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article imageReview: Chilimosa — A little vegetarian in Tarifa on the Costa de la Luz Special

By Anne Sewell     Nov 8, 2013 in Food
Tarifa - Right in the heart of the winding streets of old town Tarifa, on the Costa de la Luz in Spain, is a tiny little treasure — a vegetarian restaurant called Chilimosa, offering food made with love.
A typical Andalucian "white village" in Cádiz province, the old town of Tarifa is a laid back, pleasant and rather bohemian environment to explore. This area of town is accessed through the ancient Puerta de Jerez, which dates back to the 13th century.
Whether you are a wind surfer or general tourist, there is so much to see as you stroll the rather hilly streets of Tarifa, with cafes and little shops dotted around, along with kite surfing schools.
Along the way, should you get hungry, a recommended stop is Chilimosa, a tiny little vegetarian restaurant in Calle Peso.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa  Spain.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa, Spain.
Open between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and then again from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., the restaurant gives you the feeling of being welcomed into someone's kitchen.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa  Spain.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa, Spain.
The decor is very attractive with two small tables available to patrons as you walk in the door, and a tiny dining room behind with two more tables.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa  Spain.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa, Spain.
The food is excellent and very healthy and offers various options for both vegetarians and vegans, and also without gluten.
The full menu can be read here in English.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa  Spain.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa, Spain.
When visiting, one must bear in mind that the food is cooked with love, and not speed, and the owner asks you to please be patient.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa  Spain.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa, Spain.
However, when seated in the front part of the restaurant, you can watch every step of the preparation of your food to pass the time.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa  Spain.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa, Spain.
As it was the writer's first visit to the restaurant, her son suggested a taster platter, which gives an idea of each dish on the menu.
So much food on the plate, including falafel, bajees, pita, hummus, Tzatsiki, salad, kuku (a delicious soufflé) and couscous. Delicious to eat, but in the writer's case, too much to finish!
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa  Spain.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa, Spain.
Also on offer are various healthy cool drinks, organic wine and good wholesome beer. You can also try some herbal tea in a quaint teapot.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa  Spain.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa, Spain.
The writer found the food to be delicious, as was the organic red wine, and will definitely be visiting again on further trips to Tarifa.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa  Spain.
Chilimosa Tarifa - vegetarian restaurant and takeaway in Tarifa, Spain.
However, don't just take the writer's word for it, Tripadvisor also has plenty of excellent reviews of the restaurant.
More on Tarifa:
Sunday travel — Tarifa, Spain — Chill out with cows on the beach
Baelo Claudia: 2nd century Roman city in southern Spain
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