Dolma

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329 Chaussée d'Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium, 1050

Restaurant, bar, and health food shop. Daily menu buffet style restaurant with adjoining bar, accessed through the shop. Buffet features mostly ovo-lacto veggie dishes and a few vegan ones. 10 minute walk to Porte de Namur metro on Brussels' Southern side, bus 71. Open Tue-Sat 12:00pm-2:00pm, Tue-Sat 5:00pm-9:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Buffet, Fusion

Reviews (32)

First Review by Stevie

Delicious, rich - Edit

I had long been looking forward to visit this place. My expectations were absolutely met! I went in the evening during the week. Food was served as a buffet. The desserts weren't anything special, though.

Pros: Tasty, Atmosphere, Filling

Cons: Desserts


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Great variety buffet - Edit

There is a lot of things but you must be carefull because everything is not vegan.

Pros: Menu changes everyday, very good desert too

Cons: Openings hour


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I love the idea of this place - Edit

I visit Brussels each winter. Dolma is warm, filled with wood and light. It serves comfort(ing) food). ...and yet, as many have observed, it isn't really vegan-friendly, or even particularly helpful in making good dietary choices. Still I go, and I enjoy. I'm glad it's here.

The owner/manager people are nice.

Pros: "Warm", comfortable, friendly

Cons: Hard to tell what's what. Lots of non-vegan t


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Great for vegetarians but not for vegans - Edit

This is one of my favorite veg restaurant in the world for the last 15 years.
I think their buffet is really great. They use a lot of organic food and it is varied, raw and cooked.
When I was eating cheese and eggs I really loved this place, but I find disappointing that they didn't adopt a vegan friendly attitude.
It would be relatively easy for them to mark the dishes that are vegans and those that are not, I just know that they don't pay attention to their use of butter, cream, milk and eggs in many dishes.
For this reason, I do not recommend this place to vegans but it is great for vegetarians.
On a side note, it's a pity that they replaced their tibetan decoration and identity for a completely neutral, modern atmosphere. I really loved the tibetan vibrations.

Pros: Great all-you-can-eat buffet, Organic food, Nice organic shop in front

Cons: Non vegan friendly, Loud room


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High Quality Food and Beer in Ixelles - Edit

Much revered by the world’s herbivores – yes, this place is known around the globe – Dolma has been one of our favourite restaurants for around a decade. During a quick stopover in Brussels, we walked through the streets lined with art nouveaux buildings to visit this ethical foodery in Ixelles. Things have changed a little since our last visit. Already fragmenting, the co-operative that owned the shop and adjoining restaurant sold up in 2015. The new owner, however, was keen to maintain the bio ethics of the business and the restaurant’s high standards have been maintained. Partly refurbished, the interior of the restaurant has been spruced up and is smarter in appearance. One of the old co-operative has remained and was running the front-of-house. Always a congenial host, he has been here for 16 years and this continuity is much valued. In addition to expanding the bio beer range in the shop, Dolma has a few pleasant additions to the drinks menu, including the rather wonderful Goliath Blonde, a Wallonne beer produced from natural ingredients [no additives] which is deliciously fruity and hoppy, not dissimilar to the more well-known Tripel Karmeliet. The prices of the buffet seem to have increased and it is €19.50 per person for an evening meal or €24.50 if you take the optional dessert. The quality of the food offering remains fabulous and your tastebuds are bombarded with an array of delicious flavours throughout. If you wish to sample Dolma on a lower budget it is cheaper during the lunchtime session. Highly recommended.

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-16

Pros: Delicious Food, Friendly Service and Vibe, Good Beer


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My favourite restaurant in Brussels! - Edit

So many delicious dishes to try in the buffet!
Even non-vegetarians will love it, and everybody's stomach will just be so happy!

Pros: So delicious!, A lot of different choices to try each day from th, Very affordable

Cons: Please open on Sundays as well, and offer a brunch


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Key veg' restaurant in Brussels - Edit

Known by all the vegetarians in Brussels, it's a must.
Menu changes everyday and I have never beeen desappointed. They always have salads, soups and warm dishes.Always nicely spiced and delicious. Price include one desert as well. It's quite expensive (22 euros for dinner) but it's worth it... especially if you can eat a lot.
It's one place I can take my non-vegetarians friends knowing they will like it, and even ask to go back!

Updated from previous review on Sunday January 06, 2013


Update 01/2016:
Owner has changed in 2015. the concept stays the same (all you can eat for 19,50 euros in the evening, 24,50 euros if you have a desert). Went there with 12 non-vegetarian friends, everybody loved it. Quality is still there, atmosphere is very warm.


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dolma gastronomy - Edit

I'm going every two moths to this place in the last 10 years,
It has been take over by a young chef Vincent witch is really creative, bringing Dolma beyond a buffet into a vegetarian gastronomic place, playing with spices, with citrus and orange peels, he reshapes vegetarian food beautyfully, place is nice and friendly, service is smilefull, catering service on demand

Pros: big choice at beautyfull buffet, , gastronomycreativity and taste, lunch and dinner at gd price

Cons: very popular place, phone in the evening, you have to like buffets, public is not especially young


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happy tummy - Edit

Dolma has lots of vegan options. The food is wholesome and good. The place is nicely decorated. Staff are kind.


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Re-discovery! - Edit

I went to Dolma 5 years ago and then went back again recently. It's been revamped and looks great. Cosy atmosphere and a great selection of dishes - we were stuffed! The vegan foods were marked and the staff were on hand to help out as well. Good value for money and probably one of the best vegan options in Brussels for dinner out. Even my non vegetarian friends are planning to go back!


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Rich buffet - Edit

I went to Dolma last Tuesday for dinner with a non-vegetarian friend. The atmosphere is really nice, there's also a piano but no one was playing when we were there.

We took advantage of the buffet (all you can eat: 19.50 euros, but 24.50 euros if you want a piece of cake as well + we paid 6 euros for a 1.5 l bottle of water), very rich, but there was very little information on the various dishes. What's what? It wouldn't be too complicated to write down what's vegan and what's vegetarian, what's gluten-free and what's not...

The food was nice, some dishes better than others (I loved the seitan with mushrooms!), and the chocolate cake was yummy (better than the raspberry one).

Pros: Nice atmosphere, Rich buffet

Cons: Little information on the dishes


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Self fulfilled tummy ache :) - Edit

If you are hungry like a horse, the buffet of Dolma is what you need. The tables are filled with goodness and you can take as much as you want. I always leave the place with a self fulfilled tummy ache :)
The staff is very friendly and will be happy to explain which dishes contain animal product/gluten.
It is quite pricey though.. Maybe that's why I'm more motivated to overeat :)

Pros: Cosy atmosphere, Friendly staff, Gluten free and vegan options

Cons: Expensive


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Nice place - Edit

I thought it was pretty difficult to find a place to eat vegan in Brussels. This place was very good, excellent even, but I thought it was hard to find out which plates were vegan or not (and I speak French).

Pros: delicious food, great atmosphere, large restaurant (packed)

Cons: labeling of vegan items


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petite décption - Edit

le cadre est sympa et le prix bien qu'élevé reste OK étant donné le buffet.
le problème c'est qu'il y avait pas mal de confusion entre ce qui était vegan et ce qui ne l’était pas... la carte ne semblait pas à jour, lorsque je posait des questions, les versions étaient différentes d'un serveur à l'autre, et le cuisinier ne semblait plus etre présent pour dire vegan ou pas

bref j'ai eu le droit à:
- des bettes a la tommates vegan qui ne contenaient pas de tomate, mais des cubes soit disant de tofu ayant étrangement le gout et la consistance de la feta.
- Un serveur me disant: "ben vous pouvez prendre de cette salade, evitez juste les morceaux c'est du fromage" !!!!
- et losque je demandait si tel ou tel dessert etait vegan on m'a répondu " c'est sans lait" (je suis pas plus avancé!)


bref tout ca n'est pas très engageant quand on veux manger vegan
le pire c'est que j'ai eu le sentiment de les embêter avec mon souhait de savoir avec précision ce qui est et n'est pas vegan...

Pros: nice place, food looks good

Cons: vegan choice not clear, seems not respectfull for vegan


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Overpriced but really decent food - Edit

This place has really tasty food, but €24,50 for the buffet is expensive, no use in denying that. The drinks start at €3, which is really pricey, although they are all organic. However, the food is good, and there was so much variety! We went to Dolma on a Thursday at 8, and some of Tuesday's and Wednesday's menu items were still available, so instead of six dishes to choose from, there were at least ten, not including the extra salads. About a third of the dishes (and one of the desserts) were suitable for vegans. There were sweeter dishes with mango, but also some dishes with mustard and some delicious azuki beans, to name a few. They also served some really good quorn, an item you won't easily find in restaurants here. The desserts are delicious, I got a chocolate-nut crumble cake that was heavenly and my boyfriend got some sort of lemon tart that was light, fresh and sweet. I understand their one-dessert per person policy, if they didn't limit the dessert portions everyone would be filling up on those instead of the regular buffet.

Pros: great variety in the buffet, amazing desserts, nice atmosphere

Cons: expensive


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Not a great range of food - Edit

It was a decent price buffet, but the range of food wasn't that great. Still it tasted ok, but there wasn't much else to choose from in this city for an evening meal


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Too expensive and too few vegan options - Edit

The buffet is an interesting concept but there are too few vegan options and prices are overrated (it is tasty but we can do better at home with products from the supermarket).

I was angry because of the tofu which had been cooked in milk-cream and not soy-cream and because there wasn't any vegan dessert anymore.

The waiter explained me that Dolma is predominantly a vegetarian restaurant and not a vegan restaurant and too few clients asked for vegan dishes. I replied that in that case I didn't understand why he noticed each vegan dish with a "V" on the menu.

Pros: Buffet - eat as much as you like

Cons: Price, Location, Too few vegan option


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Tibetan buffet restaurant - Edit

This is probably the oldest and most known true vegetarian restaurant in Brussels (> 25 years). There is a daily (except Sunday & Monday) buffet -style lunch and dinner.
There is a fixed price and you can eat as much as you can from the soup of the day, the salad buffet (with lots of sprouts) and the hot meals. Vegan options are indicated with a V and there's one dessert included per person (always 1 Vegan option available).

There is a health store opposite the restaurant, open until 8PM.

The staff is friendly. Laid back atmosphere.

Reserve your table in advance as it's often full!

Highly recommended !

Pros: Quality of the food, Vegan options, Staff

Cons: Prices have been going up lately


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