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“Great place for vegeterian food”
Review of Bibliothe

Ranked #1,420 of 13,219 Restaurants in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian, Healthy
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Great food (go for the daily menu!) done with good ingredients (99% bio) well prepared and excelent taste. If you want a vegetarian/vegan this is an excelent choice. To drink we had fresh juice fruit that was a mix of apple, carrot, beetroot and ginger. Will return in the future fir sure!

1  Thank PauloRod
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Reviewed January 25, 2014

The moment we stepped in we completely loved the place. Great ambiance, food was amazing (their thali was very grand and yummy), nice desserts and all of it Vegetarian which was the best part.

The place has surprisingly very romantic vibe to it with its candlelight dinner, chandelier and quiet music,

We even met the Hotel owner who's an Italian but converted to Hinduism. very friendly person. Totally loved this place, definitely a must go if ure in Rome

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Thank styledestino
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Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

Premise: I am a vegetarian, international Roman (Euro-U.S.) living in Rome since 1999 permanently. Multicultural chef, visited India 4 times and really know my food, my Indians, Italians and U.S. Americans quite well. In an unhumbly short phrase: I know my stuff!

Bibliothè is a place for great food prepared with Love & Care, served simply and humbly. It is prepared by Indians for Italians (and now more visitors) and managed by a Roman with deep roots and love for Indian spirituality, culture and food.

When considering the "Indian" label one should also know what CULINARY CONTEXT Bibliothè exists in:

***Italian Food Nationalism***

Seinfelds "Soup Nazi" comes to mind.

Consider that many Italians, perhaps especially the untraveled ones, have neither clue nor desire to really know other foods intimately. Seeing that theirs may be the worlds most appreciated "foreign" food, who is to blame them.

Bibliothè is, therefore, designed to have locals appreciate what is on offer, that would help them stay open, if you catch my drift. They have adapted a vividly flavored, most complex, foreign cuisine to the timid tastes of people who like things simple and not so flashy and loud as some South Asian food happens to be.

So, if you have a great desire to have Indian food, just like you have in an Indian eatery in NY, Germany, Singapore, (forget India) and other places where food liberalism rules, you may like to adjust your aim.

The food here is very tasty and prepared to order, just for YOU. The ingredients are high quality, often organic (bio), and apparently Ayurvedic. Each plate, while not heaped with food, is overflowing with genuine taste and the subtle knowledge of the mysteries of combining flavors and energies.

The pace, and everything else here, is soft and conducive to being tranquil. The adjacent library and conference space proposes subjects close to Vedanta and Indian Spirituality and culture that is the base of this sense of peace.

I am finishing this review with an Apple Crumble teasing my senses. The main meal arrived in 5-10 min. in the middle of a full restaurant. Those who have trouble with the timing here are either unlucky or need to stop and smell the...Apple Crumble!

Please come here with a spirit of tranquility, respect and openness for new experiences.

Try the deserts!

The price may seem higher than your average Indian, and I go there also, but Bibliothè is beyond their range in more ways than this and I spend similar amounts in each.

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2  Thank KeyRomeTours
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

I am so disappointed about this restaurant. We went specially for the reviews in the tripadvisor. We were looking for non Italian food in our last day in Rome and we thought indian food will be great to try in another country.
This restaurant shouldn't be considered in the category of "indian food" it should be only labeled as vegetarian.
The food was clean and tasted so so.
The dishes were small and we stayed hungry (we came late so we could see the chef/waitress were eating double dishes ... so how they dare to think I am satisfied with half of what they eat??????).
Soft drinks were very expensive.
Food prices were average (maybe a bit more considering it is only rice).
The place is half restaurant and half library and is not nice to sit in.
The waitress was antipathetic.
In conclusion: do not go there (unless you are vegetarian who eats small dishes and like restaurants that consider themselves "fashion" (but they are not ...))
You will be better off eating in another touristic Italian restaurant :)

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1  Thank jimmynk
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

If you are looking for typical Indian food - curry and naan bread, this is not the place you might want to go.

It is a small eatery with very few tables and very friendly atmosphere. Hot favorite of menu seems to be - Thali which includes 2 or 3 different dishes with small servings of each and a portion of rice. Very wholesome and delicious.

They have some very hard to find Indian delicacies like Puri, Bada, Dosa. Not authentic indian recipe, but with healthy twist and still very delicious.

Everything was prepared fresh, gluten free and vegan. It was pleasant break from routine Italian pastas and pizzas.

Attached to eatery is a library and reading room with some good collection of Indian/spiritual books which can be borrowed for reading.

P.S.:- Don't forget to dig in to ginger candies at the reception.

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1  Thank Atul J
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