One of the more vegan friendly eats in Zurich. Choose between buffet (pay per weight) and a la carte. There are tofu dishes, vegan soya schnitzel, vegan burger, Asian dishes, and vegan dessert. Around 80% of the items are vegan suitable and labeled. Pasta served in evening. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, International, Western, Buffet, Beer/Wine, Take-out, European
Langstrasse 231 (Limmatplatz)
Zurich, Switzerland 8005
+41-0444401313

Mon-Fri 11:00am-11:00pm, Sat 4:00pm-11:00pm

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First Review by ornella
Adrian_E
Adrian_E
  • vegan
Contributions
+16

Buffet is not convenient for vegans

2
Posted on 01 / 19 / 2016

There is a large buffet, but it is not visible in any way what is vegan and what is not. Especially at times when there are many people at the buffet, it is extremely cumbersome when, at every part of the buffet, you have to wait until someone can tell you what is vegan and what is not.

As far as I know, for years, many people have told them that it would be good if it was visible what is vegan and what is not - is would not matter for non-vegans, but obviously make it much easier for vegans. But they are strictly against it. When I told them that it was good if it was visible what is vegan, they reacted in a very aggressive way.

When the restaurant opened in 2005, it may have been more widespread to treat vegans as second-class guests that do not matter. But that they have such a hostile attitude even in 2016, make it very complicated for vegans (even though a large part of the buffet is vegan, it is just not so easy to find out what) and react to suggestions to make it clearly visible what is vegan and what is not in an aggressive way, is really astonishing.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday January 19, 2016

Updated from previous review on Tuesday January 19, 2016

Pros: the evening menu (with vegan labels)
Cons: the buffet and anti-vegan attitude
s_k_
s_k_
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+188

Interesting and worthwhile option

4
Posted on 09 / 08 / 2015

This is a very respectable vegetarian restaurant in a city that already has several options. I've been to Hiltl and Tibits many times, and it's hard not to compare SamSes against them. It does fairly well in the comparison, but read on. (I only tried the buffet; I don't know what the menu items are like.)

The buffet is divided into three sections: prepared salads (more like quinoa and beets, not green and leafy); creamy dishes (Asian- and Western-inspired); and singleton items (like little patties and sausages). This is a nice layout, and each section has about eight options, giving plenty to choose from. There is only a small amount of fake meat, and very little Indian presence (unlike Hiltl). None of the dishes is labeled, but the staff will happily explain each one to you.

In terms of price, it costs just about exactly the same as Tibits and a bit less than Hiltl. The number of choices is comparable to Tibits (but somwhat different in character, as I describe below) and far smaller than at Hiltl.

Service is very friendly, and the place is very pleasant. It's a bit cheaper to take food to go, which is easy to do (they have boxes at the ready, and will readily supply you with cutlery).

Frankly, I preferred Tibits somewhat over this. Tibits has many more fresh vegetables and greens, which are notably missing here. I also prefer the flavors at Tibits. SamSes has more in terms of prepared sauce-laden foods, but these tended to feel a bit heavy. I felt there were more healthy eating options in Tibits. Not all the flavors appealed to me as much as they did at Tibis, either. But on a day when I was looking for "comfort food", this would definitely be the place to go.

Overall, I liked SamSes. It's in a bustling location and a great restaurant. I just personally happen to prefer Tibits a little more, especially since there is no notable difference in price. But that's not a strike at all against SamSes, which would hold its own just about anywhere. Nice people, nice place, well worth a try or more.

One other thing. On some evenings they seem to get lots of reservations, so if you really have your heart set on trying them out, call ahead. If you go on the early side (say 5:30), they will give you a table provided you can clear out before the reservations, which is very reasonable.

Pros: good range of food, relatively little fake meat, great staff and place
Cons: too little greens, not all flavors pleased me, not clearly better than competition
KennyHurts
KennyHurts
  • vegan
Contributions
+20

Ubernice

5
Posted on 12 / 02 / 2014

I really like this vegetarian restaurant, they have a lot of vegan options. The menues are always awesome and the coffe pannacotta is epic! Very friendly stuff and good prices for zurich¨!



njoy
njoy
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+38

good meals, great staff

5
Posted on 06 / 29 / 2014

we always enjoy to eat there!


vegan_ryan
vegan_ryan
  • vegan
Contributions
+1390

Delicious and friendly

4
Posted on 10 / 28 / 2013

The food here is great. It's a bit expensive, but very delicious, and the staff is very friendly.

We had appetizers, main course, desserts and even bought some muffins to take with us for breakfast the next day. All of it was incredibly delicious, and the tiramisu is possibly the best I've ever had.

Recommended: wiener schnitzel and tiramisu. Or the chocolate mousse.

Pros: All-veg, Friendly
Cons: Pricey
DieEule
DieEule
  • vegan
Contributions
+28

Delicious Food, friendly staff

5
Posted on 08 / 27 / 2013

Best Veganisu (vegan Tiramisu) ever. Always fresh and great choice of vegan food and vine / beverages. Very friendly service.

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff, Nice ambiance
Cons: A bit pricey, but hey: it's Zurich!
Guest
Guest

i love it :)

5
Posted on 08 / 21 / 2013

... i go there for my loved "schnitzel"... its cosy, staff and bro&sis are very friendly... just tell them you are vegan and they explain there buffet (what you can eat) and also they have a delicious food card... where they can cook they meal vegan (if you tell them:)
i love to go there... and dont forget to call for a table... so many people like this place.... yummi...
ahhh.. and if you miss some loved food-they ask you for a recept to try it... what else you want? :)

Pros: schnitzel, cool staff, buffet & co
jonathancross
jonathancross
  • vegan
Contributions
+23

Nice place, but a bit boring for the neighborhood

3
Posted on 04 / 22 / 2013

The food is good, nice place for a date, but there is more interesting, spicy vegetarian food in the neighborhood for less money.

Pros: vegan deserts, many options
Cons: more expensive than other places nearby, swiss-tastes, not very spicy
vegantonio
vegantonio
  • vegan
Contributions
+86

Nice place for a vegan / vegetarian dinner ...

3
Posted on 07 / 03 / 2012

in Zürich if you like a boutique Restaurant... don't expect too much tough as Hiltl has influenced the vegetarian scene in town (a lot of curry indian touch everywhere). Samses try tough to offer some mediterranean food. For Vegan is a good place to it as they can get even some cruelty free dessert. I would go there if I was in town...

Pros: good food, interesting location, friendly staff
Cons: could be more courageous
Tara HD
Tara HD
  • vegan
Contributions
+339

Good food, slow service

3
Posted on 01 / 18 / 2012

We were there on a Friday evening. It was very crowded, the service was obviously obverstrained. It was not clear from the menue which food is vegan, so we had to ask the waitress (who had enough other things to do - one would think it's easy enough to mark vegan items clearly on the menue). It finally took more than half an hour before we could place any order. Afterwards it was OK though, the food came rather quickly.

The food tasted good, nothing to get excited about though.

Pros: good food
Cons: vegan items not marked in menue, slow service
Swimmy23
Swimmy23
  • vegan
Contributions
+27

Best place in Zürich

5
Posted on 07 / 10 / 2011

This restaurant is definitly the best place to go for vegan food in Zürich! They change their menu quarterly and always come out with new great food like vegan Schnitzel, Burger, vegan Tiramisu, or now the lovely bouja-bouja ice cream. It is a vegetarian restaurant, but most of the food is vegan and they don't do boring vegan food. They have cream sauces for vegans, great desserts and always a smile on their face. Thank you for being here and making my life a bit happier!

Pros: buffet, great a la carte menue, best vegan food!
Cons: none
AkashaBertozzi
AkashaBertozzi
  • vegan
Contributions
+63

my favourite restaurant as a vegan in zurich

5
Posted on 06 / 23 / 2011

since anoush had to close down his vegan restaurant, thats by far the best option for vegans.beautiful vegan brother and sister are owner of the place. close to 90 % is vegan food and they are friendly, not expensive and delicious ! i love that place in the middle of langstrasse, the red light district, so always something to watch while waiting for my veganisu (-:


Guest
Guest

mixed bag

3
Posted on 04 / 05 / 2011

veganisu is recommended!

had a gnocchi that was very bland and my friend had a schnitzel that was also very bland!

but friendly service!:)

Pros: price
Cons: hit and miss
Guest
Guest

Most recommended!

5
Posted on 03 / 23 / 2011

Very nice place with excellent food, friendly staff and cheap prices. The veganisu is highly recommended!

Pros: Exquisite food, Friendly staff, Cheap prices
AmericanPhil
AmericanPhil
  • vegan
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+72

Mmm

5
Posted on 01 / 21 / 2011

Good! Get the tofu with white sauce if you're vegan! Or the weinerschnitzel! Both vegan :) once a month there's half off the weight of the buffet...

Pros: Good food, Clean
Aziraphale
Aziraphale
  • vegan
Contributions
+29

Best place in Zurich

5
Posted on 01 / 11 / 2011

I live in Zurich and this is my favourite vegetarian restaurant - I have to agree with qter that "Tofu in persil and white wine sauce must be the best vegan dish I ever have had in a restaurant" - it is just outstanding. I also love the vegan mousse au chocolat.
The restaurant is quite popular, so you might want to book ahead, especially Friday night.

Pros: Great food
Cons: Staff can be a bit stressed
Psychonaut
Psychonaut
  • vegan
Contributions
+50

My favourite place in Zurich

5
Posted on 09 / 12 / 2010

We live in Zurich and so we know well the different places here. The Samses is our favourite place. The food is good, the staff friendly, prices are good. Sadly there is no completely vegan place in Zurich (at least no regular restaurant), but the vegan options are clearly marked at the Samses and at the buffet you can always ask the staff.

Pros: Good food, Friendly staff, Good prices
Cons: -, -, -
nspanee
nspanee
  • vegan
Contributions
+100

first choice in zurich

5
Posted on 11 / 17 / 2009

we had a wedding there. just perfect. my friend introduced them to the veganisu and the wienerschnitzel. only one time my food was a bit salty. guess the chef was in love that time.
staff is very friendly. most people go there frequently and know each other. so atmospheres great
so much better then hiltl which is mainly not catering for vegans a lot and is really pricey and sooooo busy that its more of a "custom clearance"

Pros: food, staff
emvee
emvee
  • vegan
Contributions
+30

Yum, yum, yum

5
Posted on 09 / 01 / 2009

i really enjoyed my meal at this restaurant. i had a tofu dish (so tasty!) from the menu, which is in english and vegan options were very clearly labelled. And i agree the vegan tiramisu was great!

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, great ambiance
gr8vegan
gr8vegan
  • vegan
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+1287

Wonderful Vegan options!

5
Posted on 05 / 02 / 2009

Their menu has clearly marked vegan items, divided into two main categories of Tofu or Pasta dishes. They have a wonderful Veganmasu dessert & a vegan muffin. Like the many reviews below say, the food is wonderful, excellent presentation and great atmosphere! There is a buffet in addition to the a la cart and if you're in a hurry its the way to go, weigh your plate and pay.

I followed a reviewer below and tried the White Wine Tofu Dish, its a very interesting maybe Yeast based sauce with a wonderful tang and it comes with a bed of rice and grilled veggies. You might want to make a reservation, it filled up pretty fast on a Saturday night. English is spoken!

Pros: many vegan options, vegan dessert, english/atmosphere
blackxcloud
blackxcloud
  • vegan
Contributions
+36

good eating

5
Posted on 02 / 11 / 2009

We found Samses via this website when looking up places we could eat at in Zurich. We had dinner from the menu on a Saturday night which was great, I had a tofu and coconut milk based curry and my boyfriend had a spaghetti dish which were both delicious. The atmosphere was lovely, and the staff were amazing. Our german is terrible, and they very helpfully spoke to us in english! We went back for a late lunch on our last day (Monday), we tried the buffet this time which was very good as well. It was great to find some vegan desserts, the vegan tiramisu was lovely, but I think it needed more of a coffee flavour, and there was too much of it (but that is not necessarily a bad thing). I would totally recommend this restaurant to anyone. I preferred it to hitil, much better value and better service.


Qtea
Qtea
  • vegan
Contributions
+51

The best tofu I ever have had in a restaurant

5
Posted on 01 / 21 / 2009

Tofu in persil and white wine sauce must be the best vegan dish I ever have had in a restaurant. For most of the main dishes (not including pasta) you can choose whether you want to have it served with potatoes, pasta, rice or grilled vegetables.

Pros: free choice: pasta/rice/vegetables, fiendly staff, atmosphere
Jewel
Jewel
  • vegan
Contributions
+18

Nice Restaurant - Cosy Atmosphere

4
Posted on 04 / 16 / 2008

The food was fresh and tasty and I found the staff really helpful,friendly and quite happy to explain about the vegan options (of which there was a good selection). I would definitely recommend SamSes if your in Zürich and I will definitely be visiting again soon.

Pros: atmosphere, Friendly Staff, Good, Healthy Food
Cons: Not the cheapest, Not in the best of areas
ornella
ornella
  • vegetarian
Contributions
+16

don't miss this place

5
Posted on 10 / 07 / 2007

Any time again ;o) escellent service and great food in a relaxing ambience. The choice between a large buffet or a very tasty àlaCarte.

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff, very nice ambience
Cons: good price, big choice of food, large portions

 

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