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Restaurant Review: Hongde Vegetarian

By Liam Gibson  /  Staff reporter

The background music shifts from tasteful classical piano to Indian lute, setting a pensive ambience, something you might expect on a yoga retreat. There’s none of your typical chanted sutra played on repeat here.

But just when you think Hong De has tossed the how-to manual out the window altogether, hallmarks of the classic Taiwanese vegetarian establishment come into view; the canteen of green tea with free refills in plastic cups, a two meter-long wall hanging of the heart sutra, scripted in beautiful calligraphy.

This is what is so inspiring about Hong De. With a simple consideration of aesthetics, it elevates the dining experience while staying true to the spirit of the vegetarian eatery. The image of those trademark teal walls linger in the mind long after the flavors of the meal have faded. What a difference a splash of color can make. Other outlets would be wise to take a leaf out Hong De’s book.

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