Blue Bay Food Drink Beer Bar
80, XiangXing Rd (338, DaDun 4th St)
Hours: 8 am-12 midnight
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.
As Blue Bay owner Miss Chen notes, most Taiwanese vegetarian eateries are buffet-style establishments. However, that is certainly not the case at this place, which offers a good range of simple, very cheap and tasty Western and Asian vegetarian fare, not to mention a significant variety of alcoholic beverages. Occupying a corner (hence the two addresses below) not far from WenXin Road, Section 1, this no-frills snack bar is a great place to grab a quick bite, or relax a bit longer. During the cooler season, two ideal options are the Vegetarian Diet Sesame Oil Chicken Rice (NT$160) and Ginseng Siwutang Noodles (NT$160). In addition to NT$100 beers like Kirin, Heineken, Corona and Tiger, there is also a sizable cocktail list, plus a full range of tea drinks. Besides meals, these libations can be enjoyed with a variety of snacks and side dishes (NT$40-60), from octopus balls to fried tofu, with a buy-3-get-1-free deal on these. Most main dishes include a green or black tea and there is a 20% discount on everything in November. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Naomi Lai
A. Blue Bay's vegetarian hamburger neither looks nor tastes meatless and can be enjoyed by itself for only NT$50, or with a Coke and fries for NT$79. Other similar Western items include the "Anne Spaghetti" (NT$120) with a vegetarian "meat" sauce, and the NT$70 Falafel Wrap.
B. On the Chinese dining side is the Spring Onion Beef Rice (NT$130), another tasty vegetarian option with convincingly real-tasting "beef". Falling into the same category is the Green Pepper Beef or Shrimp Egg fried rice (NT$120).