12-14 Heddon Street
off Regent Street
London W1B 4DA
Opening Hours: 9-1.30
What it is: Vegetarian buffet
After searching for a vegetarian friendly restaurant in central London I stumbled across Tibits. It is a hidden gem off of central London's busiest roads. A swiss chain that was set up by 3 brothers over 15 years ago and they now have 8 restaurants across Europe.
It is a buffet with a cosy ethnic contemporary feel which charges you on the weight of your plate rather than per dish. The price varies depending on the day and price it is per 100g. They have an eclectic mix of dishes (mains, salads, desserts) influenced by food across the globe. With 30 cold and hot dishes to choose from there is an amazing variety of vegetarian alternative dishes. As a proud carnival veteran I was pretty impressed by all the vegetarian alternative dishes which included squash tartar, coconut tofu curry and fried Jalapeño croquettes.
The first thing I noticed was that the staff were a little unfriendly. Unsure as to whether you could just seat yourself and get stuck in or wait to be met by staff, we waited at the entrance looking a little lost. When we finally found someone to ask they told us we could sit wherever (duhhh). After making your pick you go to the counter where they weigh your food and give you your cutlery.
The food was great and it was nice to have a mix of stuff to try. My fully packed plate cost me £16 which was a little more than I expected but was delicious. Although the staff were a little unhelpful and at some points very abrupt/rude, the restaurant ambiance was lovely. I also love how they have their own cookbook on sale so if you feel adventurous enough to make some of the dishes at home you can. I would go back again now that I know the set up and it was definitely the easiest and tastiest way to get my five a day!