Today we’re hanging around Malasaña and covering my picks for vegetarian Asian food in Madrid. If you’re not familiar with Malasaña, you only need a few minutes to stroll through this trendy and vibrant neighborhood to realize that it’s the hipster hangout of the city –coffee shops, hairdressers, mustaches, bicycles and chihuahuas on every corner. It’s also an area with a variety of international foods, many of which offer plant-based options. If you like Asian food, or Asian “inspired” food, and need a quick vegetarian bite then keep reading to discover the tempting flavors and substantial portions offered at these Asian food restaurants.
Where: c/Fuencarral 91
Price: 2€ – 7€
What to expect: Options! Although this is a sushi joint, they serve a plethora of plant-based dishes to enjoy, either seated at their family style tables or to take away and munch on at home: yakimeshi (Japanese fried rice), quinoa veggie salad, wakame + tofu salad, wakame + quinoa salad, udon soup, miso soup, gyoza ramen, futomaki, edamame, mochi and artisan ice cream.
What else?: Tuesday Special- (3×2) Choose 3 items and only pay for 2!
Where: c/Concepción arenal, 3
*Nights – 9,50€
*Weekends – 9,95€
*Take away – 4,50€
What to expect: A buffet! ALL.YOU.CAN.EAT. All vegetarian! Come hungry. A wide selection of noodles, rice, fried food, meat substitutes, legumes, pasta, vegetables, salad, and desserts.
What else?: Drink not included in price. They also have a menu you can order from and Menus del día, but really why?
Where: c/ Don Felipe 4
What to expect: A fusion of flavor. These bánh mì’s (Vietnamese sandwiches) are filled with “vegballs” made from rice + edamame topped with cilantro, cucumber, pickled carrots + daikon, sriracha, and mayo. *vegan mayo available* They sooooo hit the spot! They have also added a vegan salad to their menu: noodles, edamame, cucumber, carrots, mint, fried onion, and toasted peanuts all topped with a mushroom vinaigrette sauce.
What else?: Their hours are a bit confusing.
Tuesday-Thursday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Friday- Saturday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm – 12:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: c/Mayor 4 and c/Hortaleza 7
Metro: Sol and Gran Via
Price: Depends on how many toppings you get. I usually walk out having spent around 10€.
What to expect: A full belly. This is my go-to when I’m hungry, don’t want to cook, and tired of Spanish food and pizza. Asian fast food.
What else?: Your food is made fresh right in front of your eyes by the wok masters. Just pick your base (rice, noodles, or a vegetable mix), vegetables, toppings, and a sauce. Gluten-free options available.
Where: Calle de San Bernardo, 12 and Mercado de Antón Martín
Metro: Santo Domingo
What to expect: “Baos,” Chinese steamed filled buns, are starting to become quite trendy in Madrid. Among all the many baos on the menu, there are 2 vegetarian option. I’ve tried the Vegetal Vegano bao (misleading name as the bun is made with milk), it has a little kick and consists of a chickpea and vegetable mix patty, shredded carrots, red bell peppers, cucumber, cilantro, basil leaves, and topped with a creamy avocado sauce.
What else?: They have more than just baos. Their plant-based options include edamame, a Thai salad, vegetable tempura, Hanoi rolls, and fried tofu with a sweet chili sauce.
Where: c/Corredera Baja de San Pablo, 41
Metro: In between Noviciado, Callao, Gran Via and Tribunal
Price: 5,50€ – 9,50€
What to expect: Similar concept to Walk to Wok, except this is Thai based and you’ve got many more options. Noodles, rice, curries, soups, salads, and rolls.
What else?: Celiac and Vegan-friendly! Oh, ask for some peanut sauce on the side for you rolls…and skip the veggie burger. It’s a frozen patty on a not-so-fresh bread.
Hope you found these helpful! Have any favorites to add?