Once a vegetarian in this meat friendly city, I used to have to do a lot of extra work making sure I wasn’t served a former furry creature. Me: “Esto no tiene carne? Soy vegetariana.” Puzzled mozo: “No, no tiene carne. Tiene jamón, pollo, pescado, sangre de animales…” Even though vegetarians aren’t a common thing in Argentina, and it takes a bit of extra work to double check that the food doesn’t contain animal product, it’s very common nowadays to find vegetarian friendly restaurants that appeal to both carnivores and herbivores alike. Sattva (Montevideo 446) is one of these places: tasty food at a reasonable price where even a hardcore asado-eater will be satisfied.
During midday, you’ll find the lunching suit crowd, taking advantage of their daily specials. Dinner meals include pastas, pizzas on whole wheat crust, cazuelas, grilled vegetables and my personal favorite, the platos equilibrados, which is a pick and mix of a choice of grains (quinoa, brown rice or burgol wheat), vegetables (grilled wok or raw) and the protein (tofu or seitan). Luckily, I was with a knowledgeable Sattva menu expert who helped choose some good dishes.