Terra Zen Centre Vegan Cafe

Amsterdam, Netherlands


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F-yeah Terra Zen Centre!!! This place was great; a little bit of an awkward dining experience for Americans who might be used to having their space; there are a couple small tables and one large table where multiple parties can be seated. We got some spring rolls, their daily vegan platter that included brown rice, fried tempeh and seitan, a noodle salad and some other things. I got the bottom of the barrel for the noodle salad which was sad and hardly any was on my plate compared to others dining around me. My partner got some kind of stuffed paratha thing, which was really good except the bread was spiced with something I wasn't a huge fan of in this context (maybe gram masala)? I also got a shake, which I thought would be like a milkshake or a smoothie, but was really watery, more like a pre-packaged naked brand juice type of thing (only more fresh and with actual fruit in it). The fried things and noodles were done really well, and there aren't many places in the states I could get similar things. The noodle salad was also good, but not entirely unique. All in all it was a great first (and favorite) meal in Amsterdam!!

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I discovered them in the summer and I have been an addict ever since. Everything on their menu is just great - the ideal choice between Japanese and Caribbean, my two favs - and the people... I grant them all the business in the world because they are just the sweetest bunch.

Either I go for something intricately Japanese or for a simple veggie burger that is just off the planet - it silences my meat munching friends. I even took my parents once and my dad was so convinced by the vegan chicken curry, he whispered his doubts about the charming cook, convinced he was cheating the place :0P

I bring everyone I know there and they start bringing their people. TerraZen has to become so well-known that they will be forced to move to a bigger place to spread the goodness! All together a perfect place for great food and magical meetings...

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I loved the food. For me it was the first time I ate vegan but it was a delicious first time! Don't expect a stylish restaurant but the atmosphere is okay.

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Thoroughly enjoyed the visit to this small, quirky, centrally located vegan cafe in Amsterdam. Open for around four months, it is somewhat tucked away, so needs everyone to spread the word as I doubt there is little passing trade. Indeed, I was the only customer on an admittedly grotty Tuesday evening in January. The warm welcome was a contrast to the weather outside and the food and drink (I recommend the ginger soyamilk) was excellent. Well worth tracking down.

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