CLOSED: Fairy Su

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 13 reviews )



30 Yonghegong Da Jie, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, 100007

Opened Mar 2010, 素精灵 sits next to Yonghegong Lama Temple. Photo menu features numerous dishes which include vegetable dishes, tofu, soups, salads, mock meats, rice, noodle, and bread choices, plus set menus. No egg. There are dining areas. Downstairs is casual with butterfly decorated light shades, fake floral arrangements, glass gems, baby blue and pink shimmering wall paper. Upstairs is more sophisticated with a Buddhist theme, and customers can enjoy some privacy in lavish booth seating with real flowers, candles, and soft music. A nightly buffet is served on the second floor. Some English spoken. March 2017 reported closed, possibly for renovation.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buffet, Take-out

13 Reviews

First Review by shirogoma

average - Edit

The room at the ground floor is not very clean, if not dirty in some parts; food is (below) average. Not a place I will come back to.

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Great food worth the visit! - Edit

As vegans having eaten at Veggie Table the day before (good clean and organic western food in the neighbouring hutoung), we were in need of authentic Chinese food. Fairy Su did not disappoint.

The upstairs seating was a more cosy experience and reminded us that were just around the corner of the Lama Temple. Downstairs is a more dull canteen style look.

There was plenty of choice in the large menu, portions were big and great flavours. Make sure if you don't like the fiery peppercorn taste then don't order dishes with the red chili symbol! The food was quick to the table, we did not have to wait long for it to arrive. You can have food packed, which we did as we did not realise the portions would be as big. A portion of dumplings is a plate of around 16 dumplings! To top it all off it is not at all pricey.

NOTE: Name of restaurant is not in English, so look out for the number and street instead, or name written in Chinese of course. On a main road so easy to find

Pros: Great and cheap!, Great portion size, Clean

Cons: None

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A good option close to the Lama temple - Edit

We stumbled across Fairy Su after visiting the Lama Temple. We were initially drawn in by the idea of a warm soy milk to defrost our bodies from the cold weather but after a friendly welcome from the staff and seeing the extensive menu and realising we had heard about it on Happy Cow, we couldn't help ourselves.

We weren't too hungry so only ordered two dishes; a scrumptiously spicy mock meat and veg hotpot and another dish of greens and mushrooms. While both dishes were a bit oily, the hot pot was definitely the winner; we still salivate thinking about the punchy chilli and pepper flavours. The hot soy milk was a treat and we certainly left the place feeling warm and full.

The service was fast and there was at least one staff member who spoke english. Not the best in town but well worth a visit.
Updated from previous review on Sunday January 12, 2014

Updated from previous review on Sunday January 12, 2014

Pros: huge range, friendly staff

Cons: a bit oily

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equivalent to a chinese diner - Edit

The special quality of this restaurant is its typical chinese flair. I mean it's neither upmarked or classy nor western style like.
So to me it felt typical chinese and 'nothing special'. I think this is also how the food tasted like. Compared to "Suhu", "Gingko Tree" or other restaurants the dumplings e.g. don't taste like special treatment, but original (though I really like the Suhu-dumplings).
I cannot recommend the desert. It doesn't seem to be popuar anyway, but my papaya was addled - so rather stick to the common dishes ;-)
A little confusing is its name on the outside (it says 'vegetarian coffee' or something similar to that. 'Fairy Su' is only to find on the menu). But it's quite colourful - easy to find.
This place is perfect for an informal chinese nothing-special meal.
It's good to have a vegegatiran equivalent!

Pros: easy to find

Cons: Papaya was addled, English name only on the menu

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Yummy simple food - Edit

I ate lunch here on a whim. I was walking down the road along Lama Temple, and I saw their big green sign that said "Vegetarian food," so I went in! The staff seemed surprised to see a customer, but once I got the menu, the staff were quite friendly, and they spoke English. When I asked about the pumpkin/taro soup, the waiter warned me that it had milk in it (so I ordered something else instead). One complaint is that they forgot to bring me my bowl of rice.

The green beans and the watermelon juice I ordered were very tasty! It was nice and salty, which is what I was craving.
The interior is not very exciting, but it was nice and quiet, and some locals came in while I was eating. Take the Yonghegong subway station (line 2) and walk towards the Lama Temple. It is on the left side of the street- hard to miss!

Pros: Yummy, big menu, easy to walk to

Cons: forgetful staff

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Good value - worth a visit - Edit

We went to Fairy Su on our last day in Beijing, and hardly had any money left. We were able to order a huge bowl of noodle soup, the ma po tofu, and some red rice for very little money. Everything was really tasty! I'd gladly go back and try more dishes. Similar menu to the other nearby Chinese veg restaurants.

Pros: Big menu, Clean and pleasant, Friendly staff

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Fave veg food in Beijing - Edit

I went here three times in one week it was so good. The ma po tofu is the best I've ever had in my life. Wait, maybe everything here is the best I've ever had in my life. The fried buns with the sweet braised pork type dish is killer. SO GREAT. I took carnivorous friends here and they loved it. I didn't order one thing that I didn't like. Some of the staff have no English, but some have quite a bit. One of the waitresses acts like she's from Mars or something, but I thought it was really endearing. I like watching what all the staff eat when it's their break- they sit at the big circular tables and have the most amazing looking feats.

Really easy to get to from the subway. Worth the crowded ride.

Pros: best food ever, space cadet waitress, good location

Cons: a bit pricey, space cadet waitress

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Great food! - Edit

Had a very pleasant meal at Fairy Su's tonight. Fried "beef" slices in mushroom and tomato sauce with white rice. Incredibly good. Together with an orange juice it came to 69 RMB, more than I'd anticipated, but still a price I was more than happy to pay.

The staff were very pleasant and speak good enough English to manage your order. The menu book is quite thick, so you may need some time to "browse".

Really, really easy to find. It's inbetween Beixinqiao and Yonghegong (Lama Temple) stations on line 5 of the subway. Use either of the two stations, heading North from Beixinqiao or South from Yongehong.

More of a cafe environment than restaurant.

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly staff, Speak English

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Easy to find, cheap, fresh ingredients - Edit

The title sums it up: this place is simple, uses fresh ingredients, and had set menus that make it cheap (< 25 kuai for a full meal). It's extremely easy to find, right near the Lama temple, you can't miss the lit-up sign that says "Fairy Su". The service is friendly and everything is REALLY clean. I speak Chinese, but they speak English very well -- menu in English with good translations, too.

My one and only complaint is that I haven't been completed WOW'ed by any of their dishes yet. The eggplant was served cold (?!) and the mushroom dishes are fresh but lacking flavor. On the other hand, I guess I should be glad since that probably means no MSG or extra s**t added. :)

Pros: cheap and clean, easy to find, fresh ingredients

Cons: lacks some flavor

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Convenient next to Lama Temple - Edit

Just a couple of doors along from YongHeGong is Fair Su. The downstairs decor was simple. A reasonable menu and I had a lunch set of chicken, rice, soup, green bean and some other veg which cost just 23 Yuan. There was about 10 choices of lunch sets.

Food was pretty good. The apple juice I ordered wasn't so great and the soup was non-descript but the rest of it was tasty.

Good service and they have an English menu and staffcan speak English as it's in a major tourist spot.

Pros: Lunch set, English menu

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good location, picture menu - Edit

We went here for a weekday lunch and found it a nice, friendly place.

It is really easy to find, only a few minutes walk from Yonghegong - Lama temple metro station (50 metres south on the main road past the temple) and it is on the main road.

It was 37 yuan for a vegetable dish with a chinese vegetable which I still don't know the name of and wood ears with rice. It was meant to be vegetarian tripe but we still enjoyed it although found the sauce a bit too sweet and sticky.

There are plenty of other dishes on the menu which looked good.

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Very Friendly and Helpful! - Edit

I went to Fairy Su in a group of 4 and we were just about the only customers on the main level. The upper level is reserved for members, but we still received excellent service. A nice woman who spoke English went over almost every menu item with us and even gave us some recommendations.

The food was great! I was with 3 omnivores, and they even enjoyed themselves. The bill was very reasonable.

The atmosphere was somewhat bare, considering the lack of customers and the decor is not sophisticated. Luckily it wasn't as "girly" as I was expecting though!

Pros: Friendly, Variety of Food, Price

Cons: Empty Restaurant

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Very impressed- staff understand customer service! - Edit

I was very excited to find this restaurant!!

The location is great (right next to Lama Temple), there is a great variety of delicious food, and the staff are very friendly...I've been there 3 times already (it has only been open for a week!) and the staff already know me by name. : )

This is the first reasonably low priced restaurant that I have been to in China where the owners and staff really seem to embrace the concept of 'customer service'.

I felt very welcome and could sense the managers really care about this restaurant.
One staff member told me, 'The customer comes through the door happy, and it is our duty and wish for them to leave even happier'.

The upper level dining area is a must see! Call in to make a reservation if you plan on dining there (upper level only).

Set menus are cheap (21 ~26RMB), very satisfying and great for a quick meal.

Highly recommended!


Cons: 2 dishes on the menu include milk.

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