Believe it or not, it’s fashionable to go vegetarian in Taipei. Taipei delivers some of the most creative and diverse vegetarian dining culture in Asia. From delightful local food stalls to chic up-scale restaurants, you are guaranteed a vegetarian feast like no where else. Here we delve into some of the most exquisite and delicious vegetarian restaurants in Taipei. The creativity these dishes exhibit truly exceeds expectations. To explore more local choices, check these out.
Yu Shan Ge vegetarian restaurant 鈺善閣
If you’re looking for a relaxing yet deluxe dining experience, look no further than Yu Shan Ge. As soon as you step into Yu Shan Ge, you will be greeted by elaborate rock gardens and tranquil bamboo screens, all designed to soothe your body and mind. Even the mundane task of washing your hands becomes a pleasure, as all guests are served bowls of rose petal water to complete such task.
Mushroom steak (猴頭菇排) is perhaps its most acclaimed dish. Bizarre as it may sound, the mushroom steak is roasted to such a perfect point the skin is crispy, and the inner is fresh, juicy, and mouth watering. It is this savory dish that attracted even non-vegetarian diners from all over the nation. As you start anticipating the delicious entrée, don’t miss out on the photogenic and equally tasty hors d’oeuvre, its ingredients prepared according to season. During my visit, the dish starred passion fruit juice, sliced avocado and mock sashimi, embellished by home-made mustard. Fresh, and undoubtedly appetizing.
Yu Shan Ge is recommended choice when looking for a lavish yet healthy treat (vegetarian restaurant), and it should definitely be yours too! How to Order? Yu Shan Ge provides English menu, so don’t worry! Around the Corner The Old Town of Dadaocheng is just a 10-minute bus ride away. In its glorious past, Dadaocheng was the heart of Taiwan’s prosperous tea economy, religious gatherings, and even sparked political movements against the Japanese colonial government. After your meal, why not take a stroll through Dadaocheng, and indulge in the nostalgic Old Taipei culture.
● Address: No.14, Beiping E. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei, Taiwan
● Tel: +886-2-2394-5155 Opening Hours: 11:30~14:00, 17:30~21:00
● Budget: Set menus start from NTD1398 (USD 47)
Sufood Milanese Vegetarian Restaurant in Taipei 舒果新米蘭蔬食
When it comes to gourmet, a feast for the eyes is often just as important as a feast for the tongue, and Sufood knows this game best. “Color” has been Sufood’s long-time theme. Sufood also values balanced diet, as each color represents different groups of vital nutrition. Not only are the dishes delightful to watch, but they are also healthy to devour. Sufood turned classical Italian delicacies into elaborate vegetarian translations. You can always enjoy classical calzones elsewhere, but at Sufood they taste even better. The scent of freshly baked pastry emanates as soon as you cut the calzones (卡洛佐尼枕頭披薩) open, revealing the rich stuffing filled with freshly baked mushroom, vegetables, and curry sauce. If you’re looking for a more unique choice, you should probably try the Mediterranean Charcoal Lasagna (地中海杏鮑菇竹炭麵). Adorned with oyster mushroom and topped with fruit sauce, this dish provides a surprisingly refreshing taste for the hot summer days.
● How to Order this great vegetarian restaurant?
Sufood is also equipped with English menus, no troubles! Around the Corner, If you have never heard of the LungShan Temple, you probably should. Just a 8 minute bus ride away, LungShan Temple is one of the oldest and most awe-inspiring shrines in Taiwan. What’s more, its Chinese Cupid is voted the most efficacious one in the nation. Come witness for yourself!
● Address: 3F., No.58, Sec. 1, Chongqing S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Taipei, Taiwan
● Tel: +886-2-2382-2387
● Opening Hours: 11:30-14:30, 17:30-21:30 (22:00 for weekends)
● Budget: Set menus start at NTD 398 (USD 13), entrée a la carte starts at NTD 200 (USD 7)