• Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 9 reviews )

Brigada 8, Rruga Pashko Vasa, Blloku, Tirana, Albania

Small vegetarian restaurant in the Bllok area. Has cold pressed juice, smoothies, dessert, and herbal tea. Could build your own salad meal. Confirmed open, Feb 2018. Open Mon-Fri 7:00am-2:30am, Sat 7:00am-3:30am, Sun 7:00am-2:30am.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Western, Mediterranean, Fast food, Salad bar, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Albanian

9 Reviews

First Review by I_love_pears

Good option to have! - Edit

It is possible that this restaurant has changed direction a bit (perhaps a few times?); I did not recognize it from some of the reviews below.

I ate here twice, once evening, once afternoon. Both times were the same. I had sit-down service and did not approach the counter, but that seems to be the standard procedure for most; in any case, there is a set menu and the options I ordered were all available, and there is no sign of a particular detox orientation (in the dining area, at any rate). The service was fine (I am easy, though!). I do have to note that I do not recall any vegan/ vegetarian distinctions on the menu, either -- and for various reasons, though I aim vegan, I did not pursue it and am assuming I had some dairy (though I do think the servers [in English, too] would be able to address that for you!).

I was very happy to have this option in this region, especially as a backup! So I was mostly happy. The food was served relatively quickly and efficiently; portions were big; and the ingredients seemed relatively fresh.

The taste... was a different matter. I ate it all, and there was nothing inedible about it at all. It is just that they clearly need a bit of old-hand vegan intervention on how to actually make veggie food. I had the 'Albanian' burger (nothing anything, especially Albanian, about the taste!) and the burrito (a bit odd -- resembled a burrito only in being in a wrap). It is likely that the food will be tend toward bland and taste will come from (probably dairy-) dressing kind of sauces. This sounds like I am just being mean, but I really do think they probably just are fairly young at the (very important work!) of veggie-restaurant running in the Balkans, and with some more work, they could have a greta thing going!

Nothing on the menu was regional (notwithstanding the non-Albanian Albanian burger) -- though this is a common occurrence, I find, all over the world, unfortunately. You will see the standard veggie burger-falafal-burrito fare that the world seems to believe touring veggies seem to prefer (when I would like fake versions of the local stuff!).

The prices, for what you get, are certainly reasonable, but are a bit on the fancier side relatively speaking. About 500-600 lek or so.

Pros: Veg options in a veg-limited big city, Efficient, Fresh

Cons: Bland taste, odd combinations, No real Albanian options, Seems vegetarian-oriented (not vegan)

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Thank you! - Edit

Pleasantly surprised. English menu with labeled vegan and vegetarian options as well as gluten free and other allergies, fresh food, and left satisfied.

It was no perfect (my order came without one ingredient) but it is very hard to come by vegan and vegetarian establishments in the Balkans, especially Albania. I congratulate this restaurant for going against the grain. I hope that this business and understanding continues to grow over time! They're doing a great thing!

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Strange place - Edit

Arrived in the morning for breakfast and two non English speaking members of staff seemed to be busy with what I think were catering orders. Felt like I was an intruder (I was the only customer there) so had a banana instead and returned at lunch time when I was really hungry. This time there were about 5 customers in this tiny space and I was eventually given the menu. Ordered the protein burger which meant pointing at the menu. The food was nice enough. Cash only.

Updated from previous review on 2017-11-01

Pros: good location, nice vegan food

Cons: would be good to communicate in English, didn't feel welcome

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Could do better - Edit

They don't function on a menu. A menu is available but when you make your order most of the things are not available. The service is rude (no, not cold, just plain rude) when you ask them about what is available. The space is very small and there's no air conditioning in the summer. Their work is mostly a pre-ordered diet called the 28 Day Detox, so based on the multiple occasions I've tried to order and I've been there, they aren't a functioning restaurant, in the sense that they don't even serve the menu.
However, I should mention that they are one of the few places in Tirana that are fully vegan/vegetarian; they do spread knowledge even on their social media about the benefits of being vegan; and they do actually care about veganism, it's not just business. But it definitely needs to be more organised, as my experience was downright stressful.

Pros: Offer a 28 Day Detox program, Caring about veganism, Many options on the menu

Cons: They dont offer most of the food on the menu, Rude staff, Small space

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Delicious and fresh - Edit

Food is perfect, a lot of raw and vegan choices. Recommend

Pros: 👌

Cons: Nothing

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A great find - Edit

We went here a couple times in our one day stop over and everything we had was delicious. We had two different burgers, fries, samosas and the coconut curry. Everything was super inexpensive and fresh. We did try to go in for breakfast and were told there was only two options available from the menu - both of which had egg in them unfortunately. The first time they accepted euro; the second time they didn't. Contrary to other reviews, we found the staff to speak very little English, but enough to get by. It was a relief to find this place!

Pros: cheap, fresh, delicious

Cons: not much English , limited breakfast items

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Delicious and cheap - Edit

We went there twice while in Tirana. The food is prepared in front of you and is absolutely delicious.
We had the chance to chat a little with the cook, who is very passionate and meticulous. He even taught us some Albanian. Everyone speaks english.
Even though the restaurant is cash only, there is an ATM at the entrance.
Strongly recommended.

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What a food passion ! - Edit

It's a small place where you can have delicious food. There are a lot of dishes on the menu with very good prices ! You can see the cook preparing your meal with a lot of passion. They are very friendly and if you like vegetarian food you should definetely go there. We plan to go back next week when we are back in Tirana !!

Pros: Chef with a real passion !

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happy to find this place! - Edit

Lots of yummy options. We shared the pasta salad with avocado cream sauce, Vietnamese spring rolls, noodles with tofu and the Buddha bowl (minus the egg). Everything was super tasty and the chef/waiters put a lot of care into everything they served. A rare treat in this per of the world!

Pros: tasty, healthy, food with love :-)

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