3 Idiots Toast & Curry - Da'an

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 3 reviews )

28, Lane 283, Roosevelt Rd Sec. 3, Da'an District, Taipei, Taiwan

Indian chef operated vegetarian restaurant serving fusion of Indian and American food. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-9:30pm.

Categories: Ovo, American, Indian, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Fusion

3 Reviews

First Review by JesseD

ok, not great - Edit

Reasonable prices and a fair selection of vegetarian and vegan food, which is mostly Indian, with the exception of a few dishes - one of which was falafel with hummus & pitta bread. First off, if someone asked me to recommend a restaurant with authentic Indian cuisine, I couldn't honesty suggest this place - not that the food is bad at all, but it was a bit too generic in terms of taste and not really that authentic if I'm honest. Having said that, the food was for the most part freshly made and quite delicious, so no real complaints there. I suspect the salsa was out of a jar but nonetheless it was tasty enough.

The negative sides were unfortunately quite apparent - it took a while to place an order, even though the waitresses at points weren't particularly busy. Then once the order was placed it was another 35 minutes before the dishes arrived. That's longer than I'd expect in the UK, so in Taiwan where they're used to getting their food within minutes, that is too long to wait. Service was pleasant enough, but one waitress seemed more preoccupied with choosing which MP3s to play from her phone via the restaurant speakers than taking care of tables. The songs she played were pretty awful unfortunately.

Overall it wasn't a massively great visit, but the food was nice even if it wasn't outstanding. I'd suggest dropping the waitress (wannabe DJ) and adding an extra chef. Then things could really be outstanding.

Pros: different take on Indian food

Cons: not vegan

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fun take on Indian food - Edit

we tried 3 samples of curry and a spinach/cottage cheese grilled cheese, pretty interesting flavors! I'd go back to try what else they have.

Note that the current map pin happy cow shows across from Technology Building is not correct. The address listed is correct, the pin location is wrong. I emailed happy cow about it a week or so ago but it hasn't been updated yet. The actual location is about a block from Sababa.

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Vegans Don't Bother - Edit

I waited almost ten years for a vegetarian Indian restaurant to open in Taipei, and was sorely disappointed as the staff here are just not interested in taking the time or energy to understand veganism, so I wasn't able to order anything.

The chef insisted that all their curries were vegan, including (absurdly) a paneer (Indian cheese) one. The rest of their menu is about a dozen "toasts" (toasted sandwiches) all of which contain cheese as a main ingredient. They insist that their bread is vegan (which seems unlikely, since most bread in Taiwan isn't, and since they also consider cheese vegan) and even if the bread were vegan there would be little left once the cheese was removed.

So there's really no way to know what (if anything) here can be made vegan here, and unless the management invest the time and care to understand veganism, I can't recommend it.

I communicated in English and Chinese, and the chef was familiar with "vegan" and "quan su" (vegan in Chinese) but still insisted that all his curries (including the cheese one) were vegan, so it's not a communication problem. They just don't care.

I really hope that a vegan-friendly Indian restaurant will open in Taipei in the future, but for now the best option is Balle Balle (make sure the owner GV knows what you can and can't eat).

Cons: Staff not honest about what's vegan.

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