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COMPASS MAGAZINE > August 2009
 

Summer's Light Salads--Shoushi Japanese Stone Grill Restaurant, Spring Natural Vegetarian Restaurant, Philippe Cafe, Saint Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

By Niang Chen  Translated by Ann Lee

Shoushi Japanese Stone Grill Restaurant

 

Shoushi Japanese Stone Grill Restaurant

15, ShiZheng N 1st Rd
停業 Closed

Shoushi is a Japanese-style restaurant offering a sumptuous buffet-style salad bar. This is available on weekdays during lunch and dinner (NT$368 per person), as well as afternoon tea times (2-5 p.m.) for NT$288, and all day on weekends (NT$468/person). There are a great variety of ingredients to choose from and, for an additional NT$130 to NT$230, you can savor an added entree, including a fillet beef steak, tender lamb chop, seafood platter (prawn and scallops), chicken leg, and Matsusaka pork. Private rooms and smaller dining rooms are also available for groups, special gatherings or company dinners.

A: At Shoushi, guests can savor an abundant selection of items at the buffet-style salad bar.
B: The buffet includes a variety of fresh food, hot dishes, fruit, salads, desserts, cold dishes and a beverage section, and offers multiple flavors of ice cream, freshly-brewed coffee and close to 100 different fresh ingredients/items. There are also other unique, made-to-order dishes available on small carts, such as hand rolls, a steamed egg in a cup, and chicken soup. The staff push the carts around, allowing you to order at your table.
C: The salad bar also serves quality seafood, including oysters, sashimi slices, steamed crab and other stir-fry and fried dishes, plus some soup varieties.

Shoushi Japanese Stone Grill Restaurant Shoushi Japanese Stone Grill Restaurant

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Spring Natural Vegetarian Restaurant

Spring Natural Vegetarian Restaurant

Spring Natural Vegetarian Restaurant

Spring Natural Vegetarian Restaurant

(04) 2328-0956
88, DaDun 17th St, 2F
Hours: 11:45 am-2 pm, 2:30-4:30 pm, 5:45-9 pm
No service charge.
Credit cards accepted.
Parking available.

Spring Natural Vegetarian Restaurant owner Zheng Mao-song recalls the story behind the creation of this popular restaurant, which has been around for many years. He started off selling home appliances before changing his career to launch a vegetarian restaurant that offered a European-style buffet, with the goal of providing quality, healthy dishes to his loyal customers. A vegetarian himself, Zheng is great testament to the benefits of vegetarian dining toward keeping your looks young. Here, you'll find a range of cold/hot dishes, as well as braised and stir-fried items, Italian-brand ice cream, a good selection of desserts and beverages. Altogether, you can enjoy around 150 dishes at the restaurant, priced at NT$500 for lunch, NT$350 for afternoon tea and NT$600 for dinner.

A: Most of the fresh vegetables here, including the salad selection, have been organic certified. Items like the radish sprouts, iceberg lettuce and organic sprouts have a crunchy texture and, topped with all types of freshly-prepared salad dressings, represent a wholesome meal that is both nutritious and tasty.
B: The dishes here combine artistic presentation with authentic flavors--from the arrangements and garnishings to the vegetable colors. This is indicative of the care, high standards and quality that the kitchen team here provides. Even a simple dish, combining dragon fruit with mashed yams and fruit vinegar, not only looks tasty but is also a work of art, sprinkled with pieces of cashew nuts, broccoli and sweet black beans.
C: Assorted Fruit Vinegar Drink is prepared with a combination of freshly-cut strawberries, kiwi fruit and passion fruit. When mixed with apple vinegar and agar (jelly), it offers a slightly sweet, yet sour, flavor and is appealing to the eye and makes it a wonderful, refreshing summer beverage.

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Philippe Cafe

Philippe Cafe

(04) 2323-6625
9, GuanQian Rd
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-10 pm
10% service charge.
Credit cards accepted.

Philippe Cafe always gives guests a glamorous, classy dining environment. Offering dishes with high-quality ingredients and European-style decor, the restaurant's array of romantic French-style cuisine has set raised vegetarian dining standards to a unique, high level for patrons. The long salad buffet bar offers a good range of vegetable and fruit salads, which have always been a very popular choice here, and guests can choose to order the salad meal a la carte, or other vegetarian-style set meals that start at NT$498.

A: This vegetarian-style restaurant has a rich French-style ambiance.
B: The fresh vegetable and salad buffet bar offers dozens of seasonal vegetables, including yellow/green zucchini, red cabbage, Romaine lettuce, sweet wholesome cobs of corn, and freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.
C: The salad meal (NT$398) comes with soup and bread. The crispy texture of the fruit and vegetable salad is mixed with either a slightly-sour Italian herb & vinegar dressing, or you can choose the Thousand Island or French-style pineapple dressings. Try some of the other unique treats available here, too, including the Berry Cake (no eggs added), the tofu biscuits, or a glass of Champagne Elysees Fruit and Vegetable Juice. These are all well-liked by the patrons here.

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Saint Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

Saint Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

555, DaYa Rd
(04) 2295-5298
Hours: 11:30 am-2:30 pm, 5:30-9 pm
10% service charge.
Credit cards accepted.
Parking available.

Around for 20 years, Saint Lotus is a renowned vegetarian restaurant in Taichung. The place has gone through several renovations and changes over the years, and today provides customers old and new with a new standard of exquisitely prepared, healthy vegetarian cuisine. Apart from buffet-style dining, they also have an all-you-can-eat menu with made-to-order stir-fry dishes, ordered tableside with the wait staff. The restaurant's new image also means that entire dining atmosphere is today more youthful-feeling than it used to be. The all-you-can-eat lunch is NT$380 per person, while weekend dinners are NT$430, with a 20% discount on everything on Thursdays.

A: Saint Lotus has a spacious, brightly-lit dining atmosphere. The buffet food presentation allows for a smooth-flowing line-up of diners. Each buffet section offers a different style of cuisine, and the kitchen keeps up with things by quickly refilling selections. There are a total of 50 to 60 dishes are available, ensuring a satisfying dining experience.
B: The salad bar offers fresh, seasonal ingredients like green bamboo shoots, okra, and house leeks (stone lotus). The bamboo shoots are steamed to lock in the sweet juiciness of the vegetable and, when served chilled, offer a crispy, succulent texture, even without a salad dressing. The okra is served with a dressing made from a mix of ginger, chili sauce, ketchup and lemon juice, for an invigorating texture that's also ideal for summertime.
C: Popular menu items that you can have brought to your table are: Pomegranate Yogurt & Fruit Salad, Red Rice Yeast with Water Bamboo, Baked Sweet Potatoes, Sprouts Hand Rolls, and 3-Cups Monkey Head Mushrooms. These delicious entrees are all made-to-order to guarantee freshness.

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