IBAA Chatswood - Fo Guang Yuan

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 10 reviews )

4 Spring St, Chatswood, New South Wales, 2067

One of Sydney metro branch buddhist temples of the Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong, tucked away near Westfield Chatswood's Spring Street entrance (where Coles & Aldi located). There are three levels: restaurant and Buddhist craft shop on the ground level, bookshop on the first level, and temple/prayer hall on the second level. A selections of vegan hot foods are displayed on the bainmarie from 11am-3pm. You get a choice of 3 dishes with steamed rice. Complimentary hot tea. Open Tue-Sun 10:00am-5:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Fast food

10 Reviews

First Review by Fingercuts

Good food and affordable - Edit

Food is good but not amazing - great to have this place as an option for the area as there’s not much else around that’s vegan friendly!

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Nice enough food, but not hot enough! - Edit

For $12.50 (as of 2017) you get either: plain rice with 3 choices out of different Asian dishes in Bain Maries, rice noodles w/ 2 choices, or mushroom rice w/ 2 choices. The food was nice and I like the atmosphere of the place for a quiet-ish meal alone, however understandably, the food isn't hot (maybe /just/ warm) and I went around noon.

They also sold vegan baos (veg, and "BBQ" flavoured) and sticky rice w/fillings wrapped in banana leaves.

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Nan tien - Edit

Brought a good friend here for lunch. We had a selection of the buffet.
There is tea or water available.
Upstairs there is a temple they hold regular Buddhism and meditation classes, vegetarian classes and Tea Ch'an classes. Also an extensive library.

Food was good and got the HC sticker

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-18

Pros: 100% plant based, Plenty of seating, Buffet style

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Not for Coeliacs - Edit

I was really excited to come here after reading the reviews but unfortunately they do not offer any gluten free options.

There was a huge line when we were there though and all the tables were packed so very popular!

Pros: Friendly Staff

Cons: No gluten free options

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Great food, feels fresh - Edit

The food always looks nice and fresh, good quantity, and most important of all very polite and courteous staff. Will definitely recommend this place to all vegans.

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Loved this place! - Edit

Loved this place and can't wait to go again! I had the rice with 3 choices for $11.80. Had the eggplant, curry and bean curd. The first 2 were my faves. They give you a free piece of fruit (apple or orange) and a complimentary oolong or fruit tea. The service was so very friendly! Was told everything is vegan which is great. Hubby had the mushroom rice with 2 choices for $11.80. His rice was very filling and had a mix of whole grains in it. Tried the chicken leg for $1.20, it was amazing! Look forward to trying the noodles and 2 choices, ($11.80) and the spring rolls ($1.20) next time.

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Never fails, always delicious and always wonderful - Edit

I would argue this place is THE joint for vegans, especially in chatswood. I come into chatswood a lot and always eat here for lunch.
They have a sweet deal where you order either rice noodles (for which you can choose two sides) or rice (for which you can order 3 sides) all at 11 or so dollars.

Definitely worth your time and money, without a doubt!

The servers always pile on the food and cram as much as possible on the plate and it's always delicious. I prefer to get the rice noodles option and if its there the very mild potato based curry (delicious) and whatever else catches my eye. I can't speak higher about this place! It's always clean, the service is wonderful, chilled water and tea is always available and the food is never more or less than delicious.
If you're ever in chatswood, this is the place to go!

Pros: Delicious food for a cheap price, Great atmosphere and always clean, Customer service is fabulous

Cons: Their sign is a little hard to see

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Always happy to visit - Edit

I really enjoy visiting IBAA, knowing that I will be able to order a relatively cheap but LARGE and very filling meal!
I think the whole plate costs just $11, plus $2.50 for the chkn drumsticks!
The potato curry and mushroom rice are some of my fav options!

Pros: All Veg options, Cheap for the quantity you get, Helpful/friendly staff

Cons: Not high-quality food (you get what you pay for)

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Affordable, clean and delicious - Edit

This is a lovely little vegan cafe I try to visit whenever I happen to be in Chatswood. It has limited hours, only lunchtime I think. The food is prepared just before lunchtime and kept in a Bain-Marie, so service is fast. There are generally about half a dozen veggie and tofu dishes to choose from and rice. Nice oolong tea is available for a bit extra $. The dishes are mildly flavoured but tasty. Be aware the 'brown rice' is not actually brown rice but white rice cooked with mushroom stock to colour it brown. Has a nice flavour though.

They have some beautiful jewellery, beads etc for sale as well, but the prices are out of this world. Fortunately the food is very affordable.
Updated from previous review on Monday January 06, 2014

Pros: Tasty fresh vegan food, Squeaky clean, Oolong tea available

Cons: Only open for lunch

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good and nourishing but otherwise unremarkable. - Edit

Good news if you eat vegan - you'll get an OK meal.
Like many chinese Buddhist places, particularly in Australia, the food is ok, but uninspired. Rice and a few choices from watery bainmaries. The lunch deal of $AUD10.80 (as at November 2012) includes complimentary Fu Guang tea, but other teas are poor value.
This is a clean friendly place in the heart of a shopping area, a Buddhist shop selling books and trinkets, and also serving lunch.
If you're vegan in Australia, you rejoice when you find a rare place you can eat. But it's not special.

Pros: vegan, convenient location, clean

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