Respond to Review of Baihe - Lily Vegetarian - Dongcheng
Review: We were in Beijing for five days, in March and went to this place three times. We tried a lot of different things on the menu, and weren't really disappointed with anything we ordered except for one dish (sorry, I've forgotten which), which wasn't terrible. Favorites were the mini burgers, dumplings, and a fish dish (sweet and sour, I think?) I didn't think it was that hard to find (I used Google Maps), though the alleys are a little tricky to navigate. The staff were friendly to us and we had no trouble ordering, though they don't speak any English at all. As far as we could tell, it's entirely vegan. There's an area toward the front where you can buy a few organic vegan products, including interesting stuff like peanut protein (like soy-based TVP, but made of peanuts!). One kind of odd thing, though - right around 5pm, the entire staff gathers in the front area and does some kind of reading/chanting that seems vaguely religious (Buddhist?). It goes on for a very long time. To leave the restaurant during this, you need to walk directly through the gathered people, and it feels very awkward. Best to get to the restaurant and finish your meal before that, or go around 6pm. Another couple and I ended up waiting 20 minutes for them to stop so we could slip out, and ended up just slipping out during a pause. It was really awkward. Otherwise, no issues!