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    ( 9 reviews )
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Holsterhauser Str. 32a, Essen-Holsterhausen (at Nieberdingstr., near Gemarkenplatz), Essen, Germany, 45147

Vegetarian Snack bar serving food that is accommodating to vegans upon request. Dishes include salads, rice, pasta, snacks, and pizza. Limited indoor seating. All veg as of Oct 2010. Tue-Fri 12:00pm-3:00pm, Tue-Fri 5:30pm-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 2:00pm-10:00pm Public holidays open 2pm-10pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Organic, Take-out, German

Reviews (9)

First Review by LindaLoveletmego

one of a kind - Edit

Papa Lufu is the man. He operates this wonderfully special place with the biggest smile this side of the Mediterranean Sea. He serves heartwarming and truly delicious African dishes with spectacular range for such a small place. Organic ingredients and a very special cook/owner. A place to be, not only for vegans.
Updated from previous review on Saturday December 05, 2015

Pros: great atmosphere , great cook in many ways, great quality food

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Nice Place - Edit

Been there only once but thought that it was a nice place. Very friendly owner/ cook. Dishes are interesting and not blend but not too spicy either. I felt inspired by the use of several ingredients I already knew but never combined such as tomato sauce and peanut butter. If you want to get insights in vegan african options you might like this place. Reservation is recommended since there's only a limited amount of seating. Most of the dishes can be prepared vegan. Only the lights and furniture could be arranged and chosen in a more cozy way in m opinion.

Pros: interesting, friendly

Cons: strange choice of furniture and light

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Nice surprise - Edit

This is a nice little restaurant with surprisingly good food. The African dishes are delicious (we have yet to try the pizza), the portions are big, the ingredients used are organic and the owner is an incredibly friendly guy. As there is only limited seating, I suggest you come early.

Don't miss out on that special experience!

Pros: great food, friendly staff, nice vibe

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A bit weird for the first time - Edit

When my girlfriend went vegan, we went here with a family some days after christmas.
Most of us expected a restaurant - back then, there were no picture of this place on happycow. We were the only customers on the evening and the place looked not that professional/serious and we were a bit disapointed and expected not that much.

Oh boy, were I wrong.

The food is really, really good, don't go with the pizza, you can have that everwhere (but they are also really good), you want to go for the African dishes.

Big portions, unusual but great dishes from a warm, funny and extremly friendly guy - if you are not into "alternative" or dislike reggae and rastafari-lifestyle - than you might be a bit shocked on the first moment - but go over it, its the food that matters and a friendly guy is making it. Also a great place to see your prejudgement exterminated - something that happened to me, as you might noticed.

The food is organic-vegetarian African with vegetables and cereals, soya is optional but not really needed. Not all dishes are vegan on the list, but he know what to do, if you tell it him.

Pros: Excellent organic, vegan-vegetarian food, Great value, Friendly and familiar chief

Cons: Wrong if you are fast with prejudgement

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Very small, very welcoming, very very delicious! - Edit

This restaurant is really an experience you will not forget. The owner/chef Papa Lufu is such a welcoming and friendly person you feel like you are a guest in his home. The place has just three tables and if it is crowded he naturally invites arriving customers to sit with the other ones. The food is mostly vegan with a few exceptions and it is overall very african with a few ingredients that might seem unusual to Europeans. Everything is organic and every meal is prepared fresh right before your eyes. Tofu and soy products are always an additional option, but only a main ingredient in a few cases, so most dishes consist mainly of fresh vegetables and different carbs. Even the vegan pizza (with the special Papa Lufu sauce) tastes African or at least very different from the usual Italian or American pizza. The prices are fair, the servings are big, I never had to leave hungry. Highly recommended!

Pros: Welcoming, Fresh, Delicious

Cons: Not 100% vegan, very small

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Great restaurant & meals - Edit

We were three having our meals there. It was all amazing! We had maniok, planten and a salad. Everyone of us was really satisfied. I liked the taste of my meal, as it is very different from the food we get in Germany usually.
The owner is a real rastafari shows his absolutely positive and warm-hearty attitude. You feel like being in a family, rather than in a restaurant.
If you come in a group of more than 8 persons, ensure to ring him before you arrive, as his restaurant is quite small and provides only 8 seats in total.

Pros: Excellent food, Vegetarian/vegan cuisine, friendly staff

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Delicious - Edit

What about dining differently? A taste of Africa? Rastafari? Organic/vegetarian/vegan?
Here you get it.
The best things in small packages, with great enthusiasm and engagement!
Come in, if you're not afraid of new experiences.
A caring landlord, and chef as well creates a pleasant atmosphere. For everybody there's a high quality choice of standard dishes such as pizzas, salads and pastas.
However, the African dishes are particularly interesting. Manioc, Yam and Planten are really unique.
It was, above all, the "cooking banana" I felt uneasy about, probably prejudiced against some sticky stuff saturated with an overdose of honey. If you don't sweeten the curved fruit, but fry it instead, and serve it with olive oil or lemon sauce, you'll definitely enjoy it.
There is a variety of sweets, cakes and desserts, topped by changing lunches and special offers.
The ingredients are fresh quality, organic and vegetarian.
Urgently recommended!
I have recently sampled half the menu - by the time I get to the finish, I'll go back to "start"

Pros: soulfood, smooth, happy

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cute small restaurant!! - Edit

I was there on a sunday evening with my mum. first it was just us and the owner aka chef aka waiter who is an African which means he was the warmest, nicest person ever!!! After a few minutes people came in who were apparently regular customers because he knew exactly what they would order.
We ordered Bio-Zisch (organic lemonade), a mixed salad with papa-lufu-dressing (which was big and I shared it with my mum but the owner wanted just the price for a small one - because he wanted us to "feel like home" - soooo awesome!). After that we had the couscous dish with a whole lot of fresh vegetables and smoked tofu - we chose the peanut sauce.
It was VERY VERY delicious! And it was a huge portion, luckily we could take the rest home :) the only thing I missed was the peanut sauce, I wondered if he'd forgotten or the taste of the sauce wasn't very dominant.
But nevertheless: delicious! Also the salad was really good, all organic (ALL ORGANIC!!!) and just served with love. The dressing was fantastic!

next time I'll try the vegan Pizza! good for me: they deliver to my part of the city :) (I wonder who does that... also the owner?? :D)

Pros: excellent food, everything organic, super friendly

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