TerraZen Centre

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19 hs Sint Jacobstraat, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1012 NC

Vegan food cafe near Dam square. Menu combines Caribbean and Japanese tastes and ingredients. Sample menu items like the house-made vegan burger, quinoa salad, fresh spring rolls, udon noodle, hijiki seaweed salad, and vegan desserts. Beverages offered include fruit shakes, tea, and coffee. Hosts special events. Open Mon-Sun 12:30pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Organic, Western, Caribbean, Fusion

243 Reviews

First Review by ChakaKamaNath

Food was very good but very slow and poor service - Edit

The food was lovely, and very filling. However, it took ages to come out and we got our drinks after we had finished our main course! So maybe not the best place to go if you're in a hurry!

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The man behind the counter makes me SO very happy - Edit

Lovely vibes over there. Oh and the cripsy fried 'chicken' was uhmazing. Will soon be back for more!

Pros: Great food, lovely relaxed atmosphere

Cons: Don't think there really are any

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Lovely food in relaxed atmosphere - Edit

We ate here on our first night in Amsterdam, the restaurant is definitely quirky! We sat ourselves and had to wait a little while to order but we were in no rush so weren't bothered by this. We both went for the Jamaican plate which was really tasty and satisfying.

Pros: laid back atmosphere, lots of options

Cons: not the place to go to if you're tight on time

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Delicious and Quirky! - Edit

Relaxed, shabby atmosphere, fairly high prices, and great flavorful food!The menu listed items like 'vegan plate' and 'Jamaican plate' with no descriptions, but the staff was very kind and answered questions and made recommendations. It's super tiny in there, with one big communal table, and 2 two-tops and three seats at the front. I had the Jamaican plate and everything on it was delicious! A veg curry, a little salad with a blob of cold mashed potatoes on top (Why? Why not, I say! They were tasty), a large serving of Japanese rice, and a large breaded and fried banana slice. My husband had the burger but it was more like a po-boy as it had an open bun with a breadcrumbed baked vegan meat product (not a patty so much as an American would think of) with a thin layer of mayo-like dressing with added vegan cheese (like a thick creamy texture) and giant strips of vegan bacon that seemed similar to fake ham I've seen in Asian places before. It was odd but oh so good! We got those two entrees and one bottled drink and it was about 35 Euros. There was a strange smiling guy with a snake tattoo where one of his eyebrows should have been at the check out whose only job seemed to be to DJ the low key dub techno music they were playing. There was a dance event happening throughout the city that might explain Mr. DJ, but keep your eyes out for him, he was cool. They have a horrible, garrish mural along one whole wall so you've been warned.

Pros: All vegan, really tasty

Cons: very small space

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Lovely food, need more staff - Edit

We went here for lunch - there isn't much seating, but we managed to get a spot at the end of the big table. The menu is written out on a chalk board and there's a separate drinks board (hot drinks on one side, cold on the other which I didn't see until leaving).
I'm not sure how it usually is, but on this occasion there was only 1 woman doing literally everything. She was the chef and the waitress, so taking orders, clearing tables, taking payments, serving food and cooking the food at the same time. Needless to say it took us well over an hour to actually get food, but all credit to the lady as she was completely serene and unflappable despite the insane multi-tasking.
The food was brilliant though - I had the Jamaican plate (minus the 'chicken' as this made it gluten-free) which was a really nice curry, rice and salad and my omni friend has the roti wrap which she declared completely worth the wait.
If this place had at least 1 more member of staff it'd be 5 star, but I can't really give it 5 stars when I actually had to rearrange my work meetings to allow for the unexpectedly long long wait.

Pros: Great food, Lovely member of staff (singular)

Cons: slow service

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In love with its vibes! - Edit

Magnificent place! Beautiful people working there and the fact that there's only one dining table so you should eat together with strangers makes everything even better. The food is a delicious fusion of Caribbean and Asian tastes.

Pros: Food, Music, Community

Cons: Too greasy - I usually eat low-fat

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the best food worldwide - Fact - Edit

I was hooked from the first bite, amazing food that excited the taste buds. Admittedly the restaurant front is a bit tired and could do with a refurb but when you start eating it’s soon forgotten. The family are pleasant and approachable. The only thing I’m upset about is their not based in the UK ha

Pros: exceptional food , kind friendly family , great value for money

Cons: needs a refurb

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Unusual vegan food - Edit

TerraZen is an unusual and quirky place to eat in Amsterdam.

The menu is a chalked board, showing options with little description. Asking about the meals resulted in a vague description, with little details. A number of the options were inspired by Caribbean or Japanese food.

When the meals arrived, they didn't always match the descriptions - but were really interesting and tasty. For example, a "burger" with extra cheese turned out to be a section of split baguette with slices of coated tempeh; "chicken" nuggets; salad; and yes, some cheese on top - much better than expected and very tasty.

Cold dirnks are available on a shelf - you can just help yourself, and get it added to the bill.

Prices are a little high - but it is in the centre of Amsterdam, only a few minutes walk from Centraal station.

Not a standard restaurant - but well worth experiencing during a visit to Amsterdam.

Pros: Lovely vegan food, Unusual options, Friendly staff

Cons: A bit pricey, Can be a bit unpredictable - which can be a "pro"

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Nice food, but overpriced - Edit

Food was nice, shared a Jamaican brown, and a vegan bowl, milkshake and cheer cake. Service was very slow (waited almost an hour for food), and staff were inattentive. Also was pretty overpriced for what it is.

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It was OK - Edit

I've only been the once and people seem to rave about this place but I wasn't overly impressed.
I took my parents here while they were visiting Amsterdam and they were also not impressed. It's hugely overpriced for what it is. One of the bowl dishes was pretty good but the rest were pretty average for about EUR19, I expected more.

Pros: One of the dishes was very nice

Cons: It's expensive for what it is, Hole in the wall

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Interesting vibe with fusion food - Edit

Offers Caribbean Japanese comfort food that are delicious. Its easy getting in touch with other guests at one big table and chat. A bit disorganized but lovely people.

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Very Disappointed - Edit

TerraZen is absolutely a hole in the wall on an alley. I have no idea why they show up as the most highly rated Happy Cow restaurant in Amsterdam. The restaurant was not open their advertised hours on our trip to Amsterdam. There are great vegan options on Amsterdam but TerraZen is clearly not one of them.

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favourite vegan place to eat in Amsterdam ! - Edit

Feels like you've just been invited to the owners home. Amazing atmosphere insanely good comforting food. We both adore the crispy roti wrap! We come twice a day when in Amsterdam as a standard!

Don't be put off by someone not being on the floor to greet you just make sure you ding the bell you'll be greeted :)

Pros: music, homely vibe

Cons: toilets do need a revamp though :/ ,

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slow service - Edit

Came a second time in for dinner. The place only had the worker working. All the sitting places were messy with dirty plates. Had to sit ourselves down, only to have the man yell ( actually raised his voice) .because I lease the dirty plates where we sat. I have been to a lot of places in my life, this one was one of the worst by far. Sad to have such an experience in a vegan place, we left the moment he yelled.Hope they improve.

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Vegan Amsterdam - Edit

The TerraZen Centre is quite the experience in itself. On first glance it looked run-down and not clean. On second look I was overwhelmed by the absolutely huge range of food they offer, and finally I fell in love with the food itself because the taste was so incredibly good.

TerraZen *is* Amsterdam. It's different, looks like someone donated their old living room furniture and then it surprises you with it's actual quality. If you're in need for some soulfood, go there!

Pros: Excellent food - tasty and variety

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Excellent food. - Edit

Made a reservation for me, 7 of my colleagues who are omnivores and this resulted in us having the big table in the middle completely for us.

To me it felt like a nice vegan community place, some kind of relaxed, Bob Marley style, now my colleagues weren't really that pleased with it.

They complained there was no wine or other alcohol, the table was never cleaned and pretty dirty and they didn't quite well understand what was on the menu.

At the end, we all decided to take the vegan plate.

One thing we all agreed on, was that the food was great and delicious.

Overall, it was a good experience for me as a vegan.

Pros: Excellent food

Cons: Small space, Not really clean, Was not attractive for omnivores

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Good but not much capacity - Edit

Definitely try to make reservations or come early

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could rate lower than 2 stars - Edit

Very dirty, bad service

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never again! - Edit

Not a restaurant! Looks like an illegal restaurant. Went with a friend, some people where there already. We ordered, and waited...all the people had the time to eat and leave and be replaced by other people before we were served. I was served after over 1 hour after we arrived some people who arrived after us were served before I was. I asked about where was my food and the "waitress" looked annoyed as f*** when I asked about it. They served 2 or 3 people before I received my plate about 30minutes after my friend... no Sorry for the delay, no explanation... no toilet and... my food wasn't so great for the price but my friend order (the wrap) was good... I Will probably never go there EVER again.

Pros: it's vegan

Cons: everything else

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Better than expected! - Edit

We tried this place on our last night in town. We had the spring rolls, the roti wrap, and the Jamaican plate and I was blown away! Service was a little slow but I'm hoping that's because my dish was made fresh :)

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wasn't open - Edit

Would like to leave a review on the food but when I got there it was closed with no explanation as to why, no sign up saying they were on holiday or any other change to opening hours. Annoying as I dragged all my meat eating friends along with me and they humoured me for no reason!

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too many choices - Edit

The venue is a bit small but the menu offered so many choices! I had the rasta pasta which was delicious. They were very open to my companion's gluten free needs.

Pros: loads of options, all veg, many vegan

Cons: the service was a bit haphazard but efficient

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barretta di cioccolato al latte buonissima! - Edit

Ho trovato una barretta di cioccolato al latte stupenda alle nocciole e poi ho preso una cheese cake ma quella non era poi un gran che... questo posto meriterebbe 5 stelle per il fatto che è vegano e dall'aspetto I piatti che servono sembrano deliziosi (non ho preso null'altro perché avevo giá mangiato) ma il ristorante è un po piccolo e l'aspetto e l'arredamento sarebbero opinabili... Mi rincresce dire che non sono dei fan della pulizia.. sono andata nel loro bagno e non l'ho trovato molto igienico.. lo stuff non è molto disponibile.. forse manca un po di organizzazione.. Il menu non era lunghissimo ed era scritto su una lavagnetta ma tutto era vegano. I prezzi beh non sono né troppo alti ne troppo bassi.. per i miei standard però direi che è un po caro.. Ritornerei per riprendermi quella barretta !!

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Sehr leckeres Essen - Edit

Das Essen und auch die Auswahl waren wirklich gut, die Räumlichkeiten dagegen wirken etwas ungepflegt. Aber wie gesagt, das Essen macht es wett.

Pros: Komplett vegan

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Amazing spring rolls, average main and weird setting - Edit

The spring rolls were amazing and the staff were really nice, but the noodle dish was just very average. The menu was also only available on a chalk board , the floor was a serious safety hazard (completely uneven) and the decor was just a bit... weird. There was also no toilet - I was told to go ask next door (in the steak restaurant) to use theirs. Would not go back - just really wasn't worth the price for the service and the taste.

Pros: Really good spring rolls, Homely atmosphere?

Cons: Overpriced, Average taste, Lack of basic amenities and weird decor

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cute restaurant - Edit

The food is very delicious but the service is so horrible every time and the place very dirty/no toilet, unfortunately.

Pros: delicious food

Cons: no staff service at all, dirty place

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Closed - Edit

Although it was supposed to be open the restaurant was closed at 2 pm without further notice.

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