Respond to Review of Cisheng Vegetarian
by Bob Sultan
Review: I had all but given up on finding Cisheng Vegetarian. 76 Jinghui is a hotel lobby. A couple of doors to the left of the hotel I saw a storefront with a woman selling pastries and an alter behind her with stairs leading up. I asked her if this was a vegetarian restaurant and she said no, but maybe it was my poor Mandarin. Anyway she did motion for me to go ahead up, and sure enough, the restaurant is on the second floor. So, when you find 76 Jinghui, just go a couple of doors to the left and you will see a storefront with stairs leading up to Cisheng. The place is large, bright, clean, and friendly. It was pretty much empty at 7:30PM. I suspect they do a big lunch business. There is a waiter who speaks English reasonably well. There is an English menu without pictures and a Chinese menu with pictures. You shouldn't have any trouble ordering. I would say that the average dish is 25 - 30 RMB, so this is slightly cheaper than other vegetarian restaurants I have been to in Guangzhou. I splurged on a dish of three different types of mock meat for 53 RMB. It looked good in the menu, and it was excellent. I was alone, but this certainly would have filled two people. I brought the leftovers back to the hotel (ask to have it wrapped to go: dǎ bāo). I had a nice talk with the waiter, who is a buddhist, an excellent dinner, in a quiet place with a peaceful music and a Buddhist ambiance. I walked back to the subway feeling great. This restaurant about a half block left of the Guangxiao Temple entrance on Jinghua Road. It is near the Pu Ti Gan Lu Fang vegetarian Restaurant which is inside the temple grounds and Vege Zen which is down an alley just to the right of the temple entrance. All have addresses on Jinghua Road. You won't go hungry in this area. Just walk North on Guangxiao Road from the Ximenkou Metro stop on line 1. As you reach Jinghui Road and the Temple you will know that you are there by the overpowering odor of Stinky Tofu (chòu dòu fu) being sold on the street. You might want to try this if you haven't done so before. I like it, but it's not everyone's taste.