IBAA Chatswood - Fo Guang Yuan

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 3 Reviews
This is one of the Sydney metro branch Buddhist temples of the famous Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong. This serene and tidy place is tucked away near Westfield Chatswood's Spring Street entrance (where Coles & Aldi located). The restaurant boasts three levels, being vegetarian restaurant + Buddhist craft shop on the ground level, bookshop on the first level, and Buddhist temple / prayer hall on the second level. A selections of vegetarian hot foods are displayed on the bainmarie between 11:00am-03:00pm. A choice of 3 dishes with steamed rice $9.80. FREE unlimited hot tea (self serve). Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Fast food
4 Spring St, Chatswood
Chatswood, New South Wales 2067
Now Open

Tue-Sun 10:00am-5:00pm



First Review by Fingercuts
  • vegan

Always happy to visit

Posted on 11 / 20 / 2015

I really enjoy visiting IBAA, knowing that I will be able to order a relatively cheap but LARGE and very filling meal!
I think the whole plate costs just $11, plus $2.50 for the chkn drumsticks!
The potato curry and mushroom rice are some of my fav options!

Pros: All Veg options, Cheap for the quantity you get, Helpful/friendly staff
Cons: Not high-quality food (you get what you pay for)
  • vegan

Affordable, clean and delicious

Posted on 01 / 07 / 2014

This is a lovely little vegan cafe I try to visit whenever I happen to be in Chatswood. It has limited hours, only lunchtime I think. The food is prepared just before lunchtime and kept in a Bain-Marie, so service is fast. There are generally about half a dozen veggie and tofu dishes to choose from and rice. Nice oolong tea is available for a bit extra $. The dishes are mildly flavoured but tasty. Be aware the 'brown rice' is not actually brown rice but white rice cooked with mushroom stock to colour it brown. Has a nice flavour though.

They have some beautiful jewellery, beads etc for sale as well, but the prices are out of this world. Fortunately the food is very affordable.
Updated from previous review on Monday January 06, 2014

Pros: Tasty fresh vegan food, Squeaky clean, Oolong tea available
Cons: Only open for lunch
  • herbivore

good and nourishing but otherwise unremarkable.

Posted on 12 / 06 / 2012

Good news if you eat vegan - you'll get an OK meal.
Like many chinese Buddhist places, particularly in Australia, the food is ok, but uninspired. Rice and a few choices from watery bainmaries. The lunch deal of $AUD10.80 (as at November 2012) includes complimentary Fu Guang tea, but other teas are poor value.
This is a clean friendly place in the heart of a shopping area, a Buddhist shop selling books and trinkets, and also serving lunch.
If you're vegan in Australia, you rejoice when you find a rare place you can eat. But it's not special.

Pros: vegan, convenient location, clean


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