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“Tasty, protein-filled meal in the heart of Amsterdam” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of TerraZen Centre

TerraZen Centre
Ranked #984 of 3,727 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean, Jamaican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Centrum
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Tasty, protein-filled meal in the heart of Amsterdam”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

My partner & I wandered into TerraZen around 8:30pm on a Monday night, and the place was CROWDED. It's tiny, seating around 4 groups of people at a time, or maybe 6 - 7 couples, but the location is phenomenal. The restaurant is just a bit north of Dam Square, in the pedestrian-only shopping alleys. Inside, the place is full of color, with murals and paintings on the wall. The menu is Japanese and Indian-inspired, with lots of tempura, rice, noodles, and tempeh.

The clientele and staff are super friendly. While we waited for 2 seats to open up, a regular customer chatted with us and volunteered information about the best menu items. She said she'd been coming every week since the place opened, and never had a subpar dish there. The staff were also very kind, exchanging laughs with us and being very patient while we tried to decide on what to order.

We ultimately ordered:

- Ginger Tea
- Hot Ginger Soyamilk
- Tempura Udon (€9.80)
- TerraZen Teishoku with Miso Soup (€15)
- Chocolate Cake

In total, we spent €35 for a meal that could have fed 2 very hungry people, or 3-4 moderately hungry people. And it was DELICIOUS. With the exception of the hot ginger soyamilk, which was just soymilk with ginger chopped up in it (I don’t know what I was expecting), everything was phenomenal, and very fresh, piping hot, and crispy.

Actually, the meal was so filling that we saved the entire Teishoku dish in tupperwear and ate it for lunch the following day. The Teishoku is a mix of 3 of the first 6 items on the “Main Dishes” menu, decided upon by the kitchen based on what veggies are around and what’s good (which was perfect for my indecisive partner & I). The Tempura Udon is a gigantic bowl of noodle soup with tempura and veggies (such as seaweed and mushrooms) on top. For dessert, we finished with the chocolate cake, which was PHENOMENAL -- just moist and just sweet enough, but not too much. It was perfection.

If I were to suggest anything, it’d be to add seitan to the menu.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 reviews
“Realy nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

its a realy nice restaurant to chill out and eat good food! the owner is realy unique and worth it to go and visit this great restaurant ;-) the food price is complitly ok!

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Thank Julia P
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Delicious but a bit slow!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

I try to eat vegan food as much as possible but in restaurants this can be difficult, that is why I went to terrazen. It is a small place with nice decorations, a mixture between African and Asian I thought. The food was really good and not expensive at all, but it was clear the restaurant was not really set up for a lot of guests. So if you're going for a quick bite this is not your place, but other than that it's perfect! And good for non-vegans as well!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LisanneDG
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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

After a long day of travel, TerraZen's cozy, relaxed atmosphere was perfect. With an extensive menu, me and my fiance had trouble choosing just one delish dish. They have many sandwich options, main options, salads, teas, etc. My tempeh sandwich was ?8.50 and my fiance's huge platter of brown rice and tempura (plus a generous bowl of miso soup) was ?12.50. There is a 10% service charge after 6, and the owner takes a break in the middle of the day (until 5:30) so plan accordingly. He was cheerful and very helpful in explaining items on the menu we were unsure of. Since he was the sole cook/waiter/cashier, our meal took a little while, but it was delicious and well worth the wait. You can really feel the love he puts into the food. It felt like eating in a friend's home. Love it here!

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Thank Rachel M
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Moscow, Russia
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198 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Best Vegan food in Nederland!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

At first the owner is really nice and Bob Marley plaing!
Food is good and fresh - try it!
Try something vegetarian or vegan even if you are not vegetarian - you'd love it!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Pavel V
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