Best Vegan Food In Chengdu!
Posted on 12 / 07 / 2012
Warning: If the Happy Cow map shows an indicator arrow near the Mao Portrait, near Tian Fu Square, its very wrong. There is no vego restaurant there. (I have asked the lovely Happy Cow people to check it).
The ChunXi Lu address is OK, although the "Caidie New Vegetarian Concept" name is confusing to Chinese people. Apparently its not called this.
It is located in the well-known ChunXi Lu shopping area, about 1-2 kms from the centre of town.
The main road that gets you to ChunXi Lu is Chengshou Dongdajie, or Dongda Financial Street. If you find these, you're on the right track.
ChunXi Lu is a vibrant consumer heaven. It is a car-less street/area. You need to find Chicony Department Store, and catch a lift to the 9th floor.
(If you're lucky there'll be a pink-clad lift maid inside the lift. If you're from USA lift = elevator. Don't hassle the girl. Chances are she already knows its demeaning, but its a job).
On the 9th floor, there's about ten restaurants. You'll just have to find the vegetarian one. Ask, or look at the pictures/menus at their door. Its obvious which ones are the meat restaurants.
The food? Its amazing.
My Chinese carnivorous companion was already pissed off by an afternoon of walking too much, plodding to the wrong location (we were using the happycow map). She was hungry, and the offer of no meat was pushing her dangerously close to the edge. We persisted and found it. The anger magically disappeared when the food arrived. "This is real chinese food", "I don't know how they can make this without meat", "If this is vegetarian food, I can change", "Let's eat here again tomorrow" and so on.
There's a big selection of Sichuan flavours, flavours from all over China, traditional, innovative, its all there, and its mostly (if not all) vegan. This is the opposite of limp bok choy and tofu in watery goop. This is real food, nourishing, filling, tasty. It awakens the senses, and you'll finally understand what good Chinese food is all about (but cleverly crafted without animal products).
Clean and comfortable. I recommend you order by 8:30pm, as they are winding down and packing up.
Menu in English, Chinese and pictures for every dish.
Good value by Western or middle class China standards. Not for you if you bang on with "I can eat in China for $2 a day, man". Mains from 40RMB and up. I was a tourist, and I can't afford (or find) this food in Australia.
Great vegan food, Good value, Finally experience Chinese food