Yi Ran Tang Vegetarian Buffet

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 3 Reviews
A popular Buddhist vegetarian buffet where you contribute 5 yuan to a bucket and then help yourself to a variety of dishes. You are required to eat everything you take! Location is south of the intersection of Bo Ai Lu and the pedestrian street Bu Xing Jie (Water Street), on the East side of street. Once you get close you can follow the sound of Buddhist chanting played on a loudspeaker. Name in Chinese: 一然堂素食馆. Address in Chinese: 大理市古城红龙井红龙巷(近古玩一条街). Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan, Buffet, Buddhist
Honglong Alley, Honglongjing, Old Town
Dali, China

Mon-Sun 11:30am-1:00pm, 5:30pm-7:00pm



First Review by Bob Sultan
  • vegetarian

Great budget eatery

Posted on 01 / 10 / 2016

Yummy (and cheap!) temple food, it seems they're only doing it for the common good, and not for profit.

It's worth sticking around because new dishes may come out of the kitchen.

Eat with monks in a very peaceful atmosphere :)

Pros: Cheap, Yummy, Friendly
  • vegan

cheap and functional

Posted on 01 / 23 / 2013

The buffet here is cheap- 5 yuan donation, but the food is nothing to write home about.
A changing selection of simple meals served everyday for lunch and dinner. Try to arrive early as their meal times finish quite early.

Pros: cheap
Cons: not great
Bob Sultan
Bob Sultan
  • vegetarian

Popular, inexpensive, tasty, healthy buffet

Posted on 05 / 24 / 2012

Went with friends who knew this place. Buffet has excellent selection and I have been told that dishes vary from day to day. Open for lunch and dinner. You can take all you want, but you must eat everything you take. This includes every last grain of rice. I thought my bowl was empty when I returned it, but the few grains of rice at the bottom of the bowl was enough to trigger admonition. The tofu with wood ear was particularly good, Chinese cabbage, attractive rice with small bits of yellow (corn, I think), buns, squash, potato. You can help yourself to tea. Quite amazing for five kuai. Eat outside or eat inside in Buddhist reading room. Easy to find due to amplified Buddhist chanting. Look for sign on Bo Ai Lu

Pros: tasty healthy food, nice outdoor ambiance, nice place to meet people
Cons: makes sure you eat all you take


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Last updated: 2013/08/25


Added: 2012/05/24


Added by: Bob Sultan