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FUN MAGAZINE, June, 2006.
S. Road, Sec. 1, Beitou district
Hours: 11 am-9:30 pm (lunch 11-2:30 pm,
dinner 5-9:30 pm)
MRT: Qi Yan
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---By Claire Tyrell Translated by Tre
A lovely surprise near the QiYan MRT
stop is the new Lotus restaurant, part of the Buddhist
school of wisdom. This place exudes serenity and style,
with beautiful Chinese furniture and pictures, Tibetan
decorations, and intricate design. Buddhist vegetarian
ideas are key, but food is also seen in terms of energy
and a feeling of peace. A lot of vegetarian food uses
too much oil and salt, and pretends to be meat, manager
Helen Lin explained, but here they focus on natural
food and its pure, original flavours in order to create
a new vegetarian style. On the menu you will find, amongst
other items, Spanish Style Rice (NT$250), Spicy Japanese-style
Noodles (NT$150), pasta and tacos. Or ring ahead for
the special set menu (NT$580 per person). This features
12 dishes, including teas, soups, vinegars, salads and
the dishes of the day. Although the names stay the same,
the creative flair here means the meal itself will vary.
So, step in ... and wind down.