Herban Kitchen and Bar

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 7 reviews )
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27, Sec. 4, Lane 101, Zhongxiao East Rd (at Da'an District), Taipei, Taiwan, 106

Opened Feb 2014, this place offers vegetarian food along with drinks like single malt scotch whiskey, specialty beer, wine, and coffee. The entrance is a bit back from the street - look for the sign. Open Mon-Fri 12:00pm-11:00pm, Sat-Sun 10:00am-11:00pm.

Categories: Lacto, Ovo, American, Western, Beer/Wine, Fusion

7 Reviews

First Review by Avesloa

Great place - Edit

Mostly vegan place, food is very good and the interior is cute.

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Cute place - Edit

We were staying across the road so tried this out on our first night in Taipei. Great atmosphere and delicious food - especially the spinach and cashew wantons. It is however pretty pricy do probably won't be back.

Pros: Delicious wantons , Big portions

Cons: Expensive

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good find - Edit

nice atmosphere and pretty good food, I'll go back and try the rest of the menu. the house red wine was really nice.

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awesome food, kind welcoming people - Edit

This is an oasis of fabulous food. I recommend the raw pad Thai. They have dairy in some dishes but you can request that they prepare any dish dairy free. Easy to find using google maps in a vibrant part of Taipei, so really fun interesting to walk around here. They have wine and beer although I did not try any pairings. This California girl appreciated the delicious food and atmosphere.

Pros: bright, vibrant and happening , interesting art and decor (check out the cool bath

Cons: background noise , need a reservation likely on weeknight

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Bad gnocchi - Edit

It's a really cozy place and good service as well. Though the dish I ordered called "Primavera" wasn't that great. The sauce and vegetables were fine, but the gnocchi that went with wasn't gnocchi. Gnocchi is made from potatoes, but I am certain that these were made from rice. In Asia they have this product called "nian gao", which is used in a lot of Asian cuisine and I suspect that they've gone with that instead of real gnocchi. Most likely for economical reasons, since importing european products like gnocchi is expensive. Anyway, I really love gnocchi and getting something gooey and sticky as 'nian gao' was a real disappointment...
My friends' spicy Thai linguine was delicious though! Just don't order the gnocchi and I think you'll be good

Pros: fresh vegetables , alright sauce

Cons: bad gnocchi

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Herban 12 Dec 2015 - Hi Nirmalalan,
Thank you for taking you time to review us. About our gnocchi, I don't know if you knew that our gnocchi is gluten free and vegan, meaning we have to substitute flour with rice flour, and eggs that bonds the dough together with tapioca flour... hence the chewiness. We only want to offer an alternative diet for people with restrictions. I understand that the taste and consistency of the gnocchi will be compromised. We will work on it to improve it, maybe forgo gluten-free altogether. You just can't please everyone. :) thank you though, for your input.  


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So-so food, Overpriced - Edit

MEAL
I was a little disappointed with Herban. I'd heard the scrambled tofu was good, and it's something that I used to often eat for brunch at restaurants back in New Zealand, so it was great to find it on a menu in Taipei It wasn't bad, but I could have made the same thing myself in the same five minutes by crushing a block of tofu, mixing it with half an onion and frying it with a bit of salt. The beans tasted like they were literally straight out of a can, with no added flavour at all. The salad consisted of basic greens with a dressing which I think was straight from a bottle. The mouthful of roasted vegetables were very good and by far the best part of the meal.

PRICE
This meal came to NT350, including the "10% gratuity" which, according to a comment hidden only on the second page of the menu you'd never look at, is added to every bill. This would get a feast at many other nearby vegetarian and vegan restaurants, especially in this area, which is the vegan heart of Taipei. So I left feeling rather underwhelmed and in no hurry to go back.

COMPARISON
Western food in a western style restaurant is hard to come by in Taiwan, so if that's what you're looking for you might want to consider Herban. Staff are friendly and the place had a nice restaurant atmosphere. But for international food it's definitely a distant third after Mianto and About Animals, and its quality and price doesn't compare to many other options nearby.

Pros: vegan options labelled, western food

Cons: bland food, overpriced & hidden charges

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Paradise for Vegans and Vegetarians - Edit

A hidden gem and paradise for vegetarians and vegans alike. The atmosphere is relaxed but modern, the design using natural colors and varying shades of green with funky industrial light fixtures hanging font he ceiling.

Upon being seated, I was pleasantly surprised by a small carafe of rosemary lemon water while I browsed the menu. The menu is easy to read and has distinguishing marks and suggestions to note whether something is vegan, or dairy free, or has onion/garlic. As I made to decide between the delicious sounding grilled cheeses, I was helped by the server (perhaps one of the owners?) who knew just what to recommend based on my mood and hunger. I also chose to sip on some truly fantastic sangria (I tried the red) while I waited for my Avocado Lemon Compote.

My sandwich arrived quite quickly, accompanied by tomato soup and fries. While I was told the meal was on the lighter side, I was truly quite full when I was finished, for I ate every last bite! The avocado was fresh and creamy an went perfectly with the cheese and lemon. The flavors mingled together in a savory tart medley that was truly divine. An avid vegetarian cook myself, I think I will have to do some more experimenting with lemon after experiencing this creative and delicious use of the citrus. The soup was a thick tomato purée without being overly seasoned or only tomato, it was a wonderful compliment to the sandwich. The fries were some of the best I've tasted; crunchy, yet soft on the inside an seasoned to perfection. Though a bit of ketchup is provided, these fries don't really need a dip because they are so delicious on their own.

Having finished my meal, I sat back and drank the rest of my sangria while listening to the great music and taking in the comfortable vibes around me. I will certainly be back again, and next time I will bing friends!

Pros: Delicious food, Comfortable atmosphere, Diverse menu

Cons: A bit pricy for Taiwan standards

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