Respond to Review of Vegetarian Kaiseki Cuisine
Review: In Taiwan, food is always made for the masses. Restaurants serve hundreds at a time. It's rare to get any personal attention when dining out. Vegetarian Kaiseki Cuisine is the exact opposite. When I visited Hualien with my family, I wanted to find some decent vegetarian restaurant that's a few notches above street food. Hualien is a smaller town in Taiwan so I didn't expect much. But to my surprise, there's a high end vegan restaurant that's unlike anything I've been to anywhere else in Taiwan. This place requires reservations and the owner serves you herself. When you book, she will ask if there's anything you don't eat. She then plans your meal. Some courses require hours of preparation. Because I only called the night before, there was one dish she didn't have time to make. But the courses she did make were all incredible. Each dish is put together and presented with care. You can tell she has thought through all the details to create a course that has both Japanese and Chinese influences. I won't describe each dish because yours might be different but I've uploaded some pics to show you what our meal looked like. We had about 9 dishes in total. In between, you are served tea or other beverages to help clear the palette. The set course is NT$588 + 10% tip... around US$20. At first, I wondered why a vegetarian restaurant in Hualien would charge so much. But once you experience it, you realize it's actually quite a bargain. The owner donates the tip to charity and she even gives you the cash to put into a donation box in the restaurant. Note: The owner doesn't speak English. You might want the hotel you're staying at to make the reservation for you (at least one day before). Try to go there with someone who speaks Mandarin if you can so that person can explain to you what you're eating.