長春素食餐廳 Evergreen Vegetarian Buffet
Not in the area I am concentrating on, but a friend wanted to try this particular buffet out with me. Cheaper than Springfood restaurant, larger, and a clip system that actually made sense. Only real downside is that it is located at 台北市中山區新生北路2段38號 – a location about as far as one can get from the MRT system within Taipei. Closest bus stop serves line 606.
There was a guest limit of 500 people in the restaurant at any one time. While some people think it gets quite mobbed, the restaurant is on more than one floor, so it isn’t like all 500 guests are serving themselves from the same buffet tables. There is also a wide variety of dishes for people to try, so everyone will find something to like (at least unless they only eat meat).
I like that most of the items were Chinese food that the workers knew how to do properly (rather than some imagined European food). I particularly enjoyed their fried rice. I mixed it in with carrots, bell peppers, bamboo shoots, and mushrooms.
There were dumplings and sesame balls available. Something that looked like springrolls turned out to be an oily mushy mess without any interesting vegetables inside – I’d recommend people take a pass on it. Some of the other baozi are meant for dessert – I only found them edible because I doused them with enough soy sauce and vinegar to drown out some of the sweetness. The almond milk seemed to have oil added, so unless one likes that, I’d pass on that as well.
I didn’t take a picture, but they had a lot of things available to fix a nice bowl of cold noodles, including wasabi.
Many items tended to be too sweet or too oily, but at least there were some fresh fruits and teas that could counteract that. The dessert menu is tilted towards people that can handle milk, and fruits at the dessert table like passion fruits ran out before other items. There is ice cream available, but no non dairy ice creams or sorbets. It was good to learn some Chinese dessert transliterations though – each item was conveniently labelled in Chinese.