Ghent vegan restaurant run by a worker's cooperative. All-you-can-eat vegan buffet includes soup, cold and warm foods, and dessert. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan, Buffet, Take-out
Reep 14, Oost-Vlaanderen (Vlaanderenstraat, Gent)
Ghent, Belgium 9000
+32-485731617
  • Cash only
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Reviews

First Review by Nickysr
jennyc32
jennyc32
  • vegan
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+341

Tasty and plentiful buffet

4
Posted on 04 / 15 / 2015

I went to Komkommertijd twice over Easter weekend and thoroughly enjoyed the food. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet, and you pay when you're leaving. The dishes were all vegetable based and there's soup, hot dishes, a cold salad bar and dessert (one cake, plus fruit). Everything was fresh and delicious, with the exception of the soup which was a little bland.

Our only complaints were that we couldn't reserve via email, only by phone (which is pricey from the UK), and it was absolutely packed both times we went, so booking really is necessary. And we asked for tap water, but were told we could only have a glass if we ordered another drink first. I've never encountered that policy before and thought it was very poor.

Pros: Delicious food, Friendly service
Cons: No tap water, Difficult to book
Alveolar
Alveolar
  • vegan
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+44

simply the best

5
Posted on 03 / 10 / 2015

This was my first meal in Belgium, and when I left Gent for Brussels, I seriously considered taking the 30 minute to 1 hour train ride back just to have another meal here.
I sat down to eat at lunch, but I would recommend getting the containers togo, it is more cost effective and you don't have to over stuff yourself to feel like a good deal, coast wise. The soup was amazing. Overall taste of the hot food was savory, many creams I questioned were vegan and did not eat.


STFro
STFro
  • vegetarian
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+21

Have Seen Better

2
Posted on 02 / 25 / 2015

Staff wasn't really helpful, at a certain point I felt that i'm bothering the guy. He didn't even take the time to explain how things are going over there so I ended up paying for food that I didn't even eat. Next to that, place is just too expensive for how it looks and what they offer.

Pros: Location
Cons: Price , Unfriendly staff

ahleetche
ahleetche
  • vegetarian
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+13

Selection of lovely, reasonably priced vegan food

5
Posted on 02 / 09 / 2015

I'd done my research before leaving for Belgium, and this place was underlined twice in my planner as I'd figured we could get a takeout box and go eat at beautiful Korenlei. That's what we did! It was a lovely, sunny day so we skipped the €13 all-you-can-eat and headed outside as soon as possible. There were two boxes to choose from, one for €6 and a slightly bigger one for 8. We went for the small one and headed for the buffet. I filled my box with some bean&betroot stew, some garlicky, creamy potatoes, a seitan&veggie dish, some plain rice and as many sweet potato fries as I could get my hands on, all sprinkled with mixed seeds. My friend (not a veggie) also got some vegetables spring rolls which, she assured, tasted fab. We were very satisfied and, in my opinion, the price was reasonable as the rich dishes kept me full til the late afternoon. I would recommend this to anyone, veggie or not, and I hope I can visit again in the future!
The only thing I'd mention is that it's not right in the city centre, an 8 minute brisk walk from when we'd decided to eat, so the food did cool down a bit. But it's something I'll accept. :)
Updated from previous review on Monday February 09, 2015

Pros: healthy, nice choice, reasonably priced
Cons: location
Jasmijn
Jasmijn
  • vegan
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+22

Good and healthy food!

5
Posted on 08 / 05 / 2014

I was in Gent during the 'Gentse feesten', which made having a healthy dinner a struggle. I was happy to find out that gent is considered a veggie friendly town (the tourist info even provided a 'veggie map' with several vegan restaurants). Many vegan and veg-friendly restaurants were closed for the summer, but not Komkommertijd. We arrived 10 minutes before opening and soon a queue developed in front of the door. We did not not make a reservation, but luckily there were still two or three tables available. The buffet is simple and not to big, but there was definitely enough to choose from: a salad bar with lettuce, beans, sprouts, and other raw vegetables and dressing. The warm buffet consisted of lentils with zucchini, kidney beans with squash, rice, stuffed tomatoes, spring rolls and the best dish: little fried multigrain croquettes. There was a lemon cake for dessert, really good but a bit too sweet. This was definitely worth 16 euros. We had a great and nourishing evening!

Pros: Healthy food, Affordable, Firndly staff
Monique veggie
Monique veggie
  • vegan
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+18

Food that makes you happy

5
Posted on 06 / 27 / 2014

There's big difference between traditional cooks preparing vegan food and vegan/vegetarian cooks. At this restaurant you find real vegan food, lovely prepared and the all you can eat buffet is very nice, also when you're not eating huge portions. There's also a take away possibility. If I would live nearby, I would pop in a lot to take away my lunch or dinner.
I always feel instantly what the food does with me. In this restaurant it had a beneficial effect on my body and that makes me happy.


kbevis
kbevis
  • vegan
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+26

Very nice experience

5
Posted on 06 / 02 / 2014

Went for dinner, no reservations, while visiting Ghent, and had no problem getting a table. There was a lot of buffet options to pick from, and there were all really tasty. The restaurant itself is really nice, which I was not expecting. Very filling too.


janti alterjiwo
janti alterjiwo
  • vegan
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+44

Smorgasboard Vegan Restaurant

3
Posted on 06 / 01 / 2014

Lucky that I came by myself on a Saturday evening, otherwise, it was a full-house. Love the organic house-wine and service was very prompt.

Pros: Quality and selection of food, Selection of organic local wines, Price
Cons: Some staff was curt and unfriendly, Opening hours
Sarita
Sarita
  • vegetarian
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+144

Buffet with a variety of food

4
Posted on 05 / 22 / 2014

I liked most of the dishes I chose from the buffet. Also the cake tasted very good.


jon active
jon active
  • vegan
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+181

A vegan oasis city of chip stalls

5
Posted on 04 / 13 / 2014

A vegan buffet that was almost good enough to remind me of the legendary Heathers restaurant in Deptford. A soup and several hot mains with lots of healthy salads and creamy things to put on top followed by a piece of cake. And most importantly a buffet you can refill at till your belt needs slackening which is good because the price isn't cheap but is worth it. We Pogo Cafe folk were impressed and look forward to visiting Komkom again.

Updated from previous review on Sunday April 08, 2012

Returned on the 2nd March 2013 and Komkommertijd again fed us an excellent meal. They use a lovely rice/spelt/hazlenut milk mix that I've never tried before instead of soya milk in tea. And I discovered they are a co-operative :) If you want to eat on a Saturday night its worth booking in advance!
Updated from previous review on Wednesday March 06, 2013

Ate till I was stuffed at Komko again on Sat13th April and again very impressed. Some of my comrades thought the food too "samey" not enough variety amongst the hot dishes. And others thought the chocolate cake too sweet! Too harsh a critique in my opinion. I'll certainly return, though its a shame there is no other vegan outlet open in the evening in Gent!

Pros: A refill buffet, Healthy and tasty, Really good mayonaise
Cons: Closes early (10.30pm), Parking not easy!
bencamps
bencamps
  • vegan
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+425

Amazing Buffet!!

5
Posted on 03 / 20 / 2014

Visited on 09/03/2014. This is probably the best buffet I've had. Every dish was super tasty. It is (understandably) very poplar, we went on a Sunday night and had to come back half an hour later to get a table, it's worth booking ahead. We had been warned that some staff at Komkommertijd could be a bit unfriendly/rude, I am happy to report that we found the total opposite. The chap who served us was very friendly and helpful, he explained how everything worked and spoke perfect English. The buffet itself is €16, all you can eat, beer and wine were €4 a pop. Don't let the fact that the restaurant is an 'all you can eat' put you off, the surroundings are elegant - if a little brightly lit. There is a nice courtyard to eat in during the day or when the weather is a bit warmer.

Pros: Superb food, Friendly staff, Good value for money
bionicsteam
bionicsteam
  • vegetarian
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+13

awesome

5
Posted on 01 / 01 / 2014

love the buffet, the location, the price... A must do for vegans and veggie in Gent. But make reservation.


EmileKuijvenhoven
EmileKuijvenhoven
  • vegan
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+30

yuhmmm

4
Posted on 07 / 06 / 2013

nice meal, at a good price.

Pros: tasty food, location , all vegan
Cons: teras can be better decorated
Senkenberg
Senkenberg
  • vegan
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+61

Great place and food

5
Posted on 04 / 15 / 2013

One of the best all-you-can-eat vegan buffet places around. The food is really tasty - and while it's never the most elegant dining experience loading your plate up with things that probably don't go together but all look too good not to try, Komkommertijd does its best to get a vibe that's alternative enough to attract people who don't want too much formality but also smart enough for a nice night out. A vegan wine list is a big plus, as are the premises, which are spacious and clean. Deservedly gets very busy so definitely worth ringing up during the day - they will happily take a reservation in English. A must go to for at least one of your nights in Ghent.

Pros: Vegan , All you can eat, Selection of vegan wine
Cons: All you can eat
LindaFern
LindaFern
  • vegan
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+32

come hungry

4
Posted on 11 / 05 / 2012

I've noticed some reviews said the food was bland, I went twice and one night it was a mix of bland and really tasty but the second night it was all fantastic. Really nice atmosphere considering it's a buffet. Very good with kids since there is no waiting and they can choose what to eat.

Pros: great staff, tasty food, good value
gracep
gracep
  • vegan
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+56

Probably wouldn't go again

3
Posted on 09 / 14 / 2012

I was really excited at the words "all you can eat vegan buffet." This didn't live up to my expectations. I found only a few dishes from the buffet were really good, and overall, I thought a lot of the stuff was just kind of unappetising (for instance, there was a nice tasting curry, but it had pineapple pieces in it, and I'm pretty sure they were just the canned ones). The flavours weren't really to my liking and (maybe it's just because of the kind of person I am) I didn't really feel like the environment was that comfortable. That said, there was some of the best cake I've had in a long, long time there. I don't know how they got the texture so good, but that and the delicious apple flavour were really great.

Pros: Good deal in terms of price, Lots of choice, Very good dessert
Cons: Many dishes lacklustre, Staff not very friendly, Out of the way
Gobbledock
Gobbledock
  • vegan
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+66

Western style vegan buffet

3
Posted on 04 / 26 / 2012

It is important to book at Komkommertijd, we arrived one afternoon without a booking to be turned away, but have since been back after booking a table in advance. This place is very popular. The food was average, definitely not particularly gourmet, but I enjoyed it none the less. Notably, the soup was delicious, but the items on the main buffet weren't as tasty... That said I'm not really a fan of the whole buffet concept.

Pros: Good value if you are hungry
Cons: Need to book
Cindy Edwards
Cindy Edwards
  • vegan
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+25

A gem of a place

4
Posted on 09 / 26 / 2011

Don't be put off by the outside of this place - once through the corridor it opens up to a small open courtyard with tables, beyond which is the modern restaurant. We hadn't booked but were shown to a table in the courtyard by what appeared to be the only member of serving staff, but who was working hard and we didn't have to wait long for our drinks. They have a good drinks and wine list. The beauty of the buffet is that you can have as much or as little as you like, and go back for seconds or thirds of your favourite dishes. There was a tasty mushroom soup to start with, if wanted, (but sadly no bread to go with it). There was a selection of about 4 hot main courses, which were labeled but I can't read Flemish - there was a type of tofu sweet and sour, a gorgeous potato and onion dish in a creamy sauce, also a chickpea curry with a lovely kick of spice. A choice of rice, vegetables and potatoes, also a good selection of fresh salad. For afters, squares of delicious fruit sponge cake. Everything was vegan. The food was hot and fresh, and as the restaurant was busy, with a good vibe, it was replenshed quickly with freshly cooked food. Yes, I did go back for seconds and thirds. It cost 15 Euros a head and we paid about 20 Euros for a bottle of wine. Compared to maga expensive Bruges, it was very reasonable, especially being an all you can eat. The chap serving was friendly, cheerful and efficient. Highly recommended.

Pros: Delicious food, All you can eat, Everything vegan
Ghent Guy
Ghent Guy
  • vegan
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+18

Fun Place for Lunch

4
Posted on 09 / 08 / 2011

My wife and I went for lunch buffet. The restaurant is vibrant with a lot of students. The wait staff is fast and efficient. Food comes out of the kitchen at a fast pace.

The buffet has soup, salads, main courses, and dessert.
The soup and desserts were excellent. The main courses were good. We had a fun time and good food.

The restaurant is CASH only. Do not try to use a credit card.

Pros: Good Food, Fast Service, Pleasant Atmosphere
Cons: Cash Only
hippublican
hippublican
  • vegan
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+201

Good, but not my favorite

4
Posted on 04 / 23 / 2011

This restaurant was packed when we went. We snatched the last table, which was crammed up against another diner. That's alright with me, but it may bother you.
The food was delicious, particularly the soup which was so creamy and amazing. Truly the best soup I've ever had, which is surprising because it seemed so simple!
With the popularity of the restaurant came the brash service. Also, I was more than a little peeved when I realized after the fact that our food would have been much, much cheaper if we had gotten it carry-out. We certainly would have preferred eating elsewhere anyways.
Good restaurant, but I'd go to other places first, especially if you're on a time crunch.

Pros: good food
Cons: cramped
behindthelines
behindthelines
  • vegan
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+55

good value for money

4
Posted on 03 / 02 / 2011

Buffet: soup, several warm and cold plates (salads, nuts, olives and vegan sauce) and dessert (usually a piece of cake).
After finding a spot in the restaurant (often full house on the peak lunch and dinner hours) you serve yourself at the buffet - as many times as you want. The waiter serves the drinks. Pay at the counter.
You can also ask for a box and fill it yourself to take out.

There is a small terrace on the inner court yard, but not so nice there, as it just next to the toilets.

Really good value for money. Actually pretty cheap, especially if you have a big appetite and serve several times.
Sometimes the warm dishes can be a bit bland or overcooked, but there are always about 8 to choose from, so lots of variety. No haute cuisine though, but fair.

Pros: varied buffet, good value for money
Cons: sometimes bland warm dishes
Caryne
Caryne
  • vegan
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+177

Cheap vegan food but variable quality

3
Posted on 01 / 20 / 2011

There are three totally vegan places in Gent and at 12.50 euros for an 'all you can eat' buffet it is not surprising that this place is very popular, even on a cold weekday in January. Fairly easy to find, just a few minutes walk from the cathedral, this place is attractive in design with friendly, english speaking staff. There is no menu you simply find a table, take a plate and choose what you want from the large selection of hot and cold buffet items, a soup and a dessert. The soup (I'm not sure what it was as nothing is listed in english) was delicious and I was looking forward to enjoying the rest of the food. However, the main courses were very basic vegan 'cook in bulk' stuff, a curry, chilli, cauliflower cheese etc. I hate running a place like this down but none of it tasted that good. I normally love curry and chilli but this stuff just had an odd taste, not even sure what it was but just tasted bland. The cauliflower was practically raw, there's nothing worse than overcooked cauli but you can go too far the other way. The cold salads were fine but on a damp/cold day I wanted hot food. Luckily the walnut cake for dessert was great. Overall, fine if you want 'cheap and cheerful' but there are better placesd in Gent to eat vegan and not really for a lot more money.

Pros: All vegan, Great cakes, English Speaking
Cons: Bland food, Can get busy
Nebel
Nebel
  • vegetarian
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+16

Amazing!

5
Posted on 10 / 25 / 2010

Went here yesterday with my nearly-vegetarian boyfriend, 2 carnivores and 1 person that doesn't really like anything :')

The concept is great, a warm & cold all you can eat buffet. Enough to choose from and lots of variety, so there's basically always something you'll like. The food itself was lovely, everything tasted great, and it's only 15 euros!

The restaurant was full and I was thankful I made a reservation, I don't know how it is during the week but if you want to go during the weekend I think it's a good idea to make a reservation.

We've already planned to go back next time we're in Ghent ^^

Pros: Great food, Great concept, Very cheap
ostepop
ostepop
  • vegetarian
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+29

I love komkommertijd!

5
Posted on 08 / 02 / 2010

My boyfriend and I went here, and were amazed by the huge selection in the buffet. We suffed our faces with all kinds of excellent and tasty vegan food, oh boy were we full! The staff was nice and helpful, and they speak english. Komkommertijd is the place to go if you want a huge meal at a cheap price. It doesn't get any better than this. Note that you should probably reserve in advance if you're having dinner there. I had lunch, and there was no trouble finding a free table.

Pros: Cheap, Friendly staff, Excellent food
marieke.head
marieke.head
  • vegan
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+59

Very filling and delicious!

4
Posted on 07 / 12 / 2010

My boyfriend and I were in Ghent this past weekend and Komkommertijd happened to be just around the corner from the B&B we were staying at. The dishes were varied and delicious! We would definitely go again!

Pros: excellent food, good value, friendly staff
Cons: few desserts
helenrh
helenrh
  • vegan
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+19

Lots of good food

5
Posted on 06 / 23 / 2010

Recently visited - so much choice and all lovely. A real treat. Thank you!


Jirko
Jirko
  • vegetarian
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+85

Great all you can eat vegan-buffet

5
Posted on 08 / 14 / 2009

Probably the best place to go in Belgium. I haven't met anyone who loved it until this day. You can take as much as you like from the warm and cold buffet, soup and dessert for a fixed very decent price. My all time favourite restaurant.

Pros: Great food, Great price
Cons: None so far
XspeedyX
XspeedyX
  • vegan
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+62

Perfect food

5
Posted on 08 / 24 / 2008

I have only had one time that I didn't adore the food.
Every other time was beyond perfection.
The juices are really good, the desserts are famous and the main dishes are so good they have cost me way too many calories. :)
Go and be happy that you went.


RachelLouise
RachelLouise
  • vegan
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+126

Excellent food every time!

5
Posted on 07 / 29 / 2008

Go to Komkommertijd if you want a big meal. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes soup and dessert. There are usually about 8 warm dishes and several cold ones to choose from. Usually there are loempias (spring rolls), stuffed tomatoes, dal, some type of rice, and various vegetable and tofu dishes. The dessert changes every day. It's usually some type of cake and can be very good. The staff has always been friendly to me, and I believe they all speak English. Reservations are not needed, but are a good idea for large groups.

Pros: All-you-can-eat vegan buffet, Delicious
Cons: Too hot in warm weather
kalhak
kalhak
  • vegetarian
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+26

Buffet

5
Posted on 05 / 04 / 2008

Just what you need after travelling. Bistro with various vegan choices. Cold, warm and dessert. Atmosphere and service were nice. Brilliant... A must place to visit.

Pros: buffet, all you can eat
juliej
juliej
  • vegetarian
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+73

Yummy

5
Posted on 11 / 14 / 2007

This vegan resturant was lovely. The staff were very friendly and helpful as we didnt speak a word of Dutch. The food is delicious. There are a few mains and lots of salad. You could eat as much as you like for £10.


appelsien
appelsien
  • vegan
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+19

cucumber time is over

4
Posted on 08 / 19 / 2007

In the komkommertijd, me and my boyfriend had the best vegan food we ever had in a restaurant. Everything was delicious, from the creative entrees to the sweet desserts. The komkommertijd became our favourite restaurant. We would take people to eat there and go there on special (and not so special) occasions. However, we had some bad experiences with extremely unfriendly staff. They were annoying because we didn't make a reservation (even though it was obvious we were the only customers that night) and just plain unfriendly. It made us feel uncomfortable and after a few times that this happened we decided not to go back. That made me sad, i guess it's not the only place in Gent for vegan food, but it's really the best one.

Pros: delicious food, great choice, self service
Cons: unfriendly staff
  • XspeedyX XspeedyX

    It happened to us one day too, but every other visit was perfect. I guess everyone has his off-days.

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Nickysr
Nickysr
  • vegan
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+72

A gem of a place!!

5
Posted on 04 / 15 / 2007

Arriving in Ghent on Easter Sunday, we thought we would struggle to find anything open, never mind a vegan restaurant. How excited were we to discover this great little place, open and serving some of the best vegan food I have ever eaten!
With the most friendly staff and modern, crisp decor we really felt welcome.
The food is served buffet style and with six or so mains and a wonderful array of salads, we really indulged! A tofu and mushroom Stroganoff, Soya Bolognaise, Spinach and Potato curry, Nutty couscousand a Celeriac bake gave us so much choice we were up and down to the hotplates more times than we really should have! But as everything is vegan, we really were spoilt for choice and it seemed rude not to sample everything!
The staff were really chatty and fun and the food was fresh and really tasty.
The lemon sponge for dessert was possibly the most yummy pudding I have ever had.
One of the best vegan places I have had the pleasure of eating in. Perfect!!

Pros: Amazing food, buffet style, friendly staff

 

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