Vegan Spanish food isn’t easy. Mostly because Spanish food doesn’t really bend to vegan, especially when it comes to dishes packed with jamon or eggs. But, Jaleo by Jose Andres at Cosmopolitan Las Vegas makes it a bit easier to eat some Spanish cuisine without handing in your Vegan Card.
While looking over the allergen menu, it may seem like there are only two options for vegan dishes (OK, there are only two options), the good news is many of the vegetarian dishes can be tweaked, so your options expand.
True vegan dishes are the Espinacas a la Catalana, sauteed spinach with pine nuts, raisins and apples, or the Escalivada Catalana, which is fire-roasted red peppers, eggplant and sweet onions in a sherry dressing.
Dishes that can be made vegan with some modifications include: Patatas Bravas, fried eggplant (no honey), sliced apple and fennel salad (no cheese), ensalada de garbanza (skip the bread) and roasted onions and pine nuts (no cheese). They also have a veggie paella on occasion to enjoy.
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, 89109 | 702.698.7575
Open daily: Sunday – Thursday: noon – 11 p.m.; Friday – Saturday: noon – midnight
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Diana Edelman is the founder of Vegans, Baby and has emerged as the face of plant-based dining in Las Vegas and the leading plant-based restaurant consultant in the city. She spent a decade in the travel blogging world before switching gears to work in elephant rescue in Thailand. Diana travels the world to meet chefs and try vegan food, as well as speak at events focusing on travel, tourism, veganism and entrepreneurship. She’s a partner with the prestigious James Beard Foundation and curates their Vegas Vegan Dinners at the James Beard House. Diana is also a partner with Life is Beautiful, curating the all-vegan Farm Stand.