CLOSED: Neng Ren Vegetarian Restaurant

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 7 reviews )



6 Lijun Road (at Xinyi Road corner), Guilin, China,

Vegetarian restaurant attached to a Buddhist temple. Reported to HappyCow to be all vegan Oct 2012. No English signage, very little English spoken, no English menu, but has a photo menu and friendly staff. Serves a wide range of food from simple mushroom dishes to elaborate banquet style dishes. Around 24 yuan for average main entree, 2 yuan for tea. Short walk northwest of city center. JULY 2013 REPORTED SHUT DOWN.

Category: Vegan, Chinese, Buddhist

Reviews (7)

First Review by flamekat

Amazing Quality - Edit

Really excellent food all around. Very generous portions. I had some sort of mock meat balls, Beijing-style spicy green beans, and fried rice. They speak very little English, but they have a great picture menu. Two dishes is enough for one person for sure - I couldn't finish 3... Very clean, nice atmosphere, and it's vegan.

Pros: Generous Portions, Excellent Food, Great Atmosphere

Cons: No English Menu

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Wonderful food - Edit

It was a little tricky finding the restaurant (you have to turn off the street toward the temple, then continue past the temple into the building straight ahead.

There's a lot of mock meat, and as far as we could tell, it's entirely vegan. We tried a chicken dish that came with deep fried peppers and peanuts, another entree, and two huge bowls of soup, and the total came to 60 yuan. It was more food than we could manage, so we had to take some leftovers home.

It was our first restaurant visit in China, and we didn't realize that it was a no-tip culture, so we left some change on the table and left. The waitress came out of the restaurant running after us saying "you forgot your money!"

This was one of the best meals we had on our three-week trip to China. If we'd been in Guilin longer than a day, we'd definitely have gone back again.

Pros: Great food, Nice interior, Cheap

Cons: none!

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Cheap and delicious - Edit

Foods are cheap and very delicious. We had our lunch and dinner at the restaurant almost everyday during our one week stay in Guilin.The noodle only cost 5 yuan a bowl and is enought for the consumtion of two persons. The staff are very polite and helpful.

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Hidden Gem - Edit

What a fantastic find in Guilin! Absolutely delicious! Clean and beautifully set up inside, lovely staff and amazing food! Menu all Chinese but on the bottom of first page is a list of noodle bowls- they all cost 5yuan each and are huge and very tasty! Also opted for 2 of the pitured meals- one was tofu meatballs- finally my husband has eaten veggie meatballs that he considers tastier than the real thing! Well worth the walk across the bridge out of the city... especialy after having spent days tearfully gazing at caged animals outside the numerous restaurants in town.

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Life Saver in Guilin - Edit

Just a warning - the address is correct (6 Lijun Rd) but the map marks a location too far south (probably the center of town).

Food is good. No English, but picture menu available.
As mentioned earlier the restaurant is inside the temple. Family style seating (round tables). Great value.

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only veggie place in guilin! - Edit

I agree with what the previous user has written in that it was difficult to find vegetarian/ vegan food in Guilin and that we were very happy when we found this place.

We found this place quite difficult to find as we had a bad map. If you take the bus 22 from the railway station, go 4 stops. In front of you, you will see a junction. Cross the road and turn left. The temple is quite big so should be easy to spot if you are on the correct corner of the junction. Walk into the compound where the monastery is and past the entrance for the temple and the restaurant will be facing you.

I don't know the exact opening hours as it was difficult to communicate here. We arrived at 3pm and were sad as the place was closed, but it reopened at 5pm so we came back for dinner.

There is no english spoken and no english menu, but i had a little sign explaining that I am vegan and the waitressed helped us to order.

We got a very large bowl of soup noodles which was huge and simple and tasty and a bargain for 5 yuan. We also asked for mushrooms and got a plate of mixed wild mushrooms and vegetables for 25 yuan. That was delicious and perfect with the soup noodles.

Pros: excellent food, friendly staff

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Lifesaver! - Edit

We had a tough time finding veggie food in Guilin. We went to more than one place we were told was vegetarian or had vegetarian food only to find that they weren't at all and even served all sorts of exotic animals. Pure Lotus, also mentioned on this website as in Giulin, is actually in Yangshuo, which is about an hour away. So when we found this temple restaurant, we were very relieved! It's pretty easy to find as it's right next to a big temple. The staff was very friendly although they were definitely surprised to see us. We ate there three or four times and never saw another foreigner. It seems to be popular with Chinese tour groups.

Our Mandarin is not very good and we can't read much, so they gave us a sort of photo album to use as a menu and we used our spoken Mandarin skills to ask for suggestions and some stir fried greens (chao qing cai). Everything we had was delicious. The best was a fried noodle dish. It was perfectly seasoned and HUGE, which meant I could bring leftovers back to the hostel for breakfast/lunch the next day. Unfortunately, I don't know the names of anything else we ate, but just point at what looks good and you won't be disappointed.

Our meals were all reasonably priced and beer and soft drinks are available. Definitely come here if you're in Guilin, as you won't have much luck anywhere else!

Pros: great food, friendly staff, good value

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