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Gong De Lin - Godly - Wukang Rd

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97 Wukang Rd, Shanghai, China, 200031

功德林, at 武康路97号, is a neighborhood noodle shop spin-off from the Gongdelin restaurant. Menu focuses on noodles with a few mock meats. Try the wontons. A few major dishes are translated into English. An associated shop selling sweets is nearby on Huashan. Mon-Sun 6:00am-9:00pm

Category: Vegan, Chinese, Fast food, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Take-out

Reviews (9)

First Review by flamekat

easy no fuss food - Edit

I love godly - the service is great - food simple - great location for where I live - they are also open really early so I've ordered some great noodles and dumplings for breakfast before - my favorite dishes are their setzuan tofu and their fried shiitake mushrooms but everything I've had here has been delicious - it's not expensive the food is created and served with care and quick - it's possible to get a beer 'leffe' if that's what your after but teas and other drinks are the main go here

Pros: quick, cheerful, lots of interesting Chinese choices with English m

Cons: none


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  Contributions +11

The best Gongdelin in Shanghai - Edit

The place is very bright, has big glass windows, it has the best service of all Gongdelins and to top it off, free and fast wifi. Very French Concession, very expat friendly. I see people here complaining about the food, but visibly because they don't know and don't like Chinese food - which can be daunting for western palates. So make sure you know exactly what you're ordering. Is it sweet? Savory? Sour? Bitter? Fishy? My suggestion would be using the free wifi to google the recipes on offer. The mock meats here are fantastic and a safe bet would be the chicken with sticky rice - reminds me of McNuggets and barbecue sauce. I also like the steak with black pepper sauce.

Pros: Mock meats, Wifi, French concession

Cons: Closes too early, Too many expats


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Excellent Food - Edit

The bright sunny spring day made for a wonderful lunch while dining outside. The restaurant is clean, the food excellent, price is reasonable; all the things one can ask for! In addition, even during the lunch hour rush, it was not that crowded and was not noisy: (something that is a particular problem in most Chinese restaurants!). I added a picture of their Ma Lan Tou (马兰头). This is a seasonal dish that is quite tasty, but only available in the spring. One note: the address on the door is not the same as that shown in the map. However, the smart phone app worked correctly and got us right to the door of the restaurant.

Pros: Good price, Food not too oily

Cons: No sure if staff could speak any English, Seating could be limited on a crowded da


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Bland food - Edit

This small restaurant in the French Concession has a menu that largely contains mock meat dishes.

The taste of all dishes I tried was very bland, perhaps due to the lack of MSG that the cooks are used to cooking with?

The price was moderate at around 30RMB per dish, but at the same time rather expensive for the same kind of cooking that'd go for 10 RMB in any small non vegetarian neighborhood restaurant in the area.

Overall I wouldn't go again and other options aren't too far away.

My friend told me it gets very packed in the evening, so be aware of that in case you go for dinner.

Cons: Very small in case you go with friends, Bland cooking, Overpriced for the cooking on offer


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Not a good choice - Edit

As vegan restaurants are not many, this is an option.
I went twice but I didn't enjoy the meal.
Some of the dishes are in English, I recomend noodels with vegetables (it's on the photo).
The service was very poor. The first day they tried to cheat us, and we counted the money looking at the prices of the menu, because in the receipt you don't understand anything, in case they want to give it to you.
The second day the waiter spoke us in a very bad way, and I got nervous. I will never come back and I don't recommend it at all.
I preffer to eat rice in the street that going there.
I also recommend street food, choose the vegetables and enjoy them, they are grilled and not mixed with meat, and you can eat for 1 or 2 euros!

Pros: not at all, they tried to cheat us

Cons: bad service, not tasty, you have to pay the "take away"


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Cheap food, not bad - Edit

I rented an apartment right around the corner from this place, and went in not even knowing it was vegetarian. How great to have it so close! The food is good, and you get a lot of it for a very low price. Lunch for 2 was 79rmb ($12) and a bowl of soup is 13rmb ($2). Great place if you're nearby, but better food can be had at Wu Guan Tang.

Pros: Fast, Cheap, Good

Cons: No English, Fake Meats


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Good grub - Edit

This is a no-nonsense neighborhood noodle shop. As long as that's what you're expecting, you won't be disappointed. When you sit down, they will hand you a menu and expect you to order pretty much immediately. Even if you ask them to wait a minute, they will leave for about 20 seconds and come straight back. TIC.

Most people come here for a quick meal of either a bowl of wontons or noodles. The wontons are very good - heavy on the cilantro/coriander. The noodles are also pretty tasty, but tricky if you're trying to share.

There are many other dishes to choose from, but there are no pictures, the staff only speaks Chinese, and only about 25% of the menu items are written in English. They will try to get you to order those. They will point and point, but ignore them! There are better dishes - you just have to be adventurous. Point at one of the Chinese only items. Try one that is about 28-38 yuan. You will most likely get a delicious concoction of mushrooms, vegetables, and mock meat that has been cooked until bubbling in a clay pot. Or maybe a delicious stir fry. Much better than stir fried potato and pepper strips, right?

To be fair, one English translated main dish is worth trying - the veggie black pepper steak. It's stir fried with carrots and is very nice. Don't bother with the mapo (spicy tofu) as you can get a much better version at Vegetarian Lifestyle. They might try to warn you that something is spicy by telling you it's "la". This warning seems to be inconsistent with the actual spiciness of the dish, so unless you really hate spice, disregard this warning as it could mean anything from a drizzle of chili oil to 5-6 fresh chopped chilies covering your food. Plain rice isn't listed on the menu, so if you'd like that, ask for "mi fahn".

Service here is simple. The staff can be pretty friendly, but probably not on your fist visit. No individual plates like in other restaurants and as always here, food comes as it's ready and not in any particular order. They have beer, water, and soft drinks available. When you go to the register to pay, consider taking some of the packaged steamed buns for a snack later. They are stuffed with spinach and are quite handy to keep around when out and about. If you want something sweet, walk down Wukang Lu one block and turn right. On the right side of the street is the sister shop selling products such as cookies. Dinner for two can go from 40 yuan for wontons and rice to about 100 for several dishes.

Pros: good value, fast service, close to my apartment!

Cons: no picture menu, small space, so can be crowded at times, closes early


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