Herban Kitchen and Bar

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 12 reviews )
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02-87737033
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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-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri 11:30am-11:00pm, Sat 10:00am-11:00pm, Sun 10:00am-10:30pm.

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

12 Reviews

First Review by Avesloa

great place - Edit

Get the spicy mushroom plate whatever that was called, really recommend, also had burger and chips meal, really feeling and loved it. Highlight was the fried dumpling things from the starter menu, loved them.

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Staff "out to lunch" - Edit

Tried this place super hungry as it was the closest to my hotel. Ordered the fried dumplings as recommended by a man I took to be the owner, and we chatted after he gave it to the kitchen, but only after he went back did they tell him they'd already sold out. So he said he'd give me a discount, and when I couldn't choose between the red wine roasted potatoes & mushrooms and the pita and hummus, I told him to surprise me.
Before leaving the place he said they were making me something special, which turned out to be a big plate of roasted mushrooms - only! Despite the flavour being good, that's not a meal! Agh. And then at the end there was no discount (but there was tax). Feel like things could've gone much better...

Pros: Good taste, nice place

Cons: Staff may be kinda clueless

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Lovely salads, good drinks (haven't tried their pasta) - Edit

This is my Fifth time here. For somebody that likes to try new things this is already saying much.

Located conveniently close to the zhongxiao dunhua mrt, yet secluded in the alleys, the restaurant deli place is definitely dishes out some of the most delicious vegetarian dishes in the neighborhood if not in the city.

Food: the ones I tried.
Raw pad Thai: made with Julienned cucumbers,carrots, red onions, chilies, cilantro, crushed roasted peanuts,and lemon in a tamarind peanut dressing. (Cit. from their menu).
Very tangy, fresh and spicy. Each bite was crunchy.

Pink spinach salad (vegan version): spinach, beetroot, avocado, tomatoes, walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette.
Definitely my favorite, the avocado was chunky and mouth melting. The sauce was just about right, not too wet. ( Not available anymore )

Grilled tofu with warm mushroom salad - the tofu is grilled til a dark drown, sauce was just about right, mushroom well sautéed.

To top things up buy one for one for wine!

Service: great! They even charged my phone.

Booking is definitely recommended.

Pros: lots of option

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Cake is to die for, pasta is not so great - Edit

This is a high end veggie coffee place. 300 for a single plate. My friends really enjoyed their vegan burger, but the pumpkin cream pasta I had was quite simple and unoriginal, in my opinion. Also, who serves white bread with pasta? As if this weren't too many empty cars already... Felt like another place overcharging for food because it sounded vaguely western. Then came the dessert (again 200 NTD), and I've never had anything like it. Beautifully arranged, juicy, rich and creamy, no way to detect that it was made dairy-free. Worth the visit for the cake, but not the pasta.

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Delicious Food - Edit

All the food here was AMAZING! Super tasty!
We had the Spaghetti Bolognese, "Tuna" Open Faced Sandwich and Spinach and Cashew Wontons. All of the food was full of flavour and we were very content after our meal!
Great place to try something different and have some "Western" food.
All vegan dishes are marked and the menu is in both Chinese and English.
Great to find soy/milk alternatives for coffee here too!

Pros: Super tasty food, Friendly staff, Cosy atmosphere

Cons: Pricey (for Taiwan)

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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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