As much as I generally disagree with vegetarianism, even I can admit that they get a bit of a raw deal when it comes to dining out. One of my cousins nearly married one, and whilst she was a nice enough girl, we always dreaded the occasions when he brought her out because we always ended up having to eat at the local greasy Chinese restaurant. Moreover, as irrational as it sounds, it just did my head in to watch her eat a bowl of noodles with a few rubbery vegetables and soy sauce (I swear that is all she ordered). Anyway, he didn’t marry her and life was good again.
However, vegetarians and their partners can rejoice with the opening of tibits, a new vegetarian restaurant concept which claims to serve food which will appeal to vegetarians and carnivores alike. Following a successful run in Switzerland, they’ve recently opened outposts in Heddon Street and Westfield Shopping Centre, so we popped down to see what all the fuss was about.
Let’s be honest, no self-respecting carnivore is ever going to be truly satisfied with a vegetarian meal, but tibits has a decent stab at it. The focal point is a giant food ‘boat’ containing a selection of around 50 hot and cold dishes. Diners grab a plate or takeaway container, fill it up with whatever they want and are charged by the weight of the food taken. At £ 2.00/100g (with maximum price of £9.50) or £1.60/100g (maximum price £7.50) to go, you can’t argue with the value.
The food is influenced by a wide variety of cuisines, from Indian to Mediterranean, and includes everything from curried lentils and falafels to good old potato wedges and a well stocked salad bar. OK, so the food is never going to win any awards, but it’s tasty enough and is freshly made using quality ingredients. I must add that my vegetarian dining companion was in agreement with me. However, we were both mightily impressed by their fresh juices. Interesting concoctions include Red Fitness (apple, fennel, lemon and blackcurrant) and many are designed for detox/re-energising, as well for taste.
As you would expect, the venue was relaxed and uncomplicated. tibits also trades from early morning with coffees, a breakfast buffet and freshly squeezed juices, whilst livelier vegetarians can get stuck into a range of cocktails and alcoholic beverages later in the day.
Cuisine type – Vegetarian
Dinner for 2 (ex. drinks) – £18
Beer – £4
Wine – £3.50
W1 & W12 (Westfield Shepherds Bush)