三來健康素食 Sunlike Healthy Vegetarian Buffet (Zhongsheng, Taipei) – ★★★

Quick Check:

  • Quality:  ★★★ – Good
  • Type: All Vegetarian; Taiwanese, buffet (Note: difficult for non-Chinese-speaking vegans)
  • Location: Near Taiwan Main Station, Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Hours: Mon-Sun, 10am-8pm
  • Price: $ – Inexpensive
  • Website: Restaurant Website
  • Language Barrier: Almost no English spoken

Address, Access & Map:

Address:

  • English: 23 Wuchang St., Section. 1, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City 100, Taiwan
  • Chinese: 100台北市中正區武昌街一段23號
  • Phone Number: 02-2381-5218

Google Map:

Sign over the Restaurant

Sign over the Restaurant

Restaurant Review

Food:

I found Sunlike Healthy Vegetarian buffet (“三來健康素食,” previously called  “三來素食館”) while looking for Xiangyi Vegetarian Heaven (读读条关于), a vegetarian buffet lauded as one of the best in Taiwan.  Unfortunately, it turns out that Xiangyi Vegetarian Heaven closed down about a year ago.  However, since Xiangyi was located at 15 Wuchang St., and just a few doors down I found Sunlike at 23 Wuchang St.

Sunlike (I’m just going with that since that’s the website name – there’s no English name provided) is another all-vegetarian, pay-by-weight buffet located across from a Buddhist temple near Taipei Main Station.  I don’t know if it’s as good as the fabled Xiangyi buffet, but it was pretty amazing.   There must have been at least 50 platters of different vegetarian dishes – vegetable wraps, boiled stinky tofu, battered & fried root vegetables, steamed greens, innumerable platters of stir-fried veggies, noodles and mock-meats – it was a true vegetarian banquet.

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Desserts!

Desserts!

While everything at Sunlike is vegetarian, it’s not all vegan, so you have to be careful what you choose.  It’s a pay-by-weight cafe, and very popular, so you’re expected to serve yourself – which is very convenient, but also means that there’s no opportunity to ask individually about certain dishes.  The place was absolutely packed at lunch time, and with only a few staff working (and with very little English language ability, and my non-existent Mandarin ability), it was essentially impossible to figure out what was vegan for sure. However, from what I’ve read online, most Buddhist vegetarian buffets don’t include egg, since egg is not traditionally considered vegetarian.  I steered clear of anything that might obviously contain milk (like the desserts and mock-meat dishes), but I still can’t be 100% sure what I got was vegan.  It would be best to go if you have some Chinese ability and visit outside of typical lunch hours so you can ask specifically about certain dishes, especially the noodles (which I’m now worried may possibly have contained egg).

My Order - $95 NTW

My Order – $95 NTW

In spite of the difficulty of verifying the vegan-ness of each dish, there is one very good, very pungent reason to visit Sunlike Vegetarian Buffet: Chou Doufu.  Chou Doufu (literally “stinky tofu”) is a very accurately-named fermented tofu dish that’s super popular in Taiwan and many other Asian countries.  It’s often sold in stalls in Taiwan’s hectic Night Markets, and is much-beloved by Taiwanese people.  Unfortunately, although it looks vegetarian, Chou Dofu is one of those sneaky dishes that often contains lots of non-vegetarian things in it’s broth.  It can be made by stewing tofu in brine fermented vegetables, but also fermented milk or meat.  In addition, shrimp is often added to the brine.  So don’t eat it just anywhere!  Make sure it’s at a vegetarian restaurant!  Unfortunately I didn’t know the bit about milk when I ate here, so I’m really, really hoping the Stinky Tofu here didn’t use fermented milk in the brine, so please ask before you try. But I’d say there’s a pretty good chance it’s vegan, so it’s worth coming here to try a really unusual and beloved Taiwanese dish!

Stinky Tofu

Stinky Tofu

More Stinky Tofu?

More Stinky Tofu?

Bowl of Stinky Tofu - $25 TWD

Bowl of Stinky Tofu – $25 TWD

 Atmosphere & Service:

As I noted above, Sunlike is a pay-by-wait buffet, so you simple grab a to-go carton or a plate, load up what you want and pay at the front.  At lunch time the place is shoulder-to-shoulder crowded, and because there’s only a few staff, you don’t get much opportunity to interact with them.  Since they’re so busy I don’t think they’d take kindly to answering a bunch of questions about milk and eggs during the rush, so either come at a less-busy time or call ahead if you have questions.  You can definitely sit down to eat if you want, but it’s very casual – there’s some tables and some narrow bars that you can place you food on, but it’s clearly a place where you eat quickly before you get back on your way.

Overall:

Overall, I’d recommend Sunlike to vegetarians or to vegans with some Chinese ability, but for strict vegans who can’t speak any Chinese, a better-labeled or entirely-vegan restaurant would be better.  After eating here I started second-guessing what I ate and wondering if things that I thought were vegan really were.  I wouldn’t go back again without learning what questions to ask, so I could eat without worry.  Even though traditional Taiwanese food often doesn’t contain diary, guessing was a bit too stressful for me.

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Island Veggie (Hiro-o, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) – ★★★

Quick Check:

  • Quality: ★★★ – Good
  • Type: Vegetarian (has a few vegan* items); Fast food, Hawaiian *Burger buns contain honey!
  • Location: Near Hiro-o Station, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
  • Hours:  Mon-Sun 8am-7pm
  • Price: $ – Inexpensive (about ¥900 for a burger)
  • Website: HappyCow Page, Restaurant Website
  • Menu: Click Here
  • Language Barrier: Menu has some English

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About, Access & Contact Info:

About: Island Veggie is a vegetarian burger & acai bowl cafe in Hiro-o, Tokyo.  Everything they serve is vegetarian, and while many of the items on the menu don’t contain milk or egg, the burger buns contain HONEY, so very few items on the menu are strictly vegan.

Access: It’s located a 3-5 minute walk from Hiro-o Metro Station (on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line).  Go to Exit 2, and immediately turn right and walk until you get to the intersection.  Then turn right again and walk down the road until you see a small alley on your right.  Turn down this alley, and walk just a little longer.  You’ll see Island Veggie on your left.

Address & Contact Info:

  • English Address: CAS Building 1st Floor, 5-3-9 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan  
  • Japanese Address: 東京都渋谷区広尾5-3-9 CASビル1F
  • Phone Number: 03-6277-0962

Map:


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Restaurant Review:

I don’t really feel right giving this place a true “review” since I only visited once, only ordered one thing, and didn’t even get what they specialize in: burgers.  So don’t take this review too seriously, it’s basically just foodporn.

By looking at the menu, you’d think that most of the offerings are vegan – it’s all vegetarian, and only a few things are marked as LV, “lacto vegetarian.”  But unfortunately, it turns out the buns used for the burgers all contain honey, so while many of the offerings on the menu contain no meat, fish, milk or egg, very few are truly vegan.  (This actually worries me – I wonder how many other places that are presumably vegan actually aren’t because of honey – none of the items are labelled as such, I asked after seeing that someone on Happy Cow had mentioned it.)  I intended to buy my own buns and return for a second shot at glorious burgerness, but didn’t have a chance to do so.

Since I couldn’t get a burger, on my first visit I ordered a small Chocolate Banana Acai Bowl (¥650) and a side of  French Fries (¥300), both of which the server assured me were entirely vegan.  Generally I scorn all things vaguely healthy, but if you pour chocolate on time I can’t say no.  I only got the small size bowl, but it was still very filling and rich – in fact it was a bit rich for a breakfast meal!  The french fries were also really delicious – they had a slightly maple-y taste that I’ve tasted at other Japanese “Hawaiian burger” places.

French Fries (¥300) & Acai Bowl (¥650)

French Fries (¥300) & Acai Bowl (¥650)

Chocolate Banana Acai Bowl (small, ¥650)

Chocolate Banana Acai Bowl (small, ¥650)

The decor was really cool and very playful – one whole wall is made of wardrobe drawers in different colors and textures, which I’ve never seen before anywhere.

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There isn’t a lot of space, just some small tables with a cushioned booth along one wall and chairs along the other.  But I went at 11 am and there was only one other couple in the restaurant, so I think so long as you don’t hit a lunch rush you won’t have trouble.

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Island Veggie also had a very could community vibe – they had weekly English cafe nights and you could sign up for nearby yoga classes at the front.  It was nice to see a restaurant interested not just in seeing food but in being a sort of community space, especially in a place like Hiro-o, which is very diverse (a lot of foreigners live there).  I really wish I’d had a chance to try out their burgers, so hopefully next time I’m in Japan I’ll either get my own or they’ll start serving honey-free buns!

About Animals (Wenshan District, Taipei) – ★★★

Quick Check:

  • Quality: ★★★ – Good
  • Location: : Near Wanlong MRT Station, Wenshan District, Taipei, Taiwan 
  • Type: All Vegan; Burgers, Asian Fusion
  • Hours: Mon-Wed, Fri-Sun 2-11:30pm; Closed Thursdays
  • Price: $$ – Average (about $200 TWD for a burger)
  • Website: Restaurant Website, Happy Cow Page
  • Language Barrier: Menu has some English

About, Access & Contact:

About Animals (called 動物誌 in Chinese) is an all-vegan restaurant that serves creative Asian-fusion burgers, fried side-dishes and beer (both on-tap and bottled).  It was established by Animals Rights activisits, is very LGBT-friendly, and serves as an art space.  It’s about a 3-4 minute walk from Wanlong MRT Station.  Unfortunately it’s a little bit tricky to find. It is located int he Wenshan district of Taipei, an approximately 3-minute walk from Wanlong MRT Station. Unfortunately it’s a little bit tricky to find.

Walking Directions:  At Wanlong MRT Station, go to Exit 2.  When you get to the top of the escalator at Exit 2, you’ll find you can exit either to the left or right side of the building. Go out the LEFT side of the buidling, towards the 7/11.  Then turn right when you exit (7/11 will be on your right-hand side), and walk along the road.  Turn left at the next intersection.  Then take a right at the next intersection (you’ll see a small stone marker with red Chinese characters on your right side – turn at this marker). Walk just a little ways down this street, and About Animals will be on your right.

Address:

  • English: 9, Lane 1, Taipei, Jinglong Street, Wenshan District, Taipei, Taiwan 116
  • Chinese: 台北市文山區景隆街1巷9號 116
  • Phone Number: 02-2935-3633

Google Map:


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Food Review:

About Animals Menu

About Animals Menu

I only visited About Animals at night.  Sadly, as I’ve noted in previous posts, my camera is worthless in low-light situations (maybe if I stopped eating out so much I could afford a better camera).  Unfortunately this means that most of my photos of food from About Animals are less that impressive.  Just trust me, it all looked way better (and less blurry!) in person.

The first time I went I ordered the Kimchi Burger (220 TWD), because I never really have a chance to order kimchi-anything (I’m always too worried about fish sauce lurking in the kimchi).  The bun was incredible,w which you can kind of see in the photos – whole wheat, with oats and seeds pressed into it.  It was about comparable in size to burgers I’ve received in Japan – a little smaller than US-sized veggie burgers but still big enough for a full meal if you have something on the side (like french fries).  The burger itself was was really good, but the exterior was too crispy for my tastes – the roof of my mouth is really sensitive, so the ultra-crispiness of the burger wasn’t ideal for me.  That said, if you prefer really crispy/crunchy fried foods, I think you’d really like it.  The burger was slathered with kimchee, and red oil dripped from the burger, but I didn’t find it too spicy or overwhelming.  The upside of the drippiness was that you could mop up the extra sauce with your fries!

Kimchi Burger - $220 (TWD)

Kimchi Burger – $220 (TWD)

Kimchi Burger Close-up

Kimchi Burger Close-up

I also got the deep fried mushrooms, which were served in a cool woven tray.  They were also crispy but not as rough as the burgers, and made a delicious snack – be careful though, they’re hot!

Deep Fried Mushrooms - $70 (TWD)

Deep Fried Mushrooms – $70 (TWD)

The next time I visited I go the Fried Wasabi Burger ($220 TWD) and  Deep Fried Yams ($70 TWD).  The burger was similar to the one from my previous visit, although the exterior was a little less rough – the previous batch may have been unusual.  The top was slathered in what seemed to be a sort of wasabi/vegan mayo combo, which was spicy and ric.  However, I think I still like the kimchee burger more – something about the dripping spicy oil just made that one so good!  The deep fried yams were downright delicious – the flavor was similar to sweet potato fries but the wide cuts and thick batter made them unique.

Wasabi Burger - $220 (TWD)

Wasabi Burger – $220 (TWD)

Deep Fried Yams - $70 (TWD)

Deep Fried Yams – $70 (TWD)

Overall, I recommend visiting About Animals if you’re in the area, especially if you really like unusual veggie burgers! However, it’s a little out-of-the-way for most sightseers, and I do think the burgers were a little overly-rough – but that may just be a personal preference.

 

Mana Burgers (Tama Plaza, Kanagawa) – ★★★★

The Quick Check:

  • Quality:  ★★★★
  • Type: All Vegetarian, Vegan-friendly; Hawaiian, American Fast Food
  • Location: Tama Plaza, Yokohama, Kanagawa
  • Transit Access: Tama Plaza Station (on Den-en-Toshi Line)
  • Price: $ – Inexpensive (entree about ¥700)
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00-22:00 (Last Order 21:30), No holidays
  • Website: HappyCow Page, Restaurant Website
  • Menu: Click Here
  • Phone Number: 045-901-1599

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About & Location:

Mana Burger is a brand new restaurant that opened in Tama Plaza in July 2014, after closing their Fukuoka location.  It specializes in Hawaiian and American fast food, such as veggie burgers, veggie dogs, “chicken” nuggets, vegetarian spam musubi, and Hawaiian-style sweets.  About 2/3 of the menu is vegan, and the other 1/3 is lacto-vegetarian.  All items on the menu are marked with either a “V” for vegan or “L” for lacto.

The restaurant is located about a 10 minute walk from Tama Plaza station, about 25 minutes from Shibuya on the Den-en-Toshi Subway Line.  When you exit Tama Plaza Station, you will be in the area known as the Gate Plaza (Plaza Map Here). Look for a map and then head towards the North Plaza (the Tokyu / 東急 Building). There’s a road on the right side of the Tokyu building. Go down this road. Walk one block, cross the street, and then walk part-way  down the next black.  Mana Burgers will be on the right side of the road.

Address:

  • English: Yokohama-shi, Aoba-ku, Utsugushiigaoka 2-21-12, Y45 Tama-Plaza Building 1F
  • Japanese: 横浜市青葉区美しが丘2-21-12, Y45たまプラーザビル1F
  • Map: On HappyCow Page

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Restaurant Review:

I got pretty lost trying to find Mana Burgers at first, but it was well worth my 40-minute wandering around.  First I got the Chicken Mana Burger (チキンマナ竜田)  for ¥730.  The Garden Mana burger seems to be really highly recommended online, but I was just feeling like something that couldn’t even be remotely described as healthy, so I went for this one.  And it was SO good.  Most burgers in Japan are really small, but there burgers at Mana Burgers are full-American-size burgers, and the patties were really thick.  The chicken patty was breaded (I think?) and fried, and was super tasty. Even the texture was chicken-esque, at least from what I can remember. It was topped with lettuce, onions, carrots and slathered in a delicious vegan tartar sauce.  I added mustard and ketchup as well (because I just can’t eat a burger without those), but I think it would have been perfectly fine without.  In terms of price, flavor and portion size, this was the best veggie burger I’ve had in Japan so far.  It was definitely worth a special trip.

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Chicken Mana – ¥730 (post-bite!)

 

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Chicken Mana – ¥730 (post-bite!)

For dessert I got the Mana Malasada (マナマラサダ) for ¥330, and it was simply incredible.  I’d never had a Malasada before, and I actually I wasn’t sure what it was – I had to ask.  It turns out it’s a sort of Portuguese donut that’s popular in Hawaii.  I’d been having crazy donut cravings so of course I ordered one, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.  It was just the right combo of chewy and fluffy, and was really big – it definitely made a full dessert.  It was brushed in what seemed like a combo of powdered sugar and cinnamon, and it was sort of like eating a big round ball of churro.  It was so good I want to learn how to make them now!

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Chicken Mana – ¥730 (post-bite!)

I also ordered the Mana Dog (マナドッグ, ¥480) to-go.  It included a veggie dog on a bed of shredded cabbage, topped with a heap of sauerkraut.  I added lots of mustard and ketchup too, since that’s my favorite part of hot dogs.  Unfortunately when I first ordered it, it was really cold – I think they assumed that since I was ordering it to-go I intended to heat it up later, but I wanted to eat it while I was out so I asked them to heat the sausage more for me.  When it came out again it was just perfect, and was still a bit warm when I scarfed it down an hour alter.  The sausage was good but not necessarily rave-worthy – it reminded me a lot of the “Smart Dogs” I can buy back in the US, but with a little ground pepper rolled in.  Still, it was really good, and the addition of cabbage and sauerkraut helped to make it more flavorful and interesting-tasting.  If it had been just the sausage I think it would have been much too bland.  I would definitely recommend the burgers over the hotdog, although it was still really good.

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Mana Dog – ¥480

The decor was really beautiful – you can tell it’s a brand-new restaurant, and they really put a lot of effort into the decor.  They avoid the kitschy “Hawaiian” themes that I’ve seen at other Hawaiian-style burger joints in Japan, and instead focused on creating a really open, bright space with lots of natural elements and whimsical touches.  There are tables, and bar and even a play area for kids.  I was really impressed by the attention to detail!

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The service was also exceptional, apart from the cool-hotdog snafu.  It seems like a lot of the staff speak really good English, and were really friendly and chatted with my friend and I.  They warned us that most of the menu wasn’t in English, but since they at least had English translations of the menu items’ names, I don’t think it would be at all hard for a non-Japanese speaker to navigate.  If you had any questions I’m sure you could ask the staff and they’d love to help.

Overall, I loved this place and would go back again if I could (I’m back in the US now for good).

Ooh Cha Cha (Zhongzheng, Taipei) – ★★★

Quick Check:

  • Quality: ★★★ – Good
  • Type: All Vegan; Sandwiches, Grain Bowls & Green Drinks
  • Location:  Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Transit Access: Guting MRT Station, Exit 2
  • Price: $$ – Average (Lunch about $150-$250 TWD)
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm
  • Website: Restaurant Website, HappyCow Page
  • Menu: Click Here
  • Language Barrier: English Menu, English-speaking staff
  • Phone Number: 02-2367-7133

About & Location:

Ooh Cha Cha is a casual healthy-eating restaurant serving sandwiches, grain bowls, juices, and raw desserts. They are located in the Zhongzheng District of Taipei, Taiwan.  It’s only a 1-minute walk from Guting MRT Station.  Take Exit 2, and walk until the first interesection (a little side-street at your right).  Look down the side-street, and you’ll see Ooh Cha Cha just a little down the street.

Address:

  • Chinese: 台北市南昌路二段207號
  • English: 207, Sec. 2, Nanchang Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan

Google Map:


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Restaurant Review:

Sadly I was only able to go to Ooh Cha Cha once, so I didn’t get to try many of their offerings.  However, the one time I went, I had a really good experience.  Generally I don’t much like “health food” restaurants – I may be vegan but I have a terrible diet, and I’m generally more fond of “vegan junk food” restaurants.  However, Ooh Cha Cha’s offerings are interesting and creative enough that I would gladly have returned.

I ordered the Tofu Banh Mi (Vietnamese-style sandwich) with “Non-GMO tofu, pickled carrots and radish, organic cucumber, walnut pate, cilantro, cashew mayo on a whole wheat roll” (according to their website).  It was delicious – not too stuffed with fillings, but just enough that you could really taste all the flavors.  The bread was also really exceptional – It was a soft without with being the mushy cake-bread that I often see in Japan.  It came with a little shredded cabbage side-salad with a vegan mayo dressing.  It was honestly the perfect light meal to get through the hot summer heat.

Tofu Banh Mi Sandwich - $150 TWD

Tofu Banh Mi Sandwich – $150 TWD

Since it was so veggie-heavy, the sandwich served more as a light meal, and I was still hungry afterwards.  I also ordered one of the “Green Drinks” to go with, for just $100 TWD extra.  I got the Tropical Bliss, which is a blend of coconut milk, banana, pineapple, and seasonal greens.  I’m don’t generally drink “green drinks,” but this one was exceptional – the strong flavors of coconut and pineapple disguised any vegetable flavor, and the banana made it nice and thick.  The combo of the sandwich and green drink ended up filling me up just perfectly, so I’d definitely recommend ordering them as a set.

Tropical Bliss Green Drink (set with sandwich) - $100 TWD

Tropical Bliss Green Drink (set with sandwich) – $100 TWD

The cafe was very clean and bright (it’s entirely surrounded by windows), which made for a really relaxing atmosphere.  It seems to be really popular with foreigners, as I saw several others there when I visited.  The menu comes with photos and English explanations, and when I was there the waitress spoke perfect English (to the point where I wouldn’t be surprised if she had been raised in the US), so there are no worries about a language barrier at this restaurant.

Overall, I’d say that Ooh Cha Cha is definitely worth checking out.  It wasn’t wow-inducing, but it was still very good and I would definitely recommend visiting if you’ll be in the area.

CLOSED Veggie Joy (Ximending, Taipei) – ★★

UPDATE 12/15/14:  CLOSED! But some items are still available for sale at iVegan.

Quick Check:

  • Quality: ★★ – So-so
  • Type: All Vegan; Fast Food, American
  • Location: Ximen MRT Station, Ximending, Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Hours: Mon-Sat 12-9pm, closed Sun
  • Price: $ – Inexpensive (About 280 TWD for large meal set)
  • Language Barrier: English Menu, Staff speak some English
  • Website: HappyCow Page
  • Menu: Photos Below
  • Phone Number: 886-02-23821617 

About & Location:

Veggie Joy (蔬食樂 in Chinese) is an all vegan fast-food restaurant located in the Ximending District in Taipei, Taiwan.  The closest train station is Ximen MRT Station, Exit 1.  From there, you have to turn around and head back towards Section 1 Zhonghua Road. Take a right and walk down Zhonghua Road for about 3-5 minutes.  Veggie Joy will be on your right.

Address:

  • Chinese:  台北市中華路196之一號
  • English: 196-1, Sec. 1, Zhonghua Road, Wanhua District, Taipei, Taiwan

Google Map:


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Restaurant Review:

I have mixed feelings about this place. They have a great menu with lots of American fast-food goodies (pizza, burritos, wraps, burgers, nuggets, cakes), but the quality seems to vary.

Veggie Joy (Taipei) Menu

Veggie Joy (Taipei) Menu

The first time I visited, I got the BBQ Bagel Burger Combo and a slice of chocolate cake to-go.  The BBW Burger Combo came with a BBQ Bagel Burger, Fried Sweet Potato, creamy soup, mixed salad, and a drink (I ordered tea).  It was pretty good – I really enjoyed the burger and the little nuggets that came with it – neither was too soggy or too crunchy, they had just the right level of crispiness.  The salad, unfortunately, was a bit too drenched in thousand-island-style dressing – I ended up not eating some of it because it was just too coated with the stuff.  Especially with such rich meal, it was a bit much for me.  After all that food I was just too full to eat the soup, unfortunately, but it looked really creamy and delicious.

(Sorry my photos are so blurry – my camera takes horrible low-light photos)

BBQ Burger Combo - $275 TWD

BBQ Burger Combo – $275 TWD

Mixed Salad

Mixed Salad

Sweet Potato Fried

Sweet Potato Fried

I also got a slice of chocolate cake, which cake with a vanilla cream topping and and chopped cashews.

Chocolate Cake - $60 TWD

Chocolate Cake – $60 TWD

The second time I went I ordered the Mexican Rice Roll, 2 bagels with cream cheese, and a slice of cake (all to-go).  The Mexican Rice  Roll was pretty good: I was expecting something more thick and burrito-esque, but  it was very thin and ended up only really being a snack.   It was filled with Mexican rice, corn and a few veggies, and was pretty good.

Mexican Rice Roll - $85 TWD

Mexican Rice Roll – $85 TWD

The bagels were really good, but the “cream,”  which I had assumed was supposed to be like cream cheese, was really more like cake frosting than anything. It was very thick and spreadable, but very sweet and not really suited to a breakfast food.  I’m pretty sure it’s exactly the same as the icing used on the cakes.  That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing – I have a huge sweet tooth and gladly gobbled them up.  But if I didn’t I would have been pretty disappointed.

Bagel & Cream - $65 TWD

Bagel & Cream – $65 TWD

The cake, however, was a genuine disappointment.  They had vanilla that day so that’s what I got, and it looked fine, but as soon as I started eating I could tell something was wrong.  It’s hard to describe, but it tasted water-y: not much flavor and really soggy.  The frosting was good, so I ate it, but it’s one of the few times in my life I’ve seriously contemplated just throwing a way a cake. I think what may have happened is that it was frozen and then defrosted, but some water had collected so that it became soggy when it defrosted.

Vegan Cake - $60 TWD

Vegan Cake – $60 TWD

The atmosphere is very casual, and as others on Happy Cow noted, the restaurant itself seems a bit dirty.  I don’t think it’s actually dirty in the literal sense, just shabby – I couldn’t quite place what seemed “off,” but it seemed like it needed some furniture replacements and perhaps better lighting.  Something about it reminded me of a worn cafeteria.  On a brighter note, the staff speak some English and are super friendly and always ready to answer any questions.

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