Responses to eatinggreen's Review

Respond to Review of Pure and Whole - JingAn
by eatinggreen

Review: Kush is nothing to write home about. The food is average at best, with most of it feeling like it is made by someone who does not really know how to cook. The burgers are terrible - white buns with some kind of mushy stuff in the middle. All desserts are non-vegan and packed full of things like cream cheese, which even omnivores should avoid if they value their health at all. The soba noodles were oily and devoid of flavour. What we did like were the salads and the juices, and in particular the one called Green Goddess. It may just be the one reason why this cafe is a necessary fixture in Shanghai (although it will cost you a fortune by Chinese standards). The other reason would be the free wifi, although there are only 4 tables so you do need to be careful not to get in the way if you decide to linger. We came here several times whilst busy with work to get our fill of raw veges, but have now opted to buy a blender and order organic veges home delivered to our hotel so we can make our own at a fraction of the cost and minus the pesticides and random things that keep on turning up in Chinese produce these days.

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Frank Steffen
Posted by Frank Steffen on Friday, February 22, 2013
Our food is created by Fela, a vegetarian yogi from London, who cooks vegetarian since 25 years. Our "white buns" are made from whole wheat and baked fresh in house. The "mushy stuff" in the middle is either a blend of garbanzo beans, lentils or tofu and has been voted best veggie burger in Shanghai by: http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/shanghai/articles/mag-sh/best/shanghais-best-veggie-burgers/
None of our desserts contain cream cheese but some are done vegan with tofu. Our soba noodles are a bit oily, I agree and they'll be taken off the menu very soon. Our produce is increasingly organic so the pesticide level compared to local markets is rather low. Most of our clients are Chinese, so I guess our prices are ok, and actually if you consider how much quality and thought goes into our product, Kush is a really good deal. Next time you are in town, I hope you reach out and we can have a meal together - we'll keep improving in the meantime =)
eatinggreen
Posted by eatinggreen on Friday, February 22, 2013
Ok, we might take you up on that offer :) One suggestion - it would be really helpful if the ingredients of the desserts were made clear. We were unable to get a real sense what were in them other than that every one of them were full of things that vegans can't eat. We're not actually vegan but are health conscious so without further info they weren't very approachable. Really surprised the hear the burger buns are wholemeal, they certainly didn't seem it. Anyway, keep it at. It is a nice environment and a lot of people seem to be enjoying it (most we saw were foreigners who seemed to dig the Western vibe). Will stop by next time in Shanghai. Cheers.
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