Neihu is quickly becoming a real estate hot spot with plenty of businesses and workers moving in. With all the traffic has come a host of great new gourmet western restaurants, mostly located around MRT Xihu Station, just behind the parking lot outside of exit 2.
Our favorite so far is the vegetarian affair Miacucina.
As with most of the modern western restaurants around Xihu Station, a lot of attention to detail has been paid to interior design and the open kitchen style allows diners to watch how their food is being prepared. The restaurant is mostly self-serve, and all orders must be placed and paid for at the counter. Although the dishes are delivered to your table, you are responsible for fetching your own water and cutlery, as well as cleaning up after yourself following the meal.
Once you place your order, its time to go fetch your water and cutlery. There are two flavors of water to choose from, strawberry and lemon, both with real fruit added for flavoring.
Miacucina opens for brunch on the weekends, beginning at 9am. There is only a two hour window of opportunity to sample their gourmet Eggs Benedict, as they switch over to the lunch/dinner menu at 11am.
If you are planning for a weekend lunch or dinner on any night of the week, it is best to book ahead, otherwise expect to wait 1-2 hours for a table.
Both the walls of the restaurant and pages of the menu are decorated with witty humor and information about eating healthy, but be warned that the flat white on the blackboard menu hanging above the kitchen is just for display. Although there are lattes and cappuccinos on the “real menu”, there is nothing in between.
The lunch/dinner menu begins with soups, with one designated soup per day.
Then come the salads. Although there are plenty of ways to get your fill of veggies at this vegetarian restaurant, one of our favorites is the Farmers Salad, which seems to have the perfect mix of fresh veggies, beans, and sweet walnuts.
Those looking for a spicy kick would enjoy The Cowboy.
Flatbreads a specialty at Miacucina, and one type should definitely be order.
Probably the best item on the menu is the Roasted Tomato Brie Dip with Assorted Bread.
Other appetizers include Stuffed Eggplant Rolls, which were similar to, but more tasty than the Eggplant Melt.
Another good choice is the Roasted Butternut Squash Drizzled with Red Wine Syrup.
Some of the few disappointing dishes were the blandly flavored Pesto Risotto with Pine Nuts as well as the odd mix of sweet cream and sauteed mushroom crostini.
Miacucina offers type types of red wine, one organic, one not, and one type of white wine.
When you are finished with your meal, don’t forget to cleanup your table and return your dishes to the kitchen – Yes, Mom!
Name: Miacucina 義式蔬食料理
Address: No. 601, Ruiguang Rd, Neihu District, Taipei City, Taiwan 114（台北市內湖區瑞光路601號)
Budget: Dinner with wine NT$800-1000
Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Weekends and holidays: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Details: Cash or credit card, menu and service in English and Chinese, self-service including cleanup of your own dishes.