Happy Buddha

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 10 reviews )

388 Shaanxi Nan Rd, Xuhui District (at 2nd floor), Shanghai, China

An American in Shanghai making vegan and vegetarian comfort food. Moved here winter 2016 from Jiashan Market. Open Tue-Fri 11:00am-8:00pm, Sat 9:00am-9:00pm, Sun 9:00am-7:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Delivery, Take-out

10 Reviews

First Review by Tianci

No more dairy! - Edit

Although initially vegetarian, they are now at least phasing out all the dairy cheese from the menu and switching it for vegan cheeses (which they also sell in jars for you to use at home!). The chef, Ben, always tries to please vegan guests as much as he can.
My favourites are the quesadillas, pesto panini and that sinful coconut rum cake. And their ice creams! Hope they add more and more ice-cream flavours soon.
Last time I went there with a non-vegan friend who said the burger was a bit dry. I didn't try it, but it did look a little dry. She said the chocolate cake is to die for.
Drinks are expensive BUT there is free water!

Pros: vegan cheese, convenient location, friendly service

Cons: drinks are expensive

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Great Comfort Food - Edit

I'm not a big fan of seitan, but I've still enjoyed many vegan dishes here - my favorites are the nachos, hotdog, and shepard's pie.

Their desserts are some of my favorites in Shanghai. The chocolate cake, brownie, and vegan ice cream are all outstanding, non-vegans/vegetarians will love them as well.

Happy Buddha also regularly has deals throughout the week such as BOGO veggie burgers on Monday evenings.

The staff are very friendly and it's at a great location - the restaurant is above an eco-conscious/health food store.

Pros: English Menu

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Great western food, Nice vibe. - Edit

This great little place consists of a small store selling health products and food downstairs, and a lovely cafe upstairs.
It has a great vibe, nice interior, and a great selection of quality western vegetarian food at a reasonable price (30-50 yuan per main). There are many vegan options, and most other dishes can be made vegan on request.
It was a lovely place to have a relaxed lunch.

Pros: Good quality food, nice vibe, English menu

Cons: Not good for large groups, have to walk up the stairs to get there

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So good!! - Edit

I went there twice and it was always very delicious :)
There cakes are like heaven!! Highly recommend this place. Took me a while to finde it, because it is on the second floor of a shop, but totally worth it!

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I loved this place! - Edit

Amazing food and nice place. I just want to go to Shanghai to go back there :) 100% recommended!

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Best vegetarian food in Shanghai! - Edit

I absolutely love seitan and was introduced to it when Serenity Seitan (now Happy Buddha) first started. I was hooked! I love the transformation of some of my favorite comfort foods from the US into vegetarian dishes featuring seitan. The mexican wrap is my favorite but also worthy of note are the cheezsteak sandwiches and pesto wraps. Visit Happy Buddha, you won't be sorry!

Pros: Great atmosphere, Excellent food, Big portions

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quiet and delicious - Edit

Ordered the crispy mex wrap and a burger - was really impressed - great beers too - I was here a few months ago and they seem to have changed chefs - the food seemed much fresher and was really a delight - definitely going back for some vegan ice cream at some stage - I would say this might be the only place in Shanghai with it !

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Nothing special - Edit

So the one thing I have to say about this place is that it's nice to see a restaurant with western vegan options, as there are numerous places in Shanghai offering Chinese dishes vegan or vegetarian, but few with vegan cheese, pizza, seitan etc.

Unfortunately, the dishes were rather underwhelming. I had the vegan grilled cheese sandwich, the mexican wrap (warm) and the kale sweet potato salad.

The vegan grilled cheese had a sort of a cream spread made of sunflower seeds, rather than anything texturally close to cheese and the mexican wrap was predominantly kale with small pieces of seitan in it.

The dessert was also sub par and soggy. We had the pretzel pie (?) and though the chocolate section was satisfying, it was overall a disappointing/heavy dessert.

Pros: Western options, Cute decor

Cons: Underwhelming food

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Seitan in Shanghai! - Edit

I went because I saw they had Seitan, and well, that is hard to find on the road. A welcome addition to Shanghai's veggie/vegan food scene. I would have preferred it if the Seitan bites were thicker piece of Seitan though. They were more like breaded bagel chips than delicious chewy Seitan. Still, go, support them, and eat delicious freshly made food. I hear their deserts are awesome too.

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Closed on Monday! - Edit

Unfortunately we arrived on a Monday, and they are closed! We will try to get back here again soon and post a review. I've submitted an update to post their hours. Therefore I am only posting a 3 cows rating as we have not actually been there, but I must post a rating in order to post this information.

However, a couple of suggestions for finding the Happy Buddha: It is closer to the Jiashan Subway station off the #9 line than it is from the Shaanxi South Station off the #1 and #10 lines. The actual location is through the Jiashan Market gate and straight down the alley at the address: 259 Jiashan Rd. Once you head down the alley, the Happy Buddha is easy to find!

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Tianci 05 Nov 2015 - Update! Now that we've had a chance to visit we highly recommend Happy Buddha! The staff is super friendly, speak English, and the food prices are reasonable with good sized portions. My only regret is that I did not know that I would not be able to post another review. HappyCow limits you to only one review per location. :-(

Stop in sometime and have a bite! You'll be glad you did (we were!).  

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