Haiku

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 28 reviews )
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via Quintino Sella, 28, Catania-Catane, Catania, Italy, I-95100

Cucina naturale. Vegan food restaurant with an outdoor garden. Open daily for lunch, Tue-Sun dinner. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-11:30pm. Kitchen open 1-3pm only; drinks and desserts served at other times.

Categories: Vegan, International, Macrobiotic, Beer/Wine, Take-out

28 Reviews

First Review by loving_veggies

Typisch sizilianisch - Edit

Einfach nur klasse
Durchweg tolle Leute
Fantastischer aussenbereich
Typsche sizilianische Küche, nur halt in vegan
Komme wieder

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Lunch: Nothing to write home about - Edit

In a country with a great vegetable/plant based cuisine this was a disappointment: a selection of lukewarm dishes best described as canteen-style. Everything was too greasy for our taste and at the same time plain tasting. For 12€ the dishes were also quiet small compared to normal portions in local restaurants. The interior is pretty generic hippie-ish, the garden unfortunately was closed st lunch.
Two stars because the whole staff was super friendly and tried their best to explain the italien only menu to us (also non native English speakers). Also I guess the regular menu was n the evening is better considering the good reviews.

Pros: all vegan

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amazing! - Edit

So delicious and lots of variety.

I had an Italian speaker with me to help and with the traditional dishes on offer but veganised

Highly recommend

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Best in Catania - Edit

As ignorant western Europeans, and not acustomed to the mediterranean dinner times, we entered the restaurant at 6:30 pm. They were not really open yet, but very kind. We could already sit down and have something to drink. This was really nice, and a real treat, seeing the beauty of the place!

After half an hour or so (the restaurant still was not open) the waiter came to tell us we could already order the antipasti-plate. This is a combination of things on the menu. We did this and it was lovely! So many nice things, tasting delicious. I really recommend ordering this if you are here

After this we decided to order something more. I had the Seitan-mock meat which really reminded me of schnitzel and my girlfriend ordered tempura. Both really nice.

Next to being delicious, the prices are amazing. Almost no meals above 10 euro's.

When paying I talked to the owner. They also do lunch, which we couldn't do because we were visiting the Etna volcano the next morning. But it gives us reason enough to return again, because we definitely will!

Pros: Best staff ever, Delicious food, Cheap!

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cibo sfizioso e ben preparato - Edit

Una cucina vegana di alto livello a prezzi assolutamente accessibili. Abbiamo preso un antipasto per due con vari assaggi, tutti sfiziosissimi, l'omlette di ceci, ottima e il kebab di seitan a dir poco superlativo.

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Ottimo lo consiglio - Edit

Molto curato ed accogliente con giardino sul retro. Piatti squisiti e ben presentati. 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

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very nice ambient - Edit

The food is delicious, tiramisu with almodns is to die for, staff don't speak perfect english, and they don't have menus in english, but you can figure it out. The best part is a very nice and green terrace in the back, it was perfect!

Pros: everything is vegan

Cons: dishes from 6-10€, but the portions are not big

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Awesome place - Edit

Really good food with a nice atmosphere. The outdoor seating ruled!

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The best! ✨ - Edit

The only restaurant you could ever need. A lovely garden to dine in, amazing staff, that is doing everything they can to give you a great restaurant experience! High quality vegan food. The perfect place! ✨

Pros: The amazing Garden, The staff, Wow ✨, ONLY vegan options ✨

Cons: Not so great background music 😂

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Loved it! - Edit

After two weeks travelling around Sicily we were delighted to find this vegan restaurant. We shared the antipasti dish, order two other dishes and the yogurt cake. There is a lovely garden out back and it was perfect way to spend out last night. We left full and happy.

Pros: Friendly staff, Lovely atmosphere, Good value

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Great place and food - Edit

The place is very nice and the food excellent. We started with the mix of antipasti (for 2 people) and it was delicious! Then you can create your plate and choice from a menu card 2, 3 or 4 different food. All was tasty.
We reccomend the pistacho tiramisu as well.

Pros: Lovely location, tasty food, staff

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Delicious food in a lovely atmosphere - Edit

My wife and I went to this restaurant and ate in the "garden": part of the restaurant with trees growing in it. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The lunchtime menu (there may be a different evening menu) changes every day, apparently. The choices were all interesting, and we chose a variety of 7 different options, all of which were very tasty. (We bought a "plate with 3 dishes" and a "plate with 4 dishes" to get an interesting selection.) If you don't speak Italian, we would strongly recommend taking a good dictionary (or using Google Translate!), as there is no translation of the menu available, though the waiter serving us did explain the dishes in English as best as he could. We'd be delighted to go there again the next time we're in Catania!

Pros: Excellent food, Changing menus, Great ambiance

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great food - Edit

fantastic vegan restaurant. we had pesto potatoes, pizza, miglio with carrot pesto, risotto, ceci omelette which was my favaorite of them all. everything was very nice. fair price for quality and portion size. good service, one guy spoke some english. they have a beautiful courtyard out the back where you can sit. they also have a small bio shop in the front.

Pros: seasonal vegetables, beautiful courtyard

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nice - Edit

Good food but very slow and nobody speaks english :( We had some fallafels (without coriander and parsley...) with homous.Then some great Seitan alla milanese and good mushroom Seitan (but not as good as the milanese). As desert we took some tiramisu, very good, and ice cream (a little bit too sweet).

Pros: Good food

Cons: no english spokenservice too slow

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ottimo - Edit

Posto molto carino con un bel giardinetto interno.
Cibo elaborato, fresco, preparato al momento, abbondante.
100% vegan.

Pros: Molta scelta, Porzioni abbondanti

Cons: Più caro rispetto ad altri ristoranti in zona

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Good, clean Macro food - Edit

Haiku seems to offer a small daily menu, generally made up of variations of traditional Italian foods, served on mixed plates. The food is in the macro tradition, consisting of healthy whole-foods, and so while it might not be the right choice if you're crazing a burger or big pasta plate, the food is good and tasty. Also worth mentioning are the desserts; I enjoyed an incredibly creamy chocolate cake which was delicious, and a bit of a surprise after a lunch of (almost equally delicious) rice and salads.

Pros: Comfortable, shaded outdoor seating, Good food, Delicious desserts

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A great place - Edit

I have been here twice in the last month and both times I had a great experience. I went at lunchtime so had the buffet. There was a choice of about nine dishes. The food was delicious and very fresh. There was also an impressive dessert menu with about five options. I went for the pistachio and chocolate ice cream. The staff were friendly, helpful and efficient. Overall the bill was very reasonable. €18 for three buffet options, ice cream and two glasses of wine.

This is a great restaurant and I would not hesitate to recommend it. I would definitely visit again should I be back in Catania.

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Great food in beautiful setting - Edit

During me and my boyfriends vacation to Sicily we went here twice - first to eat the famous vegan tiramisu ((the pistaccio one is the best) and then to eat lunch.
They have a beautiful section in the back of the restaurant that is outdoors - very harmonic and romantic setting. The staff is very friendly - they are located near the train station/bus terminal. AND their food is delicious - we went for lunch when they had a buffet with alot of different choices of food. You could choose two dishes for 8 euro, 3 dishes for 9 and maybe 4 for 10. We chose arancini, wonderful polenta with broccoli, tasty pizza, a seitan stir-fry and vegan omelette. All of this was amazingly tasty and felt actually quite healthy and fresh. We had bio-beer to this that was also very tasty. We will return for sure!

Pros: tasty and healthy, great atmosphere, friendly staff

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Great find - Edit

Haiku is a lovely all-vegan restaurant close to the central train station in Catania. Looks great inside and has a very varied menu. If I'dd had more time in Catania I would have definitely visited again. As it was, I had one of the many pizzas named after famous vegetarians. My "Leonardo Da Vinci" had generous amounts of seitan, broccoli and pieces of almond along with a white sauce. Delicious and filling. My friend and I were brought salads as a starter which had a tasty dressing. Afterwards we tried the vegan tiramisu which was incredible. Not only tasted great, but there was a lot of it. Friendly staff, and they had a small garden with tables for outside dining too.

Pros: All vegan, Huge variety of dishes, Friendly staff

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we enjoyed it - Edit

Such a nice place!

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Excellent - Edit

We went two times to this location. First time I had a salad with a side order of creamy mushroom potatoes for an appetizer, and for an entree I had a vegan pizza. It was absolutely delicious.
On the second visit the food was delicious as well but there was a minor problem. Our pizza came first, followed but all of our appetizers. Our table was full of food, and we tried to eat all of it as quickly as possible so the food does not get cold. Unfortunately, this ruined the experience, we had to get most of our food to go. It was an unfortunate mistake on somebody's part.

The restaurant features a beautiful outdoor patio in the back.
Updated from previous review on Saturday June 06, 2015

Updated from previous review on Saturday June 06, 2015

Pros: Food quality, Decour

Cons: Bad service on one occasion

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NE Part of Town/ I Order Tiramisu/ And It Is Vegan - Edit

We were very happy to find a purely vegan restaurant in Catania. Even happier to eat the food here. Great selection of food. We will have to make it back to Sicily just to eat here again. Try the vegan tiramisu!

Pros: Food Quality, Restaurant Decor, Nice Walk (not too far) to Restaurant.

Cons: This Place Doesn't Exist in My Home-town

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very nice place - Edit

haiku cucine naturale is a very nice place in catania. haiku offers vegan (and only vegan!) dishes. they have some unusual options like breaded tofusticks but they are extrem tasty (i love it). the only thing i've missed is some cakes or sweets (they have only fruits and a pudding). the location is central in catania but you have to ring the bell if you want in. in the evenig haiku opens around 8pm.

price: its a little bit expensive, but vegan food is expensive, too at the island of sicily :(

just for info: 2 streets away there is an organic market with tofu (taifun) and soy milk.

Pros: excellent food, good value, friendly staff

Cons: not much desserts, expensive

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Outstanding for vegans & non-vegans! - Edit

I went there with my husband (omni) to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and I couldn't have picked a better place! Great atmosphere in the garden setting, very friendly personnel (ours spoke English) & the food was *amazing*! We'll be back soon for sure!!!
Updated from previous review on Sunday September 18, 2011

Pros: Awesome food, Friendly personnel , Decent prices

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Great restaurant - Edit

A fantastic restaurant; the food and service were great; I would highly recommend it to any vegan (or non-vegan).

Pros: great food, healthy, great service

Cons: not cheap

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Wonderful! - Edit

Took my wife here today. Staff was extremely nice and food was delicious! Atmosphere is also very organic with a huge garden in the back next to where we were seated. They also have a shop next door with a bunch of great organic, vegan items for those who want something to take home. This definitely isn't the last time we'll be visiting. ♥

Pros: Kind staff, great environment, very filling

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Wowweeee - Edit

My husband and I have been living in Sicily for over a year and just lamenting the limited vegetarian options at restaurants. I am so GLAD I found Haiku. They take rustic, traditional ingredients and put an interesting, vegan-friendly spin on them. We had a mashed potato loaf (yummier than it sounds...I wish I had words to describe it) sauteed mushrooms, with side salads and bean soup, and we split a slice of vegan tiramisu (omg, yum!). It was wonderful to be satisfied by a meal without feeling compelled to go to sleep afterward. The staff are very welcoming and helpful. The atmosphere is warm, intimate, and inviting. I loved every minute we were there, and I'm sure it will be a frequent date spot of ours for years to come!

Pros: excellent food, Service, Healthy Cuisine

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