Tibits London Vegetarian Restaurant
On Monday evening I accepted an invitation to check out Tibits the vegetarian restaurant located at 12-14 Heddon Street, a stones throw from Regent’s Street. I’m not a vegetarian and I never will be…I love meat, but that doesn’t mean I’m not open to new experiences. And anyway I’m a fit and healthy guy who works out a lot and realises the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet which contains lashings of vegetables and fruit.
The first thing I noticed about Tibits was how cool the place looked. Very nice décor and subdued lighting – it felt like a great place to be for relaxed meal. There is also a seated terrace area outside which looks like a good place to sit on a nice day – only if smoking isn’t allowed, which is something I forgot to ask.
The concept at Tibits is a simple one… all the food is laid out on a food boat, which basically means buffet…think quality buffet. Get those images of second rate Chinese buffets our of your head! How much your meal costs is determined by weight! You load up your plate with whatever tickles your fancy – there really is a good selection of hot and cold dishes, starters mains, and deserts, over 40 to choose from – you then take the plate to the bar area and it is weighed…£2.00 / 100g at dinner time and slightly less at lunch time. For an evening meal I would budget around £8.00 to £12.00 depending on how ravenous you are.
Because I was there doing a review I went out of my way to sample many as different dishes as possible. The soup of the day was tomato and basil which is my all time favourite and oh boy they hit it right on the button. At £3.50 for a hearty bowl this was a bargain, quite simple delicious.
The highlights of the menu for me were the glazed chestnuts these things are addictive – I’m going to find a recipe for them – Karachi pastries, potato gratin, South Indian black curry, spinach leaves and jalapeños in breadcrumbs were all mouth wateringly good – full of flavour. No meal is complete without a desert and Tibits don’t disappoint. There is a good selection of the healthy stuff fruits and things…and for those with a sweet tooth they are not forgotten about! I sampled the orange bread pudding, Sticky toffee pudding and traditional cheese all of which were excellent.
The only dishes I was disappointed with were the potato wedges, the falafel and the apple in the fruit salad. That’s not bad considering I tried around 16 different things.
Tibits have a fairly decent bar menu. Including a good selection of wines, beers, spirits, cocktails, coffees, teas and fresh fruit juices. I had a pint of the Freedom organic dark lager which wasn’t a bad brew and cost £4.10, which isn’t so good, but I guess that’s Central London prices! The organic cider however wasn’t to my liking. And it was good to find a bar that could do a fairly decent Mojito.
The Ginger-Apple-Carrot, and the Orange and Blackcurrant fruit juices were good and reasonable priced at £3.40 and £3.20. One negative point I found was that they never did plain old freshly squeezed orange juice or freshly pressed apple juice…sometimes the basics are the best and all the my African Princess required!
The ethos of Tibits restaurant is to provide fresh healthy tasty food, using seasonable and organic produce as much as possible. The menu changes on a daily seven day cycle, and totally changes every 3 months which can only be a good thing for regular customers and I’m sure there are quite a few.
Tibits offers up a pretty good choice of starters, mains and deserts which are of a high quality and value for money…vegetarian food has definitely moved forward – well it has in Tibits! The bar menu is also fairly varied … but come on guys something simple such as freshly squeezed orange juice and pressed apple juice are a must in my book.
The last time I visited a vegetarian restaurant was way back in 2001 and that wasn’t on purpose, but at the time I thought what the hell I will give it go. That was a big mistake and at the time I vowed NEVER AGAIN would I set foot inside such a place. Tibits have raised the bar for vegetarian restaurants…and whether you are a meat eater or not, I would recommend popping in for a bite to eat…
12-14 Heddon Street
just off Regent Street
London W1B 4DA