Name in Chinese is 龍門樓 - 志蓮素齋. Vegetarian restaurant situated in a traditional Chinese Buddhist garden to the Chi Lin Nunnery where a walk calms the mind. The dishes are thoughtfully prepared in Chinese vegetarian style. Space is bright and clean though not much atmosphere, with a large window toward the park under a waterfall. Tea set for around HK$45. There is also a zen-like teahouse in the park that is very exclusive (lowest price for an individual order of tea is over HK$100), a place where you sit in a splendid room surrounded by exquisite ceramic paintings and superb service. Opens at midday, call for seasonally changing hours. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buddhist
Long Men Lou, Nan Lian Garden, 60 Fung Tak Road (MTR: Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, follow signs to Chi Lin Nunnery)
Kowloon, Hong Kong Diamond Hill
852-3658-9388
  • Wheelchair accessible
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Reviews

First Review by JohnnySensible
Stevie
Stevie
  • vegan
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+2615

Chi Lin Vegetarian, Hong Kong

2
Posted on 10 / 19 / 2014

After a phone call by a HK native to get the low down, I spun over to here yesterday tempted by their offer of a special menu they offered between lunch and dinner. I made a mistake though in not checking the vegan friendliness of what was on offer. It's pastry based dim sum all of which is brushed with butter. A wasted trip for me. I am of course grateful to the waitress for her honesty.

As others have said it's a nice setting close to Diamond Hill MTR.

Pros: Honest waitress
Cons: Nothing vegan on the short menu
JChan
JChan
  • vegan
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+109

Zen experience

5
Posted on 06 / 03 / 2014

The restaurant is at the north end of the famous and beautiful Buddhist garden in Diamond Hill. A walk in the quiet garden before dinner calms the mind. Dishes at the restaurant are thoughtfully designed and prepared in Chinese vegetarian style. Food is tasty and innovative. The service is excellent and helpful. The place is bright (not much atmosphere,) clean, efficient with a large window toward the park under a waterfall. No liquor is served here, as usual, as in all Buddhist restaurants. There's a nice dark "beer" made from malt you could order.

On one occasion I had a banquet of three large tables on the second floor of this restaurant and the chef designed a special menu for the celebration. This was the best vegan banquet feast I had anywhere in Hong Kong. Very well thought thru, elaborate and meticulously prepared. The cost came to about $400 per person.

There's also a fabulous teahouse in the park that is very exclusive but the lowest price for an individual order of tea (the selections of which are superb) is more than HK$100. Yet you are invited to sit in a splendid room, with almost no other guests, surrounded by exquisite ceramic paintings and superb service. A few dim sum choices are available and they are exquisite and delicate and inexpensive. A Zen experience indeed.

Updated June 3, 2014


Spamelula
Spamelula
  • vegetarian
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+21

Best meal of the holiday

5
Posted on 07 / 10 / 2012

brilliant setting behind the waterfall, exquisite food, definitely the best meal of the entire holiday!

Pros: stunning setting, exquisite food, great value

eatinggreen
eatinggreen
  • vegetarian
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+294

Lovely location, limited flavour

3
Posted on 07 / 09 / 2012

Loved the setting - the walk through the garden to get here was the perfect antidote to a chaotic business trip in HK.

The other good things about this place were that the food wasn't overly oily and that it is possible to get a meal without MSG... but you may have to ask as we did - hard to say what would have come out otherwise. The food we ended up trying was all pretty much devoid of flavour. We are natural foodists and can handle subtle flavours but this was almost beyond that and in the realm of zero. As I write this I am starting to think that maybe our no MSG request may have had something to do with that. hmm...

The other difficulty we had here was that there weren't many vegetables on offer. Typical in Asia, I know, but still not appreciated. If you're not eating 80% vegetables and you are vegetarian I seriously think you need to rethink things. In this restaurant though, it was the usual carbs and dumplings (all containing the same filling) and not much else.

Service was polite and attentive - but you're paying for it too as the prices are certainly not cheap. Probably would come back just because of the nice location but the food wasn't anything to write home about.

Pros: location / ambience, not too oily, no msg on request
Cons: no flavour, expensive, not enough veges
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  • vegan
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+487

Lacto-VG

3
Posted on 02 / 26 / 2012

Nice place but it's expensive and they don't understand what is the veganism.


Blue Cloud
Blue Cloud
  • vegetarian
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+49

Exquisite

4
Posted on 01 / 14 / 2011

The view is lovely outside, a really pretty place with lots of dishes to choose from. The food tastes amazingly great, really delicately made. Although initially the restricted minimum amount to spend for each diner kind of shocked me, its the right amount of money for a good lunch I guess with the location in mind. Definitely would come back! The dumplings are awesome too.

Pros: Excellent food, Great scenery
Cons: Possible queue for half an hour
sglcklch
sglcklch
  • vegan
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+742

Amazing dining experience

5
Posted on 03 / 19 / 2010

Came here as a group of four for dinner. We ordered the appetizer platter and a couple of main dishes. Everything was delicious, portions were generous too. On the health side, they only use grapeseed oil in cooking. Simple but elegant decor, quiet relaxing atmosphere, tasty healthy food, attentive staff, what more could one ask for?


veggieyogini
veggieyogini
  • vegetarian
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+40

relaxing and yummy

5
Posted on 01 / 24 / 2010

went for sunday afternoon dim sum after taking a walk in the wonderful park. we had steamed bun with vegetable filling, vegetable dumpling in soup, glutinous rice balls with cashew nut filling and vegetable fried rice. all was very good and tasted light and healthy. i think they have a proper dinner menu as well which is worth trying.


JohnnySensible
JohnnySensible
  • herbivore
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+4658

A step back in time - -

4
Posted on 03 / 02 / 2008

Well worth a visit - http://www.nanliangarden.org/facilities.php
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Chi Lin Nunnery is a Buddist organization established in 1934. It began at the foot of Diamond Hill. At the time, Diamond Hill was not a place for the well-off people. Most were housed in simple wooden huts. With its limited resources, Chi Lin started to provide food food the needed and shelter for the elderly and the small. Chi Lin's major objective was to tender support to the poor and the helpless. With its primary function as a Buddist monastery, Chi Lin has now developed into a non-profit making charity establsihment.
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The food provided by Chi Lin is healthy. Chi Lin is responsible for operating the Long Men Lou and will strive for quality. The equipment and layout of the kitchen, as well as the interior design of the restaurant is all in line with the modern highest requirement. The staff members working in the kitchen are well-trained. The cooking methods they used are practical and innovative. On the basis of its well-established foundation, Chi Lin aims at further improving its service in providing vegetarian food and sharing with people its experience and pleasure. Long Men Lou is situated in the Garden. Customers enjoying food inside the Long Men Lou have the Silver Strand and Moon Wash in their full view through the windows. The Mill, Pavilion Bridge and Song Cha Xie are also in the neighbourhood. Long Men Lou has an environment which is hard to come by.
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  • JohnnySensible JohnnySensible

    Thank you whoever added "Long Men Lou" - it was on my "pile" of places to add - I am really happy to see it up on HappyCow.
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    Long Men Lou / the Tang Gardens are one of the sanest areas of Kowloon.
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    The above is not a real Review but I wanted to make the info more public.
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    I look forward to reading other members reviews as they visit & enjoy the wonderful teas / snacks!

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