Review: Tibits restaurant, London

Before Christmas I chanced upon Tibits, a relatively new vegetarian restaurant in Heddon Street, off Regents Street in London. This restaurant is unlike any other that I have ever visited before. Upon entering, you are greeted by a large central buffet boat, containing a wide range of dishes (over 40 in total). After making your selection, you take your plate of food to the till, where it is weighed, and the price calculated accordingly. At first I was a little sceptical about this approach, as I prefer to know the cost of my meal before commiting myself. However, the system seems to work well – especially for children or small adults who may generally find large restaurant meals too filling. I have always been a fan of ‘all you can eat’ buffets, however after indulging in these I often find myself bloated and barely able to walk! With this ‘weighed’ buffet I was much more restrained, and hence felt much better for it afterwards.

The selection of food was very good, and most of the dishes appeared to be vegan. There was a range of salad, a selection of dressings, samosas, onion rings, coleslaw (vegan version I think), curry, potato wedges, and also warm quiche. My fiancé and I had no difficultly filling our plates with tasty food. My plate came to around £6.50, and his was about £8 (this was at lunchtime rates, the price is slightly higher for evening meals). We enjoyed our food so much, that we returned the following day with my vegetarian parents (who happened to be visiting for the weekend).

Surprisingly most of the hot dishes were different on our second visit, which made things more interesting. However, due to our second visit being on a Saturday, the restaurant was much busier and the hot dishes were running out, and were not being restocked quickly enough (meaning I had to go without some items I was interested in). Also there were queues to weigh and pay on Saturday, which meant that the food started to get cold. However, despite these minor issues, my parents loved the food and the concept, and said that they are looking forward to returning on their next visit to London!  I am also still a fan of the restaurant and I am looking forward to visiting the next time I’m in the area. It will be a good place to stop for lunch during a shopping trip to Oxford Street.

4.6/5


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  2. Another great review that showed us a new restaurant to try! We went a few weeks ago and are now in love with Tibits!! Will be a regular haunt for us now I’m sure. 🙂

  3. I meant to comment on this a while months ago… This past March, as I was planning my most recent trip to London (I live in Massachusetts), I told my mom how cute Heddon Street was (I had been there in 2009). I did a Google image search for “Heddon Street London” to show her what it looked like and the image from this review showed up as one of the first results. I clicked the image and told her, “This is where we ate.”

    You can imagine my surprise when I noticed that me and two friends are in this picture!! We’re the three girls sitting on the stools in the window!

    What are the chances, not only that we’re in your picture, but that one of us would stumble upon your site and find it? At first I was a little creeped out, now I think it’s hilarious!

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