Ji Ming Temple Vegetarian Diet

Overall rating: 3.5 stars 6 Reviews
Offers mockmeats and vegetable dishes, starting at cny15. Located at top of Ji Ming Temple with great views. Permits smoking. Chinese Name: 鸡鸣寺百味斋茶社 Chinese Address: 玄武区鸡鸣寺路1号,20路公交车. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Chinese, Fast food
Ji Ming Temple, Ji Ming Si, Nanjing, Jiangsu (/off East Beijing Rd)
Nanjing, China
025-57713690

Mon-Sun 11:00am-5:00pm

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First Review by craigmc
shanery
shanery
  • vegan
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+53

not so good

2 Posted on 05 / 19 / 2013

The food was not tastey, in fact it had that boiled watery taste. Others seem to like it so maybe I was just unlucky with the dishes I chose.

Pros: Friendly staff
Cons: Food
Fred Phillips
Fred Phillips
  • vegetarian
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+43

Simple, hearty food

3 Posted on 04 / 14 / 2013

It's worth visiting this temple even without the promise of vegetarian fare, but the food is fine and the view is great at the top also, as others have noted. We had noodle soups and some mushroom dumpling things. It is fairly basic food and you are eating in a cafeteria-style room. Not really classy, but tasty enough food and we enjoyed it. Afterwards, exit the temple at the back and this takes you onto the city wall which has fantastic views of the city and beyond.


Pitaya
Pitaya
  • vegan
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+263

Beautiful experience

4 Posted on 12 / 09 / 2012

Yes, this place is not in the location being shown on the map. Like said in the previous review: It's actually on the south side of the lake. You should find Ji Ming temple on most tourist maps. And the restaurant is inside the Ji Ming temple, on the top of it. The temple is probably the most beautiful place in Nanjing and the view from the restaurant is great.

The restaurant itself is a really simple authentic temple restaurant. The food is really cheap (prices starting from 10 RMB) and really simple. We ordered two bowls of noodles, one with vegetarian mock chicken and another with vegetarian mock duck. Both included just noodles, soup and some tofu/seitan. Noodles were served in simple plastic bowls. But it was quite good. We also ordered one fried rice, which was really oily with some small pieces of vegetables and vegetarian bacon.

You pay at the counter when you enter the restaurant. They have a simple menu with some hand written English translations. No photos or large selection.

So don't expect fine dining or beautiful tableware and wear warm clothes if it's wintertime. But be ready for really unique and authentic Chinese experience with exceptional monastery feeling and stunning surroundings and views.

Pros: Stunning view, Beautiful temple, Authentic experience
Cons: Very simple, Cold in wintertime

DonPedro
DonPedro
  • vegetarian
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+59

friendly staff

3 Posted on 10 / 07 / 2012

This place is not in the location being shown on the map. It's actually on the south side of the lake. You should find Ji Ming temple on most tourist maps.

I wouldn't recommend the mock meat dishes very much. It appears to me that they try too hard to visually imitate the meat and in turn miss out on the taste.

Pros: beautiful location overlooking the lake, friendly staff
eatinggreen
eatinggreen
  • vegetarian
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+315

Simple but really good

4 Posted on 11 / 04 / 2011

We enjoyed our brunch stopover at Jinming Temple. After ambling through the temple and attached buildings, which themselves are lots of fun, winding up at this restaurant was the perfect finish.

When we walked into the dining room they appeared to serving up something that might have been a buffet and nothing else (but in hindsight it may have been the set lunch). We prefer to order a la carte, so wandered back out to the entrance area where we found a simple double sided one page menu with English translations. We ordered some dumplings and noodles, received a paper receipt for each, then helped ourselves to a seat and hoped for the best.

The dumplings came out first and were a hit... not a bad start. Then came the noodles.. you know I think they may have been the best we ate in our whole time in China. We weren't really digging the noodles in Shanghai, for the most part they were soggy and limp, but these ones had some structure to them and could hold their own against the vegetable infused soup.

All in all this was a really enjoyable breakfast. Not exactly the place to come expecting a full on balanced meal (we came away craving vegetables) but not bad for what it is. After filling up try walking over the wall to Purple Mountain - a nice walk with great views.
Updated from previous review on Friday November 04, 2011

Pros: prime location , simple but good food, no MSG (i don't think, anyway)
Cons: more veges please!
craigmc
craigmc
  • vegetarian
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+603

best in nanjing

5 Posted on 07 / 26 / 2007

great location, with the view alone making the visit worthwhile.
great selection of food, english and picture menu.
variety of veg, beancurd and a lerge selection of mock meat(the veg lemon chicken was mighty fine). staff are very nice and some speak a little english.
dishes start at cny15, and there is also an option of a set meal which is great value.

Pros: great food, great choice, great view

 

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Last updated: 2013/09/16

 

Added: 2007/08/01

 

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