Ren Dao Asian Vegetarian

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 5 Reviews
Asian vegetarian restaurant featuring faux meat dishes made from soy protein, wheat protein, and mushroom. Most items are vegan. Set menu specials for lunch and dinner. Organic items, chili items marked on menu. Try the roast duck and curry laksa. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Malaysian, Asian, Chinese
275 Glenhuntly Road (Selwyn St)
Elsternwick, Victoria 3185

Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, Mon-Thu 5:30pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm



First Review by inthemooood
  • vegan

Love it

5 Posted on 10 / 17 / 2014

Been to Ren Dao many times, never had a bad experience. Service, food and overall experience is always excellent. On one occasion I was lucky enough to meet the chef who explained that he changed his diet a few years back (from the advice of the Buddhist Master) so he visited several chinese restaurants so get an idea of the dishes he could veganise. He lost since weight and has never been healthier.

I have taken several omnivore friends to Ren Dao, and as a result some of them are now moving towards a plant based diet.

Always welcoming, I look forward to going there again.

Pros: the Roast Duck!, Great service
  • vegetarian

Recommend the Set Lunch Deals

4 Posted on 11 / 11 / 2013

This is a very pleasant little restaurant with friendly staff. Malaysian style Chinese food and it's all well done. The well priced set lunches are complete with often, a seaweed soup and sago desert or similar with your choice of main. I really love the fish option - I noticed the picture above and that is the dish i like to order. Yum. They have lots of photos on the menu which assists the discerning diners amongst us.

  • vegetarian

I liked it.

4 Posted on 12 / 21 / 2012

First of all, the food here has kick. So if you're ordering their spicey stuff, you've been warned. The style is very Chinese/Singaporean. We had the Fish vermicelli (very nice), the Nasi Lemak (pretty good) and an eggplant dish (bloody excellent).
Staff was great and location is pretty good.
Nothing bad to report.

Pros: Food, Location, Staff

vegan mikal
vegan mikal
  • vegan

Friendly people, tasty food!

5 Posted on 07 / 19 / 2012

We have now been to this new venue (opened December 2011) on two occasions. Both times we have enjoyed the friendliness of the staff, their genuine desire to make our time there pleasant, as well as the crisp, clean decor.

The menu contains many well-known items (e.g. kung po chicken), as well as some less common dishes. There are plenty of vegan choices and the staff - especially the older staff - are very familiar with vegan requirements. Vegans should note that some menu items do contain dairy products.

The prices are very reasonable for the location and the fitout, especially the $9 set meals, which contain a small serving of a main, rice, pickles, and a small dessert. This is the sort of thing we were used to in Malaysia, and it came across very well in the middle of Elsternwick.

The venue is easy to reach, with a train station opposite and a tram stop just next to it. It is going to be a favourite haunt of ours, and we recommend it to all.

Pros: Good food, Great prices, Lovely interior
  • vegetarian

Ren Dao - worth the trip

5 Posted on 04 / 20 / 2012

Delighted to share my pleasure at finding this restaurant, especially so close to my home. The menu, presented in traditional asian style of numbered items and categories, offers an array of typical malaysian dishes. everything is prepared when you order, so it arrives piping hot and looking fresh and beautiful. my current favourites are the roast duck (22.90), with its crispy skin (how could this be vegetarian? we asked each other), and the curry laksa (12.80), which is a huge meal in a bowl, and too much for one person (though you can take your leftovers home). there's a range of 13 entrees (in australia that means appetisers), and plenty of choice in souls and main courses. i've never had room for dessert. a friend who tried the "chinese coffee" said to avoid it.
staff are welcoming and helpful, without being at all pushy.
this is a newly opened restaurant, with all new fittings. the decor is simple and graceful. there is a small step at the entrance which a wheelchair user (like me) can manage with a little help. while there is no wheelchair loo, there is one at the classic cinema around the corner.
i love this place, and i hope you will too.

Pros: interesting menu, ample helpings, friendly staff
Cons: coffee


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Last updated: 2012/11/11


Added: 2012/02/03


Added by: inthemooood