The eco restaurant Huerto de Lucas is a good place to have a quiet, undisturbed dinner with a friend that you haven’t seen in a while in Chueca. It doesn’t get very busy in the evenings (the main attraction is the market part which is open during the day).
One of the most recognisable things about Huerto de Lucas, which you can see in this quick vlog, is the fact that it is both a food market and a canteen-style restaurant in one. It has these beautiful plants hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the room, which give it the ‘wow’ factor when you first walk in. The plants are sort of jungly, I really like it!
My favourite part of the menu is that not only it is organic, but also colour coded for all types of food allergies and eating preferences (raw-vegan included, very impressive). We were eating on a gluten free diet for me, so all of the dishes that we ordered below can be also ordered gluten free.
We ordered a salad to start, and some sweet potato chips. Our eating strategy (oh yes, we were serious enough to devise a strategy) was to order lots of small plates so that we could taste as many things as possible.
The salad had seeds and nuts in, as well as lettuce leaves and baby tomatoes. The sweet potato chips were a bit more filling and had a creamy curry dip.
After nibbling on these two, we picked another starter to try, the Potato Rosti with Carrot and Curry Salsa (Rosti de Patata con Salsa Fría de Zanahoria y Curry). They were nice and crunchy, perfect little bites to dip into the sauce. The only negative would be that they were quite expensive for only a few, which is something to keep in mind.
Next up, we ordered the beetroot veggie burger, the gluten free version. It came with thin crispy chips (which are a real novelty if you eat gluten free) and some gluten free bread. The actual beetroot burger itself was a little crumbly, but I think that they did well by making it both gluten free and vegan at once. Three cheers for vegan and gluten free burger success.
After all that food, we ordered some calming teas which came in wide brim china cups, and organic gluten free chocolate cake.
El Huerto de Lucas
Calle de San Lucas, 13
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