"Food that loves you back"
If you are a fan of "eating clean" and devouring good, wholesome, nutritious food, it can be nearly impossible to eat out.
Often you have to make a bit of a compromise; whether it's gluten, refined carbohydrates, lots of deep-fried things (or even dairy!) to eat out with friends and just relax in a nice restaurant.
How amazing would it be to have a veggie restaurant that offered truly healthy, wholesome and organic food? What if it even had a stunning interior and decor? What if there was even vegan wine?
Good news for Londoners - welcome to veggie foodie heaven: "tibits". Both a relaxed restaurant and quick lunch-spot you can take-away from, with gorgeous seating and a relaxed atmosphere, you can look no further for a delicious and surprisingly inexpensive dining experience.
With some very cool-looking neighbours in Heddon Street's food court - "tibits" effotlessly stands out from the crowd. Even just loitering on the cobbles I could see their Organic message, smart decor and, most importantly, bustling customers.
When I arrived, to what looked like a busy lunch service, all staff gave a warm welcome and were calm and efficient while serving people at the counter and moving around rotating dishes. I met the General Manager, Luis and he gave me a lovely introduction to how the service worked and a tour of the "food boat".
The food boat that I want in my living room.....
Luis sat me at a lovely high table and showed me the drinks menu, which boasts everything from organic vegan wines, to fresh coffee and lovely fruit and vegetable juices. I promptly decided on their "Tuity Fruity" juice after a recommendation and there were no regrets.
Tibits operates kind of like a first class buffet. You take a plate around the "food boat" and load up with as many divine goodies as you like. They boast a wide range of salads, pasta dishes, bread rolls, whole foods (to build your own salad), dressings, plus hot options including curries, rice, onion rings, falafel and.....yes....there are desserts.
Tibits is not a vegan restaurant, but catered for vegans exceptionally well. They are 100% vegetarian, mostly Organic and all the vegan options were incredible. I appreciated the effort that had gone into every single dish, especially the desserts (one of which was Vegan Mocha Cream!)
Every dish is marked for dietary restrictions: if you are vegan, have a gluten intolerance or soya allergy, you know exactly what you can have. Even eggs were noted in their cool logos and the bread rolls catered for all! The labels also included fun tag lines like "Power Salad!" or "Concentration Booster!", which I adored.
I made myself a mountain of food to devour and, as I have always maintained, the best thing about eating whole foods, is that you can eat a mountain of them and still feel amazing. Eating at tibits I could tell it was genuinely healthy and see the love that had gone into everything. The bread was lovely and soft, the sauces were rich, the flavours were perfect and....I must give a shout out to the Dried Bean Salad. Oh my gosh!
How good does that look? Not hard to vow that if I lived in London, I'd be eating my lunch here pretty much every day! Excuse me tibits - please open a restaurant in Manchester? Please...
The menu rotates to keep regulars happy and promote a variety of vegetarian food. Luis spoke to me about their main message being to promote healthy, organic food and make Vegetarianism seen as more of a cuisine, rather than some strange diet plan. I loved the idea of this message and could see it clearly looking around at the cliental. There were no cliche vegan dreadlocks in sight (and I love dreadlocks); every diner looked more like a typical London-busy-and-important type, grabbing a chic lunch between meetings.
Cruising the food boat for dessert made me feel like a giddy child. Only a small section is dedicated to sweet treats, which I liked as it stays in theme with their healthy food message.
There were bowls of fruit (including Figs!) with lovely jars of nuts for you to help yourself. Vegan-wise I had the divine choice of VEGAN PANNA COTTA...yes....plus the aforementioned "Mocha Cream" and...finally....Sticky Toffee Pudding.
I can feel your jealousy...look...don't hate the messenger....just get your hands on some Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding...that's all I'm saying. It reminded me of eating Sara Lee cakes when I was a kid, but a healthy version made of dates that tastes so much better! It was thick, gooey and super sweet.
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