Hua Kai - Blossom Vegetarian

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )

144 Dongzhimennei Dajie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China

花开素食, at 东城区东直门内大街 144号, is large restaurant decorated in a mix of eastern design with the orient style. The menus arrive on iPads. Has private dinning section. No alcohol. Located at the beginning of the famous "Ghost street" in Dongzhimen area. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Chinese

5 Reviews

First Review by theatreweird

Alritght restaurant - Edit

This is an ok restaurant. It's not bad, but isn't nothing special. Plus, it is quite expensive for a chinese resturant!

Pros: Vegan option clearly exposed

Cons: Expensive

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Fancier food but service faulted - Edit

Huakai Vegetarian (144 DonzhimenBeixiaojie, diagonally opposite the ??Hotel), 170909 and 10)

Big selection (on Ipads), service efficient but lacking warmth and friendliness, portions reasonable, prices getting up a little (275 for 4 of us, 140 for 2 of is). Quite a few dishes spicy (chilli or pepper) and many include cornstarch-based brown sauce which is easy to get tired of, but wide selection mitigates this. Cucumber jiaozi very good.

Pros: food good and resonably diverse, Easy to find

Cons: I-pads less easy to use than a paper menu, service so so, prices climbing up

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Blossom Vegetarian - Edit

All dishes taste good, but I got mild stomach issue afterwards.

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Lots and lots of options, welcoming atmosphere - Edit

You'll see the large "Vegetarian" sign lit up at the beginning of Gui Jie ("ghost street"). It's a large and spacious restaurant with a lot of traffic. They were welcoming but brisk in their service. You order off an iPad with different language choices including English, and a LOT of different options. The description indicates if the dish has egg or milk, but doesn't specifically say if items are vegan. It's perfectly fine for solo diners and also looks like it caters to groups of all sizes (from 2 to many).

The restaurant is on the SE corner of the intersection on the map; the HappyCow map currently indicates the SW corner instead.

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Good food, staff a bit unpleasant. - Edit

We used a coupon for a dinner deal at Blossom Vegetarian (7 courses, one drink für RMB 488 for four diners) and maybe that was the reason, the staff wasn't as welcoming as they could have.

The first course after ordering came very quickly, too soon afterwards, they gave us the next course, not even having finished the first plates. With Chinese style dinner where you share plates, that works perfectly. When everybody gets their individual plates, the plates just pile up so at time we had twelve plates sitting around and food getting cold. Waiting for more room to put even more plates on the table, the waitress was standing besides my husband and reaching out for my plate when I wasn't even finished. Telling her to wait a couple of minutes, she just silently kept standing next to it and waiting for me to finally finish. I do *not* like being rushed at dinner.

That being said and getting the feeling they want us out as soon as possible, I have to say the food was excellent. All of the courses tasted very good and although I found the gratinated sweet potate a bit too sweet, that is probably due to personal taste. I liked that a lot of courses did not included mock meat like in other restaurants but rather let the vegetable stand for themselves.

The price with the coupon was around RMB 120 per person. A good deal for so much food. Without it, the same meal would have cost around 250 per person. Still okay. There's way more expensive restaurants in Beijing but also a lot of cheaper ones.

Pros: Interior and Atmosphere, Food was delicious, Reasonable prices for drinks

Cons: Staff

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