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Green Break Madrid takeaway review

So, after the visit to Biocenter put something of a crimp in my vegan (or in their case, not so vegan) experience of Spain, it was off to Madrid, and the balm that was Green Break vegan takeaway.

A few caveats about Green Break: it's tiny. Like box room, couldn't stand with both arms outstretched tiny. And all food is kept in a little refridgerated cabinet, not really shown off to its best advantage, and then popped into the microwave if you want it hot.

That's the less-good side - now the pros. It's all vegan. It's got cake. The food's nice. And the staff are just the loveliest people you could ever hope to make you a burger.

It's got a bit of a fast foody vibe, with burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, waffles, croquettes and such like, along with a nice sideline in homemade salads. There were four when we visited: potato salad, raw vegetable spaghetti, quinoa with veggies and a pasta salad.

Mr Flicking the Vs opted for a burger, which after a stint in the microwave, was put into a bun and topped with salad (including the slightly wonky addition of sweetcorn), tomato ketchup and mayonnaise. I would have preferred a deep fried burger and a slightly warm bun, but no matter - Mr Flicking the Vs gave it a thumbs up, and on my test bites, it was a solid example of burgerdom, if not one you'll be telling your grandkids about.

I went for potato salad and a vegan Spanish omelette - the country's speciality of fried onions and potatoes cooked in a chunky egg-base (replaced with tofu here) and a side of potato salad. 

To be clear, as I've mentioned before, I love potato salad. If I was on death row, I'd probably pick it for my last meal, I love it that much.

You wouldn't know it from looking at the picture underneath, but this potato salad was just the kind I like - thick, soft, slightly herby and covered in enough mayonnaise to give a nutritionist the fear.

And what of the omelette, my first chance to try an authentic Spanish dish? Oh alright, as close to authentic as I might get given the omelette here was was a tofu one.

Another big hit - the fried potatoes and onions were set off something beautiful by a bit of a mystery herb (thyme maybe?) It might be as dainty or soft as the typical Spanish omelette, but it was another stodgy, comforting treat.

The real star of Green Break wasn't the food though, it was the lovely lady behind the counter, talking us through the dishes, giving us some hummus to snack on while she prepared the food and generally being an absolute charmer.

As the Green Break is takeaway only, we whisked the three containers of to enjoy outside in the warm Madrid evening.

Its food might not be the most sophisticated or the most high-end you'll try in Spain, but it's a great place with interesting dishes and lovely staff.

Green Break Vegan Takeaway
(no website)
17 Calle de Segovia
Madrid, Spain
(+34) 638 161 454

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  1. "the fear", a ha ha ha! :) That omelette looks beautiful, and it's good to know that a trip to Spain can still mean good vegan eats, since I've heard it's one of the less vegan-friendly countries in the world. Hope you guys are having a wonderful trip!

  2. Don't worry, Allysia. The vast majority of large Spanish cities have a great selection of vegan-friendly eateries! In Spain, I've had some of the most delicious vegan food I've ever tried...


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