Vegas Style Vegetarian Buffet
June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
This restaurant is more commonly known as Lian Xiang Zhai (连香斋) Vegetarian buffet, a Taipei specialty. Changchun Road, No. 353; 011-886-2-2547-4788.
They serve lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. I suggest going for lunch (NT 660 (roughly $23 USD).
If you are vegan, most foods in Taiwanese vegetarian restaurants are vegan including this one.
When my family first told me about LXZ I couldn’t believe it. It’s a vegetarian foodie’s dream; an all veg buffet featuring foods from around the world. What?!
I didn’t want to get my hopes up. I’ve been disappointed by many veg restaurants in my life. Would this be another Whole Foods heat lamp style weigh-your-food type place?
When I walked into LXZ it was a true experience like a condensed Vegas style buffet. It’s a welcoming place- bright lights, delicious foods and more variety than your stomach can handle.
Blue (2,3,5,10,11)- desserts and sweets
Light Blue (6)- cold foods
Yellow (1,7,9)- drinks
Red (4,8,12,13,15,16,17)- hot foods
White (14)- kitchen
My Map of LXZ
Brief Description of Each Section (1-17)
1- coffee and tea station (fresh ground coffee and asian style tea)
2- Haagan-Dazs ice cream (8 flavors) and 5-6 platters of fresh fruit
3- traditional Chinese hot desserts (e.g. fresh almond puree)
4- noodle and wonton stand (made to order)
5- Japanese style handrolls (made to order)
6- salad bar
7- mixed drinks (cocktail type drinks)
8- 15+ dishes of Chinese food (standard restaurant dishes)
9- bar with variety of American liquor (minimal fee req’d)
10- chocolate fondue fountain, 10+ varieties of cakes (1/2 were vegan)
11- puddings, cream puffs and jellies (vegan available)
12- fresh veggies (sautéed to order) and 3 rice cookers full of rice (rarely touched due to the plethora of food)
13- 15-20+ items of dim sum (all made fresh), 15+ items of standard restaurant food (fried rice etc.)
14- open kitchen
15- Italian style foods (pizza, made to order pasta); Japanese foods (sushi, ramen, miso soup, sashimi); 4 types of drinking vinegars
16- western soup stand (2 freshly made soups)
17- asian soup row ( 5-6 types of stews and soups)
Though I didn’t see all the veg foods from around the world like my mom advertised, it exceeded my expectations. All the foods were fresh and delicious.
It’s an amazing place! Every time I’m in Taiwan I make sure to come here at least once. It’s too good not to. There is no other place in the world that showcases and delivers this amount of variety, taste and quality that LXZ does.
If you are ever in Taiwan, it’s definitely a must!