CLOSED: Caidie New Vegetarian Concept

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 4 reviews )



9/F, Qunguang Square, 8 South Chunxi Road, Chengdu, China

Nicely presented set vegetarian meals. Name in Chinese: 御素阁. Address in Chinese: 锦江区春熙路南段8号群光广场9楼(近中山广场). Reported closed to HappyCow, Jan 2016.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Chinese

4 Reviews

First Review by Fingercuts

Closed - Edit

Tried to find it on 8 January 2016, was with two Chinese friends from Chengdu. After we we looked everywhere, staff from another restaurant on that floor told us this restaurant had closed down.

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Caidie New Vegetarian Concept-Vegan Restaurant - Edit

Same company as Yu Su Ge Buffet Vegan Restaurant 4 blocks west on the same street when it becomes Qingnian Rd. This location is a much more modern sit down dining experience. Our waitress spoke some English. She is delightful and very helpful making suggestion both for an against choices. That and the very nice photo menu book with English and pricing for the 60+ choices plus drinks including non alcohol beer and desserts and it is fairly easy to have a very pleasant meal. We had Sweet and Sour Ribs 24 RMB($4) that were a bit chewy and sweet but nice, Steam Tofu with Lotus Leaf that is a large Tofu, mushroom, vegetable soup with fake ham and shrimp 36 RMB($6), the veggies were lightly cooked and delicious. The Wheat buns(3) with stuffing 12 RMB($2) were very good and the favorite of our non vegetarian friend. The Vegatable balls 26 RMB($4.30) were recommended and terrific though the non vegetarian thought they tasted of chlorophyll to me they tasted healthy. Total bill 98 RMB ($16) no drinks or dessert.

Pros: Clean and modern, Location near metro and Chunxi area, Very good food and friendly

Cons: Long walk to restrooms, western toilets

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Easy to find, great food - Edit

This wasn't actually the veggie restaurant we were looking for, but we couldn't find the other one and found this one instead. It's on the crossroads of North, South, West and East Chunxi Roads inside a shopping centre. On the outside of the shopping centre is a list of all the shops/restaurants which are inside it and next to 9th floor we saw that there was a vegetarian restaurant so we decided to try it out and later matched it up to this description on Happycow.

The staff didn't speak English, but the menu was in pictures with English translations. The tea they served with the food was complementary, which is always nice. They didn't let us sit by the window for some reason though, which was a bit of a shame as we wanted to enjoy the view down from the 9th floor.

We ordered the ribs, glibbery noodles and dumplings and all three were delicious. The ribs were quite sweet. The noodles weren't very spicy, so don't worry about the chillies. After we'd eaten all of this we decided to order the kabobs and the wonton dumplings. The kabobs were nice - the texture was lovely, but they were very salty. Too salty for me. The wonton soup was good, the dumplings were nice, but nothing special. The first three things we ordered were definitely better.

Our final bill came to less than Y100 (about Y80 or so), which is great value for money. The only thing that was slightly off-putting about this place is that the waitress stood by our table waiting for us to decide what we were going to eat while we read the menu. The menu is very extensive and it took us a while to go through and she was there tapping away at her notebook with her pen, obviously impatient. It would be much better for all of us, if she just let us look and then came back when we're ready.

Pros: great value for money, easy to find, delicious food + tea included

Cons: waitress was impatient, kabobs very salty

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Best Vegan Food In Chengdu! - Edit

Warning: If the Happy Cow map shows an indicator arrow near the Mao Portrait, near Tian Fu Square, its very wrong. There is no vego restaurant there. (I have asked the lovely Happy Cow people to check it).

The ChunXi Lu address is OK, although the "Caidie New Vegetarian Concept" name is confusing to Chinese people. Apparently its not called this.

It is located in the well-known ChunXi Lu shopping area, about 1-2 kms from the centre of town.

The main road that gets you to ChunXi Lu is Chengshou Dongdajie, or Dongda Financial Street. If you find these, you're on the right track.

ChunXi Lu is a vibrant consumer heaven. It is a car-less street/area. You need to find Chicony Department Store, and catch a lift to the 9th floor.

(If you're lucky there'll be a pink-clad lift maid inside the lift. If you're from USA lift = elevator. Don't hassle the girl. Chances are she already knows its demeaning, but its a job).

On the 9th floor, there's about ten restaurants. You'll just have to find the vegetarian one. Ask, or look at the pictures/menus at their door. Its obvious which ones are the meat restaurants.

The food? Its amazing.

My Chinese carnivorous companion was already pissed off by an afternoon of walking too much, plodding to the wrong location (we were using the happycow map). She was hungry, and the offer of no meat was pushing her dangerously close to the edge. We persisted and found it. The anger magically disappeared when the food arrived. "This is real chinese food", "I don't know how they can make this without meat", "If this is vegetarian food, I can change", "Let's eat here again tomorrow" and so on.

There's a big selection of Sichuan flavours, flavours from all over China, traditional, innovative, its all there, and its mostly (if not all) vegan. This is the opposite of limp bok choy and tofu in watery goop. This is real food, nourishing, filling, tasty. It awakens the senses, and you'll finally understand what good Chinese food is all about (but cleverly crafted without animal products).

Clean and comfortable. I recommend you order by 8:30pm, as they are winding down and packing up.

Menu in English, Chinese and pictures for every dish.

Good value by Western or middle class China standards. Not for you if you bang on with "I can eat in China for $2 a day, man". Mains from 40RMB and up. I was a tourist, and I can't afford (or find) this food in Australia.

Pros: Great vegan food, Good value, Finally experience Chinese food

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