I wrote an earlier post on Mexico City DF’s Yug Vegetariano, and tried plenty of vegan dishes there afterward. Like I’d mentioned, Yug Vegetariano was the first local vegetarian restaurant I went to because it was within a short walking distance from my apartment in Zona Rosa. So I tend to eat more often there since I live closer to it. As you peruse this post, you will see photos of vegan dishes I’ve tried so far at Yug Vegetariano. If you have any questions or would like to know further information about the dishes, jot me a note anytime at veganmiam(at)gmail.com.
To view my first post on Yug Vegetariano, go here.
Location & Hours & Notes
- Varsovia 3-b Col. Juarez México D.F. . A block from Angel de la Independencia, and corner of Paseo de la Reforma.
- Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm | Saturday & Sunday from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
- Buffet from Monday to Saturday from 1pm to 5pm. I have not tried it yet! It serves a variety of salads, 3 stews, 2 soups, appetizers and desserts as well as a complimentary beverage.
- Be prepared to speak and read Spanish as much as you can since the staff speak Spanish and the menu is entirely Spanish. As long as you state the ingredients you cannot eat such as dairy, eggs, cheese, cream, and butter in Spanish, they will accommodate you quickly. It’s 100% vegetarian, but they do have plenty of vegan options to choose from.
- They have daily special combo meals from salad, soup, main dish to dessert, which are cheaper than ordering full menu items. I think it’s a good deal, but sometimes they may not have vegan options for all of them. You never know!
- Most beverages, small meals and main plates vary from $2 to $7, which is slightly cheaper than the American meals.
Complimentary Salsa & Pera Fruit Juice (Pear) Yug Vegetariano serves different types of salsa on a daily basis and it is free. Sometimes, I wanted the fresh one, sometimes my partner wanted the spiciest salsa without onions in it. The complimentary salsa varies daily. We ordered ourselves Pera Fruit Juices ($9 pesos each), which are pear juices (Freshly made).
Complimentary Bread Basket & Enchiladas De Mole The bread slices are vegan, but the rolls and sticks aren’t vegan as well as the butter dish. They are served as complimentary appetizers, which was nice, but save them for any soups! I had Enchiladas De Mole without cheese (made vegan). I thought the flavour of the mole was very delicious (slightly bitter and savory) and the enchiladas were textured soy protein & vegetable-filled corn tortillas. It also comes with flavourful, yummy refried black beans, which I enjoyed.
Carnitas vegetarianas con guacamole y frijoles refritos (Vegan Carnitas or Roasted Pork with Guacamole and Refried Beans) This was a fantastic dish I would recommend and it comes with warm corn tortillas. You can taste the creamy refried beans, guacamole (it contained too much onions for me, but sometimes they vary) and the unique carnitas, which are “literally ‘little meats,’ a type of braised or roasted (often after first being simmered) pork in Mexican cuisine” (Wikipedia). The soy carnitas aren’t that chewy, but they are a bit salty, greasy and tasty if you combine it with guacamole & refried beans & complimentary salsa in your taco. I never had that type of soy carnitas, but that is a must to try!
Milanesa Ranchera con Salsa Verde Calabacitas y Elote Acompañada de Papas (Vegetarian Breaded Steak with Green “Little Squash” Sauce and French Fries) That was a strange dish, but it was indeed unique to try a Mexican breaded ‘milanesa’, which is a lightly breaded and fried chicken steak, or a Mexican version of schnitzel. Unfortunately, it was the least liked dish at Yug Vegetariano. I did not like the fact that the squash green sauace was mushy, plus the french fries were very bland (I should have added salt in the first place). I do like the milanesa, but I’m not sure about the whole combination.
Enchiladas Verdes (Enchiladas in Green Sauce) I had a mole enchiladas last time and I wanted to try something different for enchiladas, so I had enchiladas in green sauce. I thought the enchiladas were sort of bland in such a tart, green sauce, and I could taste the lime or acidic juice in it. I didn’t really like it though. The kitchen made the first mistake by offering me enchiladas verdes with cheese, but my partner quickly pointed it out (because he’s a vegetarian) and I had the correct dish without the cheese. It’s important to check your vegan dish without cheese before eating, always inspect it, you will never know! I was lucky I didn’t try it, thanks to my partner!
Special Lunch Combination Menu I always find the special combination meal menu exciting because it’s a good deal compared to ordering a regular menu item. You get your salad, soup, main dish and dessert, plus complimentary salsa & bread and that’s called a perfect lunch! For the salad, we ordered a “Melon”, fruit salad. For the soup, we ordered Pancita de setas (Tummy mushrooms). For the main plate, we ordered Carne a la mexicana, which was the only vegan option. For the dessert, we ordered Buñuelos, which is a golden, crispy-sweet, tortilla-like fritter sprinkled with sugar. The “special” combination meal was only $67 pesos (~$5.16 since 04/28/2012)! We also ordered Pera (pear) juices for $9 pesos, which was the special deal for juices.
Pancita de Setas Soup (Tummy Mushrooms Soup) That was a very unique soup with tummy mushrooms and vegetables. The texture of tummy mushrooms was very tough and chewy, which made it look like a piece of stomach meat. The broth was a bit watery, but the soup was overall light. It was an interesting try, and definitely eat it with complimentary vegan bread slices (not the rolls or sticks) in the basket.
Carne a la mexicana (Vegan slow-stewed soy meat with black beans) I really liked the flavour in the stewed vegan soy meat as well as the black beans. It tasted very good, but I still think it needs tortillas or something else like rice to go with the dish.
Buñuelos, a golden, crispy-sweet, tortilla-like fritter sprinkled with sugar This is probably my favourite dessert at Yug Vegetariano! I love the sweet, sugary tortilla fritter and I wish I had more of them