Vantra Vitao

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© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
© Jael Marschner
Oxford Street

Load up on fresh and flavour-packed vegan dishes, all priced by weight – and save room for the impressive dairy-free desserts.

Punchy, multi-ethnic flavours jostle for attention at this bustling vegan buffet restaurant where the food is fresh and the dishes selection changes daily. Think soups, stews and stroganoffs, grilled vegetables and fresh, zesty salads. There are also fruity smoothies, teas and an appealing range of dairy-free desserts.


Taste-wise it can become a bit confusing if you try to dip into as many dishes as possible, but it soon becomes a game to pick out the flavours from one another. With too many dishes on a plate, cinnamon rubs up against pomegranate, and cumin does battle with lemongrass and coriander.  There's more than just a nod to the vegetarian cooking of the past—most of these recipes have been around since at least the 1970s. But there are enough enticing choices to keep things interesting, such as a  refreshing dairy-free cheesecake made from mango, coconut and cashew.


Service one our visits has been slightly shambolic, the smiling staff seemingly surprised by the  arrival of hungry customers. The pricing is by weight— £1.80 per hundred grams. So although this can be a cheap lunchtime option, loading up your large steel thali plate, all-you-can-eat style, can send the price spiralling up towards the £20 mark (and it's cash-only).


It’s not the most innovative place around, but Vantra Vitao provides a fun, healthy escape from the lunchtime rush of Oxford Street.


Venue name: Vantra Vitao
Address: 25-27 Oxford St
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; Sun noon-8pm
Transport: Tube: Tottenham Court Rd
Price: Meal for two with drinks: around £30.
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Sarah J

I definitely liked the vibe of this cute hole in the wall place located near Tottenham Court Road Station. However I was concerned that the buffet food is largely left uncovered and during the summer months half of the door / window opening is left open - leaving the food exposed to the heavily polluted environment of Oxford street? Despite this the food is tasty, and very reasonably priced. There is a even a sign comparing the per weight price to more expensive counterparts - Whole Foods Market and Ottolenghi. The burlap skins and rustic decor definitely adds to the charming atmosphere.

Sarah R

My husband and I recently visited Vantra on Oxford Street to partake of some of their deliciously healthy cuisine. The owner clearly has mastered the art of making healthy food very tasty. The buffet offers so many choices, and it was refreshing, as a vegan, to be able to choose all options, worry free. I had developed such an aversion to many restaurants, because even vegetarian options were not always so healthy, as they are laden with dairy products. Knowing what I know about pus cell count in milk (thus must include cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products), or my dear friend reminding me that eggs are aborted chickens, I realised that my body would be cleaner without such products clogging it up. It is also a reason that many vegetarians may not always be as slim as they would like (myself included). 

As I poured over the multiple sumptuous choices of potato salad made with soy rather than dairy, chickpea curry that smelt so fabulous (oh I do LOVE chickpeas!), and many other enticing options, I found myself piling rather alot of food on my very large plate that they provide (similar to when you have a thali in an Indian restaurant). 

I thoroughly enjoyed the nachos made with flaxseed far more than the conventional nachos, which I abhor! The seed cheeses are simply THE BEST I have ever tasted, and I have been to some great raw restaurants (well, all the raw restaurants in London). My husband rapidly consumed the fresh and zingy raw lasagne with gusto. This was his first experience with raw food, although he adores salads, and juices. Oh...the juices...oh my! We both loved the juice blends, so fresh and will have you going back for more! 

The restaurant is fairly priced, unlike many raw restaurants. The food is good and wholesome. The vegan unraw options are steamed and then have oil added on top to avoid carcinogens. See, they thought of everything, so you don't have to. You can just emerge feeling incredibly nourished and looking forward to going back for more!

Ky Le V

So I have a problem where I am currently on a sugar and wheat free diet which sent me spiraling into a slight depression because I thought my taste buds and social life flies out the window. But then I found out about Vantra and I love it! There is so much choice for me there and the food is delicious! The staff are really friendly and the owner Lenny is super knowledgeable. I'm converted and have been recommending Vantra to everyone!