Vegetarianism is a foreign concept to most Spaniards, whose idea of a vegetable is the garnish that comes with a fried pork steak. But travelers trying to stay meatless are not reduced to living on salad and tortilla Española. Biotika is the longest standing vegetarian and macrobiotic restaurant in Madrid. It’s located on the east side of Plaza Santa Ana, and the neo-Sixties Art Nouveau stylings of what’s basically a cafeteria can be endearing. Soups and heavy whole-grain breads are made daily on the premises, and the big crisp salads tend to be good and filling. Biotika’s signature “meatball without meat” consists of vegetables rolled into a ball and browned. You can also always order sautéed tofu with the vegetable of the moment, with or without brown rice.
- Frommer's Staff