Few things are as delicious as wrapping your hands around a burger and taking a big, sloppy bite. Don’t you agree?
Luckily, vegans no longer have to play around with sad pre-packaged patties when in Madrid thanks to the innovative creations coming out of Viva Burger. These are serious burgers served with a generous portion of home fries and a serrated steak knife stuck right in the middle. It’s not only for creative flair their burgers are big, and the knife can barely hold them together!
Once inside, we were briefed on daily specials and handed the extensive and very tempting menu! Maddy chose the orange and strawberry juice which is made right in front of your eyes. It was incredible with bright flavors of Spring, and a huge boost of Vitamin C. I ordered the Strawberry Shake, and wow… it was rich and delicious — exactly like a drinkable soft serve.
Take a Bite Out of These Burgers
All the patties at Viva Burger are made from the same base ingredients: beans, oats, apple, and a few other secret items. It’s in the dressing up of the patty where the various menu flavors come to life, everything from a Japanese influenced seaweed burger to a feisty Mexican burger are on offer.
Not only did they sway Maddy with their size, but from the first bite (so painfully long after delivery, after all, photos first) he was hooked. He ordered La Chingona which came with a heaping portion of avocado, thinly sliced red onion, sprouts, fresh tomato, and crisp lettuce. This burger was so large he had to quarter it, and still had a hard time getting it in his mouth! On the side was a serving of thick potato wedges with a heavy dollop of aioli, (but it’s called alioli in Spain, for some reason.)
Tour the World one Lunch at a Time
Viva Burger has a rotating daily menu where they highlight international fare, we arrived on Italian day, so I decided to go with the set menu. That’s one of the nicest feelings when dining at a vegan restaurant: you don’t need to question whether you can try a dish, it’s a given. Though let’s be honest, it also makes it easy to indulge!
My starter was a beautiful salad (also note the very generous portions they offer!) of fresh cherry tomatoes and sundried tomatoes on a bed of spinach dashed with classic Italian herbs: oregano, basil, rosemary, and of course olive oil. It was served with fresh and soft brown bread.
This course was followed by a homemade eggplant lasagna, packed zucchini, soy chunks, with a bechamel and red sauce on top. Super filling and I was glad to try a vegan lasagna without all the hard work of making it at home!
We were both full to the brim at this point, so we had to stop short of enjoying any sweets, but have been left very curious about the rest of the menu and especially about the other international days… I can’t help but wonder if there’s also a Greek day as a vegan spanakopita would really hit the spot.
If you’d like to visit Viva Burger (and you certainly should if you’re in Madrid) you can find them at Costanilla de San Andrés, 16 or call for reservations to 913 66 33 49.