Restaurante Vegetariano Los Girasoles in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia, serves healthy and inexpensive set lunches that should not be missed during any visit to this wonderful city! Set inside an inconspicuous corner shop near the historic city center, the lower level is a natural foods and products store, while the upstairs contains a lovely air-conditioned dining area and kitchen serving up wonderfully nutritious, all-natural, and tasty meals!
Founded 27 years ago as Cartagena’s very first vegetarian restaurant, with the goal of promoting healthy eating to Cartagena’s citizens, today the restaurant is still increasing in popularity. The packed dining room is filled with mostly locals, a testament to the flat-out deliciousness of this place in a predominantly carnivorous culture. The staff are friendly and always smiling as they provide quick and efficient service. The complete lunch costs only 7000 COP and contains different selections each day.
On our visit, we started with a mild cream of onion soup. The main course (see top), consisted of aromatic rice, Asian vegetables, salad with a creamy dressing, lentil fritters, and a casserole of soy crumbles and veggies.
My favorite part was the sweet yet tangy Asian-inspired sauce covering the roasted vegetable side. Everything in the huge lunch was fresh and amazing though, thus we had no trouble getting through the large portions! All of this was also served with sugar-free, fresh-squeezed passion fruit juice, and followed by a sweet sampler of freshly-baked cake.
After filling up on all your vitamins and nutrients at lunch, you can shop downstairs for all-natural condiments, herbs, and beauty products.
A great value and a truly great meal, Restaurante Vegetariano Los Girasoles will satisfy hardcore vegetarians and carnivores alike!
Location: Calle de Los Puntales #37-01, in the San Diego barrio of Cartagena, Colombia.
This post was sponsored by Restaurante Vegetariano Los Girasoles.