I will always remember my visit to this wonderful spot on Nanjing road. Thankfully the reviews on Happy Cow helped in navigating to this tucked away spot up and around escalators. I was seated in a booth with beaded gauze curtains and a stack of Chinese books with a beautifully illustrated map of vegan restaurants in Shanghai. The service was polite and kind. A pot of lemongrass tea was placed on the table as I perused the vast menu with photos and descriptions of options - sweet or savory. I ordered the broccoli and mushroom dish which I thought was a side dish but arrived as a lovely soup with a full floret of broccoli in a delicious broth swimming with mushrooms The curried pineapple rice served here is the real emperor of China - moist, savory and slightly sweet with veggies and chunks of pineapple served in a carved pineapple dish.
So happy and full I was to pay my tab and find that they did not accept US credit cards and directed me to a nearby ATM which was broken and I was told "You can pay next time" Unfortunately I rarely visit Shanghai though I really should be allowed to visit more often.
I ventured down Nanjing road several blocks and finally found an ATM - a private booth with glass doors for security which resembled a large telephone booth.
I hurried back on the tree lined Nanjing road with colorful flowered shaped lights, pink scooters and cool pedestrians up and around escalators on the 4th floor to be greeted by cheerfully by the woman at the counter who held up a hand written note in English. "You can pay next time"
Next time? ... Maybe a year or so I thought... Next life? ... May be awhile.
"Oh no" I said "It was so delicious - I will pay now"
Vegan, green and wonderful - here's to the new China.