Gongdelin Vegetarian...

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 11 Reviews
Well known, historic restaurant. 功德林素菜馆. Address in Chinese: 北京市崇文区前门东大街2号. Moved from Qianmen East St Sept 2010. Offers a lot of different dishes. Drinks are only in Chinese letters listed. Dishes are generous. Price: Moderate more-less
Chinese
2, Qianmen Gong Daije, Chongwen District
Beijing, China
86-010-67020867

Mon-Sun 10:30am-9:00pm

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First Review by BeijingCat
kzollman
kzollman
  • vegetarian
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+62

Delicious food

4 Posted on 09 / 30 / 2014

The location of this place is particularly good for tourists. It's a bit of a walk from Tiananmen Square, but it's doable.

Overall, the food was delicious, although not as good as some of the other vegetarian restaurants in Beijing. The menu, like most in Beijing, has pictures and English descriptions.

Pros: Delicious food, Convenient location
veggiebubble
veggiebubble
  • vegetarian
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+61

Not great

2 Posted on 09 / 26 / 2013

Quite disappointed after all the good reviews! I visited China for a month and this was the most expensive meal I had and the one I enjoyed the least!

I ordered two dishes with rice. One of the dishes they forgot about. Both dishes I'd had in other restaurants. Here they were twice the price, half the size and not as nice! Rice was completely cold and seemed like it could have been left over from the day before! The staff could speak some English and weren't very friendly.

Pros: Nice building
Cons: Overpriced, Food not great, Service not good
enRoute
enRoute
  • vegan
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+623

Wow... what a place.

5 Posted on 04 / 01 / 2013

I was a bit surprised by the formal dining-hall style of this place, as I'd expected something smaller. Large picture menu and the place just oozes character and history. A bit hard to navigate with only English, but not impossible with a bit of patience. Note that, as with many nicer Chinese veg restaurants, there is a huge variation in dish prices... from 20 RMB to 200, depending on the item and rarity. There are more affordable and filling options, some towards the back, but you need to look for them. Within walking distance of both Tiananmen and Temple of Heaven.

Pros: Vast menu, Reliable quality, Historic
Cons: Super pricey, Highly formal service

anarchistanimal
anarchistanimal
  • vegan
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+349

Great place

5 Posted on 03 / 01 / 2013

A popular and well established vegetarian restaurant. I had three dishes - sesame cakes, a tofu dish and a vegie dish - which left me very full and happy. They were all great. The price was ok - I paid 85 rmb in total. The menu has pictures.

Pros: Delicious, High-quality
psiphi75
psiphi75
  • vegan
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+112

Good food in a nice restaurant

4 Posted on 11 / 18 / 2012

We had our evening meal here. The staff were friendly and they spoke enough English to get by. We had a small meal but it was very good. It was a bit pricey.

Pros: good food, friendly service
Cons: expensive
aradhakr
aradhakr
  • vegetarian
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+38

Great food but expensive

4 Posted on 02 / 26 / 2012

I was here in September 2011. The place is very nice looking on the inside. Like almost all of the vegetarian establishments in China it is Buddhist. They have a nice colorful menu with pictures of various dishes. The quality of the food is remarkable. The downside is that it's fairly expensive. Vegetarian food should not be that expensive, especially in China, but these places tend to be a ripoff because they know there are not many dining options for vegetarians. Overall, would definitely recommend.

Pros: excellent food
Cons: expensive
Pitaya
Pitaya
  • vegan
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+262

Classic good-quality restaurant

3 Posted on 01 / 10 / 2012

Classical Chinese vegetarian restaurant, oldest in town. Be sure to check that you have the new address of the restaurant as it has quite recently moves: http://www.beijingimpression.com/restaurant/Gongdelin-vegetarian-restaurant-Beijing.shtml (this is the new venue)

Chinese style furniture and decoration, peaceful atmosphere and friendly staff. Large menu with lots of mockmeat dishes, but also salads etc.

Tested this with meat-eater and he also liked what he got. "Meat pie" was delicious.


mrrfrost
mrrfrost
  • vegetarian
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+78

Enjoyed the food

4 Posted on 09 / 20 / 2010

A large menu, lively atmosphere and the dtaff were generally friendly. I had the steak pieces as a starter which was big enough for 2 and then a spicy chicken dish for the main which was good but too many peppers- I guess that was the spicy part!

With rice and drink came to 90 Yuan so not that expensive at all. About a 5 minute walk from Chongwenmen metro station south west exit.


earthville
earthville
  • vegan
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+754

Don't make (or maintain) 'em like they used to...

2 Posted on 05 / 16 / 2010

The menu at Gongdelin does include some above-average veggie fare, but whether it's "better enough" to justify the far above average prices is debatable, especially considering its below-average service.

I spent much of my meal contemplating how far Gongdelin seems to have fallen from its noble origins - apparently founded by venerated spiritualist out of great compassion, but now peddling cheap beer without a trace of mindfulness or a hint of a smile.

I felt it was worth going once as a field study in the vegetarian history of China, and the tasty food rewarded my curiosity, but i doubt i'd return. If you want high-end, try Pure Lotus, and if you want equal-or-better food with much better service for lower prices, try Tianchu Miaoxiang Vegetarian in Chaowai.

Pros: Some above-average veggie fare, Reasonably pleasing aesthetics
Cons: Apathetic service, Surprisingly high prices
la_de_dah
la_de_dah
  • vegan
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+21

Great Spicy "Chicken"

4 Posted on 12 / 05 / 2009

The menu is enormous, and includes English. The food is really good, but somewhat pricey. The cheapest entree would be around 39 yuan, but specialties were around 160 yuan. The staff is not very enthusiastic, but it is a beautiful restaurant. We would go there again.

Pros: Good Food, Many choices, Nice atmosphere
Cons: Somewhat expensive, Disinterested staff
BeijingCat
BeijingCat
  • vegetarian
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+18

Excellent wallnut/Aubergine dish

3 Posted on 11 / 30 / 2009

Excellent wallnut/Aubergine dish
I first ate in Gong Delin when I was in Beijing in 1990. At that time it was a bitter disappointment as the desinterested state company it was. Since the Qianmen waidajie has been de/up?graded in a chique boulevard. The original Gong De Lin has now moved to the 前门东大街(qianmendongdajie)corner祈年大街。It still has a bit of the old state company flavour. But the dishes are mostly good.
Ther should be more "non mockmeat" dishes on the menu. And why not ask a real musician to play.

Pros: On mockmeats excellent, Some some good general dishes
Cons: Desinterested waiters, Noisy canned music

 

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