Bosque Bambu

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San Jose 1060, Montevideo, Uruguay

Choose takeaway and pay by weight, or opt for dine-in that's all-you-can eat buffet. The ingredients are specified in small signs; no garlic or onion used. The buffet spread is available from 11:30am-3pm and features some house-made grains, soya sauce, and oils, plus chop suey, pies, cakes, and cookies. Previously named Bambu. Open Mon-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm, Sat 10:00am-4:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buffet, Take-out, Asian

Reviews (16)

First Review by juliotnunes

vegans - stay away! - Edit

Trust me, if you're vegan, you wanna stay far away from this place.

First of all, they dont have an "all you can eat buffét" option, only pay by weight and its expensive! My plate landed on 534 pesos!
Second, the first thing i do is that i ask the girl working there what is vegan and whats not, she sighs and has a very bad attitude and make it seem she's doing me a huge favour but points it out to me - and i double check so i repeat and ask her twice just to make sure because im not only vegan but also lactose intolerant. The first section of the buffét was supposed to be all vegan, but the first thing i dig into turns out to have cheese inside - for that they give me my money back. I continue eating, the taste is blah and the food is super fried and oily. Then before i knew it i dig into another thing and i notice it has cheese in it aswell, so I call her again and tell her this is not ok i asked you twice, but she had to go to the cash machine, because turns out she works in the store section and obviously knows nothing about the buffét so up comes the chinese girl and starts yelling at me and says "yes this dish has cheese" - "yes i can see that but thats not what i was told, I asked her twice about the food" and drama breaks out. Up comes another worker who says that the other thing on my plate has egg, and says its my responsibility "you should know that has eggs". And there i just hit the roof, im not from here how the hell am I supposed to know anything, thats why i asked - i mentioned a swedish dish to her and asked her if she knew whats in it, because its the exact same thing! I say im not paying for the things I refuse to eat but of course Im not asking for the money back for the other stuff, yet hey refuse to give me my money back so there we stand arguing. They speak no english whatsoever and my spanish is very poor, and the whole thing was just a big mess - luckily a local comes up and handles the situation and I end up getting some money back but the whole thing is still just horrible.


Expensive - no knowledge about what the hell they are serving - and no service minded staff whatsoever.
Not a good combination if you ask me.
Gets 2 stars just because I have to rate and 2 is the lowest, so..

Cons: expensive, no knowledge about the food, blend taste,oily, and heavily fried food

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Another buffet with good, basic food - Edit

This is another Buffet that had good food. Nothing out of the ordinary but it was filling and relatively inexpensive compared to other sit-down restaurants in town. I arrived at 1 p.m. on Saturday before going on the walking tour. I got a plastic to-go container and put a decent amount of food and my total was 135 pesos. There's also an all-you-can-eat option that allows you to sit down in the dining room but I think that's close to the 300 pesos which was too expensive in my opinion. There were probably 30 items on the cold salad bar and 40 items or more on the hot food bar. This staff seems indifferent but at least they weren't unfriendly. I would go there if in this part of town although there are less experience expensive alternatives in other neighborhoods.

Pros: Good selection of food, Good location near Plaza Independencia

Cons: More expensive than similar places

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Buffet with vegan options - Edit

Crowded place, oily but decent food, awkward and grumpy staff.

You have to ask for vegan options. So I asked for vegan options and, instead of just pointing to the food, the girl actually touched some of them with her big nails with no gloves. Ew. She was nice and helpful, though - unlike the rest of the staff. The food IS good but I just wanted to get out of that place.

I can only recommend this restaurant to people who don't worry so much about cleanliness.

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-16

Pros: Vegan options

Cons: Not the cleanest place, Not labeled, Staff

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Nice food - Edit

I'm a local, and found this place with some friends and returned to try the food.
The food is tasty, a little oily for my taste, but good anyway.
When I went and asked how the system was, they said it was by weight, and it was a little expensive, so I would recommend to go for the "all you can eat option" which I now know of!
Great variety of salads and vegan options, sadly, they are not identified and you have to ask to know, which kind of annoys me, also, that day, the stuff who were there were so grumpy! Maybe a bad day for her, but... it's not an excuse...
Overall, nice food.

Pros: Nice food.

Cons: Grumpy stuff, Vegan and vegetarian not identified

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Great Vegan Buffet - Edit

Lovely little buffet offering eat in (cafeteria style) or take away. 250-300 Uruguayan pesos. You can make a vegan, gluten free, or vegetarian platter.

Pros: Variety

Cons: Ambience

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Open again Feb. 23,2016 - Edit

Closed for vacation sign says it will reopen Feb 23,2015.

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Good buffet with tasty vegan options - Edit

Very nice buffet with many vegan options of high quality. It would be nice if the food would be properly identified as "vegan" and "vegetarian", as you always need to ask the staff.

Besides of a restaurant, it is also a shop with many good products.

Pros: Very tasty food, Buffet

Cons: Food not identified as "vegan", Staff not very friendly

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Nice restaurant - Edit

Very nice restaurant. Food was a bit bland but there are some seasonings to put on the food. The staff is nice and the place was crowded at noon. It was located just behind the hostel I was staying, so the location was perfect.
I went on a saturday, so the buffet + a regular orange juice was about 400 pesos - not that cheap, but Montevideo as a whole is expensive so...

Pros: central location, good food

Cons: a bit expensive

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Good buffet. - Edit

This place offers a good buffet, which has numerous vegan options. If you're hungry you can choose the 'all you can eat' option.

They also have a shop at the back where you can buy fresh vegan snacks like empanadas.

Pros: All you can eat, Good vegan options

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Great buffet - Edit

If you are hungry in Montevideo, this is the place for you. The all you can eat buffet costs 300 pesos uruguayos. The staff is aware of the (many) vegan options.

Pros: great value, excellent food

Cons: too much fried stuff

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great if you're hungry - Edit

In a city that serves predominantly meat eaters, this cafe is great. It is close to the Plaza Independencia. The buffet style eatery is all you can eat for 300 Uruguayan pesos. But they don't speak English so touch up your Spanish before coming here.

Pros: delicious, wide variety

Cons: not hugely friendly , a little confusing

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Not bad - Edit

A tracional chinese vegetarian restaurant. Is in the best option in the center of Montevideo. In saturday it is a bit expensive, 280 pesos urugayos or 14,80 dolars. Vegans can eat here and find very much options.

Pros: It has free-GMO soy

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Good food - Edit

The best vegetarian food we've had in Montevideo, shame it's not open for dinner as well!

Pros: Good food, Helpful staff, Some English spoken by one waitress

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Very good all-you-can-eat buffet - Edit

My girlfriend and I ate there 2 days ago (18 Feb 2013). We had the all-you-can-eat buffet for 280 pesos, drinks are extra, e.g. a fresh orange juice for 60 pesos. It wasn't labelled which food is vegan and we had to ask, so you should be able to speak Spanish. The food was very good and worth the money when you can eat a lot, otherwise you have the option to pay by weight for the take-away food.
They had pizza, unfortunately not vegan. Also for the dessert, only fruits were suitable, not the creams, etc. It would be nice if they offered a vegan version of the so typical dulce de leche.

Pros: Very good fake meat, Many vegan options, Clean and quiet

Cons: Vegan options not labelled, No English spoken, Limited vegan desserts

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Bambu Restaurant & Health food shop - Edit

I just had an amazing meal there yesterday (03March2011). It is now an all you can eat buffet. It is not cheap, but it is by far the best one in the city for vegetarian food. Excellent choices both for vegan and vegetarian. If it was not so expensive I would eat there every day of this week I am here. You can also buy healthy snacks and drinks in the shop part of this place. Great meal, don't miss it!

Pros: excellent food, clean, relaxing music

Cons: expensive

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Bambu - Edit

This location has changed to 1060 on the same street. Although at the new location it was closed by 17.00. Hope you have better luck.

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