• Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 9 reviews )

Vaartkom 17a, Leuven, Belgium, 3000

A mostly-vegan organic buffet pay-per-gram style restaurant. Uses local ingredients. Buffet items include soup, hot & cold dishes, desserts and plenty of drinks. Does not accept cash; only credit cards. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-11:00pm. Soup served from 11:00 am. Buffet served from 12:00 pm (noon).

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Organic, Buffet, Beer/Wine, Take-out, European

9 Reviews

First Review by Twilightje

Really tasty but really pricey! - Edit

The food was amazing, the energy of the place really good, but it was really expensive for us (75 euros for 2). If it was closer to the center we would have been there again.

Pros: Many vegan options, Really good quality, Great energy

Cons: Not fully vegan, Expensive, Not so close to the center

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delicious! - Edit

Quiet place, cosy en the fact that you have so many dishes to choose from is heaven!

Pros: lots of vegan options , every dish has its ingredients and allergens writt, about 20 options: hot and cold

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99,5% vegan restaurant - Edit

It's a nice and spacious inside, located outside the centre of Leuven, good parking nearby (Parking Vaartkom, Engels Plein 32, 3000 Leuven) nice staff and good food.

It is a vegan food buffet and you pay per weight.

During our last visit to Noordoever we were very positively surprised with the 99,5% vegan food!

The balance vegan vs vegetarian used to be like 30-40% vegan and 60-70% vegetarian, towards 85-90% vegan and 10-15% vegetarian a few months ago.

It is today 99,5% vegan.
During our last visit they just had a brownie that contained an egg and they still propose normal milk with the coffee besides 3 plant based milks, all the rest was vegan.

The vegan food buffet is also something that changes very regularly and really providing a great discovery of new taste at each visit.

Great progress of this restaurant, nice place and great experience.

Updated from previous review on 2017-10-22

Pros: Great vegan food, Organic and local, Nice place

Cons: Location outside city centre

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food buffet - Edit

Pay per weight buffet place. Buffet is very good and most dishes are vegan and clearly marked.

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Nice lunch in a spacious and bright setting - Edit

Vegetarian restaurant with buffet (most of it is vegan, and vegan dishes are clearly indicated).
Not all you can eat but pay per weight. A bit on the expensive side.
Vegan dessert options, vegan icecream!
Nice decor, spacious, clean.
Overall: we loved it!
Review on my blog:

Pros: modern spacious decor, nicely renovated, vegan options clearly indicated, variety, choose from buffet

Cons: bit expensive, buffet was not ready at noon

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Vegan heaven - Edit

I am in love with this place. Fresh and organic food in a cosy industrial interior.
I love the fact you can chose your food and combine your favorites on one plate.
The food looks and tastes fresh, healthy and changes very often.

And not to forget the cappuccino with oats milk is just delicious.

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Enjoyed the variety - Edit

We ate lunch here today and enjoyed the different tastes in the different dishes at the buffet. The ingredients definitely feel like quality, the food was not greasy, and I felt good afterwards too, even with my sensitive stomach. We liked the decor and neighborhood as well. Which ones of the dishes were vegan, was clearly indicated. There were some nice deserts as well.

Pros: Great tasting food, Quality ingredients, Vegan options clearly indicated

Cons: A bit from the city center, though still walkable.

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lovely food - Edit

I went to Noordoever when it had just opened its doors and, indeed, by the time we sat down to eat, the food had gone cold. But it was all so so tasty. I went back last week and they've changed their approach (you open an account, get your food, eat it and pay when you've finished) so it has improved. The food wasn't hot but still warm enough. And super tasty!

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Tasty but cold - Edit

I was very happy to hear about this buffet restaurant. Leuven still didn't have something like that.
The range of choice is good, and the food is how I like it:balanced, seasoned well and a mix of world cuisines. And the taste was as good as expected.

It is not cheap though: with a good plate of food (you pay by weight), you'll end up with 15 euro's more or less. A price I'm happy to pay, for warm food. But the lamps to heat the 'hot' dishes are inadequate or the waiting line is too long, in every case, the three times I've been there (and friends as well) the food was quite cold.

Since it's quite new, the place still attracts enough diners, but I think that will deminish if this problem is not adressed. That would be a real shame.

Pros: Choose your own, Tasty, Biological

Cons: Warm food is not warm, Expensive

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