Name in Chinese is 本草人生. Address is 苏州高新区塔园路117号. Enter through a shop selling vegetarian food. Quiet, pleasant, upscale atmosphere located on second floor. Area for group dining available on third floor. Very large buffet. Staff speak a little English and will advise which dishes are vegan. Previously located on Binhe Road, Aug 2014. Nearest metro station: Yushan Road (line 1). Price: Expensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Organic, Buffet
177 Tayuan Road (Suzhou New District, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province)
Suzhou, China

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First Review by sglcklch
  • mostly-vegetarian

Cantine veggie all you can eat

Posted on 09 / 08 / 2014

Superbe buffet avec une formule "all you can eat" pour un prix modéré (environ 10-12€ fin 2013), certes relativement élevé pour la Chine, mais très raisonnable au regard de la quantité de nourriture !

Un choix exceptionnel de dizaines de plats différents, avec différents modes de cuisson, y compris fruits, desserts et jus. Possibilité de se faire cuire soi même certains légumes.

Le lieu en lui même est immense, assez quelconque, et un peu excentré par rapport au centre historique, mais il vaut le déplacement ! A réserver pour les grandes faims !

Attention, comme beaucoup de restos en Chine, l'endroit ferme tôt !

Pros: All you can eat, Endless choice
Cons: Location
  • vegetarian

Buffet Vegetarian

Posted on 05 / 29 / 2013

It was located in the junction between Binhe Road & Yushan Road (滨河路&玉山路). Very easy to find. They mainly serve buffet style and it has many varieties, worth to try and delicious. It's operate by Taiwanese, staff are friendly and atmosphere is good. Worth to try & highly recommend.

  • vegan

HIghly recommended

Posted on 12 / 01 / 2012

We happened to stay at a hotel within walking distance of this place, so coming here was a no-brainer. The buffet was priced at 65 RMB per person for dinner which included a spicy or non-spicy hotpot of choice. You can also order a la carte if you so wish.

The buffet variety was truly impressive. There were freshly made fruit juices, congees, soups, all kinds of cold/hot dishes, a hotpot station, a salad bar, a dim sum station and various desserts. Food was mostly Chinese-style, not much western except for the dessert cakes and ice-cream. No MSG was used as confirmed by the restaurant and almost no trace of eggs/dairy apart from the desserts I guess. It was really light in fake meats as well, but instead lots of mushrooms, veggies and tofu stuff. I did find some dishes too greasy for my liking. However, that was typical and sadly unavoidable when eating out in China. They didn't seem fast enough on refilling either, but then again it seemed a pretty slow evening so maybe they rather let the food run low than have leftovers go to waste. Also most of the dish labels were in Chinese, so for those that don't know the language, you'll just have to go with your gut.

The restaurant was clean and spacious, although the atmosphere could use some livening up. They also sell groceries and organically grown vegetables from their own farm in a small corner by the entrance. All in all, an excellent place!

Pros: great value, variety, no MSG
Cons: slow on refilling


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