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fruitfulfood - KuoZanHui

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200, 12F, Sec. 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Xinyi District (at MingYue Department Store), Taipei, Taiwan,

果然匯, at 台北市忠孝東路四段200號12F(明曜百貨), is a vegetarian buffet restaurant on the 12th floor of MingYue department store. Uses fresh produce and whole grain rice, and labels its dishes. Much of the spread is vegan suitable. Very nice interior, seats 308. Restaurant breaks between lunch and dinner service during the week. On the weekend if offers afternoon tea service. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-9:30pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, International, Organic, Buffet, Asian, Taiwanese

Reviews (4)

First Review by vtraveller

the best buffet - Edit

I have been here twice: top quality food, huge selection, vegan food labelled (it is mostly vegan btw). Dim sum, chinese food, western food, salad bar, fruit bar, sushi, vegan cakes, soups, juices... anything you can imagine!
I recommand you to skip one meal of the day if you plan to come here, since you wull over eat for sure :)

Updated from previous review on 2016-10-15

Pros: huge selection, delicious food, mostly vegan

Cons: some vegetarian food


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Best Buffet in Taipei By Far - Edit

A decade ago all-you-can-eat buffets were a highlight of any vegetarian or vegan's trip to Taiwan. However, over the last few years as vegan restaurants joined the scene with their creative, original, and even healthy meals, and especially after the fake meat scandal a few years ago, these famous buffets began to lose their appeal. Then when Evergreen stopped catering to vegans and consistently labelling their food I mostly stopped recommending visitors to Taiwan even bother with them anymore. But Fruitful Food has changed that.

GOOD FOOD
While it's similar to the traditional all-you-can-eat buffets (like Evergreen, Spring or Jen Dow), still offering the typical Taiwanese / Japanese / Western fusion, with a good salad bar and vegetables which can be cooked to order, it also offers a much more modern, healthier menu with more emphasis on fresh food and less on deep fried food and fake meats (though they are still available, including egg-free Tempura).

CONSISTENT LABELLING
I'm always suspicious of fake meats (except at Loving Huts) however as far as I can tell Fruitful Food consistently labels what's vegan (and what contains dairy / egg) in Chinese, but the symbols are colour coded (green for vegan), easy to recognise, and I'm sure the staff would be happy to explain them. This sets Fruitful Food well apart from Evergreen, Spring and especially Jen Dow. They also serve a good range of vegan desserts, including a couple of delicious vegan cakes and vegan sorbet (from a machine).

PRICE AND RESERVATIONS
Lunch is about NT500, and dinner 600. So while it's certainly expensive for Taipei, for an all-you-can-eat deal it's excellent value. Make it your main meal of the day, and your afternoon tea or coffee. It's absolutely packed during the weekends, for which reserveations are required well in advance. I recommend visiting on a weekday lunch. It closes at 3PM, at which customers are required to leave promptly so that they can prepare for the dinner shift, so get there early if you want to enjoy a leisurly, multi-course meal.

This restaurant, along with Sophie's Garden and the Guangfu Loving Hut, should be high on the list of every visitor to Taiwan.

Pros: Best food of any buffet in Taipei, consistent labelling of dair / egg, most convenient location of any buffet

Cons: expensive (but excellent value)


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Great Option - Edit

This was my first meal since coming back to Taiwan in a couple years and I hadn't eaten for a while so realizing this was one of those all you can eat places was perfect. I was blown away to see how huge the place was and how busy it was. It's a holiday today, 10/10... so that may be why their business was so good.
Some items do contain dairy, but everything is labeled in Chinese so once you learn the code you can easily confirm what's vegan.
There were a lot of great items and about half are vegan, though most of the desserts are not.
I started with salad and was happy to find many types of sprouts.
They had a number of sushi rolls that are vegan at the salad bar.
Hot food was alright. Lots of tempura and oily items, but also a bunch of good dim sum. Fresh fruit and desserts were all good.
488 at time of writing for buffet (plus tax and service charge)

Pros: Huge Place, Good Food

Cons: Not All Vegan


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