Minder Vegetarian - Q Square Mall

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 17 reviews )

1, Sec. 1, Chengde Rd, Q Square mall food court level B/3, Taipei, Taiwan

Located at 承德路一段1號京站店B/3, in a food court downstairs from the Taipei Central Station. Buffet by weight, and also offers various made to order soups and noodle dishes. NOTE: Some of the mock meats or other items may not be vegan, please confirm and inform HappyCow. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buffet, Take-out, Taiwanese

17 Reviews

First Review by eric

Beware of oil - Edit

Like many Taiwanese buffets, all the food is coated or swimming in oil. So take care with your food choices here unless you don't mind a good helping of oil with your meal; if it glistens, it's oily.

Pros: lots of veggie choices

Cons: a bit pricy, in a very noisy food court, oily

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Very tasty - Edit

Confirmed with staff that all items are vegetarian, but they do have a sign up and I believe it says no eggs are used but some items contain milk.

The staff lady sassed me a little when I asked if everything was vegetarian...she pointed to the vegetarian sign on the wall and said "vegetarian..." haha. She looked happy when I came back again a different day.

I liked all the vegetables, stir-fries and hash browns. The only thing that didn't appeal to me was a dessert that really tasted of egg or dairy, and a fake meat that was too realistic for me. But if you like realistic fake items, you'll love it. Everything was fresh and we saw them trash masses of unsold food at the end of the day. A tragedy for me to watch, but you'll be sure to get things that were made that day. Highly recommended.

Pros: fresh, big variety of food

Cons: some items too realistic for me

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Lots of options - Edit

I really like the fact that this restaurant is in Qsquare. It is the closest vegan option restaurant to where I live. My host parents sometimes use the buffet to bring something home when they don't want to cook special food for me and I once went there to order noodles. I liked the food everytime and it is not expensive at all.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Nice Buffet - Edit

The food is (for a Taiwanese restaurant) neither especially cheap nor especially delicious, but the buffet is big and it even offers additional menus.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Very average - Edit

Personally I didn't like it. Everything is cold (this is weird to me, I'm English i don't know?) there was a lot of food but it was the same kinds.
I won't be going back

Pros: Close to main station , It's in a shopping mall, If friends are not veggie, you can sit together

Cons: Cold food, Greasy, Didn't feel healthy

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

The veggie buffet of my dreams - Edit

Minder Vegetarian was my introduction to Taiwanese vegetarian buffets and it set the bar SO high. It has 30-40 vegetarian dishes, all which look and taste super fresh. It was hard not to overload my plate but even when I did I only paid about 120 TWD. I highly recommend the spring rolls, okra, and the black sticky rice. Loved the place so much I went three times. You can eat in the food court or take it to go.

Pros: Fresh, Delicous, Mock Meat

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Convenient and good selection - Edit

Great variety of dishes but find some of the dishes on the oily side. Good and decent option if you need a quick veg meal. Food is pay by weight.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Great Assortment of Vegetarian Dishes - Edit

I love this vegetarian type of buffet that you can find around Taipei. It's a great price (120 TWD) for a big plate of food. It's hard not to overfill your plate with all the options.
To find the restaurant it's in the bottom of the mall in the food court. 😊

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Good value for money - Edit

a lot to choose from. healthy food. cheap.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Lots of gluten free options - Edit

cheap, good quality food. eat here a lot, usually comes to around $150 for a full plate of food with rice.

Pros: Lots of gluten free options

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

huge variety. - Edit

Pay by weight. Huge variety. Good turn over of food. Normally spend about $150 but my plate is full! Eaten here a few times.

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Awesome vegetarian buffet and friendly staff! :D - Edit

I went there last year and early this year. Among numerous vegetarian restaurants in Taiwan, Minder Restaurant is one of my favorites! :) I tell you with confidence that if you like East Asian cuisine in general, you would love this place. I will sum it up for you in three phrases:

1. a variety of dishes (some are sweet, some savory, some spicy, some mysterious, some plain (?), etc) :D,
2. quite cheap (with about 100NTD, you can eat more than enough!),
3. fresh food!

Other than buffet, you can order noodles and soup as well. And they taste just awesome too! So folks, please enjoy our good, old Minder!

Updated from previous review on 2016-11-15

Pros: Numerous choices, Relatively cheap, Fresh food, Friendly staff

Cons: It's popular, so it can be quite crowded, It's awesome, so popular dishes may disappear soon

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Average prices but ok. Breeze minder closed down. - Edit

As of 15oct2016, Qsquare mall Minder is still operating. Optional to order freshly cooked soup, rice and noodle soup etc.

The minder at Breeze taipei stn is closed down.... replaced by another store that sells egg..

Updated from previous review on 2016-10-15

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

huge, delicious array - Edit

In the 3rd level basement food court of a giant department store, called, I believe, Jingshan. The food is very varied and plentiful. If you're like me, your travel companion will be thrilled to be able to get all the meat they want from the other restaurants in the food court.
I got a big plate of food for 138 NTD, or $4.60 US dollars. Couldn't finish! Also, I double checked about the ingredients and was told that no meat, egg or milk was used.

Pros: many choices , food fresh and nicely presented

Cons: I found out that you're not supposed to take pictu

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Minder Vegetarian Taipei Main Station - Edit

Wonderful place for vegetarian food esp when you are near Taipei Main Station, always crowded, price reasonable. Variety of dishes.


Pros: Variation of dishes, Location

Cons: Can get a bit crowded

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Minder Vegetarian - Taipei Central Station - Edit

Very good indeed and good value also. My Chinese speaking girlfriend asked what was vegan and was told everything.

3 Responses
Read More

JesseD 19 Mar 2015 - Staff at vegetarian restaurants in Taiwan will ALWAYS say that, becuase most Taiwanese don't understand the difference between vegetarianism and veganism, especially Buddhists since they don't eat egg and turn a blind eye to the suffering of dairy cows. It's partly because the word for vegan (quan su) is literally "totally vegetarian". Many dishes there, including many on the buffet and most make-to-order ones contain diary products, most likely including all fake meats and salad dressings. It still leaves plenty of options though.  

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Stevie 19 Mar 2015 - Hi Jesse,

I am very well thank you, how are you?

To reply to your points if I may please?

1) My girlfriend never used the word 'vegan' in her dialogue with the waitress. She is a Hong Kong girl and is all too aware of the pitfalls of using a word like 'vegan' when such a word does not have even a moderate level of penetration into the the local language and culture. When she spoke with the waitress she asked if any of the dishes had been made with any of milk products, egg products or honey.

2) Using the approach mentioned above seems to generate at least some success in Taiwan. We went to a place here in Jiaosi (Jiaoxi, spell as you prefer between the two) and my girlfriend asked as per above. The waitress immediately pointed to the distinction between the buffet being spread out across 2 different tables. Further it was explained to us that the solid food dishes on one table were without egg etc and the solid food dishes on the other table were to be avoided based on the criteria we had given to the waitress.

3) Based on the description you have given above, this means that all the dishes at Minder vegetarian (and maybe many other Taiwanese vegetarian buffets) are not suitable for vegans? The reason I say this is:-

* your update clearly implies that there are non vegan items laid out in the buffet

* customers then come along and don't serve themselves by strictly using 1 serving utensil per dish. Thus when for example a consumer uses a serving utensil to serve a dish made with dairy in the ingredients, when that same serving utensil is then used for example to serve some green vegetables on another serving plate, that dish of green veg will immediately be cross contaminated with egg cells transferred via the previously mentioned serving utensil.

Your opinion please?


By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

JesseD 20 Jul 2015 - Hi Stevie

I'm so sorry I just saw this now while randomly on this page looking for another link! I have no idea if you'll see this, but I'll try to reply now in case. Sorry I missed it last time. I hope you had a great time in Taiwan.

The explanation your girlfriend gave will certainly help to eliminate some dishes. However, I find that most Taiwanese chefs (and many chefs in other countries too) don't consider ingredients which contain dairy products. So labels are given (and wait staff will warn you) about fried eggs, and desserts made with eggs and dairy products, but they virtually always forget mayonnaise and dairy products in fake meat (including most at Minder), or in the fermentation of tofu. I think the reason it's more of an issue here in Taiwan is that the majority of vegetarians are Buddhist, who eat dairy but not egg, or I Kuan Tao, who eat both, so the food is naturally divided up based on egg, but people are unfamiliar and confused by veganism. When you ask about dairy they will honestly try to eliminate food which they've used dairy products to make (pizza is another example) but not dairy in ingredients.

And yes that is a good point about the tongs. Personally cross contamination doesn't worry me much, because if a tiny bit of dairy gets onto my food I'm not supporting the industry. But I prefer vegan restaurants for that reason. That said, I sometimes do avoid the dishes right next to the salads and rolls with mayonnaise, since it tends to come off on the next plate along the line, especially if it's steamed vegetables, where it's sometimes enough to be visible.

Though more upmarket buffets like Minder give everyone a new pair of tongs, I suppose the cheaper places which have one pair of tongs per dish are better for vegans. I had never thought about this.

Thanks again for your reply! I hope you had a great time here in Taiwan. Please feel free to send me a message if you have any questions about Taiwan.


By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Great buffet near the station - Edit

Whenever I pass thru Taipei Station I stop in here. It in the basement food court. The selection is pretty good and mostly vegan. There's also a set menu with a number of good options. Prices are average (buffet by weight), and moderate on the menu section. It's clean and tasty.

Pros: Location, Selection, Mostly vegan

Read More

By submitting this post you agree to HappyCow Terms

Link to this page from your site. .
Return to Taipei Vegetarian Restaurants & Health Food Store Listings
Business Owners, if you see an unfair review, read this.
Why was my review removed? - details / Review guidelines
Reviews are not endorsed by HappyCow - review terms
Has Minder Vegetarian - Q Square Mall closed, shut down, moved, or changed? Please use the Update Form.
This page has been viewed 5710 times.

Keep HappyCow Growing Strong!

I would like to support