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Vegan Buffets Comparison in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Fruitful Food 果然匯 vs Double Veggie 蔬食百匯)

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In this post, I’m going to compare two biggest all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffets in Kaohsiung. The categories in this showdown are:

  • Food (Variety and How Vegan-Friendly)
  • Price
  • Service
  • Decor and Comfort
  • Location and Access

Food (Variety and How Vegan-Friendly)

Fruitful Food

Fruitful Food's entrance at Dream Mall

Fruitful Food is a big restaurant with a wide variety of food. There are Japanese, Western, Chinese cuisine and more. From Japanese tempura and sushi, to Chinese dim sum and stir-fries, you will be full just by trying everything once.

In my two visits, about 60-70% of the food is vegan. Given the wide variety of food, there are quite a lot for vegans to choose from.

Labelling is clear

The vegan options are clearly marked, including drinks, sauces and condiments. Other than the milk and egg, be careful of honey, which luckily they also mark for food that contains it.

Here are the labels that you will see:
全素 - Vegan
五辛 - Contains 5 pungent spices (Onions, garlic, scallions, chives and leeks)
- Alcohol
含堅果 - Contains nuts
含花生 - Contains peanuts
含蜂蜜 - Contains honey
- Egg
- Milk

If you are like me and can eat food with 5 spices and alcohol, you would only need to avoid symbols of 蛋 (Egg), 奶 (Milk) and 含蜂蜜 (Contains honey).

Chinese dim sum/yum cha

Some notable features (at the time of visit):

  • About 8 types of vegan dim sum
  • All 7-8 sushi are vegan
  • Almost all drinks are vegan
  • About 7 vegan desserts
  • A separate coffee machine that uses soy milk

More photos at the end of the post!

Some desserts include layered cake, mochi and raindrop cake

Double Veggie

Double Veggie is located in Just Sleep Hotel Kaohsiung

In general, Double Veggie is a good vegetarian buffet with some good vegan options. However, in some aspects, it feels like this buffet is catering more towards vegetarians than vegans.

The amount of food is good. You can find Japanese (sushi, tempura), Western (pasta, stews), and other dishes like curry, noodles, desserts, etc here.

About half of the food is vegan. But because the size of the restaurant is smaller than Fruitful Food, only about 25-30 items are vegan at the time of visit (weekday dinner).

In general, the dishes are clearly marked. However, during my two visits, once breakfast (not veg, more on that later) and once dinner, there are sauces and toppings are not marked, some of which are not vegan after enquiring the staff. Comparing to Fruitful Food, the labelling system doesn't seem to be as detailed and accurate.

Here are the labels that you will see:
全素 - Vegan
五辛素 - Contains 5 pungent spices (Onions, garlic, scallions, chives and leeks)
蛋素 - Contains egg
奶素 - Contains milk
蛋奶素 - Contains egg and milk

The two options vegans can go for are 全素 and 五辛素.

Tempura is marked as 全素 which means vegan

Some disappointing misses at the time of visit:

  • Only 3 vegan desserts
  • 1 out of 6 salads is vegan
  • None of the 4 pizzas is vegan

Another note is that in the morning, this buffet serves meat. About 30% of food is vegan, which include some noodles, rice, and other simple dishes. Most things are marked clearly, and each dish gets its own utensil so cross contamination is not too likely.

Price

Price-wise, Double Veggie is cheaper than Fruitful Food. 

For adult prices, Double Veggie is around TW$480-530, while Fruitful Food is around TW$600-700.

Service

Both restaurants have great service. All the staff I’ve seen are polite and helpful. They are also efficient in taking away the used dishes.

Decor and comfort

Fruitful Food

Both restaurants are modern, bright and clean. Comparing the size, Fruitful Food has about double the amount of seats than Double Veggie.

Double Veggie

Location

Double Veggie is more centrally located, about a 5 minute walk from either Formosa Boulevard Station or Kaohsiung Station. The buffet is on the 2/F of Just Sleep Kaohsiung Station Hotel.

Double Veggie Address

For Fruitful Food Buffet, you would need to take the red metro line to Kaisyuan Station and change to the light rail to Dream Mall Station. The buffet is on the 3/F of Dream Mall.

Fruitful Food Address

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Fruitful Food

Sushi (All vegan at the time of visit)
Chinese stir-fry
Japanese snacks (skewer, rice ball, etc)
Coffee machine on the right uses soy milk
Some of the drinks (Some have honey)
Make-your-own noodles

Double Veggie

3 vegan desserts at the time of visit
Korean seaweed fried rice
Only 1 of these salads is vegan
Drinks (1 has honey but isn't marked)
Open vegan sushi

So there you have it, a comparison of the two veg buffet in Kaohsiung. If I have to pick a winner, it will be Fruitful Food in Dream Mall mainly because of its wider variety of vegan selection. That being said, both buffets are worth a try if you have the time.

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