Taipei has been developed so fast; obviously, it is not enough for me to update all news by visiting this city only once a year. During our trip to Taipei this time, I was lucky to follow my local friend and discovered the restaurant, Plants Eatery, a restaurant offers Plant-based, gluten-free and whole foods to their customers. Many vegetarian restaurants add a lot of unnecessary seasonings to increase the taste of the meals. Plants Eatery would like to offer not only healthy dishes to people who have special dietary needs but also tasty meals to customers who love to enjoy delicious cuisine.
一年一次台灣行所接收到的資訊已經跟不上快速發展的台北市，尤其是那些精彩的小巷弄文化。在朋友帶領下我們來到復興南路一段，位在巷口的Plants Eatery。這是家以全植物（plant-based）、無麩質（gluten-free）、全食物（whole foods）做為感動力出發的小餐館。印象中許多素食餐廳為了增加口感與美味度添加很多不必要的調味料；而Plants Eatery的訴求不只健康，也提供有特殊飲食需求者多一個選擇之外，同時注重健康蔬食料理的美味度。因為，「會不會因為講求健康的關係所以不好吃呢？」幾乎是每個消費者心中的顧慮。
Our friend lives in the neighborhood and enjoys brunch at the Plants Eatery after a weekend yoga class. In fact, he is not a vegetarian dieter, but he has been more eager about what he eats these years. When he heard about Plants Eatery some months ago, he could not wait but be one of the first customers to visit “The restaurant’s cuisine will change your impression about vegetarian and healthy meals.” When we managed to meet, he wrote me this message. It made me more curious about this restaurant. We came earlier than other customers on the meeting day; we would like to enjoy some cups of tea and coffee since we had not met each other for a long time. The potted plants in front of the restaurant welcome the customers coming in. The green atmosphere makes Taipei’s sky brighter. Fresh and comfortable is my first impression of Plants Eatery.
帶領我們過來的朋友就住在附近，每個週末上完瑜伽課順道來Plants Eatery吃早午餐。其實他並不是全素食飲食者，但是在這些年對「吃」更著更講究的態度。當初知道這家以在地小農蔬食作為料理食材的餐館開幕後已經興致沖沖過來嚐鮮，並且很滿意，逢人便推薦。「這家餐廳的料理手法會顛覆你對素食與健康料理的刻板印象。」約定時間時，朋友在簡訊中這麼寫著。果然挑起我的好奇心。我們刻意來得比享用正餐的客群早些，打算先點茶、咖啡坐下來敘舊。店門前的盆栽抖擻地挺著胸膛歡迎上門的食客，綠昂昂的氛圍洗淨了台北都市氣象；清新舒暢不造作是我對Plants Eatery的第一印象。
In recent years, Germans have also paid great attention to the concept of healthy dining, especially in Berlin, an artistic city full of creativity and spirit. Berliners take an open and optimistic attitude towards different dietary ideas, and as a result, green restaurants have a growing trend in this big city. On the contrary, Munich, which is the head of Bavaria in southern Germany, is conservative. However, restaurants in Munich using organic and local farmers have gradually increased due to changes in the attitude of the public.
The main reason why dining behaviors are difficult to adjust in a short period is that we all worry: “healthy food might not be tasty.” However, if organic-vegetable food is delicious, it will be more popular with people. At the same time, instead of simulating the taste of meat with soy products, presenting whole-foods dishes, which can also bring new impressions to traditional vegetarian cuisine.
My friend introduced some of his favorite dishes to us. Besides the “Superfood Smoothies”, I also enjoyed “Margherita Flatbread” and “Macrobiotic Tempeh Bibimbap”. In particular, the “Margherita Flatbread” was exceptional. The taste is rich and amazing. The unique texture of the bread was fantastic. It was my favorite meal. When ordering, the service staff specially introduced the ingredients and taste of our dishes. I think perhaps because the public is still adapting to the vegan, gluten-free, and whole-foods meals, so letting customers know something about their orders is also a way of learning new ideas.
Plants Eatery is a comfortable restaurant that lets the public to have a deeper understanding of different dietary views gradually. Their idea is straightforward and easy to accept, which is to provide delicious and healthy food. Let the customers like the dishes first, and then it is easier for the public to understand their business philosophy. Share this comfortable green restaurant with you, and I hope you will like it. I am looking forward to visiting again when I return to Taiwan.
Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.