Checking Out tibits – Veggie Resturant London

February 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm Leave a comment

Well I was lucky enough to visit tibits in Zurich a few years back. The queue was out of the door and onto the street! I remember the restaurant having several floors where you could enjoy your fresh veggie and vegan lunch or dinner.

I thought that Zurich must be full of fellow veggies. However the people queuing up were mainly non vegetarians. They simply love the healthy and tasty options that are on offer.

Reading through the history of tibits, famous all over Switzerland, things were not always like this. Met with hostility their clientele were forced to enter the restaurant around the back as locals did not want this vegetarian eatery!

tibits boasts 5 restaurants – with the 5th opening outside of Switzerland for the first time last year.

A huge boat shaped buffet table stands in the middle of the restaurant filled with hot and cold dishes that you can have as little or as much as you would like to indulge in – and you pay by the weight.

They clearly label vegan dishes as well as Gluten free and nut free etc too. With over 40 dishes, fresh soups, breads, pastries, juices, cocktails, organic ciders and more there is something for vegans like me and non veggies too.

Have a look at our fun video about tibits too!

We chatted with the tibits bosses and asked them some questions too…

What plans are there for tibits?

To continue to serve delicious, healthy food and drink that happens to be Vegetarian in the heart of London’s West End. We hope to run various events over the coming year, so watch this space and we’ll let Veggie Vision be one of the first to know! If the guests love us, we will expand the tibits idea in London.

How different have you found London to your Swiss cities?

In Switzerland, we are an established and very well known brand. The London market is very competitive, and takes time to build up we’re really enjoying being here and have adapted some recipes to suit UK tastes. We have already found a very loyal following who are appreciating the quality and freshness of our food and the relaxed atmosphere. In Switzerland, we have already convinced many meat-eaters to eat vegetarian at tibits because it is just good food. In London, many meat-eaters still think that they will not survive if they have a vegetarian meal we on our way to changing their mind sets.

How frequently do you change the options on your amazing boat buffet?

We don’t stand still – we change our menu regularly with the seasons, we’re always trying to improve and develop. The hot dishes change daily and the whole menu changes every two to three months to keep it seasonal. We listen to our customers and welcome any feedback either through our web-site or at our restaurant.

Any famous fans?

Yes, from Stella McCartney to Leona Lewis to Gordon Ramsey. We’re constantly spotting famous faces.

What tips do you have for budding veggie chefs?

There’s nothing dull about veggie food, there’s inspiration from all around the world, think Thai because of the interaction between sweet and sour, or Indian with its wide variety of spices, and of course Italian as it has so many vegetarian elements.

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