passon fruit cheesecake, with oat base and mango coulis.   It was a big piece but I demolished the whole lot, it was so good, I could not bear to leave any.

We had a chat with Yasser, who explained how PSI came into existence and how they made all the food from scratch, including the curry pastes, falafels, desserts, everything in fact.   You could see the love and attention, that went into each dish and in its idyllic setting, you certainly did not feel the hustle bustle of Lisbon just ten minutes down the road.

So any vegans out there visiting Lisbon, you really must check out PSI, I will definitely be returning, sooner rather than later.

The V Factor Calle la Porra Arrecife 16th May 2016

The V Factor is a quirky 100% vegan eatery and I went for lunch, whilst in port on a cruise, you cannot miss it, with its bright sign and chalk written wall outside clearly saying 'Vegan Food'.


The decor inside is like something I have never seen, with reused tyres for tables, old newspapers as wallpaper, but the place had charm and was totally chilled.

The menu is extensive and the staff immediately realised we were struggling with the menus, so brought us some English versions.

I explained about my allergies, which was dealt with in such a friendly helpful way, so I chose a vegan omelette baguette and Steven had an oat burger, with a salad to share.   We were very impressed with the food and its presentation, it was all delicious and freshly made.

We could not resist dessert, so chocolate cake for Steven and Gofio a traditional Canarian dessert made of ground corn and banana for me, both excellent as you can see from the photos.

We had a chat with one of the guys, who said they make everything, from their own burgers, seitan, hot dogs, cakes and they had found local suppliers, who would make vegan bread for them.

The V Factor was one of my favourite finds, in what is a desert for vegans in the Canaries.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Art House Gallery Cafe Above Bar Street Southampton 7th May 2016

The Art House is a quirky creatively inspired cafe and community hub, split over two floors, run mainly by volunteers and is so inviting from the outside.

It is equally as welcoming on the inside and we sat at a table, in what was the display window of the shop it must have been, in a former life.

The menu is small and changes each day, but it was all vegan and looking at the display counter, it all looked delicious.

I chose the mezze, nachos and salad, which was so vibrant in colour and totally delicious, with so many textures and flavours.

I loved the whole concept of The Art House, as must others as the place was packed on a sunny Saturday lunchtime and if ever in Southampton, I will definitely be revisiting.

Olives Restaurant Rua Brigadeiro Oudinot Funchal 11th May 2016

Olives Restaurant is located on the third floor of an art deco building, right in the middle of Funchal and is accessible via a lift inside.

I contacted chef/proprietor Luis Oliveira, who informed me they had a vegetarian and vegan menu, with choices for both starter and main courses.

As we were docking in Funchal on a cruise, I booked a table for lunch and was really looking forward to our visit, which as it turned out, exceeded my expectations.

Luis came out to greet us, which was so welcoming and showed us to a table near the window, as sadly due to the very windy weather, we could not sit outside on the terrace, but on a sunny day the terrace is a must.

I chose the avocado and tamarillo salad with a hot chilly sauce, it was delicious and beautifully presented.

I really wanted to try the organic tofu and chickpea stew with seeded bread, but with allergies to soya and sunflower seeds, I went for the stuffed pepper, an excellent choice, it was so tasty and looked fabulous on the plate.

I chose a Portuguese rose wine by Ribafrexio which has Vegan Society registration, so I really was in vegan heaven.   I had lovely fruits with sorbet for dessert (I was so enjoying myself I forgot to take a photo), but be assured it looked as fantastic on the plate as my other two dishes.

Olive's Restaurant is a fantastic place and Luis and all the staff are so friendly and welcoming, so any vegans visiting Funchal, Olives has to be top of your priority list if you want to dine out.