Vegetarian meals, let alone restaurants, can be pretty difficult to find in many places in Spain, especially in smaller towns and cities. Luckily, the city of Pamplona has a good handful to choose from, from vegan cafés where you can enjoy a smoothie and slice of cake to macrobiotic restaurants serving healthy and tasty meatless and seafood-free meals.
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One of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Pamplona, Vegetariano Sarasate has been open since 1975. Located in the heart of the Casco Viejo, they serve daily changing menus of the day for €11.50, featuring three courses. There are vegetarian, vegan and even gluten-free options. Starters range from artichokes, carrot and leek in a béchamel sauce to salads and vegetables soups, while mains include spinach cannelloni, carrot tart with pepper sauce or chickpea burgers. Don’t forget to try one of their delicious healthy desserts such as baked banana with almonds and coconut or curried apple with hot chocolate.
A macrobiotic, vegan and ecological restaurant, Baratza Kafea is a cosy space offering a variety of deliciously hearty vegetarian meals. During the week, choose from a plate of the day or a three-course meal including a soup, main and dessert for €14.50, and at the weekend a four-course meal including ecological wine for €20. Dishes from the menu include various pasta and couscous salads, tempura, mint falafels and Mexican tempeh tacos. There are also seitan- and tofu-filled baguettes and snacks such as rice croquettes or bread and hummus.
A trendy vegan café, located on Pamplona’s iconic Plaza del Castillo square, Loreak Kafe is the ideal spot for a quick lunch or a mid-morning or late afternoon coffee and snack. Think cases filled with vegan bagels packed with avocado and rocket, vegan walnut slice, apple tart, gluten-free cinnamon cookies or decadent avocado and chocolate cake. They also serve healthy smoothies, full of all kinds of fruits and vegetables.
At first, Larraisko may seem like your typical Basque-style restaurant with many cod and seafood options; however, look closer and you’ll see they also offer a couple of vegetarian dishes, as well as a full vegan menu of the day. The vegan menu is vast, and plates include red lentils with cardamom, ratatouille with tempeh, tofu palak paneer Indian curry, and carrot balls with green sauce. They also serve vegan desserts. Try the vegan brownie with walnuts or the pear and cream pasta.
Another macrobiotic restaurant, Nattō is located right on the edge of the Casco Viejo and offers both vegetarian and vegan options. Dishes change daily and include three different elements, typically a salad or vegetables, some protein and grains. Imagine buckwheat salad with falafel and an onion and green bean salad; or brown rice and couscous with onion and raisins, grilled courgette with miso and hummus with crudités.
Not technically a vegetarian restaurant, Raices means roots, and focuses on natural ingredients. Although some of the dishes contain meat or seafood, there are many vegetarian options such as vegetable lasagne, stuffed aubergine, and scrambled egg with vegetables. Raices offers a regular menu, as well as special changing three-course lunch menu for €13.80, with a few vegetarian dishes to choose from.