Travelling as a vegetarian in some places can be difficult, and in others, downright miserable! (Argentina and Texas I’m looking at you!) I am so lucky to have an understanding boyfriend who lets me choose where we eat, and is (mostly) happy to walk (and walk, and walk) with me to find the best veggie meals! Here is the first of many restaurant reviews I will be posting to help fellow travelling vegetarians enjoy their culinary experiences! (Next time I promise to take more foodie shots- I was just too damn hungry after all our diving!)
The Beach House, Gili Trawangan
The restaurant attached to the Beach House Resort had the most amazing vegetarian pie with pumpkin, mushrooms, spinach, and goat’s cheese. I was blown away! The menu also had a dedicated section of vegetarian main meals with five or so choices, as well as a couple of vegetarian salads. In my experience on Gili T so far, having a selection of foods is rare, and I was super happy to not have to eat the only vegetarian thing on offer! The view from the second story of this place can’t be beaten, you can actually see fish and (sometimes) Turtles swimming in the shallows below.
Manta Dive Restaurant, Gili Trawangan
Huge baked potatoes for just 35k! I mistakenly thought these would be small and ordered a side of wedges. This was a mistake. The potato with slaw was more than enough and the slaw was not drowned in mayo, so I convinced myself it was actually a healthy choice 😉 There are also little cabana-esque places to lounge with huge pillows and a TV in the roof on the beach side of this restaurant.
Square Restaurant, Senggigi, Lombok
This place looked so damn fancy, and the service was impeccable!
The vegetarian offerings were quite slim. I ordered the tomato and feta terrine and the water spinach cooked with garlic and rice. These were actually so delicious, and who knew a bowl of spinach could taste so good- a sign of how good everything else must be. We ordered ciders and a dessert each, the apple pie and crème brulle were so, so good! It was a bit more expensive than other places we ate, but when you compared the quality, presentation, service and taste with an Australian restaurant of the same caliber- WHAT A DEAL! I highly recommend you check this out- even if just for the dessert!
Five O’clock Bakery and Café, Senggigi, Lombok
We stopped here for an afternoon snack whilst I studied for my dive course. I had a spinach and feta quiche that was really tasty, and an iced tea that was super refreshing. We also tried the strawberry cheesecake, definitely worth a visit if you have a sweet tooth! They close at- you guessed it -five o’clock each afternoon, so make sure you get in before then!
Matahari Café, Senggigi, Lombok
This place had a lovely owner and really polite staff. It has a large menu of all kinds of local and international foods at some really good prices. Lots of choices for vegetarians, I tried an Indonesian noodle soup that was quite nice, though I think I’d try the Mexican!
Taman Restaurant, Senggigi, Lombok
Not much choice for vegetarians at all. And for a restaurant with a whole section dedicated to Indian food- only one curry was vegetarian and it was THE MOST DISGUSTING THING I’ve had the misfortune of eating. It was Aloo Gobi, which for them was a packet of frozen peas and carrots dumped into gravy, that might have had a few sprinklings of Indian spice added. As nice as the restaurant looks I cannot recommend this place for vegetarians at all. Sorry Taman!
Sunset House Hotel Restaurant, Senggigi, Lombok
This place has a great view of the ocean and palm trees in the distance. Good service and lovely staff. Their Nasi and Mie Goreng were sensational, even allowing for satay tofu sticks to be substituted for the Chicken. It was the most expensive Nasi Goreng I saw the whole trip (70k), but I mean… there was satay tofu guys! Nom! Nom! Nom!
What countries are your favorites to travel as a vegetarian?
Do you have any tips to share for getting through the more difficult places you’ve travelled as a veggie?
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