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Jade Buddha Vegetarian

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 17 reviews )

999 JiangNing Rd, Putuo, Shanghai, China

玉佛寺素斋馆, at 江宁路999号(安远路口), is located in an old traditional-style Buddhist temple - enter at #1017. The menu is also in English and has photos. Restaurant entrance is not clearly marked but you can see it from Jiangning road. Nearby MRT station is Changshou Rd, line 7, 13 - take exit 4 walk east (turn right) on Changhshou, then go south (turn right) on Jiangning. Reported open, Feb 2018.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buddhist

17 Reviews

First Review by tofutodd


Contributions +59

07 May 2018

Buddha was Raw ♡ - Edit

They made me a salad that looked like sculpture, I can't imagine how long it took them to make. However, all the food came out timely and always humbling to eat at a temple. Thank you ♡

Updated from previous review on 2018-05-07

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Contributions +81

19 May 2016

maybe not the one with the cheese - Edit

i really liked it. only one dish with brocolli in the round and "cheese?" on top of some filling we found weird because under the cheese were sweet mashed things...
large portions! we had 3 starters and 3 mains for 5 people and we couldn t finish!

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Contributions +891

29 Jun 2015

Delicious! - Edit

Some others below have written that this restaurant is on the second floor, but it wasn't anymore when I went (May 2015). It had moved to the ground floor, just past the noodle place.

Also, the address indicated here is 999 Jiangning, but when I went last month (May 2015), where 999 should be it was all boarded up, looks to be due to construction. We entered slightly to the north, at 1017.

They wanted us to buy a meal coupon at the entrance to prove we were going to the restaurant and not trying to sneak into the temple for free. One of us in the group who could speak Mandarin asked them to walk us to the restaurant instead, but then they just ended up letting us in after all.

The place had lots of round tables, the menus had photos, and the food we ordered was delicious!

As for directions... From Changshou metro (lines 7 and 13) take exit 4 and walk east (turn right) on Changhshou, then go south (turn right) on Jiangning.

Pros: English menu, photo menu, delicious food!

Cons: poor service, difficult to find, no English spoken

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Contributions +78

14 Apr 2014

Great restuarant - Edit

The first floor has a small selection of inexpensive noodles and dumplings. There’s no menu, nothing in English, and no pictures. However, you can see some of the dishes (all of the dishes?) as there’s a counter and you can jut point at what you want. We went to the second floor which has a menu in English with pictures. The selection was large, the dishes were creative, and everything we had was very tasty. Although the prices of the dishes on the second floor are more expensive, they were still very reasonable.

Pros: excellent food, large selection of dishes, good value

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Contributions +224

15 Nov 2012

Good restaurant - Edit

They make fresh juices that come in 1 litre serving jars, the watermelon juice was excellent.  Very big servings, too big to finish.  Otherwise it is a very nice restaurant with wonderful furnishings. Food was good. We were over charged at first because we did not get all our meals, we clarified this with the wsiter and he apologised.

Pros: good food, nice restaurant, relatively cheap

Cons: check you bill

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Contributions +210

09 Nov 2012

fair - Edit

You cannot miss the restaurant at Jiangning road. Nearby MRT station is Changshou Rd, line 7. Fair dishes. Nowater or tea served with the ordered food. Have a look at the bill, they might try to charge you not used towels. As most buddhist sites: not very friendly (and might be focussed on money).

Pros: vegetarian

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Kerstin Kaehler

Contributions +29

18 Nov 2011

Temple Style Fare - Edit

I used to work around the corner from Jade Buddha Temple and this was the only veggie place around then - about three years back - so I went quite often. Some days per month a buddhist should eat vegetarian, so on those days, the restaurant was full with long queues outside, but normally it's ok during lunch hours. Weekend might be busier.
They rely heavily on mushrooms to replace meat in their mock meat dishes, and me not being a big fan of mushrooms thus limits my choice. Also, be warned: Shanghainese cuisine is both oily and sweet, so if you prefer non-oily food, this is not your place. If you like Shanghainese cooking, this place is great - and less expensive than the other Shanghainese vegetarian staple, Gong De Lin.
They do have delicious noodle dishes and as they are linked with the temple it is one of the few places in Shanghai where you can be sure the broth is actually vegetarian.

Pros: real Shanghainese vegetarian fare, very good value for money, combine w visit to Jade Buddha Temple

Cons: lots of mushroom dishes

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Contributions +2090

29 Oct 2011

Meh - Edit

We have eaten at almost all the vegetarian restaurants that have decent ratings in Shanghai except for this one so we decided to go out of our way to come here... What a mistake! Menu features the usual, if not boring, Chinese vegetarian dishes. Food tasted OK, nothing to write home about. The warm dishes are pretty oily, I suggest getting couple cold appetizers instead. Definitely not worth traveling to.

Cons: oily food, boring menu, location

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Contributions +596

20 Oct 2011

Stock standard chinese veg food - Edit

We were hoping Jade Buddha would be a bit better than this. At it is, it is nothing to write home about. Very middle of the road Chinese. The restaurant interior is nice enough - strange layout, but clean and well, typical of any decent Chinese place. More than half of the things we wanted to order were out, which was quite frustrating. What we did end up with was ok.. pretty oily and certainly no 'wow' factor. Just the standard, slightly over-flavoured fare. None of the dishes on offer were unique or eye-catching. Pretty much seen it all before. Do it if you are in the area or really out of options, but don't go out of your way.

Pros: clean, tableclothed interior, english menu

Cons: nothing unique, oily

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Contributions +196

17 Jun 2011

Great Food - Hidden Location - Edit

Please note that this restaurant is UPSTAIRS. There is another restaurant or cafeteria that is downstairs. The staff here is very nice though don't be afraid to find them when you are ready to leave (the Chinese usually shout waiter, in Chinese of course, to get the attention of wait staff).

You must try the meatballs they are great! I also enjoyed the candied cashews (the name is different from this). I ate the mushroom noodle dish which was good.

Pros: kind staff, near a site to see

Cons: Staff has low English skills

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Contributions +106

20 May 2011

Good food, good prices--you should go here! - Edit

If you're a veggie in Shanghai, this is a must. Good food and very inexpensive. Menu has some English. Friendly, helpful service.

Pros: good food, good prices

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Contributions +161

16 Jul 2009

Enjoyable and affordable - Edit

We ate here last week after visiting the Jade Buddha Temple.

English menus were available.

The food was tasty and portions were huge. It was a good value place to eat.

Service was friendly and efficient.

I much preffered the Vegetarian Lifestyle restaurants but this is definitely worth a look if you are in the area.

Pros: Good food, good value

Cons: A little out of the way

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Contributions +205

28 Apr 2009

a pleasant surprise - Edit

After a viewing of the jade buddha, wading thru hordes of tourists, it was nice to relax here. I remember being a little confused about whether or not I was in the right place. I also wasnt so sure I was ordering what I wanted, but what do you expect with such a language barrier. I had a very nice meal. Not my fav in SH but definately worth the trip.

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Contributions +13

Mostly Vegetarian
09 Feb 2009

recommend - Edit

i have eaten at jade buddha several dozens of times. i live 1 block away. the downstairs is a noodle shop with no english menu. very simple healthy offerings at a very good price. noodles for about 10 RMB per bowl. the upstairs is a fine dining experience with impressive decor. beautiful lights and wood carvings throughout. the veggies are really good. many of the faux meats are mushroom based so choose wisely so you don't end up with 4 dishes of mushrooms. you can order beer and smoke at this buddhist restaurant if you like. suitable for personal, family, or business outings. prices upstairs are 20-40 RMB per dish. reasonable and average prices for shanghai. food is very healthy and delicous. consistant good quality and service. the staff can't speak a lot of english, but they are kind and will look after you. they also have a small bakery adjacent to the restaurant where you can pick up some healthy baked chinese goods. the entrance to the restaurant is on jiangning lu. the entrance to the temple is on anyuan lu. enjoy.

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Contributions +33

15 Jan 2008

A feast for your eyes and tummy! - Edit

Set in the temple gardens the restaurant (upstairs, as downstairs was more cafe style and crowded) was well decorated. The staff were very pleasant but didn't speak English, however there was a menu in English with pictures. The food is described as 'meat' dishes which is a bit disturbing as there are 'offal' titles even though absolutely everything is vegetarain. Once over this hurdle the food was visually appealing and tatsed as good as it looked. It was fairly good value for money, although expensive by Chinese standards. The menu didn't state what the dish was actually made from, and our 'chciken' was made form mushroom (which my husband doesn't eat). The sweet and sour 'pork' was made form potato, it wa svery nice with good fresh veg. You do not have to pay to enter the temple if you just want to eat. If you enter via the temple make sure you keep your ticket to get entry back!

Pros: The setting!, The choice, the food presentation

Cons: No English spoken

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Contributions +9359

14 Jul 2007

no menu - Edit

went for lunch today, which was a set bowl of noodles and veg.
don't know if was because it was a saturday, but the temple was busy.
te food i had was good, but i always prefer a choice. it was cny10, so great value.
the place could habe been cleaner, but as i said it was very busy.

Pros: good healtyh food, price

Cons: lack of menu

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Contributions +94

09 Dec 2005

Great food and good prices - Edit

Ate lunch here in 11/05. English menu. Food was good, price was right. If i recall they fake meats were more simple such as vegetables or tofu rather than seitan or special prepared or distributed meats, but still very good. Staff spoke enough english. No garlic or onions, I can't remember if they use eggs in some. You can enter the restaurant for free from the side. Would definitely eat here again.

Pros: Cheap for Shanghai, Good service, Good food

Cons: Out of the way

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