Taipei City – Naked Food 裸食私廚

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Who’d have thought this place would be hiding behind DongMen MRT station? It looks like a little slice of paradise (if you dispatch of the scooters, naturally).

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Inside it is (quiet, yes) comfortable and spacious.

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These hampers look like a picnic waiting to happen. The granola looks interesting, as does the Harissa paste – pass me my tagine!

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I’m a sucker for kimchi. My fridge at home always has a slight kimchi aroma to it. There’s always kimchi at our place!

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What the? Tree Nut cheese??? After reading up about this, it seems like this ‘cheese’ is made from nuts, and fermented using a probiotic culture, to form ‘cheese’. How bizarre!


Raw granola

W/ sprouted buckwheat granola, house made almond milk, and an apple, pumpkin spice, raw cacao and hazelnut.

$90

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The dish looked nice and smelled great. The spiced pumpkin flavours and apple flavours reminded me of Christmas, almost. The texture was a bit too chewy for my liking, though. When I think granola, I think crunchy.

Jicama Grapefruit Ceviche

w/ orange, cherry tomato, candied kalamansi, chilli flakes, spring onion, cilantro and red sea salt

$90

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It was light, sour, bitter, sweet, tangy, all in one mouthful. It was a little confusing at times, but clean and refreshing, nonetheless.

Sorghum Mushroom Pilaf

w/ mapled almonds, curried raisins, ta gu choy and saffron

$250

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A pilaf will ordinarily use rice, and a broth to flavour it, which will be reduced the resulting dish will retain a somewhat sticky consistency. This dish didn’t use rice, to me it looks like lentils (please correct me if I am wrong). The dish was tasty, with plenty of mushroom flavour and pops of curry coming through from the raisins. The dish was luke-warm, which you can kind of get used to after a while.

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The pilaf was really enjoyable, and also extremely filling. It tasted fresh and I would definitely order it again.

1/2 Raw Pizza

w/ tomato sauce, chimchurri, 5 spice asparagus, mushroom, caramelised onion, Spanish salt-brined olives, cultured tree nut cheese, basil.

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It looks appetising, albeit a little sparse on the plate.

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This is my first time eating tree nut cheese, and I have to say, I think it’s delicious. The asparagus was good, the dressings were good, and the sauce was good. The pizza base took a bit of getting my head around. The base is made of a walnut, zucchini and flax meal mix and air-dried for 24hrs under 45°C (some sources I read say that raw food can only be called raw if it is under 40°C. Some said under 45°C. I guess the ‘rule book’ is still subject to change).


I was quite surprised with the Naked Food experience. It is my first Raw experience, but not my first vegan or vegetarian experience. Am I ‘convinced’ by Raw food? I don’t think that this is a particularly important question and one we shouldn’t be asking eachother. Each style of food has its audience and will attract different crowds of people. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavours and the inventiveness in the dishes. I will definitely be going back.


Opening Times: 

Wendesday – Friday 12:00 – 21:00

Saturday and Sunday 11:00 – 21:00

Monday and Tuesday Closed

Tel:

02 2396 2202


台北市中正區新生南路一段160巷22-1

No. 22-1, Lane 160, XinSheng South Road, Section 1, ZhongZheng District, Taipei City


 

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