Happy Birthday tibits!

2nd October 2009

Sorry not you, but Sash and I! On Wednesday Sasha and I were invited to the first birthday of tibits. In celebration of their first birthday they were serving champagne and doing some live cooking demonstrations. The most amazing part of the evening though was finding out the history behind the restaurant.

Part of the team behind tibits is Rolf Hiltl, his great grandfather Ambrosius Hiltl opened the oldest European vegetarian eating establishment in Switzerland 111 years ago. Pretty impressive huh? The Hiltl now is very different from its original a hundred years ago when people used to come in the back door for fear of being spotted eating there. Whilst the modern version is meant to be very child friendly it also turns into a night club at night I wonder what old Ambrosius would make of that!

Hiltl also do the buffet style service which is where I guess tibits got its inspiration. In the centre of tibits is a food ‘boat’ an oval shapped food bar with all the food (hot and cold) laid out and you serve yourself. You can do eat in or take away and it is all priced according to weight. When we passed through the last time I bought a sandwich which was very nice, we haven’t tried the buffet yet (we had a look and there seemed to be a fair few vegan dishes), but lucky girls that we are we were given a copy of the new vegetarian cook book and also a voucher to come back and eat – watch this space for a review!

Since Sasha was being raw we took the opportunity to go back to Vitaorganic, we got there quite late and as the buffet was looking a little bare I went for a scoop or two from the counter at the front (it’s £2.80 to sit in or £1 for takeaway and £1 a scoop from the selection of dishes at the counter). Holy guacamole it was good! I went for the goulash, paella, the lightly steamed broccoli and a steamed spelt roll.

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