Since my relatively recent choice to go vegetarian, lately I’ve been thoroughly enjoying also vegan cuisine, where nothing from animal origin is used. Apart from being tasty, behind this food tradition there is a philosophy of healthy habits and an eco-sustainable lifestyle.
Brazil, and South America in general, is home to a huge meat-based culinary tradition, so finding strictly vegetarian or vegan restaurants is not an easy task. Bus since I don’t admit defeat easily, I’m almost on track with veggie options both in Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza.
Truth be said, although meat is omnipresent, there is such a wide choice of salads and veggies everywhere that I barely need to look for vegetarian restaurants. A very common eatery in Brazil is called comida a quilo, where you have a huge buffet and you can fill your plate with anything you like paying afterwards according to the weight of you what you took. Obviously, here it’s easy to stick to the vegetable-based dishes, which are always plentiful.
A great vegan restaurant I discovered in Rio de Janeiro is called Refeitório Orgânico and is in Rua Dezenove de Fevereiro, 120, Botafogo. Like the food, also drinks are strictly natural, so fresh fruit juices as you wish, heaven for me. Who’s confident in Portuguese can have a look at their website, where beside menu and contact, there is also a section with their philosophy.
Huge choice of both raw and cooked dishes, widely present seitan, tofu and all sort of soy-based products, cereals, fruits and veggies, the buffet was colorful and diverse. I enjoyed tasting as much as I could, appreciating the fact that the place was crowded and the waiting queue kept increasing.