Closed as of Jan 1 14

933 East University
Tempe, AZ 85281


4.2 / 8 votes

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Inexpensive, mostly-vegan and gluten-free restaurant in Tempe

Tsom (pronounced "soum"), meaning Lent Vegan fast, is the creation of Chef Abel (of Blue Nile Cafe fame) and is an entirely Vegetarian restaurant (of which about 90% of menu items are Vegan) featuring an international salad bar, inexpensive Vegan and gluten-free sandwiches, rice bowls, gluten-free pastas, Vegan soups, and Vegan and gluten-free desserts! Entrees and sandwiches range in price from $5-$8, and the salad bar is by the pound. Check their facebook page for daily specials, all-RAW food buffet specials, and great dessert specials at:

Salad Bar items include such types of items as:
Vegan Southwestern Salad (Mixed Beans, jicama, corn, red bell peppers, red chili pepper, lime, garlic, cilantro)
>Vegan Moroccan Couscous Salad (Couscous salad, apricots, peas, carrots, sea salt, zucchini, chick peas)
>Eastern Indian Pasta Salad (Semolina pasta, scallions, raisins, chutney, celery, curry, white wine, mayo, sea salt)
>Vegan Mediterranean Pasta Salad (Brown Rice Pasta, sun dried tomatoes, broccoli, and black olives in vinaigrette dressing)
>Vegan South Pacific Pasta Salad (Brown rice pasta, scallion, red bell pepper, snap peas, sesame seeds, parsley, soy sauce, peanuts, honey)
>Vegan Persian Quinoa (Quinoa, lima beans, dill, cranberry, lime juice, olive oil sea salt)
>Vegan Cilantro Hummus (Garbanzo beans, garlic, sesame seed paste, lemon juice, cilantro, olive oil, sesame seed paste, garlic, sea salt)
>Classic Vegan Hummus (Garbanzo beans, garlic, sesame seed paste, lemon juice, sesame seed paste, olive oil, garlic, sea salt)
>Vegan Baba ganush (Eggplant, sesame seed paste, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, sea salt)
>Vegan Kale Salad (Shredded kale, Hijiki sea weed, carrots, cucumber, sesame seed, olive oil, orange juice)

Added by Steve Carlson on Feb 4 11 (last updated Apr 20 14)

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The food is good, but the menu is difficult to navigate. Since they reopened, the best dishes I have had were daily specials (pizza, vegetable patties). I would order those again if they were on the menu.

The raw cheesecake was wonderful, but the cupcake was terrible - like they put flavoring in frosting over a dry cake.

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This was okay, but nothing special. I had a potato & tofu wrap. It had a good flavor, but I'm not a huge wrap fan. They advertise pasta on their website, but there's no warning that they only have gluten-free brown rice pasta. Damn you hippies and your irrational gluten aversion!

My wife ordered the pasta puttanesca. I'm not sure if they screwed up the order or they just don't know what puttanesca is. I think that the person who took our order may have thought she wanted the primavera. Either way, it wasn't that good. There was no real sauce to speak of, just some cooked veggies, of which about 90% were carrots. Even if this was primavera it was pretty lame.

I'd go back and try something else, but there's so many places in Phoenix that are better.

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Located next to Blue Nile Cafe in the strip mall just east of the SE corner of University Dr and Rural Rd.


No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive


  • MasterCard Visa


  • Raw Food
  • Eclectic (Varied)
  • Mediterranean


  • Buffet
  • Gluten-Free Options
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Quiet
  • Wi-Fi


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10:30am - 9pm
10:30am - 9:30pm
10:30am - 9pm

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