It’s a novel dining experience for vegetarians with an unpredictable pricing system.
Nestled behind busy Regent’s Street you will find a vegetarian restaurant haven called Tibits. We’d heard good things about this place so we may have approached with unrealistically high expectations.
When we arrived it was clear that staff were a little busy. After standing near the entrance of the restaurant for a few minutes someone eventually informed us that there were tables for two ‘over there’ and nodded in the direction of the dining area.
The food boat boasts an impressive variety of foods to choose from – salads, garnishes, breads, hot food, desserts and of course – veggies.
The flavour of the meal, unfortunately, wasn’t as impressive as the variety and there were no salt and pepper shakers on our table to help us enhance the taste.
Service, variety and flavour aside it was the cost of the meal that left the most profound impression. Tibits is unique in its approach to vegetarian food and this uniqueness is evident in the decor, the format and not least the pricing. Instead of paying a flat all-you-can-eat fee, Tibits charges per 100g of the weight of your plate.
Having overheard a waitress tell someone that the average cost per plate was £9, we didn’t think much of this pricing system until it was our turn to weigh in and pay.
One plate came in at a reasonable £8.30 but the other plate weighed in at a mind boggling £19.00. There was an uncomfortable silence as we stared at the seemingly mammoth plate and tried to reconcile how a plate of veg could ever be worth £19.00. To add even more discomfort to this situation, the person ringing up our order did not appear to be remotely sympathetic to our dropped jaws and waited equally silently for us to snap out of our shock and pay.
Apparently bread is free, but we didn’t know this and neither did the young woman who weighed our plates as she didn’t ask us to remove it from the plate.
Information was so hard to pull from staff that day that we only discovered that there was a reward card system after spotting one on a neighbouring table.
What we tried:
One plate was a combination of pumpkin salad, roast fennel, mushroom risotto, onion rings, wedges, avocado cream, tofu pasta.
The other plate was a combination of onion rings, falafel bites, pumpkin salad, barley risotto, rocket, quinoa salad, bread and fennel – probably the heaviest thing on the plate.
What we liked
The tap water fountain
Product info at the top of the food boat
What we would do differently
Put a scale near the food boat or display a sample £10 plate for reference.
Signpost the water fountain better – it is a rarity to be able to get your own
Who can eat here?
Value for money
Lunchtime is £2.10 per 100g, dinner is £2.30 per 100g
We went at lunch and one plate amounted to £8.30 while the other amounted to £19.00
Given that it’s difficult to know how much you’ve spent until you reach the counter, we can’t say its great value for money. If you’ve got a knack for being able to eyeball the weight of something, you may fare better than we did.
Enjoy 5 meals from food boat (min £5 each) and get a free freshly squeezed fruit juice worth up to £3.30
12 – 14 Heddon St, London, W1B 4DA
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