Jade Buddha Vegetarian

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 14 Reviews
Chinese name 玉佛寺素斋馆, address 江宁路999号(安远路口). Located in an old traditional-style Buddhist temple. The menu is also in English and has photos. Restaurant entrance is not clearly marked but you can see it from Jiangning road. Nearby MRT station is Changshou Rd, line 7. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buddhist
999 JiangNing Lu, Putuo
Shanghai, China
21-6266-3668

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First Review by tofutodd
PaulineChiangMai
PaulineChiangMai
  • vegetarian
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+45

Great restuarant

5
Posted on 04 / 13 / 2014

The first floor has a small selection of inexpensive noodles and dumplings. There’s no menu, nothing in English, and no pictures. However, you can see some of the dishes (all of the dishes?) as there’s a counter and you can jut point at what you want. We went to the second floor which has a menu in English with pictures. The selection was large, the dishes were creative, and everything we had was very tasty. Although the prices of the dishes on the second floor are more expensive, they were still very reasonable.

Pros: excellent food, large selection of dishes, good value
psiphi75
psiphi75
  • vegan
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+112

Good restaurant

4
Posted on 11 / 14 / 2012

They make fresh juices that come in 1 litre serving jars, the watermelon juice was excellent.  Very big servings, too big to finish.  Otherwise it is a very nice restaurant with wonderful furnishings. Food was good. We were over charged at first because we did not get all our meals, we clarified this with the wsiter and he apologised.

Pros: good food, nice restaurant, relatively cheap
Cons: check you bill
nielswied
nielswied
  • vegetarian
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+128

fair

3
Posted on 11 / 09 / 2012

You cannot miss the restaurant at Jiangning road. Nearby MRT station is Changshou Rd, line 7. Fair dishes. Nowater or tea served with the ordered food. Have a look at the bill, they might try to charge you not used towels. As most buddhist sites: not very friendly (and might be focussed on money).

Pros: vegetarian

Kerstin Kaehler
Kerstin Kaehler
  • vegetarian
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+22

Temple Style Fare

3
Posted on 11 / 17 / 2011

I used to work around the corner from Jade Buddha Temple and this was the only veggie place around then - about three years back - so I went quite often. Some days per month a buddhist should eat vegetarian, so on those days, the restaurant was full with long queues outside, but normally it's ok during lunch hours. Weekend might be busier.
They rely heavily on mushrooms to replace meat in their mock meat dishes, and me not being a big fan of mushrooms thus limits my choice. Also, be warned: Shanghainese cuisine is both oily and sweet, so if you prefer non-oily food, this is not your place. If you like Shanghainese cooking, this place is great - and less expensive than the other Shanghainese vegetarian staple, Gong De Lin.
They do have delicious noodle dishes and as they are linked with the temple it is one of the few places in Shanghai where you can be sure the broth is actually vegetarian.

Pros: real Shanghainese vegetarian fare, very good value for money, combine w visit to Jade Buddha Temple
Cons: lots of mushroom dishes
sglcklch
sglcklch
  • vegan
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+734

Meh

2
Posted on 10 / 29 / 2011

We have eaten at almost all the vegetarian restaurants that have decent ratings in Shanghai except for this one so we decided to go out of our way to come here... What a mistake! Menu features the usual, if not boring, Chinese vegetarian dishes. Food tasted OK, nothing to write home about. The warm dishes are pretty oily, I suggest getting couple cold appetizers instead. Definitely not worth traveling to.


Cons: oily food, boring menu, location
eatinggreen
eatinggreen
  • vegetarian
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+315

Stock standard chinese veg food

3
Posted on 10 / 20 / 2011

We were hoping Jade Buddha would be a bit better than this. At it is, it is nothing to write home about. Very middle of the road Chinese. The restaurant interior is nice enough - strange layout, but clean and well, typical of any decent Chinese place. More than half of the things we wanted to order were out, which was quite frustrating. What we did end up with was ok.. pretty oily and certainly no 'wow' factor. Just the standard, slightly over-flavoured fare. None of the dishes on offer were unique or eye-catching. Pretty much seen it all before. Do it if you are in the area or really out of options, but don't go out of your way.

Pros: clean, tableclothed interior, english menu
Cons: nothing unique, oily
dnmp
dnmp
  • vegan
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+120

Great Food - Hidden Location

4
Posted on 06 / 17 / 2011

Please note that this restaurant is UPSTAIRS. There is another restaurant or cafeteria that is downstairs. The staff here is very nice though don't be afraid to find them when you are ready to leave (the Chinese usually shout waiter, in Chinese of course, to get the attention of wait staff).

You must try the meatballs they are great! I also enjoyed the candied cashews (the name is different from this). I ate the mushroom noodle dish which was good.

Pros: kind staff, near a site to see
Cons: Staff has low English skills
MDR
MDR
  • vegan
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+66

Good food, good prices--you should go here!

4
Posted on 05 / 20 / 2011

If you're a veggie in Shanghai, this is a must. Good food and very inexpensive. Menu has some English. Friendly, helpful service.

Pros: good food, good prices
backpasher
backpasher
  • vegetarian
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+91

Enjoyable and affordable

3
Posted on 07 / 16 / 2009

We ate here last week after visiting the Jade Buddha Temple.

English menus were available.

The food was tasty and portions were huge. It was a good value place to eat.

Service was friendly and efficient.

I much preffered the Vegetarian Lifestyle restaurants but this is definitely worth a look if you are in the area.

Pros: Good food, good value
Cons: A little out of the way
veganstastebetter
veganstastebetter
  • vegan
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+128

a pleasant surprise

4
Posted on 04 / 28 / 2009

After a viewing of the jade buddha, wading thru hordes of tourists, it was nice to relax here. I remember being a little confused about whether or not I was in the right place. I also wasnt so sure I was ordering what I wanted, but what do you expect with such a language barrier. I had a very nice meal. Not my fav in SH but definately worth the trip.


bjamin
bjamin
  • mostly-vegetarian
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+12

recommend

5
Posted on 02 / 09 / 2009

i have eaten at jade buddha several dozens of times. i live 1 block away. the downstairs is a noodle shop with no english menu. very simple healthy offerings at a very good price. noodles for about 10 RMB per bowl. the upstairs is a fine dining experience with impressive decor. beautiful lights and wood carvings throughout. the veggies are really good. many of the faux meats are mushroom based so choose wisely so you don't end up with 4 dishes of mushrooms. you can order beer and smoke at this buddhist restaurant if you like. suitable for personal, family, or business outings. prices upstairs are 20-40 RMB per dish. reasonable and average prices for shanghai. food is very healthy and delicous. consistant good quality and service. the staff can't speak a lot of english, but they are kind and will look after you. they also have a small bakery adjacent to the restaurant where you can pick up some healthy baked chinese goods. the entrance to the restaurant is on jiangning lu. the entrance to the temple is on anyuan lu. enjoy.


blackcat
blackcat
  • vegetarian
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+28

A feast for your eyes and tummy!

4
Posted on 01 / 14 / 2008

Set in the temple gardens the restaurant (upstairs, as downstairs was more cafe style and crowded) was well decorated. The staff were very pleasant but didn't speak English, however there was a menu in English with pictures. The food is described as 'meat' dishes which is a bit disturbing as there are 'offal' titles even though absolutely everything is vegetarain. Once over this hurdle the food was visually appealing and tatsed as good as it looked. It was fairly good value for money, although expensive by Chinese standards. The menu didn't state what the dish was actually made from, and our 'chciken' was made form mushroom (which my husband doesn't eat). The sweet and sour 'pork' was made form potato, it wa svery nice with good fresh veg. You do not have to pay to enter the temple if you just want to eat. If you enter via the temple make sure you keep your ticket to get entry back!

Pros: The setting!, The choice, the food presentation
Cons: No English spoken
craigmc
craigmc
  • vegetarian
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+588

no menu

3
Posted on 07 / 14 / 2007

went for lunch today, which was a set bowl of noodles and veg.
don't know if was because it was a saturday, but the temple was busy.
te food i had was good, but i always prefer a choice. it was cny10, so great value.
the place could habe been cleaner, but as i said it was very busy.

Pros: good healtyh food, price
Cons: lack of menu
tofutodd
tofutodd
  • vegan
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+89

Great food and good prices

4
Posted on 12 / 09 / 2005

Ate lunch here in 11/05. English menu. Food was good, price was right. If i recall they fake meats were more simple such as vegetables or tofu rather than seitan or special prepared or distributed meats, but still very good. Staff spoke enough english. No garlic or onions, I can't remember if they use eggs in some. You can enter the restaurant for free from the side. Would definitely eat here again.

Pros: Cheap for Shanghai, Good service, Good food
Cons: Out of the way

 

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