Utterly amazing... get off the internet and go NOW
Posted on 04 / 14 / 2013
Score another one for the Cow - a BIG one.
Any exasperation I may have felt with the original author for the map marker being a few blocks off instantly melted away when I realized what a gem of a place this was, knowing that I would have never found it otherwise.
It's funny, reading through Beijing reviews I've found a few points keep coming up. Well, if you're tired of over-oily or greasy food, come here. If you've had your fill of encyclopedia-sized menus with dishes like "Wispy Morning Dew Meat with Cicada Shavings" and want a straightforward menu in English, come here. If you're tired of unimpressed or spaced-out servers, get on over. If you're tired of the same Chinese dishes and want some western stuff, Veggie Table isn't your only option.
To clarify, they have a FULLY English menu, one of the few I've seen in local V-restauraunts. At least one server speaks passable English, though it's really not necessary. I had some of the best Kung Pao Chicken ever (called, more simply, something like "spicy chicken cubes.") Delectable peanut-encrusted asparagus. Several other very nice dishes, though a few weren't available when I was there, such as the fresh tempeh which they said would be ready the next day. The one thing you won't find is the crazy 500 or 1000 Yuan gimmick dishes you see in other restaurants; the place is very straightforward and down-to-earth.
They also have vegan ice cream and plenty of other options. In the menu they identify (quite adorably) as a "quasi-vegan" restaurant and state that they have only 11 lacto dishes... they're clearly marked on the menu.
Oh, and the decor? Just great. You have to see it to know what I mean. Creative, fun spaces with lots of nooks and crannies.
The big downside the location: it's close to just about nowhere, but accessible to everywhere. I oriented myself Bagao Station, but you could just as easily walk from Renmin U. station. The first time I went I was walking from the Summer Palace, which was a lot less pleasant/doable than it looked on the map. Still pretty easy from the southern gate, just a 30-40 minute walk.
Go to this place and see for yourself. I'm surprised that other spots like Veggie Tiger, which isn't so far away, get such glowing reviews, but this place remains anonymous. It shouldn't be!
Mouth-watering, Fantastic space, Friendly, cool, fun, affordable
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