Tree of Life

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 7 reviews )

Kikar Hamiginim, Old City, Tzfat (at Jerusalem Street), Safed, Israel

Most entrees are vegan and gluten-free, examples include burgers, quesadillas and stir-frys. There are sugar-free, vegan dessert options. Full juice and smoothie bar; drinks can be customised. Located in historic Old City of Tzfat (Safed), in a quiet cul-de-sac.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Take-out, Israeli

7 Reviews

First Review by +++VeGaNiSaToR+++

nothing special - Edit

I don’t know if we were there the wrong time, but the food is nothing special at all. The burger seemed prefab and warmed up (small dish) with some lettuce on the side. The stir fried veggies with rice was warmed up and not fresh, not tasteful and the teriyaki was hardly recognizable and small amount of vegetables and tofu. Except for the taste, also way too overpriced for what you get. Wouldn’t recommend this place for food.

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Great Vegan Smoothies! - Edit

On a hot August day, we enjoyed DELICIOUS vegan smoothies. Many choices of fruit and vegetables. Soy milk available as a base, as well as yogurt, milk, and apple juice. Prices are reasonable: 20 NIS for a large fruit shake; 24 NIS for a large milk/soy shake.

The service was excellent: very friendly and attentive. We highly recommend Tree of Life!

I asked about the tuna on the menu, as a number of Happy Cow reviewers were upset about it. The proprietor said that she has taken tuna OFF the menu. Yet another example of Happy Cow making the world a tad more compassionate: one menu item and one restaurant at a time. :)

Pros: Good Service, Good Location, Good Smoothies

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One of my favorite restaurants of all time - Edit

I love this place, it has such a home like feel. The food is delicious and the location is right off of the main street in Tzfat. Definitely order a shake! The menu is somewhat seasonal, so enjoy what is fresh :)

Pros: Delicious, Fairly priced

Cons: no bathrooms

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Lovely Place! - Edit

The Happy Cow ratings were low, but Trip Advisor ratings were much better. We really liked the food and comfortable atmosphere. I had the veggie burger with incredibly fresh and tasty bread. The burger was rich in veggies including beets. My husband had a corn tortilla quesadilla full of beans, cheese and veggies. Both came with a side salad with a lovely dressing on the side. We had the fruit soy milk shake and lemonade with mint. Yum! The gluten free cookies were soft and chewy. Rare in gluten free baked goods. Service was good. Worth a visit!

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Excellent Option - Edit

While it is true that kosher dairy restaurants are great for vegetarians, they are not so great for vegans so I was happy to find this place. The veggie burger was excellent accompanied by an ok salad - iceberg lettuce which is actually not very common in Israel (happily). The lassie was a bit too sweet but still tasty. The restaurant has a very good menu and the owner offered any modifications I might want.

Pros: good choice, nice staff

Cons: side salad not great, seating in the plaza outside

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Fail - Edit

We were excited to find a "veg" place far from the urban areas. But no. You have to understand that Kosher food considers eggs and fish "dairy" so if a restaurant is not vegan, you may find these things. And this place has tuna on the menu. Desserts all have eggs in them. The meals are too expensive for what they are. It didn't look very clean back there with hand-washed dishes and pans piled up.
Even so, I might not have been so pissed off if the older lady hadn't been so rude. I stood at the counter forEVER as she did little mundane tasks and instructed her employee and refused to answer simple questions like how much is the burger? (the sign had no prices) On the menu, a dish was 48 nis. For some quinoa at an outdoor stand? Ridiculous. We ate at a great falafel place with a blue awning across the plaza for 15nis and the guy was super nice.
Updated from previous review on Sunday May 11, 2014

Pros: different

Cons: rudeness, prices

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Please take off from the VG restaurants list - Edit

This "restaurant" is not vegetarian because they serve tuna. It's not a nice place, expensive for the food providing and the guy is very indiscrete. Also there is no toilets ...

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vegan_ryan 02 Aug 2013 - If you want to recommend that they remove this listing or update the info, there's a link on each restaurant page to "update info". I've used it a lot.  

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