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CLOSED: New Bamboo Center

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 17 reviews )


Contact 09-6943117

Annankatu 29, Helsinki, Finland,

Serves meat, vegan options available. Serves some vegan options which are marked on menu. Try the curry tofu, satay tofu, and kung-po tofu. FEB 2016 REPORTED SHUT. Open Mon-Tue 11:00am-10:00pm, Thu-Fri 11:00am-10:00pm, Sat-Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Take-out, Malesian, Non-veg

Reviews (17)

First Review by marikasaa

Pretty good - Edit

Nice vegan options. They offer pretty standard Chinese fare. The portions are generous and the dishes are pretty good. Some might consider the restaurant to be cramped - I consider it cozy, and it reminds me fondly of the no-frills/no-nonsense Chinese restaurants I would frequent with my parents.

Pros: Good value, Clear labeling of vegan options

Cons: Limited seating

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Fantastic Chinese restaurant in Helsinki. - Edit

Menu has a clearly marked vegetarian section (all items on this part of the menu are also listed as vegan). Huge portions for a reasonable price. Had the kung po tofu and the tofu satay, the latter of which was Thai-ish (?), but still really tasty. Very quick and friendly service.

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Love it! - Edit

The best! Food is very good and the portions very big. Price is very reasonable, I always get three meals with a price of one by taking home the rest after my stomach is full.
The staff have always been very friendly and funny in a peculiar way.
The restaurant is often quite full, so you might get seated with people you don't know, but due to the great atmosphere, that hasn't been a problem.

Pros: good food, excellent value, great atmosphere

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It's like home - Edit

This is my favourite restaurant in Helsinki and I've been here more than a hundred times. The food is great, the staff is awesome (in it's own peculiar way) and it's good value. Just keep your expectations on check when you go there.

The restaurant can be really busy and during the peak hours, the staff might ask you to change table to fit more people in. The service can be anything from friendly to nonchalant to hyperactive. I wouldn't recommend this place for a romantic dinner.

The portions are huge. I usually eat twice from one meal, it costs a little to takeaway but it's definitely worth it.

My recommendations:

- Satay tofu
- Kung-po tofu
- Curry tofu

Try the satay with deep fried tofu (just ask, it's not on the menu)!

Pros: Excellent food, Huge portions

Cons: Can be hectic

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The price is the only good thing - Edit

The food tasted awful, i got stomech ace after eating there.
They charge 60 cent per person for tap water and 14% for the service (doesnt say on the menu, at least we didnt see)!
The service is not good, they do every thing fast and make you feel you should eat fast and leave.
Stay away!

Cons: Bad service, Charge 14% for service, Doesnt taste good

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haneul 18 Nov 2013 - I'd like to clarify that the part about service fee is incorrect, there is no added service fee.

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The 'Old Faithful' of Helsinki - Edit

This is one of the safest picks in Helsinki for both vegans and their potentially suspicious omni friends. It's also hugely popular, so be prepared to share your table with strangers, especially at lunch hour.

They've got a vast menu to choose from, vegan dishes are clearly marked, and they list all the ingredients in every dish, so it's easy to check everything for allergies. They haven't got many healthy options available, though.

All special requests I've ever made have been taken into consideration. The staff is cheery and the service is fast.

Their tofu dishes *annihilate* hunger, especially Kung Po Tofu.

Pros: friendly staff, moderate price, wide selection

Cons: crowded

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Best tofu in Helsinki! - Edit

When I'm visiting Helsinki, New Bamboo Center is always my top priority when it comes to eating. All their vegetarian foods are vegan, and you can have the vegetarian menu also as vegan, just ask them to give you double banana and no ice cream for dessert. I highly recommend this, since it doesn't cost any more than a regular meal, and you get soup/spring roll and the dessert. Staff is extremely helpful and nice, although they are in constant hurry. Quite small place, so might be full, but you can also take your food with you. I usually don't like crowded spaces and hectic feeling, but for some reason I've always enjoyed going to New Bamboo. Normally I wouldn't give five stars to a restaurant that serves meat, but New Bamboo really earns it (oh, it seems I can't do that. Well, four stars it is, then).

Pros: Tasty and filling food, Staff, Menu not that expensive

Cons: Serves meat, Quite small and crowded

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the best homemade tofu in Finland - Edit

I don't support that much this kind of places, but, in order to get some food, and in the situation that in Helsinki there is no vegan restaurant, this people have the best tofu in Finland, and is homemade. Is nice and cheap, and you get full, also you can ask for rice several times as well...

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Fantastic cosy restaurant - Edit

A very relaxed Chinese restaurant, quite compact inside but seats quite a lot; some tables are longer bench-style ones where you sit with others, but it's really well laid out. The staff were really friendly and knowledgeable and the service was efficient, and the food excellent and generous portions. The satay tofu was fabulous! A great place to go if you're with non-vegans; also the menu has icons for each meal saying what's in them, so it's very easy to be fussy as well as vegan (e.g. no chili/pepper/etc) - very clever.

Pros: Very efficient, Great food, Good value

Cons: Rather small, Hot inside!, Busy

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average - Edit

We stopped in for dinner one night and it was busy! The tables turn over pretty quickly and they do seat you with other people at the larger tables. Nothing fancy, but they are friendly and efficient. The menu has a separate vegetarian section and there is a glossary as well with pictures and English translations for the ingredients. Almost all the veggie choices were vegan. We ordered the satay tofu and kung po tofu. We thought they were pretty average and the kung po was a bit too marinated/salty for my tastes. It was nice to have vegan choices and it was reasonably priced, but we didn't go back again during our trip.

Pros: vegan options, friendly and efficient

Cons: too salty

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An experience - Edit

This is the cheapest option to get full with a good curry tofu. The only place in Helsinki you can get hot food for real! (Unless they forget the chili out, which does happen, especially if you dine with someone who takes the mild option) The place is famous for it's extraordinary service, can be good, can be bad, but always efficient! The place is small and crowded, not stylish, but the atmosphere is nice. Absolutely recommendable!

Pros: Big portions, Enough chili!, Exciting service

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Vegan options marked on menu - Edit

Visited Helsinki in Aug 09 and had dinner here one night. They are a Malaysian business and the food is good quality. We had a soup to start which was vegan (all vegan dishes are marked on the menu). For main course we had the szechuan tofu and the chinese mushroom and cabbage dish. We asked for the tofu dish to be 2 chilli's and it was SO hot so maybe only ask for 1 chilli unless you love hot food.
The rice was included and so was tea. I don't think that they serve any alcohol.

Pros: reasonably priced, tasty food, friendly staff - english speaking

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Cheap and excellent dishes - Edit

Sataytofu, currytofu and kungpotofu are my favorite foods in Helsinki, but also other veggie dishes are better than elsewhere. Sometimes dishes are perfect but sometimes not as "creamy" as usually. This is not an ordinary quiet chinese restaurant and not a place to spend more than one hour. It is usually very relaxed, noisy and crowded.

Pros: excellent taste, cheap, central location

Cons: crowded, busy staff

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Great and cheap - Edit

Malesian restaurant sells many other dishes than veggie but it's worth checking out. The vegetarian menu is around 10€ and serves you with spring rolls, a veggie dish and a dessert of your choice. The single dishes are 7-10€. I've never tasted anything here that I didn't like. The atmosphere is a little hectic since this is also a popular take-away but the staff (especially the temperamental little lady) are great.

Easily found since it's just around the corner at shopping center Kamppi which you can't avoid in Helsinki city center.

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