don't be fooled by the look of the place, the food is amazing and unique. Choice is wide enough but I always go for the vegan plate: it is always different and delicious. Highly recommended.
Cons: place needs refurbishing, shared tables
don't be fooled by the look of the place, the food is amazing and unique. Choice is wide enough but I always go for the vegan plate: it is always different and delicious. Highly recommended.
food was great, but waiting time and service were a bit off, especially considering the upper average prices.
The food taste very nice and the staff is very nice as well! I would definitely recommend you visit this place if you're in Amsterdam!
Das TerraZen befindet sich sehr zentral in Amsterdam und ist sehr gut zu erreichen und leicht zu finden in einer charmanten Seitengasse. Der Eingang in das Etablissement ist äußerst ungewöhnlich — lose, in Erde eingelassene Steinplatten zieren das Entree. Ansonsten ist das Interieur bunt gemischt. Die Ausstattung beinhaltet in die Jahre gekommenes retro-modisches Mobiliar, das nicht jedermanns Fall sein dürfte. Auch die Gerüche erinnern nicht unbedingt an ein Restaurant, sondern an die eines Headshops. Pflanzen runden das Arrangement ab.
Hinter der Theke begrüßte uns sehr freundlich und herzlich der Chef. Nach kurzem Smalltalk erläuterte er uns die heutige Menükarte und sprach Empfehlungen aus, welche nicht einleuchtend verständlich waren.
Wir entschieden uns für Spring Rolls, Sushi mit Avokado und die Vegan Plate. Auf Nachfrage des Chefs, ob die Speisen "spicy" gewünscht seien, drückten wir unmissverständlich aus, dass es auf keinen Fall ("not spicy, please!") erwünscht ist.
Nach kurzer Zeit (ca. 10 Minuten) wurden die Spring Rolls serviert. Die Rolls waren paniert, interessant gefüllt und schmeckten bis auf die Tatsache, dass die dazugehörige Sauce spicy war, sehr empfehlenswert. Wenige Minuten später wurden Sushi und die Plate serviert. Bei den sieben Sushis wurde zwar der Wunsch nach Avokadofüllung missachtet, jedoch schmeckten auch diese anders-interessant. Man sollte allerdings beachten, dass sie mit herkömmlichen Sushi nichts gemein haben (allein die Tatsache, dass sie nicht mit normalem Reis, sondern mit braunem Reis hergestellt wurden). Auch hier wurde an Schärfe nicht gespart. Die Vegan Plate sollte aber noch einmal in Sachen Schärfe einen drauf setzen... die auf der Platte befindlichen Sachen waren ausnahmslos frittiert und aufgrund der Schärfe beinahe ungenießbar.
Die drei Speisen kosteten insgesamt 36 Euro (ohne Getränke) und waren in unseren Augen nicht gerechtfertigt.
- für hygienisch-penible Leute nicht zu empfehlen
- Portionen zu klein
- Essen entweder zu fettig oder zu scharf
Indeed, you easily walk past the TerraZen Centre, but once you stepped into this tiny restaurant through a tiny garden (!), you will find some delicious food! Everything looks a bit crappy, but it's very cozy. The chef is nearly always singing to reggae music, and everybody is very friendly. The first day I had the "Vegan Plate" with lots of fake meat (usually not my cup of tea), but it was tasty and crispy. The bread that comes with it was far beyond anything I've ever tasted--so yummy! The next day I was not that hungry, and took the Samosas, very delicious, too, but nothing else comes with it, it's a side dish. My wife ate the TZ Burger, which was not a burger in the commom sense, but very good! The TZ Jamaican Plate was an explosion of taste.
To make it short, visit this place, even if the looks may deter you.
TerraZen was so nondescript we completely walked past while we were trying to find it! When we walked in we were second guessing we were at the right place as it looked completely different to what we saw on social media but once the food came out we knew we were in vegan heaven! The food was so good and quite a good price for the size and quality. There was very limited seating and the staff didn't really explain well what the dishes included but is definitely worth going to as it is located in the city centre close to Dam Square which many other vegan friendly cafes aren't.
We had to go there twice to try the rest of the menu. First day vegan plate, spring rolls, sushi and chocolate cake. Second day, Jamaican plate, noodles, spring rolls(again), chicken rott wrap. We wanted to try samosa and burger but was so full.
Very nice relaxing atmosphere, cosy small place. A little hard to find the first time. But the next day, easy. Nice couple running the place. Good service and no stress.
You HAVE to go there!!!
Our group of 4 arrived at TerraZen, hoping for good food as reported on Happy Cow. However, we could not bear to stay to order after the terrible service (or lack thereof) at this restaurant. We sat down at a table, and two young ladies came up to our table and asked us what we wanted to order. The menu was written on the blackboard in front of the cashier. We started off by asking them what was in the 'Vegan Plate', as it was not indicated on the blackboard. One of the young ladies explained it in a very bored tone (it was like talking to my teenage spoilt cousin). My friend then asked about the 'Jamaican Plate', she rolled her eyes (really, it was like talking to a spoilt teenage princess) and repeated the contents of the 'Vegan Plate'. I explained that we wanted to know the contents of the 'JAMAICAN PLATE', and the two waitresses giggled along with the man behind the counter. There was no language barriers, as we all spoke English. We did not feel welcome there at all. So we decided to leave. The food may be good, but we didn't think a bad attitude would come with it.
So wish we had found this place last year and earlier this year.The most amazing tasty food do not be put off by it's warm and friendly shabby chic look,it's moor like a friendly beach shack in the centre of town,the whole atmostphere is so restful,great music,have a game of dominoes while you wait,enjoy fantastic shakes,everything prepared fresh, I had the Roti 2 days in a row and my husband the Jerk Chicken...place totally vegan,so obviously not the real chicken.Service on day 1 by a beautiful kind Japanese lady,the next day different waitress, quite impatient,not tolerant of people who can only speak English, was more like a surly teenager who did not really want to be there so it did change the vibe a tad but food was still great and the other lady was around so a lot was forgiven as we all have bad days.
Everything here was completely delicious!!!
Really friendly and chatty couple (if you want to have a natter). EXCELLENT food, sugar free desserts. Very unassuming little place that was a gem to find! Can't recommend enough.
Seriously the food is incredible!!! And the staff is super kind and friendly. BEST restaurant ever!!!!
We had the spring rolls, the sushi rolls, the curry and the ginger tea. And all the people reading this you have to try the food there. It is simply AMAZING...
I had a bowl of something called "natto", which is a Japanese dish of fermented soybeans. Something I'd never heard of but loved a lot!
It's a bit pricey though (~€12-15 per dish) so wouldn't eat there every day.
Also, they can sometimes be closed when it's supposed to be opening hours, so you might want to ring in advance.
Great atmosphere with wall paintings, reggae music and vegan "propaganda" :)
I ate here the last two nights. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is great. The owners are a man from the Caribbean and a women from Japan. We had two combination plates, which were great. We also had spring rolls which were breaded and with a very good sauce. It is a bit expensive, but I think it is worth it. After dinner, the chef even gave us a free drink to enjoy for our walk home. Overall this is a great find, it is a little tricky to find as it is tucked away in an alley but it is worth the extra trouble of finding it.
The food at TerraZen was nice, but probably not worth the struggle it takes to get it. There are no prices anywhere, so the bill was a bit of a surprise - as other reviewers have noted, the setting is neither big nor particularly attractive, so I'd expected the prices to reflect that. We had the combination plate, which had some really well-prepared vegetables, rice and deep fried mock chicken. Everything tasted good. We were told there was only one dessert option (others were given two options), and were served the scrawniest piece of cheesecake imaginable. The centre was nice, but the outer part had no base and was almost frozen. The main problem was the surly attitude of the waitress. We arrived at 7:15 and it was full, so we asked to reserve a table for 8, which she cheerfully agreed to. When we returned at 7:55 and it was full, all she said was "It's not 8 yet", so we hung around for 20 minutes, despite the fact that only 2 people there were actually still eating, everyone else had finished. She made no effort to offer anyone the bill, or offer us a drink while we waited. When we finally placed our order, she told us that we could have ordered while we were waiting. She could have told us that! It seemed like everyone had to make an effort to be served - she wasn't asking if people wanted another drink/dessert/the bill. It was very peculiar service.
The food was absolutely amazing, it was honestly the tastiest food I have ever eaten, we ate there everyday for the 3 days we were in Amsterdam. I had the combination plate, the crispy chicken roti wrap and the crispy chicken burger with roti. I can't recommend this place enough. Fantastic Caribbean/ Japanese food in a friendly chilled out atmosphere, what more could you want?
Very central but still a bit hard to find. I was there a few days ago. Yes, it is small and sticky and seemed not very hygienic either. For my mixed plate, which was a rather basic, not exiting dish I payed 15 Euro. Even for Amsterdam is was insanely expensive. Besides, there are no prices declared anywhere, regarding both food and beverages, so this came as a surprise to me. I don't want to impute they are ripping off unaware costumers, yet it's tinged with lack of understanding. Apart from that TerraZen have by no means 'moderate' prices. I have to admit though that there was nothing wrong with the taste or quality of the food, that was untainted. Since I had to wait for quite a while (few other guests had to wait even (much) longer although they had ordered earlier than me), back in the hotel my cloths had a penetrating oil smell. The staff seemed a bit overchallenged, some small child scrambled about in the food counter aso. But there were good things too: Reggae music, nice other guests and after all everything is vegan. Still, there is quite some room for improvement.
When you step in it's dirt everywhere cause of the plants inside. The place looks nothing like the pictures. No prices anywhere to be seen and the staff is mostly 10 yo kids that speak bad english. They sell the most expensive brands of water in smallest bottles. Foods for two people cost us almost 45€. The waiters drops forks and knives on the dirty table and the chef handles cash and coins the same time as he's cooking.
So, after reading a bunch of reviews and visiting the place myself just this weekend, let me tell you how to enjoy TerraZen.
First, make sure you are not too hungry, prepare for it by making sure you are going there for the hunger to come. If it is closed and you give them a call, just hang out in the neighborhood until the time they tell you to. Should be about right. Plenty of things to see in the area, so no reason to stay.
Second, the menu is more like a guideline. Don't busy yourself too much with it, just go with the flow. The chef will take custom orders if you want to (just be a bit specific). Also, this chef just says what he thinks. I like that in people.
Third, ignore the surroundings, the "shabby"-ness of the place. It resembles a squatted place, loosely, both in interior decoration (lol) and mannerisms.
Fourth, it is not called terraZEN for nothing. Don't rush, take your time, talk to people. YOU create the atmosphere you want at this place. Going here and expecting to be served like in a normal restaurant will yield you little results and lots of irritation. Just have an open mind!
Fifth, enjoy the food! It might be pricey, but it is well worth it in my book. Just remember that you are in the center of Amsterdam, and that this might be one of the cheapest places to get some decent food in the evening. Don't know where you are from, but most capitols I've visited are always overpriced. - insert memory of 5€ stale beer at a random pub -
So, if you have the right mindset for this place, go for it! You will not be disappointed!
Updated from previous review on Sunday January 04, 2015
When you enter this place, you wouldn't say the food is going to be as good as it is. The place is small and very simple, but the food has a very high quality. The vegan chicken is is excellent!
My sister and husband were with me when we finally found this hole in the wall. And yes, this is what it was, a hole in the wall, and not in a good way. Very bad vibes when we looked in. The owner looked and acted high, the one table had an oil cloth on it, which probably started out as a regular cotton cloth, but over the years, it had probably never been washed, the "oiled" look, probably from the oil in the air. We walked by here two times, one time being brave enough to just go inside. We should have trusted our instincts. The stench was enough to make us make a beeline out of there. There is nothing quaint, or "chill" about the place. It's a dump. If it looks dirty and the smell is bad, that is your indication that it's time to find another restaurant. If it's dirty IN the restaurant, what do you think the kitchen looks like??? No, not cool. If this were in the US, the Dept of Health would shut the place down, period. Not worth it.
The food was really good. The interior is kinda shabby looking, so if you're the kind of person that is bothered by that or by a little mess, don't go here.
It's a nice place, not my favourite, but I would totally go back!
First of all: The food is good but the place is not very inviting. We were three people and we asked for a large plate to share. The plate we got was small so I asked for another one and earned a strange look and "I saw u coming in and knew u were sceptical..." That brought a very strange vibe to the whole thing. We payed 39€ for two plate (each 15€ which was basically enough for one person) + 3 drink á 3€. I would like to recommend the place but my overall impression was more negative (what I have being told about my second order + the overpriced plates).
This owner run establishment is a breath of fresh air in the City Center. The menu has something for everyone.
The owner is very accommodating and takes special requests with an open heart and a big smile.
We felt like we were having dinner at a close friend's house.
We were there for 4 days and ate their for dinner every single night.
I enjoyed my meal at this place. The owner is a friendly man who recommended us the combo plate with rice, veggies, tofu, tempeh, chicken flavoured something... Really tasty and enough amount for a meal. A bit overprized though. Prizes are not written anywhere and i felt a bit surprized when he told me the combo + a drink were 17,5€. Anyway, i'd recommend to give it a try at least once.
To start, the place looks like anything and certainly not a place to eat. The atmosphere is really bad, there is two poor tables. All is dirty, tables, floor, fridges, cutleries ... There is also a showcase with questionable food, tabacco, cigarrets papers, filters ... We didn’t understand. There is no prices, bad explications. And that’s why we paid 35 euros for two mixed plates. It was fried fake chicken, barbecue sauce ... It was late, we were starving, and the reviews were good. That’s absolutely not what we expected.
OK, this place has totally changed over the past years and I'm not sure why. I was there with my partner in December. There were only two tables in there (1 oval and 1 small square). The whole interior is very weird and looks like they combined any furniture they could find randomly. It is a very trippy sort of cafe (exactly the kind of psychedelic joint your usual meat eater/omnivore has in mind when you tell them about a vegan place). To be fair, the food was very good. I had a Tempeh burger and it was delicious and very satisfying, the portion was big. Also the staff was very nice as well. We found the prices also OK. But...this place could be so much nicer and the small space could be used a lot more efficiently - What happened here over the past years?! Seems like there is absolutely no business model or concept behind this. Last but not least...ATTENTION: For some reason they sell "Rivella" drinks (saw them in the fridge) and they are NOT VEGAN. Rivella contains Milk Serum and it even says so on the label...do not drink that if you are vegan. This lead me to rate this cafe with 2 points instead of maybe 3.
I was very happy with the service me and my boyfriend got when we visited the place on our latest trip to Amsterdam. We were the only customers during our stay, and the food came very quickly. After reading the reviews I was expecting to wait forever for the food to be ready, so it was a pleasant surprise. We both ordered the vegan plate, which was huge. Neither of us very able to finish the this enormous portion that consisted of rice, some kind of cabbage, tempeh, tofu and vegan chicken. I've never eaten tempeh so great, and the chicken was mouth-watering. The whole price for two portions and one drink was around 30 euros, which I find reasonable since it was probably one of the best meals ever. We will definitely return here.
I took the mixed plate with 1 drink. The dish was home-made tasty food but overall it was a bit expensive for just a normal-size plate & a drink (€17)
The eatery is located in the center, in a small streey secluded from the main busy streets. There were only 2 tables, each occupies up to 4-5 pp. We shared one table with 4 other guests. There was no menu card, only a black chalkboard with handwritten 4-5 dishes. They refer the "vegan plate" right away, which my partner took, along with a Bionadr. I took a pumpkin soup, along with a green smoothie. My soup came first, smoothie came last. In total, it cost 28 Euro, without a bill!! There were no prices so we didn't expect it to be this much! They had a drink automat selling Bionade and water. There was a glas vitrine separating guests from the bar, selling vegan milk and chips, but it was rather empty. On the wall, there was another glas shelf which sells greeting cards and picture frames... During our stay, a group of people walked in, greeted the cook and walked out. Needless to say that we just felt strange...
All in all, food was good, nothing impressive though and really expensive. Everything does not seem in place and little space was not used efficiently. There's a lot of room for improvement.
The food here was amazingly good! I was in Amsterdam on business and ate here two of my six nights in town.
The owner makes a daily vegan plate that is customized by adding tofu, tempeh, or vegan chicken and rice, roti, or noodles. Both of the daily plates were great, the vegan chicken and noodles were particularly tasty.
The family who owns the restaurant is very nice. The owner / chef even came out and joked that he was "putting extra love in the food".
The wall has a fantastic mural painted on it, but the restaurant only has two tables so takeout could be a good option.
Platos del día, todo riquisimo, barato, muy buena experiencia.
If you are looking for a restaurant, and you want to be served...and I mean this in all aspects of the word....then DO NOT GO HERE!
If you are looking for great food, fabulous conversation, and a little education and enlightenment. Step right up, pull up a chair.
This is like coming back home to mom's house and she's cooking in the kitchen. Except here it's dad working his magic. I come here to be nourished. I don't ask for anything specifically, I just tell him to make me whatever he wants. Whatever moves him, cook it up, and AMAZINGLY it has always been fabulous. I have read a few of the reviews here about the cost of things at his place, but seriously, good vegan food is hard to find, and maintaining any establishment in Amsterdam ain't cheap!
This place isn't about sitting apart, it's about communal eating. It may throw many people off because we have been fed a stereotype of what a restaurant is suppose to look like. Well, what if you took your mom's kitchen table, you know the old oval one with the leaf insert and put that in as your main eating area. This encourages people to sit and talk to one another, strangers with the same eating habits actually sitting around and talking! Mix in some great island home cooking with a little asian flair and next thing you know you're all talking and eating and SHARING!
I've met people from around the world here from Isreal to Alabama, Texas to Taipei and back again, and it's amazing what seating can encourage people to do. I too was a bit thrown by the atmosphere at first, but some great things come weirdly wrapped. I spend a lot of time in Amsterdam and this is the only place that I eat. Find me sitting at the square table, pull up a chair and lets talk and eat together.
I have been eating here at least twice a week for about a month and the conversations with people are so great and the food is so good I didn't even know until a few days ago that he also has WIFI. It helped out when someone tried to explain ackee and jackfruit to me. Oh yeah, he has that in the kitchen too.
Server yourself your own beverage out of the beverage area, and just wait. you'll be pleasantly surprised. And if you see me, just smile and say hello! :)
So if you're looking for a "you must server me...or a ...have it your way" kind of restaurant... Burger King is around the corner.
Ambiance rasta en dehors du temps et de l'espace un peu space au premier abord ^^, mais une fois l'immersion effectuée et le plat apporté, que du régal, varié et équilibré :)
the owner welcomed my boyfriend and I so well ! He was really funny and cool guy. there were nobody else in the restaurant as it was a bit late for a lunch, and he made 2 big and delicious homemade plates. For me it was Tofu with a sweet sauce, azuki beans, "roti" (like a big pancakes really good), and some vegetables with delicious topping and sauce. My boyfriend had vegan chicken nuggets, brown rice, vegetables. Everything was absolutely delicious and we want to go back the next time we visit Amsterdam.
I went on hols from UK to Amsterdam with my friend and we visited TarraZen. It has a really relaxed atmosphere and very friendly staff. There was so much choice, it took my ages to decide but I had the beans/greens and rice and it was AMAZIN, so good that a few days later my hubby joined me in Amsterdam and we went back for lunch. A 'must-eat' if your a vegi/vegan in Amsterdam, would definitely go back. xx
Love the owner and family but things are going downhill for terra Zen. For the second time I arrive and the door is locked. Phone number rings the house, no one knows where the owner is. Strolls over 20 mins later and makes a nice plate of tofu for me. For 17 euros including a drink. Great food, great guy but this business model is not going to fly.
Great slow food! Everything is vegan, super well-cooked, great atmosphere. Don't go there if you're in a rush. The food is kinda Japanese-cuban fusion it will blow your mind. Really loved it!!!
I went to have my meals here many times when I was in Amsterdam, eat-in and also take away. It was like having a meal at a friend's home. Every dish was made fresh & hot from the kitchen with the feeling of home-cooking. Although I ordered some of the same dishes, each time they were not exactly the same, but every time was very good.
The owners are such a lovely couple of husband & wife. I can feel that they cooked from their heart. Someone might feel that their service is 'weird'. But as I mentioned, if you expect a five stars or a proper restaurant service, this place is not for you. But if you like home-cooking and simple-friendly atmosphere, I definitely recommend. For me, if I live in Amsterdam, I would regularly have my meals here.
Anyway, one thing you need to be ready for is waiting, it is not very ideal to have a meal or order a take away here if you are in a rush. Just chill out, good food needs some time and they will serve you the best you can get.
I had good expectations about this restaurant (exotic cuisine and 100% vegan) but when I tried it, I was a bit disappointed. Among the negative points were at first the very poor service. We ordered 3 dishes and 1 was forgot even if we were only four people inside the restaurant! At the end, one of our desserts was also forgot. They seem to be really disorganized. They are very friendly nevertheless. The man is a character and funny.
In terms of food, I was also a little let down. I ordered the TerraZen main dish that consisted of brown rice, some vegetables and vegan chicken nuggets and tempeh. It was not bad, but it was not amazing. I can do the same home. Moreover, there was no sauce for the rice or the vegetables. It was accompanied with a miso soup that was however really good. But 16,5 euros (with night extra charges) was really to much for that. We also ordered the crispy sushis. They were good, but were served without any soya sauce. Our third dish was a bowl of rice, vegetables and vegan chicken nuggets, also accompanied with a miso soup. It was good and correct for the price (less than 13 euros) but finally rather basic. As a dessert, we wanted to try the chocolate ice cream but they didn't have it anymore. We finally chose the banana cake and the chocolate cake. The banana cake was really good (with a fresh cut banana over it and soy cream) but the chocolate one was a bit dry and rather basic. However, their price was fair.
To sum up, I believe that some dishes are really good whereas other are basic and clearly overpriced, considering taste and service. The place is nice and has a good vibe but you have to be patient, tolerant and accept sometimes overpriced food.
This restaurant is well located close to Damrak and the train station, and although it looks very run down, and the furniture can best be called a brave mix, I immediately liked the relaxed atmosphere. The reggae music and the vibe of the place really cheered me up. The owner/chef is quite a character and was very friendly, and I got my meal very quickly. Well, it was the wrong one - I didn't say so, though, because to be honest, I was very hungry, it looked well and I knew it was vegan, so I didn't really care. Of course, this still shouldn't happen and I wonder what the owner would have done if I had told him.
What I got was an avocado and rice dish and it tasted good in a homemade style. Unfortunately, the Matcha Soy Milk I had ordered was really just that - soy milk with Matcha powder, nothing else, not sweetened at all. You can imagine how bitter and disgusting it tasted. The miso soup accompanying the main dish was very good, though. I was also delighted to find chocolate ice-cream on the menu!
Altogether, the meals could be presented in a nicer way and it all could do with a makeover, but on the other hand it might lose its special character then, which would be a pity.
My meal came to more than 16€, which was quite expensive considering what you get.
Because I still somehow liked the place and enjoyed it very much, I am torn between four and three stars, but considering the mere facts, it has to be three.
I was in Amsterdam with my girlfrriend in February. We decided to get somthing to eat and after looking on happy cow we settled on the terrazen centre. We found it and straight away it was very odd. It was empty other than one couple and there was no one working there to be seen. We sat down and after a few minutes a man appeared from outside and asked us what we would like? This was a weird question as we hadn't seen a menu. We asked what they had and I eventually went for a vegan chicken katsu curry whilst my girlfriend went for some noodles. He went off to start cooking it and we felt a bit awkward. There was a couple sitting in the corner eating alone and music playing but some how the atmosphere of the restaurant/ caffe was strange. Eventuly the food arrived and whilst my girlfriend devoured her noodles, my "chicken" katsu curry tasted a little too realistic. I know that might sound stupid but it put me off. We finished our meals and paid (it was quite expencive for what it was) Overall it was ok but I don't reckon id be going back. The service was weird/ non existent and there was a strange atmosphere.
I visited here with my husband approximately 18 months ago, and whilst the food faulted, in my opinion, it was rather expensive, priced as an upmarket restaurant rather than a cosy cafe. The owner was very friendly, and did nothing personally to make us feel unwelcome, but I still got the feel that we were in the way, because the only other occupants were friends or family of the staff, who were slow to break off the personal conversations to serve us. The small size of the place made this more noticeable. It's very conveniently located, and has a unique menu, but is not my favourite restaurant in Amsterdam.
It's a rare opportunity to try Japanese & Caribbean fusion, and the food wasn't bad, just a bit odd and slightly pricey. The service however was terrible. It was very hard to understand how the staff could have mixed up our order with someone else's, since the place, at full capacity, only seated 9 people, a modest amount of customers.
We also got the wrong bill, and the owners attitude towards us afterwards was rather disrespectful. He didn't apologise or anything, but seemed pissed for some reason.
I really wanted to like this place because it's all vegan and close to where I was staying, but I will not go here again.
First thing - it's dirty. The table I sat at had bits of food on the floor, a tablecloth that I'm sure has never been washed or even shaken out - old bits of food all over it, and when I touched it, it felt really grungy.
Second thing, the WAIT. From ordering, it took something like an hour and 20 minutes to get my food. One hour and 20 minutes of awkwardly sharing a table with strangers (who also waited over an hour), trying to stay occupied... the restaurant wasn't even that busy.
Third. The amount they charged was more than on the menu, with no indication of this. The dish I ordered was supposed to come with miso soup but didn't ever get it, but at that point I was so desperate to get out and not wait probably another hour for the soup.
On the plus side, well, the food was reasonably tasty, though it'd be tastier if it weren't seriously overpriced for what it is, and what this restaurant is.
The guy who runs this place is quite a character. And, for the both times I went there, he was running it all by himself. He takes the orders and prepare the food. I was the first one for lunch for both times and the time I had to wait for the food was about 30~40 minutes. It was a ok time for me, but I was really sad for the people who came later. Some of them were waiting 20 minutes so they could order.
Despite all that, the food was great and really tasty. The cook does not spare on the spices and everything was delicious.
I would (and want) to come back only if a have a lot of time to wait. If not, I'd go to some other place.
I had been holding off trying TerraZen due to the mix of reviews, and that there are plenty of other veg places to try that sounded like more of a 'sure thing' for my hard earned euros. In short, we'll be going back. Yes, it's decor was lacking, but we didn't find the place to be dirty. It's very much a little hole-in-the wall. They bill themselves as Japanese-Caribbean which is spot-on. The service was fine and friendly. The food didn't take long to prepare and that was the big surprise. It was delicious. We ordered their 'chicken' katsu which came with a really good miso soup, and their 'chicken' curry. The place could benefit from a sprucing up and getting rid of the large kitchen table, replacing it with a few mores small tables. But, like I said, we'll be going back, and soon.
I have been backpacking with a friend through Europe and she conveniently lives outside of Amsterdam and we have been using HappyCow throughout our travels. TerraZen being our first place in Amsterdam to try. We walked in already alert from all the previous reviews about the "dirtiness" of this place, but we were excited to try the food. The second we walked in we were almost pushed right back out the door from the stench of marijuana. I realize it is legal in Amsterdam and without a doubt a scent you smell everywhere and is quite normal but this was overpowering! I'm not one to be bothered by the smell, but this was SO extreme after sitting down reviewing the menu we had to get up and walk out! We were super bummed but I'm not sure we would have been able to taste our food..maybe we'll try again in the near future?!
This place is a bit pricey for what you get, but the food was delicious. Service was a bit lacking but it made the experience that much more amusing. Go in with an open mind.
Very good vegan food.
Japanese/Jamaican mix, that really works.
When you first met this place, you think "what the hell is this??"" Ugly decoration, poor furniture, but a ver good flavor in food!!!
While we love supporting vegan eateries we were disappointed by how dirty and run down this place was. The chef and daughter were nice and friendly though. The food had many options but pretty bland in presentation.
After searching a good while for this cafe and eventually finding it (not sure if that's just me!) it was a relief to spend time here. The menu was full of unusual options and plenty of fake meaty goodness. I had a chicken style seitan burger sandwich and ginger beer. It was a fairly quiet time of day but that didn't lessen the lively atmosphere with the chef singing and chatting to regulars. When it suddenly dawned that i didn't have my purse, this was not a problem and it seemed that i could return at my leisure, which i did almost immediately.
Updated from previous review on Sunday August 04, 2013
We had vegan chicken and tempeh, both were very tasty. The chef and the waitress were really nice and friendly. A great place to eat and relax.
After all the reviews we really expected more from this place! The place is quite dirty and there is almost no place to seat. The food was a good, but a little disappointing for the price, since the portion was really small. The takeout containers was also not professional at all, they don't even had a Takeout cup (It is impossible to carry a juice in a bicicle in a opened cup). Would not recommend...
All the times I go there the food is great. The people are friendly and sweet. The waiting time is worth it, just don't come starved, have an apple as all is made fresh.
The menu is very varied and the combination of Caribbean / Japanese makes it really exceptional!
In was cozier in the past but now the interior has changed. The venue needs a renovation to say the least.
But don't be discouraged, the outstanding food is fantastic! I still give it 5 stars
and if you compare food prizes in general in Amsterdam, it is NOT expensive. 10.- Euro for a miso soup and bowl with brown rice and tempeh is really good value
I first had lunch here, then came back for dinner the next day. TerraZen is such a cozy place, the owner & cook is extremely friendly. Prices are a little high but I was more than willing to pay, since the food was so good. Recommended restaurant, you should really go here when you visit Amsterdam as a vegetarian/vegan.
I visited TerraZen whilst in Amsterdam this weekend. The restaurant is not fancy, but it is cosy in it's own way. I ordered brown rice, braised tofu and veggies, which was very tasty!! My boyfriend had the veggie curry with roti, but it was a very small portion and quite overpriced for what he received. Overall, the food was good and the chef was super friendly, but it is a tad on the expensive side for what you actually get.
I really enjoyed my time at Terra Zen. It is a bit hard to find if you're not looking for it, but it was a nice discovery. The prices weren't that great, but the food was really tasty. We did have to wait quite a while, but if you're in good company, and not that hungry, you'll be fine. They had really creative and homey dishes, which is hard to find for lunch in Amsterdam. The owner is really friendly, talkative, and is very passionate about his dishes. The place is small, but it has a very chill vibe. Would definitely go again!
This is a small restauurant, friendly with few tables. Vegan ambient. Good food and price.
So tasty. You can not do any better. Such special flavors
Avocado burger and crispy tempeh burger to die for.
Great atmosphere and fantastic food. We are in Amsterdam for 3days as part of a month long Europe trip and we agreed that our meal here has been our favorite of the trip. My omni brother and friend loved it just as much as I did. Super friendly staff and great food, what more can you ask for?
Excited to find a vegan place (thats not comparable to a restaurant) near the Central Station, we headed there and sat down to look at the menu choices. After about 10 minutes we could order. Another guy sat down at our table. Then the waiting started.
The same song was playing over an over. The guy ordered. Waiting. The guy got his food. Waiting. After 45 minutes they asked if we wanted just bread instead of the ordered portion rice which was not yet done (?) but we said we would wait. The owner, calmly smoking a joint in the kitchen, confirmed us it would take 12 minutes. The other guy payed and left. And after another 30 minutes (!) our food arrived. Well, part of it at least.
Unfortunately I didn't like it that much but my boyfriend did so for that we can't make a statement. It was an average meal but not okay if you consider the prices.
A bowl of rice, 5 pieces of veganChicken and a miso soup (with seetang) costs 11€.
Considering all those points, I'd not go there again.
If we would have been looking for a comfortable chill-out on a rainy afternoon, our judgement might not have been so bad.
I’m late with this review. I was in Amsterdam in September 2013. Comments from my first visit to TerraZen:
Good and varied menu. Mains of curry and rice or roti, €9.80-17.00 (not cheap!), burgers, stews, lentil daal, quinoa salad and other salads, noodle dishes (soba, udon), sushi, miso soup and other soups €7.50, drinks (including hot ginger soymilk, ginger beer, juices), cakes, choco ice cream, fruit plate. I had “crispy tempeh burger” €8.80. Meal took a while to come but was tasty and satisfying. Beware: 10% is added after 6 pm for “night charges”!
Second visit: Not impressed with the service (desultory young woman), and a toddler and others going in and out the door, right beside where I was eating. Delicious soba noodle/vegetable stir-fry topped with a piece of okra. Yakisoba, €9.80. Rather than wait longer, I walked to the back to place my order; details on the menu had to be extracted from the server.
Don’t be in a hurry. The meals take at least 20 minutes or more to arrive, but you know it’s freshly cooked.
Toilet beside the eating space didn’t flush, and there wasn’t any hand towel.
Seating is limited, and what there is includes a low table where you sit on cushions on the floor and two chairs at a window counter beside the door, meaning you and your warm meal are impacted by the cool air. A potential additional eating space was occupied by a sleeping infant.
I'm thrilled to have a vegan eatery, but this place could use some improvements.
The café was fun to find, tucked up a narrow little side street – I almost walked past it. It was cold outside so it was a relief to walk into the cosy friendly atmosphere of the café. I was welcomed warmly by both the chef/owner and the waitress. The waitress was clocking off but she still took the time to wish me a nice meal and night. I ordered a hot chocolate soya milk and a crispy tempeh burger which the chef made whilst singing along to the same reggae track which seemed to be played on continuous loop the whole time I was there. I couldn't help but smile inside!
The hot chocolate was very nice and I enjoyed sipping it while reading my book. I had just finished it when my burger arrived. I’d never had tempeh before, but based on my experience I would definitely order it again. It was indeed crispy, and there were several slices placed on-top of a salad on-top of an extremely yummy brown sub roll. The salad consisted of lettuce, spring onion little sprouted things (like mung beans but smaller), sesame seeds, chunks of a soft fruit-like thing that I didn't recognise and a really tasty sauce. Despite my ignorance towards some of the more “exotic” ingredients, everything worked really well. The burger was crunchy, yet saucy and fresh without ever being dry or drab in taste or texture. I was feeling under the weather but had I been well, I may have asked exactly what I was eating, but what is life without the odd little mystery?
I guess the food did take a little while to arrive at the table, but I was having such a nice time reading and drinking my drink that I didn't mind at all. However the chef still came over and apologised for the wait and explained that he likes to take his time making sure the food was perfect. Mission accomplished, my good man!
I would definitely recommend this cafe ♥ So much so I have written about it in my blog: http://flash-gordonette.com/2013/12/07/21-vegan-las-amsterdam.aspx
After reading the reviews here, I couldn't wait to go to TerraZen. It was hard to choose something from the menu, because there are so many things, so I randomly picked the 'Rasta Pasta' because it sounded nice, but the waitress couldn't tell me what the dish was.
My friend and I both ordered and then the wait started. My friend got his food (vegan chicken and cassave) in about 20 minutes but then it took another 30 for my food to arrive. Although we ordered different dishes, they tasted quite the same (soy sauce). When we wanted to pay, it took another 10 minutes because the waitress couldn't figure out how the till worked. Quite unbelievable.
I might give TerraZen another chance when I'm in the city centre again, but only because of the other positive reviews, which may mean my experience with them was a one-off. Let's hope so.
Having been here earlier this year I had to go back for more. I was on a study trip with Uni so took 3 non-vegetarians with me, 2 ate with me & loved it. They both had the veggie burger while I had the vegan chicken burger, the food took a while but was totally worth it. The place has such a nice friendly atmosphere. I went back on Sunday night but with eleven other students who tagged along, this made the wait for food over an hour, but the food is so delicious it's still worth it. Next time I won't let so many people come with me. On both nights I had conversations with local patrons of this place who were all really cool people. It is a small family operation (two people)but they are lovely, I would definitely eat here again the next time I'm in Amsterdam.
I read the reviews here before deciding to brave this place. I was expecting something quite manly and it wasn't as bad as I imagined. However I agree with the other reviews: I don't think this would pass any kind of inspection (!) but the staff are lovely, there's lots of choice of food and it is good quality.
My meal was rather a surprise. I ordered the vegan chicken burger. It was an open sandwich with something like stir fried sauce and veg over it. Underneath was the 'burger'. The 'chicken' was AMaZING. It was really good. However it wasn't really a burger per se. So just bear that in mind. Next time I would ask for the burger simply with the 'chicken' and roll. The bread roll was good quality though. Afterwards I had banana cake which came with vegan cream. It was so delicious and not too sweet.
Definitely worth a visit. Just be open minded!
This is a Japanese-meets-Carribean place just off a main street in Amsterdam central area.
Everyone we met was SUPER nice, the food was amazing, the prices were good - it couldn't be better.
Their hours say that they are open all day, but they close in between lunch and dinner. From 14:30-16:00, they're closed.
We went for lunch one day and dinner a different day. Both times, we really enjoyed it.
Order the katsu chicken bowl!!!
After a long weekend of less than ideal food, arriving in Amsterdam and dining at TerraZen was exactly what I needed. The service was warm-hearted and helpful in choosing from among the many delicious sounding dishes. I had the crispy tempeh burger (so satisfying) and my companion enjoyed the chicken sweet and sour with excellently prepared seitan. The survival cake was also very good. I highly recommend a visit to TerraZen!
I absolutely loved this place.
I prob wouldn't have stepped in had it not been on happy cow and am really glad I did. On arrival we walked into an empty shop filled with very loud reggae!
We sat ourselves down and were eventually served by the wonderful owner.
I had the chicken katsu burger and organic cola. We also got spring rolls to start which we re more like crumbed and fried dumplings... They were amazing!
My burger was a taste sensation and the evening was made even better by hearing the cook/waiter/owner singing in the kitchen.
Be sure you have a LOT of time to wait around.
I stopped in, excited to find an all vegan place. It looked empty, but there was one customer ordering at the counter from the Jamaican owner guy. The owner took his order, and disappeared into the back, so I sat down & waited ... and waited. Next I heard him chopping things back there and realized he was still going to have to cut, then cook, etc., so I had to leave.
I was there around 4 pm. I will go back today or tomorrow so I can finally see if the food is any better than the wait.
This cute little restaurant is absolutely perfect if you're wanting to try something new! The blend of Japanese and Caribbean food is something radically new for your taste buds!
The atmosphere is very upbeat as the owner/chef sings while he cooks for you! Haha
I went with a couple friends and between the three of us we got the bean stew, the miso soup, the vegan chicken burger and the teriyaki tempeh burger. All three were absolutely to die for. The bean stew is perfect if you're wanting some comfort food to fill you up, but still leaves you feeling light and earthy. Both of the burgers were perfectly seasoned and come with fresh veggies. I particularly enjoyed the chicken burger! The miso soup also had a little bit of a spin, being a little bit spicy and containing cauliflower! We finished everything up with a slice of the chocolate cake which was incredibly light for being chocolate. It left you feeling satisfied without being overly sweet and rich.
Definitely some of the best vegan food I've ever had!
Took my meat-eating father here for dinner last night and we both really, really enjoyed our food.
I had the organic sweet and sour "chicken" roti and my dad had a mixed bean roti - both were really tasty and really hearty.
Only slight negatives were that the service was very slow (though we were there at peak time) and after waiting 30 minutes we were told we would need to wait a further 30 minutes for rice, which we'd originally ordered instead of the roti.
Nevertheless, we're looking forward to returning later in our stay in Amsterdam!
My husband and I went to TerraZen Centre for a late lunch yesterday. We had the Teriyaki Tempeh Burger and the "Chicken" Katsu Rice Bowl with Miso Soup. Both dishes were delicious.
We were the only guests, which was not surprising for 3pm in the afternoon, and service was friendly and swift. Some reviews mention an issue with the bathroom - we found it to be very clean.
The quality and taste of the food was really outstanding - I would say that this was among the best vegan food I have had in a restaurant in the Netherlands. The place itself is small and somewhat chaotic looking (in a charming way), so definitely more a place for a relaxed group dinner or lunch than a posh meal.
We felt that the food was good value for money by Dutch standards - we have paid a lot more for less good food elsewhere.
We'll definitely be coming back!
My friend and I visited this restaurant twice during our stay in Amsterdam solely for their smoothies. I had their green smoothie and their coconut/soya milkshake. We didn't have any food but the smoothies themselves are worth a visit. The owners of the restaurant were very kind people as well.
This is a small vegan restaurang that have a delicious menu with a lot to choose from! The owners was very helpful, serviceminded & nice! We didn´t have to wait long for our food and it was good portion-sizes.
We visited them twice and we went home full, happy and content!
I can gladly recommend TerraZen in Amsterdam!
I love everything about this place. The owners, the atmosphere, and of course the food! I wish I could eat here for the rest of my life.
Nice cozy place! Very delicious variety of food and drinks. Large portions, reasonable prices. Cheerful and pleasant family staff, the owner is very cool man! Respect for TerraZen Centre!
My partner & I wandered into TerraZen around 8:30pm on a Monday night, and the place was CROWDED. It's tiny, seating around 4 groups of people at a time, or maybe 6 - 7 couples, but the location is phenomenal. The restaurant is just a bit north of Dam Square, in the pedestrian-only shopping alleys. Inside, the place is full of color, with murals and paintings on the wall. The menu is Japanese and Indian-inspired, with lots of tempura, rice, noodles, and tempeh.
The clientele and staff are super friendly. While we waited for 2 seats to open up, a regular customer chatted with us and volunteered information about the best menu items. She said she'd been coming every week since the place opened, and never had a subpar dish there. The staff were also very kind, exchanging laughs with us and being very patient while we tried to decide on what to order.
We ultimately ordered:
- Ginger Tea
- Hot Ginger Soyamilk
- Tempura Udon (€9.80)
- TerraZen Teishoku with Miso Soup (€15)
- Chocolate Cake
In total, we spent €35 for a meal that could have fed 2 very hungry people, or 3-4 moderately hungry people. And it was DELICIOUS. With the exception of the hot ginger soyamilk, which was just soymilk with ginger chopped up in it (I don’t know what I was expecting), everything was phenomenal, and very fresh, piping hot, and crispy.
Actually, the meal was so filling that we saved the entire Teishoku dish in tupperwear and ate it for lunch the following day. The Teishoku is a mix of 3 of the first 6 items on the “Main Dishes” menu, decided upon by the kitchen based on what veggies are around and what’s good (which was perfect for my indecisive partner & I). The Tempura Udon is a gigantic bowl of noodle soup with tempura and veggies (such as seaweed and mushrooms) on top. For dessert, we finished with the chocolate cake, which was PHENOMENAL -- just moist and just sweet enough, but not too much. It was perfection.
If I were to suggest anything, it’d be to add seitan to the menu.
We had dinner here a few days ago, and came back today for more. The place is small, and very not fancy, but you feel very welcomed, the owner is super friendy, and the food is amazing. It feels more like having dinner at a friend than going to a restaurant. The menu is a mix of carribian, japanese, sushi, soup and salads. I would recommend this to all of my friends.
Prizes vary from around 7€ to maybe 14€.
Like all good vegan resturants, this place is unique. It serves a mix of vegan meals, not overtly gourmet, but always fresh and cheap. Its a small place, and the nice guy running it can get a bit busy, but is always smiling. Ive been three times and will always go back.
Best vegan in Amsterdam. A little pricey like everything in the city but awesome overall. Good vibes. Home-cooked vibe in the right way. Ginger soymilk and ital stew + miso= happiness.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect here, as I'd read many mixed reviews. My first impression: Doesn't look exactly classy inside, the bathroom wouldn't have passed any kind of inspection whatsoever... and the owner was watching a movie behind the counter. We almost left. Then my meat-eating friend ordered a 'chicken' sandwich, and as we all took a bite, we were simply blown away. We kept saying, "oh my god, this is SO good" over and over again, amazed, delighted, it was superb. My friend reckoned it was the best chicken he ever tasted even if it wasn't real chicken. The chocolate cake and ginger soy drink were lovely as well.
To be honest, this would not be a place I would bring my friends if I wanted to impress them. The food impresses, absolutely, but the place doesn't. Just go there for a quick bite when you want to treat yourself and/or someone who really doesn't care for atmosphere and hygiene in a restaurant.
I'd really like to say to the owner (but I'm too shy) that his place could be amazingly popular (he says it's not, right now) if he could just a) get rid of the plastic tablecloth, b) clean the bathroom, and c) put a sign and some tables outside. Because foodwise, you're already way up there, man.
There are few restaurants where you can walk in greeted by a Jamaican man with a joint pressed between a huge smile. Okay, the guy is really nice and runs the place by himself. Okay, I'm lying, when it gets busy his kids become your servers which was weird for their age. Overall though the food was really good and we went back for more. Go for the stews for a larger more filling portion for the price, the burgers were smaller. The food was really good, the chocolate cake was amazing. I'd recommend at least giving it a try, for at least the experience of dining on what seems like a living room with table service.
I have seen a lot of review for this place so I decided to check it out. Yea the service is not the best(where is in Holland?) but it is family owned = ). I think the food is great and I consider it a treat to eat here. If your not in rush and want to relax and have some vegan food this is the place.
My eating experience here was pretty memorable.
In spite of booking a table both via e-mail (that nobody checked) and then via phone an hour before, seats had not been reserved for us. But luckily after a 30 min wait, quite a few people were leaving and the restaurant emptied out of guests.
There were quite a few people buzzing about, including what appeared to be 3 chefs, two children working as waitresses and then a couple of men who looked like they might own the place. Everybody were super friendly but utterly incapable of offering anything that resembled service. We made our order with the kids and they promptly forgot parts of our order, (they forgot half the order from the table next to us as well). But we only found that out after a 1 hour wait for my meal and another 45 mins wait for my table companions meal. The food was decent, and quite lovingly prepared, so we enjoyed it enough to want to try it again.
But as we were finishing up our meals, one of the guys got out his karaoke kit and started singing. All his family and friends that had been milling around formed a circle around him and the guests, a total of four, all smiled at each other in disbelief. The entire experience was really quite weird. So when we left the restaurant several hours after arriving, we left with smiles on our faces.
I wandered in here one evening after a super long day in Brussels and a mess with the trains. I was exhausted, irritable, and starving. Inside was the well-travelled and incredibly warm, friendly owner and an atmosphere that reminded me more of having dinner with friends than a restaurant. I walked out peaceful, happy, and well-fed. The food is an interesting mix of Japanese and Caribbean. The portions are reasonable, but on the small side for me, which is no problem because it means I get to enjoy more side dishes.
Whilst the food was impressively tasty the portions were not massive. But given the price of the food and the friendly atmosphere, and the quality of the food, I heartily recommend this place. If you're in Amsterdam you should definitely go here.
i love Terrazen!! very small, like a home sweet home, reggae music, delicius and various food...very nice staff!
i love it! normal prices, easy to find.
This place looks a bit weird at first but when you get it: it only gets better! Today we ate here and we both loved it! I got the 'chicken burger' and it was soooo delicious! i don't like Fake meat at all, but the girl ( i think it's their daughter, only twelve years old or something..) advised me the chicken burger! The place is filled with nice music, nice service and good food!
I totally missed japanese food coz I am japanese! hehe today I oder tempura donburi was really really really JApanese style! was soooo yum!!!! Im loving terraZen! I go tmrw again! will get natto avo bowl! You really should try! real japanese and ppl are so nice!!!!!!!
Updated from previous review on Tuesday November 13, 2012
had dinner here tonight. was pleasantly surprised:) i had the katayakisoba and my guy had the chicken burger sandwich. it was really good. the chcken textured was so much like chicken that we realy had to do double check!! very good great people and chill atmosphere
Seriously, if you are vegan and in Amsterdam, this is the place to go. The food was absolutely delicious. I had the tempura donburi/miso soup and I couldn't get enough.
It's a little hidden down a side street and it took me a while to find it. The portions were a tad small. But I would go again in a heart beat. I think it was the best meal I've had in Europe so far.
Amazing food, amazing atmosphere. Love everything about it, can't wait to go there again.
TerraZen Centre is a small but funny place to eat.
people are friendly and the food is good.
will go back next visit to Amsterdam
Went here, exactly sitting still here.
With my dongle on talking with a friend I went shopping with today.
How amazing the food was.
Variety of choiche for vegans.
We both had a vegan chicken curry & roti.
Serverd with the coffidence the meal deserved.
We absolutely both loved it.
She isn't veggie or vegan.
My friend she's gonna tell her mom about this place
I just wrote this review.
When you walk in their is sort of amazing calm vibe.
The food is delicious, the owner super friendly and the atmosphere very cosy, I'm going to eat here more often to try all the other dishes on their wide interesting menu :P
I've been to TerraZen a few times - well, I think, every time I went to Amsterdam when living in the Netherlands. I brought a vegetarian there and he left a vegan, so that was a success... ;)
The food is very tasty, I guess a little expensive if you are used to very cheap, but for Amsterdam it is actually pretty reasonable. (Have these other reviewers seen the rents?!)
The main downer is the opening hours - which seem to be "when we feel like it". If you arrive too early, you might find they are closed. It's not a bad idea to call up first to check they are open before trekking your way over to them.
The portion sizes were fine for me, but perhaps a little small for some people like my high-metabolism boyfriend. But the food itself is really delicious and varied, so it makes up for it.
It is run by a vegan couple, she's Japanese and he is from the Carribean (I gather?). He is the one who deals more with customers, and is really friendly and has a great sense of humour. He really believes in veganism, too, so you won't see him making any "milk for tea" compromises like some places!
YES, the place is a bit "rustic", it's no posh restaurant, but it's nice, homely, and good food made in a 100% vegan environment. Nice! Recommended.
As far as I know the Terra Zen is the only 100 % vegan restaurant in Amsterdam. The food is amazing and very fresh cooked with a friendly and helpful service! You can find a great choice of caribbean an japanese food.
The atmosphere in this small restaurant is very relaxed and you really feel at home. We tried the crispy tempeh makis and a caribbean dish ( I don't remember the name) with brown rice, spicy beans, avocado and fresh carrots. We loved it!
P.S. Take your time because they make Â it fresh!
A vegan restaurant in the centre of Amsterdam. On first impressions it was quite ramshackle - not that we're strangers to ramshackle, but for the prices charged you'd expect better than a piece of wood on cinder blocks next to a random jumble of computer equipment for a seat. It was nowhere near as nice as the photos make it seem. We ordered what was meant to be a bean stew, but it was a bean salad really, with the strange addition of three slices of bread with peanut butter on them. We also had a faux-chicken burger, which was chicken-style pieces rather than a burger. It was okay. The couple who run the place were very friendly and helpful, and they're obviously pointing in the right direction, so I wish I could give it more than a three cow rating. Maybe we caught it on a bad night, but to us it felt like it definitely needs improvement, and even if you're a vegan in Amsterdam.
My second great meal at TerraZen. This time I brought a friend who commented "Weeds smell and smoke full house, caribbean and reggae music, japanese tempura on the menu, microsoft windows screen saver on the ceiling, stoned waiters with weird Arabic dress, spiritual talks with strangers ... lol this restaurant is really just.. I'm speechless lol". Oh, and he liked the food, too :-)
Small place, not very clean (the sons of the owner enter in the restaurant with bikes). Flavorless food. The only flavor I recognized was seaweed (alga). I got some rice with avocado (and somethine else) but it was really flavorless. (we only tried 2 dishes from the menu). Average price but it doesn't worth it.
When I stumbled in here, punch-drunk from jetlag on my first day in Amsterdam, I pretty much fell in love. The atmosphere is very quirky and welcoming (not sterile/boring like many places) and so too was the owner/chef. He was very helpful in answering my questions and made our food exactly as he'd described (I had an Ital stew). I would've liked a little bigger portion, but it was my first day in Europe so I hadn't yet adjusted to the smaller portions there (in America, it's usually eat until you're stuffed) - the prices were good and the cake we got to go was delicious later. It is not far from Dam Square (the center of Amsterdam), but a little hard to find the first time. I only regret that I didn't get to go there twice.
After reading several favorable reviews of TerraZen on Happy Cow, my husband were determined to eat here before we left Amsterdam. We were not disappointed. The dishes were unique, delicious and healthy. The prices were good, and the owner/chef was friendly and knowledgable, with great taste in music, which he coordinated with our orders. I'd definitely go back and try some other dishes if we were staying longer.
That was the lesson learned! Honestly, I was a little hesitant when I walked in and saw the tiny, somewhat hole-in-the-wall interior of a small alley in Amsterdam. Especially with the Rastafarian decor, it seemed a bit like a Coffee House at first. I wasn't sure I wanted to stay, but was glad I did! The fusion Japanese-Caribbean cuisine was quite tasty and less expensive than a typical Amsterdam meal. Quite honestly, I had some of the best vegan food I've ever had here. Different and delicious! I wish we had had time to stop by again. Most definitely worth the trip.
During my travels in Amsterdam I was lucky enough to stumble upon this little gem.
This place has such a wonderful, relaxed atmosphere. The food was so tasty and wholesome and so cheap. The first night I went there I had the veggie burger and banana cake with soycream. The next time I had the spicy ramen noodles.
The owner really made us feel at home. He was so funny and great to have a chat with.
I highly recommend this place!
A very small cafe - seats no more than 16 (at a guess). Hard to find but worth the effort. Good food and friendly service. We really enjoyed the curry and will be going back there again.
I went here when I was in Amsterdam, the food was delicious, inexpensive. The owner was nice and knowledgeable. Honestly, I've never had a more enjoyable experience at a restaurant. I know this sounds like it's too good to be true, but that's how I experienced it, I will definitely be coming back.
Small, quite vegan restaurant with friendly staff in a loving soulful atmosphere.
My partner & I visited TerraZen Centre twice in the one week we were staying in Amsterdam; needless to say we both enjoyed our experiences.
We tried and would recommend the following dishes:
* Avocado Natto Donburi (I hadn't tried natto before, but it was delicious!)
* Vegan Hot Dog Plate (tasty and filling)
* Deep Fried Chicken (a combo of vegies and veg protein? fried in spices with dipping sauce. not your typical oily mess)
* Fried Brown Rice with Vegies (simple, filling & delicious)
* Ginger Coffee
* Organic Cola
* Japanese Green Tea (not to my taste, but was first time I'd tried it, but I'm sure it was fine for those accustomed to the flavour.)
They also have poetry and music nights, so check their website http://terrazencentre.com/terrazen-events.html
Getting there is really easy:
Short walk from tram stop 'Nieuwezijds Kolk' which is close to 'Centraal'
(Better check names/map first as we're going from memory.)
Hope you enjoy your experience!
I had a wonderful diner with a friend. The owner was friendly, relaxed and funny, the cooking was great! It's not expensive, you can sit on the floor on cusions. Definetely recommended!
Thoroughly enjoyed a visit to this small, quirky vegan cafe. It is located centrally in Amsterdam but down a small street so probably doesn't gain much passing trade - so spread the word! The proprietor is a lovely guy, very friendly welcome, trying to get established after about four months. The food and drink was excellent (a bit of Caribbean, a bit of Japanese, all vegan, of course). I particularly recommend the ginger soya milk.
It is a very small place, not suitable for really large groups, but very cosy and with a very relaxed atmosphere. But most notable is the food, I had a Deep Fried Tempeh Donburi and it tasted so very very good that I couldn't remember when I last ate something as good as this in any restaurant. The Ginger Coffee was also remarkable good. On the menu are much more appealing options so we'll be coming back to try them all, and off course for more Tempeh Donburi :-).
What a nice place! Great food, friendly owner, relaxed atmosphere, faire prices and very close to Amsterdam Central station! I had the curry of the day, banana cake, ginger soy melk and ginger coffee. Can recommend all of those (well, if you don't like hot stuff, don't ask for that curry - they have other great stuff as well, but I justed loved it). Will soon be back and bring some friends along!
A lovely place with homemade, pure vegan & organic foods. Its inexpensive. The menu is ranging from tasty Udon noodles to seaweed salads and vegan burgers!. Homemade pastry, fresh tropical fruit shakes and delicious ginger coffee & tea's.
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