We were wondering around the Lavapiés neighborhood trying to find a place to have a late lunch. Being vegan in Spain means that you can’t just walk to any restaurant and find something delicious to eat without somebody trying to serve you jamon.
There’s a small (almost all) vegan stand at the San Fernando market hall, so we headed there, just to have some tortilla Española and Spanish croquetas for lunch. Once again they were not open, so we headed to the neighbor booth; Yan Ken Pon is a small Japanese restaurant in the corner of a less known San Fernando market hall in vibrant Lavapiés neighborhood has added more veggie options to their menu recently.
The daily menu of 12 € was a pleasant surprise. We got served three plates of deliciousness; first a subtly flavored seaweed and cucumber salad. After that our lunch continued with cucumber and radish maki rolls that were to the point. The third plate was a big bowl of ramen with enokitake mushrooms, fried tofu, veggies, seaweed… with a super rich and creamy broth.
Ramen makes you happy! Visit Yan Ken Pon and see it for yourself!
Yan Ken Pon means rock, paper, and scissors and it’s not only a restaurant but rather a mini sized Japanese culture center with its books and workshops.