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. Open hours may vary - check ahead.

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

270 Reviews

First Review by ChakaKamaNath

Bons plats - Edit

Pas très loin de la gare, on trouve le TerraZen en fin d'une ruelle. D'extérieur, ça semble ne pas payer de mine, mais un logo vegan attire de suite votre attention. On rentre, on hésite, est-on au bon endroit ? L'intérieur ne prête pas à la décoration habituelle d'un lieu où manger. Mais ce n'est qu'une idée. Une longue table invite les gens à manger ensemble, l'espace reste restreint quand même. Le gérant est cuisinier et fait tout de A à Z, en plus d'être cordial et plutôt discret. Les plats sont nombreux sur la carte, difficile de choisir. Néanmoins, nous ne serons pas deçus. Burgers panés, choux de bruxelles. Tout est frais, très bon, bien épicés et à un très bon prix. Le hic, nous avions lu sur la fiche qu'il disposait d'un bancontact, ce n'est pas le cas. Heureusement, on trouve des distributeurs un peu partout, et pas très loin :-) On recommande la place pour se remplir le ventre avant de partir se promener !

Pros: Bons plats, Serviabilité, Ambiance familiale

Cons: Pas de bancontact, Espace restreint

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Super delicious but pricey - Edit

Food is really delicious, staff very friendly, great assortiment on the menu. The location is literally in Amsterdam city centre and the atmosphere is relaxed. I would definitely recommend this place. Only negative side, it is a bit pricey, but quality is top!

Pros: central location, tasty and varied menu

Cons: Pricey

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A chill place to have good food! - Edit

I had the bacon sandwich and the apple pie, which were both really nice though a bit pricy. The atmosphere of the place was really nice, though I've understood that the quite loud reggae music divides opinions :D

Pros: veggie bacon sandwich was really good, nice atmosphere

Cons: a bit pricy, slow service, having a chalkboard menu they could wipe out the t

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every time delicious - Edit

I like it. It was my second time and the food is always tasty. The restaurant is a little bit messed up. But anyway the food is on top.

Pros: only vegan options!

Cons: messed up and a little dirty

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Oasis in the city - Edit

The food was delicious and felt authentic. The atmosphere was calming and peaceful. Too many great dishes to choose from. We had spring rolls, samosas, and the Jamaican Dinner.

Pros: All Vegan 🌱, Great atmosphere , Big portions

Cons: Expensive

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yummy - Edit

What a find in Amsterdam. It had a hippy feel, and we shared a table with other Americans, so it was fun - and the food was amazing.

Pros: Great food, Laid back, hippy atmosphere

Cons: service can be a little slow but it was fine, limited seating

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Delicious food - Edit

Food was great and they had many options! I loved the vegan sushi and the Jamaican plate. I also tried the chocolate cake (though they didn't have my first option which was cheese cake).

That being said, it was a bit on the pricier side for the hippie-ish setting. Place looks a bit dirty and messy and run down. Location is in the center of Amsterdam which is great. Staff was very friendly.

Pros: Great VEGAN food, Many options, Center of Amsterdam

Cons: Pricey, Messy looking restaurant

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Food is OK - Edit

The people working there were nice, the food was OK (kind of chicken burger), but it was a little chaotic. You could tell they like reggae, but they also adopted the relaxed Jamaican attitude (isn't negative, but not everyone likes it). The place didn't look very clean and my clothes smelled when I left the place (not really an open kitchen, but bad ventilation I guess).

Pros: Nice staff, a lot options to choose from

Cons: Chaotic

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Very Free-spirit-ish - Edit

We went here for a lunch and were a bit dissapointed. This place definately has a good vibe to it, BUT... Menu is written on a chalkboard (not very nicely) and lacks conception in my opinion. It was hard to actually pick something. We had stir-fried rice and some salad. Food was ok, but nothing special. I would expect lower prices for a place like this.

Pros: Laid-back atmosphere

Cons: Weird menu, Average food

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best ever! - Edit

Just a short trip toAmsterdam, but if I was staying longer, this is one place I would keep going back for more!

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Amazing - Edit

This is some of the best food I've ever had. In four days in Amsterdam I were here four times. The staff is super nice.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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2 years later and I still miss the food! - Edit

I still remember this restaurant even though it’s been 2 years since my holiday to Amsterdam! Incredible food!

I had recently went vegan when I visited and I remember having a chicken and chips style meal. It was wonderful, the chips were some of the best I’ve ever had!

The staff were also super friendly!

I’m looking to come back next month, can’t wait!

Pros: great homemade food, many different things on the menu, cosy environment

Cons: not in the U.K.? 😭

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Better and better year after year! - Edit

We've tried TerraZen center last year and it was very good, fresh and tasty foods, and today we were so happy to eat here again! Nice place to relax and enjoy à very good all vegan menu!
One of our favourite in Amsterdam!

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Excellent - Edit

Be sure to check what time they open as I made the mistake at going at 12pm and they were closed. I didn’t give up and came back the next day and boy am I happy I did! The Crispy Roti Wrap is delicious and beautifully presented. The price is a wee bit expensive and that means something since I’m from New York which is expensive in itself.

Despite the price, I highly recommend you try this place !

Pros: Delicious Food

Cons: Expensive

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gorgeous lunch - Edit

Myself my husband and 2 friends came here for lunch and the food was delicious! Service was a bit odd as we all got our food at different times and they forgot my husbands coffee but the food is definitely worth it!

Pros: delicious food, quickly prepared

Cons: forgot coffee, lacking in service , it was a bit expensive

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Is this a Joke? - Edit

Me and my gf went to this Restaurant, that was the most popular and pretty decent (4 Star) according HappyCow.
At first I had some basic expectations about described "Caribbean and Japanese tastes and ingredients" and ordered Vegan Plate and Jamaican Plate à 16 Euro (the priciest, best, and filling I thought) ... Buuut, to the actual points and no-gos,
1. No menus for a place for max. 20 People, you must read the menu on a desk in the far corner of the room, with no details - you have to ask about anything. So a decent menu with some details to each of the dishes would be great.
2. I asked waiter for a WiFi - he told me, that he will ask his chief.... He forgot. So to offer a free WiFi if you have one in form of info on the wall/tables would be great
3. We ordered 2 Plates for 16 Euro and thought it would be enough for a dinner....no. There was actually less than in a ready to lunch box from a typical grocery store. Literally it was a tiny bit of rice, I mean rice! You get more for less at Vapiano for sure.
4. I had "Jamaican" plate. It was - Rice, Broccoli, Zucchini, Red Cabbage and Soy Things. All tastes very nice. But I strongly suggest to look at Wikipedia Page for Caribbean/Jamaican dishes. Spoiler: there is no Broccoli, Zucchini, Red Cabbage etc.!!!!!! This is the same as if I ordered a bottle of Cola for 3 Euro and got a 10 Euro shot Birch-Limonade - really?
5. For that what you get the prices are enormous! Ok, if it was all organic.. But it was not or nowhere to find a sign, non of the drinks was organic.
So if you read through my not so good english so far, I come to a conclusion:
1 Star for the taste - It was very tasteful. and 1 Star is granted by HappyCow

Updated from previous review on 2018-02-25

Pros: Taste

Cons: Price, Jamaican food/ingridients? - not here, Small portions, maybe ok for kids

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schrecklich - Edit

Sorry, aber ich versteh den Hype nicht. Das es unordentlich ist, hatte ich ja schon gelesen. Wären die Bewertungen nicht so gut gewesen, wäre ich sofort wieder raus gegangen.
Ich hatte die vegane Platte für 16€. Dachte eigentlich, dass es genug für zwei ist, aber es war nur ein kleiner Teller. Es war Hähnchen, grillgemüse, Kürbis und ein Blatt Salat auf dem Teller. Das Hähnchen war gut. Der Rest war ok. Der Brookie war schon gelb und blühte. Total eklig angerichtet und dann musste ich die ganze Zeit daran denken, wie es wohl in der Küche aussehen muss. Als ich die Portion gesehen habe war ich echt sauer und wütend. Schade um das Geld! Dort laufen drei Jungs rum, keine Ahnung was die dort machen. Es war unheimlich und ekelhaft. Nie wieder!

Cons: unhygienisch, teuer, ekelhaft

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nice vegan pure food - Edit

Food is mostly nice (depends who is making the food), the staff can be very rude and unprofessional, but one person is mostly very nice and he is also a very good cook. Quite bad hygiëne in the seated area, I don't know about the kitchen. The serve very nice tasting pure vegan food (no refined sugar, lots of healthy options). The food is quite expensive but isn't that surprising since they make everything themselves with bio and fresh ingredients. Very long waiting time, but it isn't that surprising since they serve pure, slow food, that they will make fresh after you ordered.

Pros: good tasting pure vegan food, in Amsterdam city centre, savory food and sweet food unrefined sugar

Cons: bad hygiene, unfriendly staff, expensive

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interesting vegan place! - Edit

This is quite a handy place for vegans travelling in amsterdam. It has a varied menu with enough to choose from. I ordered the veg spring rolls which came out different to what I expected, deep fried in breadcrumbs but still tasty. Then I had the chickn and chips, and I must say the chickn is the most realistic fake meat I've ever tasted! For dessert I had the warm Apple pie which was quite nice. The place does smell a bit of fried food, I could still smell it on me after I left, so if you're looking to treat yourself and you're not health conscious then this is a good place to eat.

Pros: lots of options

Cons: smells of fried food, not cheap.

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Nice - Edit

We had a nice dinner here. Food was great. Setting was cozy and comfortable.

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super friendly service and a filling vegan plate - Edit

The vegan plate is good and filling. Hit the spot after a long flight to Amsterdam. If you don’t want a big meal, don’t get the plate. It has vegan chicken if that’s your thing. The dumplings are super good too.

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Absolutely amazing - Edit

The food was incredibly. So so good. I’ve never found such chicken like tasting vegan chicken and the fries were incredible. It has a range of different nationality food options on the menu and everything was delicious. The staff were lovely too.

Pros: Amazing food, Reasonable prices, Lovely decor/atmosphere

Cons: Food comes sporadically and at random, Very small restaurant size (tough for a big group), Long wait for food

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Warm, friendly and welcoming with a side of delicious! - Edit

Had a lovely time at Terrazen this afternoon, they were very welcoming and didn't mind me being a corporate nutter and having to work a couple of hours at the table (with ample tea and coffee!). Lovely people and amazing food - had the extremely tasty vegan sushi. Liked the whole feel of the place too, very relaxed and calm. Hope to be back again one day!

Pros: Delicious food, Reasonable prices, Warm and friendly vibe

Cons: didn't bother me, but some people might want more

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Confusing, Bizarre, but Amazing! - Edit

Have an open mind...
If you’re wanting a highly organised, formal, efficient and professional environment for your meal, don’t come here.
If you’re open to a quirky, funny, friendly, tasty, bizarre, surreal experience, then definitely come here.
The owner/waiter/chef is lovely and provides a dining ‘experience’ as well as 100% vegan menu. Some items may be sold out, just choose something else. Your food may come out at different times, just share as it comes. You may not not cutlery with your meal, just go and get it yourself or use your fingers. Help yourself to drinks from the fridge, pay at the end. (cash only)
This restaurant is a confusing and bizarre experience, but i can’t recommend it enough. Amazing restaurant, food & chef.
Culinary experience we won’t soon forgot.

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The best vegan place of Amsterdam - Edit

The best vegan place of Amsterdam
The service was little slow but the food was amezing

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won't come again - Edit

The staff was not friendly and gave us the feeling that we aren't welcome. The food was okay.

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Feel good place and excellent food - Edit

Everything is vegan, it's not that expensive and the food is super tasty !
There is only one chef/waiter so it's better if you book before coming.
The place and the music are surprising in a good way !

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