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“Amazing hospitality, great vegan food”
Review of Buddha's Cafe

Buddha's Cafe
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Reviewed 9 January 2014 via mobile

We stumbled upon this colourful place while exploring Samosir Island and decided to stop for a quick lunch. When we found out about their two lovely guestrooms, we ended up staying in one of them and having breakfast, lunch and dinner there for 3 days. Loved it!

First of all we would like to point out the exceptional hospitality of the sweet lady who is running this place. The property is actually her sister's, but she is taking care of it and living there with her mother and brother while her sister is abroad. She made us feel like we were staying with friends. Very attentive, always available to serve our every need, going above and beyond to make sure we were enjoying our stay. They like to experiment with creating new vegan recipes and she let us taste their new drinks and ice cream for free. She also made me free jasmine tea while I was working on my laptop, gave us some seeds from their lemon-basil plant so we can grow them at home, put a vase with fresh flowers in our room and personally wrote down a few recipes for me that aren't in their cookbook.

The food we had was just amazing. We recommend trying their home-made chips, very different but super tasty! All the dishes we had were well-spiced, fresh, creative and in the right proportions. The "chicken" that's on their menu is a vegan substitute which has a very similar texture. Their home-made sorbets are to die for. And we especially loved the Sumatera ice tea, with lemon-basil seeds!

The place is situated about 6-7 km by road east from TukTuk, at the lakeside. The property is decorated beautifully with a lot of detail, has a nice lush garden and is very well-kept. The location makes it a very quiet and peaceful place to stay, outside busy and touristy TukTuk, but still close enough to go there by motorbike for the restaurants and shops.

Overall we highly recommend Buddha's Café to anyone who loves enjoying healthy and tasty vegan food in a laid-back atmosphere. Staying at their place (which is actually called Sumatera-Borobudur) is perfect for anyone who wants to explore Samosir Island and enjoy the beautiful Lake Toba without having to stay in the tourism hotspot of TukTuk.

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Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

The sorbet ice cream is a bomb. Most of the food in the menu is good!! Love the deco n ambience. Its clean there and the service is excellent.

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Reviewed 23 October 2013 via mobile

The homemade sorbet ice cream was delicious! Would recommend mango-coconut. The service was also super friendly!

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Thank OlliAndJanika
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

This is a beautiful restaurant, set in a stunning zen garden overlooking the lake. It is beautiful both at lunch time and in the evening when you can watch the sun setting from the outdoor dining table.

The food is divine. For starters, they have zesty guacamole and home made chips, tempeh satay, or hummus and home made chips. Mains were delicious including redang potato, pineapple curry, and tofu nirvana. Desserts were the best including orange and coconut, mango and coconut, and pineapple and dragon fruit sorbets

Ayu, the owner is great, and speaks excellent English. The restaurant is incredibly clean, and they have a no smoking policy. What more can you ask for?

Restaurant is about 2 or 3km on your right after Ambarita. Look out for the yellow gates which might look closed but are actually open.

Opening hours 10am-7pm, and they may also deliver to Tuk Tuk. No website unfortunately.
Prices are on the more expensive side for Sumatra with mains at 30-35k rupiah, which is a small price to pay for quality food and hygiene.

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Thank thelondonlounger
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

Just a short scooterride from Tuk Tuk maybe 15 min just after Ambarita on the righthand side of the road you ll find this beautiful place. Their food is tasty and intense of natural flavour it s amazing. Besides their normal menu they offer a daily menu as well. Price range from 25000 to 50000 RP. Worth edvery RP ! Café is very good and the homemade sorbet and cakes are just yummi... For me an absolut MUST. 100% Recommend!

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