If you're vegan or vegetarian and living in Taipei, you would definitely not be a stranger to Herban Kitchen & Bar 二本餐廳, a well-known restaurant in Daan District that offers a variety of creative vegetarian and vegan dishes. Even though the place is smack bang in the middle of the always busy and noisy Zhongxiao Dunhua area, it's hidden on a quiet alley (not accessible to cars) and offers a quiet and relaxing oasis away from the surrounding commotion.
As you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by the outdoor seating area (which is covered), and an ample amount of potted plants which creates a quaint leafy garden. It would be a lovely and relaxing space to sit and enjoy your meal at during the cooler months, but on a hot and humid July day, we were lured inside by the inviting air conditioning on the other side of that stunning front door.
Step inside and you'll be welcomed by the friendly staff and a cozy, beautifully decorated environment. To the left there is a big shared table (also suitable for a bigger group) and to the right there are smaller tables for couples. They also offer some bar seating (yes, they have an awesome wine bar, too!). The earthy tones and wooden attributes inside the restaurant really adds to the cozy and comfortable vibe of the place.
Their menu offers a decent selection of European, American and Asian vegetarian and vegan dishes. We were quite overwhelmed by all the amazing breakfast options, but I finally settled on the Eggs Benedict with Avocado and Tomato and Tieneke ordered the Acai Bowl. I was served tea with my meal, and Tieneke opted for an iced latte. We relatively "played it safe" with our order, but I'd like to go back there one evening to try some dinner options and also make use of that wine bar. Have a look at their extensive menu!
Herban Kitchen & Bar MENU
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My Eggs Benedict order was served with delicious sweet potato wedges and a fresh salad, and Tieneke's acai bowl was a colorful medley of fresh fruit and nuts. We waited quite a while for our food to be served, but that didn't bother us because we were having a chatty catch-up, and that only means that the meals are prepared fresh and with care. Our food was very enjoyable and flavorful, and we definitely did not miss the meat.
This is the perfect place to escape the busy-ness of the area, and to enjoy a healthy, meatless meal. The restaurant filled up fast when we were there on a Saturday morning, so we suggest you make a reservation in advance. With their huge variety of dishes, there is something for everyone, and thus the perfect spot for a group of friends with different tastes and dietary needs. We highly recommend Herban Kitchen & Bar 二本餐廳 for a hearty, yet healthy, meal.
Business Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:30AM to 10:30PM
Fridays 11:30AM to 11PM
Saturdays 10AM to 11PM
Sundays 10AM to 10:30PM
Phone: 02 8773 7033
Nearest MRT: MRT Zhongxiao Dunhua (Blue Line)
Address: No. 27號, Lane 101, Section 4, Zhongxiao East Road, Da’an District, Taipei City, 106