CLOSED: Jing Lian Ju

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 3 reviews )



56 Nan Shan Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, China, 310000

Chinese name is 净莲居. This restaurant is affiliated with and situated right next to the Buddhist Jing Lian Temple, and all food is vegan. The menu has names of meats, but it is all vegan. Each dish ranging from 10-20RMB. The menu has English translations of all the dishes though staff speaks very little English. JUN 2015 REPORTED SHUT.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Buddhist

3 Reviews

First Review by eatinggreen

Couldn't find it - Edit

I was looking for this restaurant on October 11 2014 with no luck. The staff of my nearby hostel did not know of a restaurant at that temple.

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Excellent restaurant - Edit

My comment: The restaurant is inside the Temple’s complex. There is a restaurant that offers several dishes listed on the board behind the cashier. Some of the items have an English translation, some don’t. You pay in advance by pointing to the dishes you want. In addition, there is another part of the same restaurant, next to the cashier, separated by some pots with plants, but visible from everywhere in the restaurant. This part of the restaurant is a buffet. People sit in the buffet side of the restaurant, which is much smaller than the regular restaurant, on long benches on both sides of long tables. They had a very large selection of excellent dishes, some very creative. In addition to noodles, the menu included many excellent vegetable dishes, creative tofu and fake meat dishes, two types of soup, some fruit, I can’t remember the price. I only remember that it was moderate.

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

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Doable if you are in that area or have few options - Edit

We were hoping this place would be just a little nicer since it is affiliated with a temple and where we live (Japan) that implies a totally different culinary standard to what we experienced here. It is not terrible by any means, just not great either. The food was very oily, despite our request that they use the bare minimum. They also probably use MSG, since our request to hold it resulted in a note on the order (we think they did adhere to this one). Service was friendly enough (no English, but that's nothing new in China) and the family who runs it are all vegetarian, which is always nice to know (they actually looked like they may be from a much more remote area of China, but when we asked them in our broken Chinese where they were from they pointed to the ground, which we can only presume means they are local.. still puzzled us though!). It should be easy enough to find - it's near the lake, right across the road from the really imposing multi-level pagoda that shines like a mid city shopping mall at night. My husband used their bathroom and found the standard of hygiene to be a bit worrying. Neither us of felt sick afterwards though, other than from oil overload.

The only memorable dish we ate here (and the only one we enjoyed enough to want to take home the left-overs) was a dessert, although we didn't know it was a dessert until we ordered it. Look for a dish that involves glutinous rice balls floating in fermented rice wine (which if you are familiar with Japanese cuisine was essentially like amazake). Not too sweet and perfect natural snack. Other than that, well.. if you're hungry I'm sure it will beat eating meat, but that is about all.

Pros: spacious, relatively neat interiors, dessert dish

Cons: dirty bathroom, oily, unspectacular food

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