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“Excellent vegetarian restaurant, worth a detour!”
Review of L'Atelier

Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $25
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Fusion
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Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: L'Atelier is a small vegetarian restaurant in a very old house of Mecina Fondales, a typical whitewashed village of the Alpujarras. The house offers 2 guest rooms. We cook fresh organic local products we get from nearby small orchards. Brigitte offers dishes from Morocco, India, Asia, and mediterranean specialities, all of them with authentic taste. Conclude your meal with any of our exquisite homemade desserts. We open everyday for lunch and dinner, it's always nicer to call us first. You can sit outside too. Welcome.
Ghent, Belgium
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“Excellent vegetarian restaurant, worth a detour!”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

L'Atelier is a cosy vegetarian restaurant hosted by a French couple who make you feel very welcome. The lady chef cooks delicious and fine dishes from around the world (indian, moroccan,...), including some local dishes, like the almond-garlic soup 'ajo blanco', which I hearly recommend (much better than anywhere else in the region)!

  • Visited July 2013
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“A good reason to head off the beaten track!”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

This small B&B and vegetarian restaurant is tucked away in the pretty village of Mecina in the Alpujarras. There has recently been a change of management – the new owners Brigette and Michel are warm, generous people who have created a relaxed and charming place to stay. I have put this review in both the ‘Restaurant’ and the ‘B&B’ sections as it comes under both. We stayed as a couple for 4 nights.

The restaurant and the 2 B&B rooms above are housed in an ancient and beautiful Moorish building. The bedroom we stayed is rustic, airy and very large. You can choose twin beds or have them pushed together to make a double (as is typical in Spain). The beds do move apart a little bit which is slightly annoying, but don’t let this small negative put you off staying at this great place. The mattresses are very comfortable – smooth and neither too hard nor too soft. There is a powerful ceiling fan that cools the room and traditional wooden shutters to do the same, and to ensure guests aren’t woken up by sunlight at 4 in the morning! There is plenty of clothes storage space in the room.

There is a table, chairs, kettle, tea and coffee provided in the room (a kettle in the room is uncommon in Spain so I really appreciated this). There is also a small kitchenette area with hotplate, microwave, fridge etc that you share with one other room if you need it. There is free Wifi and you can use a desktop computer if necessary. The ensuite bathroom is clean and functional, although the lighting could be improved a little. Brigette and Michel plan to ‘sympathetically modernise’ some aspects of the B&B/restaurant – so maybe this is one of them.
The breakfast included in the price is delicious and filling. There is good quality muesli, tea or excellent coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice followed by fresh bread and huge portions of the best homemade jams and marmalades. There are classics such as Raspberry and more unusual varieties such as Orange & Cinnamon or Pumpkin. I have been converted into a jam fiend! Brigette understands what ‘vegan’ is, and even makes her own soya and nut milk, enriched with black sesame (very tasty).

You can dine at the vegetarian restaurant in the evening or at lunchtime if you want, at extra cost. The food has an international flavour and a there is a cosy, relaxed ambience. The portions are generous and you can taste that good quality ingredients are used. Personal food highlights for me apart from breakfast, were the Wakame Salad, mouthwatering Mixed Mushroom Fried Rice and the finest humous this side of the Middle East! I also like a restaurant where the waiter knows what’s on the menu and what’s in the food 

There are lots of short and longer walks directly from the village, many of which are ancient tracks away from roads. If you do need to walk on the roads, they are very quiet. The tracks link up peaceful and attractive whitewashed villages full of geraniums and bubbling fuentes (fountains), where you can fill your bottle with cool mountain water. Because the villages are perched on hillsides there are impressive views around every corner. There are also a surprising number of tracks that go through shady woodland/tall scrub – ideal for those ‘Mad dogs and Englishmen’ walks at noon! The Alpujarras smelled magnificent in July – of clean breeze, sun dried wild lavender, thyme, chamomile, gorse and grasses. The agriculture seems to be mainly olive, cherry and nut trees - I think the almonds might be a good reason to come back in autumn!

L’Atelier – a lovely place to stay in a beautiful area. Thank you Brigette and Michel!

Visited July 2013
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Granada, Spain
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Real vegetarian food.”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

This is gem of a restaurant if good food is what you want, ignore what it looks like from outside. Highly recommend the Lebanese starter! Hard to find but worth the search through the maze of villages that make up the beautiful La Taha.

  • Visited July 2013
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127 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
““Real food, great service, what a relief!””
Reviewed October 6, 2012

This vegetarian restaurant was recommended by a local, but we couldn't find it on Tripadvisor. except as a bed and breakfast. It sits in an alley of a whitewashed Alpujarras village and we sat outside on an early September evening and enjoyed a quiet, congenial, delicious meal,

We were staying nearby and around us, fresh vegetables and fruit were growing out there on the beautiful hillsides, but apart from the ubiquitous potato, most local restaurants don't serve much in the way of vegetables. What a relief to eat at L'Atelier, even if you are meat-eaters like us. We had the clafoutis, a kind of courgette quiche and the green vegetable curry with rice. The desserts were good too, particularly the rosewater cream dish.

L'Atelier is a simple restaurant and it is not haut cuisine, but with such good food and service it is a very enjoyable experience, and very different from some of the more pretentious and less successful restaurants in this area.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Ant42
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good veggie cafe in mountain village”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

L'Atelier is in a sleepy mountain village in the Alpujarra region, which, to judge by the guide books, has a strong resident hippy population. We didn't actually see them, but if they exist, they must love it here: the restaurant is an Aladdin's cave, decked out in North African and Indian souvenirs, including atmospheric lighting, and serves an eclectic 'world vegetarian' menu. It's clearly a labour of love for the very helpful French chef. The quality of the dishes is a little variable: we had a really good dry curry; and a filo aumoniere with solid flavours (from the aubergines and onions) but other dishes were a little more makeshift. Still, in the middle of nowhere it makes a great change, particularly if you're staying locally.

Visited October 2012
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