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It’s been 12 years since we came to London and we've grown from four to fourteen restaurants during this time. It's been a fantastic journey - pioneering plant-based, making friends and delighting in every time someone creates their own delicious plate. Our beloved regulars and the people who work so hard at tibits are our favourite people. The messages and support we’ve received since we’ve been closed have lifted our spirits through the most difficult times. A true testament to an outstanding team who we know will go on to spread plant powered love and keep our mission alive in different ways.
As the world begins to come out of this, we must continue to focus on the positives. People have to start questioning where their food comes from and prioritising a healthy, nutritious, plant-based diet. Now more than ever, food has the power to change the world. We hope you’ll visit us at our restaurants in Switzerland and Germany so we can continue this mission together.
We thank all the lovely people who have supported us in the last 12 years.
Peace and love,
Christian, Daniel, Reto & Rolf xx
Harden's survey result
“For a perfect vegetarian food experience at a fair price, look no further” than this increasingly popular, Swiss-owned, self-service operation, with branches off Regent Street and on Bankside. There’s “an amazing choice” of “very fresh food that changes daily”, run under an “unusual system whereby you serve yourself from buffet (aka ‘the food boat’) and pay by weight”. The Bankside branch, near Tate Modern, has been revamped to offer a range of seating, from high bar stools or conventional tables to comfy armchairs.
“Unusual self-service vegan operation (where you pay by plate-weight)”, which makes a handy veggie pit stop near Piccadilly Circus. The setting is “much nicer than the cafeteria style you might expect”, and the “varied selection” of dishes offers “a great choice”… if “at central London prices”.
Near Piccadilly Circus (and also in Westfield), the best self-service diner concept we've come across; the fare is varied but all-vegetarian - for the sort of lighter meals to which the place is best suited, we don't think that's much of a disadvantage.
'Swiss', 'vegetarian' and 'concept' - can there be three words more destined to inspire despair in any red-blooded Englishman? That does seem to be the evidence - this smart new place, in the heart of the West End, has yet to achieve even one major newspaper review. Which is a shame: if you're looking for a light meal within five minutes' walk of Piccadilly Circus, this place is pretty much perfect.
Let's work backwards, and start with with the 'concept'. Like its branches back home in Switzerland, the West End operation is open all-day, seven days a week. Everything is presented buffet-style. At lunchtime - the meal, we would suggest, for which the establishment is most obviously suited - you'll find an appetising selection of hot and cold dishes, savoury and sweet.
You pay by weight - a bit disconcerting at first, but a two-course lunch for one, with a glass of wine and a cup of coffee ended up around the £15 mark, which we didn't feel anyone could realistically complain about.
Now for 'vegetarian'. The food here is admittedly meat-free, but not so you would really notice. There's a good range of dishes, all colourful and flavoursome, and including some quite 'meaty' selections - such as a solid (in a good way) mushroom risotto on the day we visited - to complement the samosas, salads and so on. Except perhaps at dinner, all but the hardest-core carnivores should find plenty here to tempt them.
Vegetarianism of course doesn't have much influence on puddings at the best of times, and we thought the desserts here were really very good indeed - certainly enough to make a mid-afternoon visit an attractive proposition.
Lastly, the most vexed word of all. 'Swiss'. Let's be honest, Switzerland doesn't always get a great press. This, however, is an operation which has made a virtue of that country's better bourgeois virtues, and left the other aspects back home. Clean, bright and welcoming, it is notably well run in a non-officious sort of way.
When you go for your pudding, your main course tray will magically disappear before you get back. The staff are all really friendly. And they speak English too well to be English; just enough of a Germanic hint remains, however, to convey an appropriate degree of authenticity.
12-14 Heddon St, London, W1B 4DA
Last orders: 10.30 pm, Sun-Wed 10 pm