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.

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.