- 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.
- 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
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!
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!
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.
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.