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Book* In a villa marked by the typical architecture of the modernism The essence restaurant opens its doors in a sublime balance between classic 1940s ambience and cozy intimacy.


A comfortable antechamber invites you to savor an aperitif while they prepare your table

In the dining room, the light atmosphere, the perfect luminosity and the confusing aromas conciliate the senses. Completing the essence are a garden, a favorite spot for summer evenings, and a private room perfect for business meetings or more intimate celebrations.

Admittedly a Vegetarian Restaurant, it is a real hidden gem that is worth getting to know. We advise you to go beyond the salads and try the pasta and risottos.” — in Zomato


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The menu dazzles the eyes, and the brief description of the dishes piques the curiosity

A succession of sophisticated and creative recipes, prepared by our Chef, that awaken the palate and transform the act of eating into an enormous pleasure.

It was the fault of Tiago Rio, Time Out critic, who last month considered Essência restaurant, in Porto, the best vegetarian restaurant in the country.” — in NiT


The Combination of Vegetable Tagliatelle with Crispy Almonds and Basil


Pineapple Carpaccio with Mint Pesto, served with Caramelized Cherry

Refreshing and delicious

Our Garden Salad is served with Red Pepper, Eggplant, Zucchini, Mango, Radish and Ginger


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The Essência restaurant proposes, more than just healthy dishes, to present true delicacies that, by mixing ingredients, colors, and flavors, possess a deep charisma, reaching almost the status of works of art.

There are those normal restaurants that have another vegetarian suggestion. Then there are those vegetarian restaurants with some meat and fish options. That is the case of Essência.” — in NiT

Vegetarian sausage


Bread, peppers, carrots, onions, olives, garlic, phyllo pasta, cherry tomatoes, almonds, parsley, olive oil, lettuce, rutabaga, and wild arugula.

Portobello Carpaccio


Portobello, caper, mustard, walnut kernels, basil, thyme, olive oil, arugula garlic, dried tomatoes, black pepper and ciabatta toast.

Risotto of Two Mushrooms


Arborio rice, grana padano, Paris mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, white wine, butter, garlic, and olive oil.

Palmito Thay


Palmito, red onion, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, tomato, coconut milk, chickpea, almond, coriander, garlic, pepper, olive oil, onion, carrot, and red chili bell pepper.

Prawn Rissotto


Prawns, arborio rice, grana padano, nori, saffron, white wine, garlic, olive oil, chives, red bell pepper, tomato, onion, and butter.

Cardamom Ice Cream Pie


Oatmeal cookie, maria cracker, macadamia nuts, cardamom seeds, lime, physalis, cream, butter, and condensed milk.

Tempeh Tikka Masala


Glúten, soja, Lácteos e Amêndoim. Tempeh, Garam Masala, tomate, iogurte vegan, gengibre, arroz basmati e coco.

Tofu Grelhado com Musseline de Cenoura e laranja


Tofu, cenoura, Laranja, Alho francês e Vinagre Balsâmico.