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My brother and his wife are visiting us for 3 weeks in September and both are vegetarian, can anyone recommend any good restaurants in Velez-Malaga or Torre del Mar area that would be well worth them visiting? Thank you.
 

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My brother and his wife are visiting us for 3 weeks in September and both are vegetarian, can anyone recommend any good restaurants in Velez-Malaga or Torre del Mar area that would be well worth them visiting? Thank you.
Hola,

I don't live in your area so can't help specifically but, both my children are vegetarians and in my area they will ask for salad and have found the Spanish don't consider tuna as "non-vegetarian" !!! Likewise bacon in revuelta is considered good for vegetarians.

Just be a little suspicious of what they are going to put into foods that in England are easily vegetarian

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That's because tuna is not carne and is not prohibited under religious abstinence laws. Neither is jamón. Vegetarianism is a fairly recent phenomenon in Spain, and few restaurants will make concessions for 3% of the population. But in areas with lots of foreign visitors they are catching on and there are plenty of specialist establishments popping up. Lynn R's husband is a vegetarian and they live in Velez-Malaga, so I'm sure she'll have some tips.
 

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Thank you but not being in any way a vegetarian myself I have never really given much thought to any religious connotations regarding the subject. In fact the few vegetarians I know are not what you would call religious in any way.
 

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Thank you but not being in any way a vegetarian myself I have never really given much thought to any religious connotations regarding the subject. In fact the few vegetarians I know are not what you would call religious in any way.
No, but in Spain in the past, the Catholic tradition prohibited the eating of meat on Fridays and Lent. So if someone comes along and says "I don't eat meat" they think they are referring the foods that were banned on those days - chicken, beef, pork etc. And I know jamón comes from pigs, but they seem to have made an exception for some reason!

Anyway, hopefully your guests will be a bit flexible and understand that it's not always possible to prepare separate dishes e.g. rice without meat stock etc. even if there is no actual meat in it. Do they eat fish?
 

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Yes thanks for the explanation, sadly they don't eat meat or fish but am sure they'll survive and they'll probably be able to sniff out any likely veggie friendly places.
 

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There are plenty of traditional tapas which contain neither meat nor fish, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem
 

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If your guests are here for 3 weeks and you plan to eat out a lot, I think you'll struggle, unfortunately. I agree with what others have said about Spanish restaurants, which certainly applies to the ones in this area although some good options can be found in the major cities. Even if the menu description of a dish makes no mention of any meat or fish, always question the waiter and make sure there is no jamón, tuna, etc. in it either. My husband has been served a cheese sandwich which came with tuna on it, and a baked potato with aioli which had chopped jamón on it before now (both completely innocuous sounding when ordering). Most Spanish restaurants will offer something likes a goats cheese salad, tortilla española or patatas bravas, not very interesting but safe enough.

As to recommendations, in Torre del Mar you could try:-

Punto y Pasta, Avda Duque de Ahumada
Bar Italia, Avda Duque de Ahumada
(both small, family run establishments with short menus, offering good, genuine Italian cooking)
Siam Lounge, Avda de Andalucia (Thai)
PadThaiWok, Paseo de Larios (one of a chain of noodle bars, fast food really but tasty and good value for money)

If you want to drive a little further, La Bodeguiita in Frigiliana (again small, family run) does really good patatas a lo pobre which come topped with a fried egg, or pisto (similar to ratatouille) again topped with a fried egg. Momo Burger in Nerja (alongside the Riu Monica hotel) is run by a lovely young Italian couple and does a few good veggie options.

I wish I could recommend places in Vélez-Málaga but sadly I can't. El Convento used to be good but we found that both the service and food had slipped badly. The last time we went it took 90 minutes for any food to arrive after we'd ordered.
 

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La joya restaurant in nerja caters for vegans and has gluten free options, there is also a tiny little restaurant I think run by a Dutch couple on the main street which goes to the church in Frigiliana,a veggie friend used to go there,regret I can't remember its name.
 

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Buddha House, a Nepalese and Indian restaurant in Torrox Costa, Penoncillo, has a great reputation and is also considered vegetarian friendly. On the coast road on the left heading towards Nerja. Best to book this time of the year as it is very popular.
 

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You can easily get tins of baked beans at Lidl
No you can't. You used to be able to but, now, not many Lidls sell them. Heinz (at a price) is available in Mercadona.

The thread is poorly titled - the OP's question was not about vegetarian food but vegetarian eateries which makes a big difference.
 

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No you can't. You used to be able to but, now, not many Lidls sell them. Heinz (at a price) is available in Mercadona.

The thread is poorly titled - the OP's question was not about vegetarian food but vegetarian eateries which makes a big difference.
Mercadona also sell their own baked beans which we think are better than Heinz as they are not so sweet.
 

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Mercadona also sell their own baked beans which we think are better than Heinz as they are not so sweet.
We stock up on C&B's baked beans when in Iceland - we took a trip down that way this year 'cos SWMBO wanted to go to the US Consulate. Greatest disappointment was Crispy Cod was closed so no f&c but went and had lunch at an Italian place (gnocchi with cheese sauce was absolutely delish)
 
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