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by beavers

Review: Situated on the outside of the main station building, we didn't have to go far for our first taste of Zurich's veggie scene. It has a very swanky feel, despite being a serve yourself buffet. We took the offer of (small plate) main and sweet courses for a combined 26 CHF, which seemed expensive, until we started eating elsewhere in this cripplingly pocket-bashing city. At Bona Dea it's a flat rate regardless of whether you eat lightly or pile your plate high. And, having seen someone else put several different items on their sweet plate, we checked and found you really could choose as many different sweets as you fancied. Ironically, we spent more on our meal at Tibits, Hiltl's 'fastfood' stablemate, where you pay for your food by weight and you have no real idea of what it will cost until the (giant) plate hits the scales. Though there wasn't as much choice as at Hiltl or Tibits, everything we had was gorgeous - beautifully presented and as tasty as it looked - while the ambience was cool and relaxed. The sweets were small, but that only made more room on the plate to try several of them. This seemed about as far removed as you could get from the old non-veggies preconception of a veggie restaurant. The only criticism we'd have is it that it's not entirely clear what you have to do when you go in or what the protocol is in terms of how much you can put on a plate - so it can be a little daunting, especially if you don't speak German. But do persevere, the waitress was much friendlier than her cool demeanour makes her look.

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