It is not uncommon to find Mexican ingredients in Afro-Caribbean cooking. If you would like to try something different such as a fusion of traditional Afro-Carribean and Mexican dishes incorporating a variety of tropical fruits, I would recommend Nirvana Vegetariano (and it doesn’t have a website).
Located in the gritty Colonia Roma, Nirvana Vegetariano is a traditional, Carribean-influenced version of traditional Mexican cuisine based on staples such as the tortilla, Plantain, tamales, tacos as well as black beans. At $60 pesos per person, it surpasses any other traditional Mexican restaurants for that price. Plus, it comes with a beverage (refillable) for extra $14 pesos. That day I went with a local friend, it has pero (pear) or Jamacia Flower juices. I mostly like the pear juice since it tasted less sweet than the Jamaica Flower.
Location & Hours & Notes
- Puebla #120, Colonia Roma, Cuauhtémoc, D.F., Mexico
- Small Buffet-Style
- Opens Monday to Sunday 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, which may look very limited. It gets very busy after 2 PM.
- Affordable price per person $60 pesos, or with refillable beverage at $74 pesos. You need to pay upfront and then pick a table. You will receive one card for the buffet or two cards for buffet + beverage. Then go to the right end of the buffet and give the card(s) to the dishwasher, to get your utensils/plate from the dishwasher (see below photo on the right). Then you can proceed whatever you like.
- It is 100% vegetarian-friendly (lacto-vegetarian) and can be mostly vegan-friendly. But always ask the staff first.
- Always ask the staff to indicate which dishes are vegan before you eat. Surprisingly, all the dishes are vegan except for the creamy condiments set aside.
- The dishes are usually divided by fruits, salad, one soup and couple of main courses.
On the right side of the buffet area, you will see dishes in the window, that’s where the dishwasher will provide you utensils & plates after giving him your “card” provided by the staff.
You will receive one card for the buffet or two cards for buffet + beverage after paying upfront. Go to the right end of the buffet and give the card(s) to the dishwasher, to get your utensils/plate.
I received the plates & a cup for beverage after giving the dishwasher the two cards. ($74 pesos).
Vegan Pozole & Hominy Oyster Mushroom Soup
I did not have a chance to look at the entrance board, but we guessed it was a vegan pozole soup, but it didn’t taste like pozole, but mostly hominy oyster mushroom soup. It is an interesting soup with plenty of textures. I do like it though!
Vegan Vegetables Tamales
You can get as many tamales as you want at Nirvana Vegetariano, but they are freshly made tamales. The tamales contains grilled vegetables which was pretty interesting. I wish I could eat it all, but I had a bite from my partner’s and it tasted really yummy! Best tamales ever! Avoid tamales with small block of cheese because they aren’t vegan!
Our plates from the buffet
You can get fresh corn tortillas, Mexican rice, Plantain & eggplants, faux “gyro-like” meat with hint of pineapples, and much more to make your own taco or eat it out of the plate. I really like the Plantain & Eggplants dish, it tasted sweet and roasted, especially creamy. Everything tastes very delicious, and I had no complaints about any of these! It was certainly an enjoyment! The buffet also provides cilantro spicy salsa and limes as well as other condiments that may not be vegan.
Will I come back?
Yes, I would go back for a decent buffet. It’s a very affordable option to eat in Mexico City and something different to try such as a fusion of Mexican & Caribbean cuisine. Now it is making me curious about vegan Carribean cuisine! I never had stomach issues with Nirvana Vegetariano (I can tell if I eat dairy by accident), but so good, none so far!