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Last week I was invited to Tibits, a vegetarian restaurant located just off London’s Regent Street. I enlisted a friend, Inna, for company and headed over to sample fresh, healthy and mouth-watering food, which the restaurant claims is created with the sole purpose of making you feel great (I quickly discovered their claims were true).
Tibits is located in the fashionable Food Quarter on Heddon Street, which is perfect for when you need to retreat from the over-bearing crowds and hustle & bustle of the city.
On entering, we were immediately greeted by a waitress and Luis, one of the restaurant managers, who showed us around. The restaurant format is easy, simply select your food and pay by weight (£2.50/100g for dinner, £2.20/100g for lunch, £1.70/100g for breakfast).
Tibits is vegetarian cuisine at its best – all of the food on offer is spread out on the restaurants “food boat”. There were over 40 delicious interchangeable dishes to choose from, ranging from hot to cold and Asian to Mediterranean. The salads and hot dishes are freshly prepared using seasonal produce several times a day, as are the fruit juices. All of the animal produce used – milk products, cheese and free-range eggs – are organic. Furthermore, all of the ingredients in the dishes are clearly labeled, as well as vegan vs vegetarian food, and any potential allergens (dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts, soy, chilli).
We started off with cold plates comprising of dishes such as the Dried Bean Salad with Walnuts, Aubergine Tapenade, Lentil Salad, Fennel Antipasti and Soya Glutini Bites. This was washed down with the Tutti Frutti (orange, apple, pear, kiwi, banana, sea buckthorn syrup) and Fitness (apple, fennel, lemon) fresh fruit juices.
Our hot plates included South Indian Black Curry (I loved this dish – it’s full of aubergines and potatoes in a Rogan Josh coconut sauce – really tasty), Mushroom, Potato & Ale Pie, Stuffed Jalapenos and Falafels. To accompany this, we ordered a bottle of the Navarra Abril de Azul and Garanza organic wine from Spain. The wine was absolutely delightful – so fruity, fresh and clean.
Dessert was London Cheesecake (my favourite dessert by far), Chocolate Mousse and Cinnamon Pannacotta. The “food boat” is perfect for those who like a little bit of everything, especially when you can’t decide on just one dessert.
The restaurant is so relaxed and uncomplicated, the interior decor and ambiance was very homely, lots of patterned wallpaper and comfy chairs. We managed to spend over three hours in the restaurant without noticing the time. When we finally noticed the time, we also realised that all of the other customers were also appreciating the vibe and taking their time to enjoy the food and wine.
Also, due to popular demand, Tibits have published a collection of recipes in their cookbook, Tibits: Stylish Vegetarian Cuisine, which is full of whole foods and interesting flavours. The book is split into four sections according to the seasons and contains 50 recipes that will delight Tibits fans and newcomers alike.
This is the fifth such restaurant from Swiss brothers Daniel, Reto and Christian Frei who already run similar restaurants in Zurich, Winterthur, Berne and Basel. The family business was founded in 1898 and is part of Zurich-based Hitl, the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world – so the team really know their business 🙂 I really hope that Tibits expands further across London as I’m already a big fan!