Good to know

There is good news and bad news for 'Veggies' . Menorcan Hotels and resort restaurants have only a vague idea of what it means to be a vegetarian – you'll see many dishes advertised as vegetarian which contain fish and they don’t seem to know the meaning of the word “vegan.” So beach resort restaurant choices can be limited and not guaranteed to be free from animal products while being cooked if you are a vegan. Self Catering is a better option?

The good news? The locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables on Menorca are soooooo much tastier and ripe. Also things are improving as more Spanish from the younger generation go vegetarian. The effects are mostly seen in Menorca's town's restaurants and food shops ( unfortunately no beach resorts are TOWNs on Menorca! )

Some Spanish helpers

Vegetarian cuisine = Cocina vegetariana and vegetarian restaurants = Restaurantes vegetarianos

Two short phrases: “lleva carne?” (does it have meat?) and “sin carne, por favor” (without meat, please).

Vegetarian Shopping Guide

Fact is on Menorca few beach resorts have a local population. So local resort markets only cater to general holiday tourists needs, so choice and variety may be quite limited. Travelling to a local town will offer an much bigger choice.

Vegetarian Products

The locally grown vegetables and fruit on Menorca are excellent, grown in Menorca's mineral rich 'red' real soil with imparts it's own flavours (not Hydromats ) so IMO they taste so much better than many back home. In the towns, you will find the shops that sell a local farm's fruit and vegetable produce as well the general fresh food markets . There are an increasing range of vegetarian and vegan products on the supermarket shelves, though this is more so in the towns.

'Quorn' and Soya based Products are increasingly offered in larger Supermarkets - Look out for signs 'Productos Ecologicas'

Tips

There are ready made vegetable 'side dishes' in the cold cabinets which make great meals.

The unpacked 'mishapen' fruit and veg will have the most taste!

Ciutadella
Fresh Market
Mahon - Sa Placa
Mahon (Mao) market


Vegetarian Dishes and Restaurants

Here is a list of some other commonly found vegetarian (-fish) dishes in Menorca:

    Patatas bravas (potatoes with Spicy chilli Mayonaise )
    Paella de marisco/verduras (seafood/vegetables)
    Empanadas de atún/bacalao (tuna/cod)
    Gambas al ajillo (shrimp served with garlic in olive oil)
    Verduras a la plancha (grilled vegetables)
    Tortilla de Patata (Spanish Potato Omelette)
    Espárragos con Huevos (Asparagus with Eggs)
    Gazpacho (Cold Tomato and Vegetable Puree Soup)
    Espinacas con Garbanzos (Spinach and Chickpeas)

    Croquetas de setas/gambas/bacalao (mushrooms/shrimp/cod croquettes)

    A croquette is basically a small mash of chopped ingedients ( with potato ) in a beacrumb coating and fried into a small portion. S you can usually find vegetarian croquettes in most restaurants. Among my meatless favorites: croquetas de setas (wild mushroom croquettes), de cabrales (made with a strong cheese), de Roquefort y nuez (Roquefort cheese and walnut), de espicacas y piñones (spinach and pine nuts).

    Berenjenas Fritas (Fried Aubergine)
    Pisto con Huevo ('Ratatouille' with Egg)

    Pisto is basically chopped and roasted vegetables (garlic, olive oil , onion, pepper, aubergine, and tomato). Often with an egg served on top.

Resort restaurants will offer vegetarian options but you cannot always rely on it being cooked without meat based products/fats. Spain has a long tradition of rice dishes ( Arroceria ) and Paellas and all of which can be vegetables only.

Salads

The standard fall back of green salad ( Insalada Mixta ) is often very uninspiring and personally many of the salads lack any imagination unless you are in a vegetarian restaurant. Lechuga ( Lettuce ) on the menu is a sure sign of a basic Vegetarian option.

Vegetable Names
Spanish Spanish
Asparagus Espárragos Beans Habas
Artichoke Alcachofa Corn Maíz
Aubergine Berenjena Cucumbers Pepinos
Broccoli Brócoli Carrot Zanahoria
Cauliflower Coliflor Mushroom Seta
Celery Apio Pepper Pimiento
Garlic Ajo Potatoes Patatas
Lechuga Lettuce Radishes Rábanos
Tomatoes Tomates
Onions Cebollas
Pumpkin Calabaza
Spinach Espinaca Watercress Berros
Vegetarian Restaurants

Not too many 100% vegetarian I am afraid.

Where you can be sure of high standards, vegan and celiac dishes.

Restaurant Address Style Web
Fang i Aram C. Gabriel Martí i Bella 11, Ciutadella. +34 971 38 48 71 info@fangiaram.com Modern www.restaurantevegetarianomenorca.com
La Cayena Carrer d'Alaior 40, 07760 Ciutadella. +34 971 48 22 12
Traditional
Fang i Aram
Fang i Aram
La Cayena

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