Jen Dow - Lian Shiang Jai

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 10 reviews )

3F, 151 Yuyuan Road (at Jingan District), Shanghai, China

Part of a vegetarian restaurant group originating from Taiwan offering a slightly more upscale dining. At the Jing'an Temple complex of buildings near Wanhangdu blocks, MRT Jingan Temple Station, you will find four vegetarian restaurants plus an attached bakery. On the ground floor is a bakery and also JenDow Vegetarian Noodle Restaurant which offers noodle soup bowls and hot pot. On the 2nd floor is JenDow Vegetarian Chinese & Western Cuisine which serves Chinese food as well as pizza, pasta, and sandwiches. On the 3rd floor is Lian Xiang Zhai Vegetarian Buffet which is all-you-can-eat buffet. On the 4th floor is Lian Xiang Zhai Vegetarian Restaurant with separate booths and VIP rooms, serving Chinese and Western cuisine (expensive). Address in Chinese: 静安区愚园路151号3-4楼(近万航渡路). Open Mon-Fri 10:00am-2:00pm, Mon-Fri 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Western, Buffet, Take-out, Bakery, Taiwanese

Reviews (10)

First Review by Dabizi

Amazing range - Edit

I went to the ground floor cafeteria-style part one day for a huge, cheap, tasty bowl of mushroom noodles. I came back a few days later for the all you can eat buffet on the third floor. It was mind-blowing. Endless options, all delicious. Fake meats, vegetables, salads, sushi, pizza, dumplings, noodles, soups...well worth the 180 yuan. The vegan options are clearly labelled and extensive - although not when it comes to dessert, sadly.

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Great cafeteria-style restaurant on the first floor - Edit

We loved the inexpensive cafeteria-style restaurant on the first floor. Almost all of the diners were local. Seating is at long tables, usually with a seat or two between groups. The lively hustle and bustle added to our enjoyment. There are about 12 set meals; we went several times, trying about 6 of them...all different and all delicious. You can also order small dishes of various vegetables and a few tofu dishes. We even got takeout, when we needed to eat where we were staying.

Pros: Excellent food, Inexpensive; good value, Lively atmosphere

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fanciest buffet ever! - Edit

This is the fanciest Buffett I have ever been to. Everything is presented so well and there are so many options nice options including main meals, soups, appetizers, desserts and drinks. The food looked beautiful, but honestly I was not impressed with the flavor. The dessert was very tasty and good. It is expensive so I would go there with that in mind. Overall a really pleasant experience.

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Great, inexpensive, vegan meals! - Edit

Crazy crowded, and kinda loud during normal meal times, but the food is do good, and also super reasonably priced! You order at the counter, and then find a table. The third floor has a more traditional sit down restaurant that costs a bit more, but has even better food. The restaurants are all vegan. There's also a bakery on the 1st floor (street level) with non-vegan pastries and bread.

Pros: Really good vegan food. Cheap!

Cons: Kinda crowded and loud during regular meal times.

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Superb! - Edit

My comment: We went to the 3rd floor buffet. Superb! Enormous buffet with a huge diversity of dishes, beautifully displayed; lovely place and atmosphere. Very tasty, creative dishes. Its exquisite cooking with a huge range of dishes including appetizers, soups, main dishes, salads, Japanese sushi, a salad bar, fruit, desserts, Hagen Daas ice-cream, coffee, an assortment of great teas - all included in the price. Every item we tried was fantastic. Also the display and location were beautiful. It should be noted that the price is not moderate. It is, in fact, an upscale and expensive buffet (about $35 US per person) but it was worth it. We thought that it was the best restaurant we have ever been to. Note: Take subway Line #2. Jingan temple station is nearby. They close exactly at 2 pm. Also, it IS open on Saturday. Expensive

Pros: Incredible food, Ebormous range of dishes, Beautifulo display

Cons: expensive

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Unbelievable restaurant! - Edit

The building comprises of 4 levels with vast varieties of food. These are plenty of choices and definitely worth the value! The place are easily located, the restaurant ambience is nice.

The bread at 1st floor bakery are freshly baked and the sweet potato buns and banana loaves are yummy!

Definitely worth visit again!

Pros: Lots of varieties, Delicious, Great service

Cons: The place is too big? haha

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Really good - Edit

We ate in the upscale restaurant...its a buffet, as much as you can eat. |The food is labelled in English so you can have some idea of what you are eating. Some of it looks so like meat that we were quite worried at the beginning. Beware, the desserts are good so leave room. I find Chinese cooking a little bit slimy but there was so much variety that this was not a problem. Some reviewers said it was expensive. For a huge choice plus a fascinating experience it works out at around £30/head - what could you get in the UK for that price?

Pros: Huge choice, Well labelled, Quiet and lots of room

Cons: you dont realize how big it is

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Vegetarian Heaven--really! - Edit

Ate on the 3rd floor for an all you can eat buffet. Not cheap, at about 180 RMB per person--but an absolutely unbelievable selection of delicious food, in a stunning atmosphere. Probably about 75% vegan, with the non-vegan items marked as containing milk and/or eggs. I will going back to try out the other floors of this magnificent restaurant.

Pros: delicious, amazing, varied selection, great service & beautiful decor

Cons: some milk & eggs

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Great meal - Edit

We ended up dining on the second floor. It was very upmarket and the prices reflected that- between 30 and 80rmb per dish but well worth the money. The food was fast and the service was excellent- I don't think I have ever had my water topped up so frequently! The waitress serving us had fluent English. We didn't go for dessert but they had a wide range of Chinese style western cakes- you know the ones I'm talking about.
I recommend the veggie crab(mushroom) dish for 40rmb- very tasty!
Also, the buffet on the 3rd floor is around 180rmb for dinner per person and very upmarket with heaps of selection.

Pros: great flavours, good range, not too busy

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Many choices in one location - Edit

Liked especially the vegan hotpot and the noodle soups. Every bowl of soup is served with 1 cup of an orange soda. Prices for the soups range from around 25 to 50 RMB. Excellent Chinese food (we didn't try the Western food choices) is served in the restaurant on the 2nd floor, but a bit pricy. On the first (?) day of every month according to the Chinese moon calendar the place is regularely overrun by carnivores who think they shouldn't eat meat on one day of the month.

Pros: very friendly staff, many choices - many price levels

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bingxianli 21 Jun 2013 - There are four floors in the restaurant, I had dinner with friends on the 2nd floor, I loved the food and also the environment was peaceful. If you are in SH, I think you will love it.  

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