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Ji Ming Temple Vegetarian Diet

  • Vegetarian
    ( 7 reviews )
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Ji Ming Temple, Ji Ming Si, Nanjing, Jiangsu (at /off East Beijing Rd), Nanjing, China,

Offers mockmeats and vegetable dishes, starting at cny15. Located at top of Ji Ming Temple with great views. Permits smoking. Chinese Name: 鸡鸣寺百味斋茶社 Chinese Address: 玄武区鸡鸣寺路1号,20路公交车.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Chinese, Fast food

Reviews (7)

First Review by craigmc

beautiful views - Edit

In order to get to this restaurant, you first have to pay admission to the temple grounds. Once you are up there though, the views are great!

We ordered and paid at a counter by the entrance, before we were seated. The staff, both inside and outside, did not speak any English.

The food was nothing special, but also not bad, and it was good to support a vegetarian establishment.

Pros: the views


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Simple, hearty food - Edit

It's worth visiting this temple even without the promise of vegetarian fare, but the food is fine and the view is great at the top also, as others have noted. We had noodle soups and some mushroom dumpling things. It is fairly basic food and you are eating in a cafeteria-style room. Not really classy, but tasty enough food and we enjoyed it. Afterwards, exit the temple at the back and this takes you onto the city wall which has fantastic views of the city and beyond.


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Beautiful experience - Edit

Yes, this place is not in the location being shown on the map. Like said in the previous review: It's actually on the south side of the lake. You should find Ji Ming temple on most tourist maps. And the restaurant is inside the Ji Ming temple, on the top of it. The temple is probably the most beautiful place in Nanjing and the view from the restaurant is great.

The restaurant itself is a really simple authentic temple restaurant. The food is really cheap (prices starting from 10 RMB) and really simple. We ordered two bowls of noodles, one with vegetarian mock chicken and another with vegetarian mock duck. Both included just noodles, soup and some tofu/seitan. Noodles were served in simple plastic bowls. But it was quite good. We also ordered one fried rice, which was really oily with some small pieces of vegetables and vegetarian bacon.

You pay at the counter when you enter the restaurant. They have a simple menu with some hand written English translations. No photos or large selection.

So don't expect fine dining or beautiful tableware and wear warm clothes if it's wintertime. But be ready for really unique and authentic Chinese experience with exceptional monastery feeling and stunning surroundings and views.

Pros: Stunning view, Beautiful temple, Authentic experience

Cons: Very simple, Cold in wintertime


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friendly staff - Edit

This place is not in the location being shown on the map. It's actually on the south side of the lake. You should find Ji Ming temple on most tourist maps.

I wouldn't recommend the mock meat dishes very much. It appears to me that they try too hard to visually imitate the meat and in turn miss out on the taste.

Pros: beautiful location overlooking the lake, friendly staff


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Simple but really good - Edit

We enjoyed our brunch stopover at Jinming Temple. After ambling through the temple and attached buildings, which themselves are lots of fun, winding up at this restaurant was the perfect finish.

When we walked into the dining room they appeared to serving up something that might have been a buffet and nothing else (but in hindsight it may have been the set lunch). We prefer to order a la carte, so wandered back out to the entrance area where we found a simple double sided one page menu with English translations. We ordered some dumplings and noodles, received a paper receipt for each, then helped ourselves to a seat and hoped for the best.

The dumplings came out first and were a hit... not a bad start. Then came the noodles.. you know I think they may have been the best we ate in our whole time in China. We weren't really digging the noodles in Shanghai, for the most part they were soggy and limp, but these ones had some structure to them and could hold their own against the vegetable infused soup.

All in all this was a really enjoyable breakfast. Not exactly the place to come expecting a full on balanced meal (we came away craving vegetables) but not bad for what it is. After filling up try walking over the wall to Purple Mountain - a nice walk with great views.
Updated from previous review on Friday November 04, 2011

Pros: prime location , simple but good food, no MSG (i don't think, anyway)

Cons: more veges please!


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best in nanjing - Edit

great location, with the view alone making the visit worthwhile.
great selection of food, english and picture menu.
variety of veg, beancurd and a lerge selection of mock meat(the veg lemon chicken was mighty fine). staff are very nice and some speak a little english.
dishes start at cny15, and there is also an option of a set meal which is great value.

Pros: great food, great choice, great view


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