A Vegetarian Oasis in the Heart of Arequipa

South America is all about carne. Most of the time, we stick to the amazing local markets, head back to our hostel, Airbnb, or Couchsurfing host’s place, and cook for ourselves. But I’m so happy we decided to try Omphalos, a small vegan/vegetarian restaurant close to to Plaza de Armas in central Arequipa.

This meal was incredible. We started off with vegan salchipapas, normally a sausage/potato combo. Here, it’s made from seitan and potatoes. They added some meat spices for the seitan and it tasted delicious.

Patricia and I split a desayuno americano with mango juice, good coffee, and a chickpea hamburger. We cook lentil burgers for non-vegetarian friends (and ourselves of course), but I think chickpea burgers are my favorite. I forgot to photograph the burger. I still feel weird about taking photos of food when we’re out and about. We finished it off with a vegan chocolate mango cake.

We try to be deliberate about eating out now. It’s not always feasible but it’s already a much different mindset than the one I grew up with. With this meal, it did not disappoint.