Tibits is a leading London vegetarian restaurant. Early March saw the launch of their new Spring menu, which I went along to sample.
Tibits restaurants were originally launched as a family business over 10 years ago in Switzerland and then in the UK 2 years ago, by three brothers, Reto, Christian and Daniel Frei, together with Rolf and Marielle Hiltl, of the oldest and most famous Hiltl vegetarian restaurant in Zurich, Switzerland, established 100 years ago. So with this experience in mind it is no surprise that the likes of chef, Gordon Ramsey have been spotted in here. It is also popular dining choice for celebrities in general and has played host to Beverley Knight, Bianca Jagger andSir Ian McKellan amongst others.
A warm Friday evening in late March had diners and drinkers packing the pubs and the restaurants around Soho. Just off Regent Street is Heddon Street, a small bustling pedestrian area of bars and restaurants. 23 Heddon Street was recently in the news as it was here that Ziggy Stardust (aka David Bowie) was first photographed 40 years ago for the cover of Ziggy`s iconic debut album.
Number 12-14 Heddon Street is where I found Tibits, a lively self-service, boutique restaurant that presents its food with a difference. This is how it works; once the customer has chosen from over 40 hot and cold dishes from the `food island`, they take their plate to a counter to be weighed. The weight of the food determines the cost. This system gives the customer control of what they eat, how much they eat and how much they pay.
There is an impressive choice of food on offer, such as Lebanese Lentil Stew, Vegetable Tagine with cous cous, a North African Chick Pea Salad and a huge variety of seasonal vegetables. The falafels and fresh breads looked to be a hit with many of the diners. One thing that struck me as I was choosing from the `food island` was how colourful all the food looked. The Moroccan carrots next to a striking red cabbage dish really set my plate ablaze with colour.
The choice of food is very imaginative and a good selection to please all pallets. My favourites were the ones that were spared too much seasoning and I could really taste the freshness of the fruit and vegetables. Highlights of the desert menu include a Passion fruit Cheesecake, a Sweet Polenta Gratin and Baked Chocolate Custard.
To accompany the food there is a fine selection of drinks too. Wines, organic cider, bottled beers and fruit juices. As it was a warm Friday night I treated myself to the Tibits Margarita which is highly recommended.
As the waiter correctly reminded us on our exit, `Tell all your friends, you don`t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy it here`.
For more information visit www.tibits.co.uk
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