Bo De Chay

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 17 reviews )

65 Quan Su, Quan Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

Veggie market with restaurant above, located a 5-minute walk from Hanoi railway station; from the station go straight on then second road on left. Offers buffet with mock meat and tofu dishes, pho, congee, salads, and fruit. Has also a la carte menu. Appears to be all-vegan except for possible dairy, such as in milkshakes. Associated with Quan Su Temple next door. Open Mon-Sun 12:00am-12:00am.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buffet, Fast food, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Asian, Vietnamese

Reviews (17)

First Review by zungi

Classy restaurant with good prices - Edit

Upstairs from a Chinese shop, no longer a veggie market. I had a main meal of soup and then rice, tofu, stirfried veg and some faux meat. was plenty and really nice at only 40000 VNF. Service is good and the staff spoke and understood English.

Pros: Extensive a la carte menu.

Cons: None.

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Temple Location is Pretty Cool - Edit

The food at Bo De Chay is somewhat so-so, but is an oasis in a pretty meat-centric city. We had vegetable spring rolls (didn't try the fruit spring rolls) and expected the standard delicious veggie spring rolls you can find relatively easily but instead received a mediocre triangle-shaped dealie. My dinner companion really liked his fried "chicken" but I was turned off by the texture of the faux meat. The staff speaks and understands English. The menu is pretty extensive. The best thing about the restaurant was visiting the temple next door after dinner.

Pros: Everything on the menu is edible to vegetarians., Cool temple-adjacent location., Staff speaks English.

Cons: Food is just so-so., Lighting is very bright.

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meh... - Edit

Just before tet, so only fried noodles or rice. Had a mango shake that was made vegan for me which was yummy. But otherwise wish I went somewhere else...also still hungry. Probs woulda gone for 1 star if I could...sorry bo de chay!

Pros: good mango shake (with vegan option), 2nd storey people watching

Cons: bit pricey for rice and veggies, skip anytime near tet

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Buffet lunch - amazing range of dishes - Edit

Next door to Ambassadors pagoda. Loads of veg, tofu and mock meat dishes, fresh spring rolls, noodles, mushrooms, diy pho station and more.
Very little English spoken but menu in English and everything on buffet appeared to be Vegan.
Vegan shop on ground floor with mock meats etc for sale. Part of the store is a temple merchandise shop too - head upstairs for the buffet.
We had the buffet and a fresh mango juice for about 100k each.

Pros: Lots of choices, Range of flavours

Cons: Not much atmosphere (not unpleasant just quiet - t

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ok - Edit

The atmosphere is not really nice. it reminded both of us more at a hotel lobby.
the food is ok. a main is 50k dong. the rice has a low quality. unless that half of our dish was very boring. (the tofu tasted like nothing, just as on of the vegetables) therefore the fake meat was really good and the other vegetables good. basically no sauce coming with the meal.
i wouldn't go there again but it's ok

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Clean but disappointing food - Edit

A clean and tidy place. English menu available. The food was very disappointing: greasy veggies, dry mock-meat and dry rice (reheated?), almost tasteless, no condiments.
Wouldn't recommend.

Pros: all vegetarian, clean

Cons: tasteless

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Tasty and great value - Edit

Bo de Chay is a huge restaurant with a Buddhist shop and vege shop with fake meats etc. The restaurant is pleasant, and the food is tasty - I ordered the "orange chicken" set menu at 40,000 and it came with soup, heaps of rice, tofu, salad, stir fried greens and the chicken.

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Delicious buffet, but closes at 8:00 p.m.! - Edit

They close at 8:00 p.m. - I tried to go in one evening and was sadly turned away.

The buffet is delicious, has a wide variety of food, and comes at 119 000 VND (if I remember correctly). It's quite a nice, clean place with good service and comfortable seating.

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff, Lots of variety

Cons: Noisy

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Good mock meats - Edit

Just go for ala carte when the lady offers you the buffet. There are a lot of choices. Very local Vietnamese style food with different clever mock meats like chicken and fish. It's also really cheap. Near hoa lo prison.

Pros: Cheap, Many choices, Good local food

Cons: Not so good setting

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healthy but not very special - Edit

the food was alright. very healthy i would say, but also not very special. there were no spices used in my meal and it tasted a bit boring. but they had a hugh menu, so if you try something else (I had the tofu combo) it will be better I guess.

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a great meal! - Edit

I had fried rice and a banana tofu soup; one of the best meals I had during my stay in Hanoi. Absolutely wonderful.

Pros: fast wifi!!!

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Average - Edit

Very nice and comfortable restaurant associated with the temple next door. Food was nothing special, but very convenient if you are in the area.

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It is OK! - Edit

I regularly go Bo De on Quan Su as it is convenient and the food is OK. Good rice.

It is pretty convenient to the railway station for people heading south on the train.

It doesn't really deserve just 3 star ratings, as it is a decent, clean and large Vietnamese vegetarian place - this is what vegetarian is like in Vietnam. It isn't pretentious or 'creative' as such.

It passed my Vietnamese friend's taste test, although it isn't exactly a standout, just good.

I usually get the 60 000 VND set (Xuat 60 000) - it has fake fish, but it is not at all fishy, just the taste of the tomato sauce (sot ca).

There are cheaper set options (as low as 30 000) and one can order individual dishes too.

They have a buffet on Buddhist days - this is expensive at 150 000 VND but was one of the best I have had of this setup that is quite common with restaurants associated with a pagoda. The choice and taste were great.

Oh, and they sell beer, both with alcohol and without.

And if the television bothers you, sit the other way. It doesn't have any sound.

Pros: Food is standard, but nice., Relaxed, They know me

Cons: Not a really fancy gourmet experience

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pretty good - Edit

My friend and I got the set menu, and it was pretty good, though nothing special. A decent veg Buddhist option.

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affordable but nothing special - Edit

Went there a few days ago. I expected more. English menu but "mock" options are called chicken, pork, beef so it was confusing. Just the daughter of waitress speaks little English. I had fried noodles with vegetables. Was not great, oily and many mushrooms. Atmosphere was weird too because of the big TV screen, ugly interior and sounds of kids playing video games. They have cheaper lunch deals with a buffet, à la carte for diner.

Pros: English menu, affordable, location

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Pleasant, Near Train Station, Wifi - Edit

Modern restaurant, friendly staff. Managed to get a (Vietnamese) coffee with soya milk.

Food nearly all vegan, milk in drinks.

There is also a basic veggie sandwich /pho stall on the other side of the road if you just need something basic

Pros: Convenient , Clean, Cheap

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Nothing Special - Edit

Some restaurants related to religious institutions offer unique experiences. This one was rather bland and its kitchen unimaginative. But with 50000 Dong ($2.34) for a full meal with soup it's still affordable even for Hanoi, the seating is comfortable and no bad pop music annoys one's ear.
The waitress insisted it's open from 7am till 9pm, other sources say it's open from 9am.

Pros: comfortable, affordable, spacious

Cons: unimaginative

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