I became a vegetarian when I was 16. Now I am about to turn 33. So, if you do the math, you’ll realize I’ve been a vegetarian for quite a while now.
Over the past years, I’ve lived in Italy, the UK, Switzerland (both in the German-speaking and in the French-speaking regions), and Austria. I found the UK and Geneva to be the toughest places to be a vegetarian; Zurich and Vienna the easiest. Perhaps even way too easy!
Here is a review of four vegan desserts (no eggs, no diary products) I’ve had in different restaurants or cafés over the past weeks.
Ratings: Outstanding / Very good / Mediocre / Bad / Terrible
Vegan blueberry & coconut cake (Nice Rice, Vienna)
This is a very down-to-earth place in the Raimundhof alleyway, just off Mariahilferstrasse, Vienna’s busiest shopping street.
It has a small menu that changes almost completely every day. All desserts are prepared without eggs, and a couple are totally vegan.
I went for the vegan blueberry-cocunut cake. Not only was it very tasty, but it was also beautifully arranged on the plate.
Rating: Very good
Vegan carrot cake (Yamm, Vienna)
This restaurant has a pay-by-weight 100% vegetarian buffet with around 30 cold and hot dishes to choose from.
It has a large variety of desserts, though not all of them are vegan. I tried out the vegan carrot cake.
The cake tasted really good, but the icing on the top was very sweet. Actually, a bit too sweet for my taste.
Vegan tiramisù (Tibits, Zürich)
I got excited about this place even before moving to Zurich. I had read about it when I was living in the UK and couldn’t wait to try it out.
Since then, I must have eaten there a couple of hundred of times!
It has several vegan desserts in its 100% vegetarian buffet. My favorite is the tiramisù.
The recipe is not always the same, though. I’ve tried out three different types of tiramisù: strawberry, pineapple & coconut, and the more traditional coffee. All three tasted awesome!
Veganisù (Samses, Zürich)
The third on this list to have a pay-by-weight vegetarian buffet, Samses is located on Langstrasse, which is considered Zurich’s “red light” street.
It has a selection of five desserts, three of which are vegan: chocolate mousse, muffins, and tiramisù.
But notice the name: Veganisù rather than “vegan tiramisu”. The waitstaff does make it clear that this dessert tastes like tiramisù, but is not exactly tiramisù.
Knowing that, I must say it tastes really good!
Rating: Very good