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Nengren Temple

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 10 reviews )
Contact 86-07732868845

6 Lijun Road (at Nengren Temple Complex), Guilin, China, 541004

Chinese name 能仁斋馆, address 桂林市丽君路6号码. Remodeled in 2013, this vegetarian restaurant is located adjacent to the Nengren Temple inside the same gates. Offers a buffet every new and full moon, costs round 30rmb; other times order from the menu. Many mock meat dishes and a huge bowl of noodles for under 10rmb. Directions: at Xinyi Rd 信义路, just across the red bridge from downtown. Mon-Sun 11:00am-1:30pm, Mon-Sun 5:00pm-8:00pm

Category: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Buffet

Reviews (10)

First Review by Minni

awesome! - Edit

must go-to. *so* many options (although I'm not sure they are all vegan—there was one tofu looking thing that tasted almost exactly like egg with an eggy consistency), very cheap (26 kuai for all you can eat, including about 10 types of soup, juice, tea, coconut milk, dumplings, baozi, cooked and raw veggies, noodle station, gourmet station, dessert, I could go on!) wonderful staff too. just make sure to get there before 8, when they close!

Pros: cheap, diverse options, all you can eat

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Good find - Edit

I wanted a good meal after travelling from Yangshuo. I came across this place and was able to eat a vegan buffet run by A Buddhist monastery. The food was mainly Chinese and the buffet offered many vegetable dishes, stews, teas and raw salads. We were two adults, two teenagers and a baby. The place was stroller friendly and everyone enjoyed their meal.

Pros: There is a monastary worth visiting just beside th, Very reasonable price. I think we paid 45 rmb per

Cons: The interior is a little shabby.

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affordable, delicious - Edit

This place is amazing - cost 25 rmb ($3.84 US) per person for dinner buffet. It is super close to our hostel and the tourist area. We got there a little after 6 pm on a week night and were seated right away. Food was replenished quickly and lots of options.

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Best vegetarian buffet ever - Edit

The restaurant has an excellent vegetarian buffet with many many choices. Different Chinese and western salads, some types of mock meat, soups, several types of Chinese buns, teas, fruit juices and a number of different desserts.
The buffet starts at 6pm and seems to be very popular hence you might want to book in advance or you'll have to wait until there is a seat available.
Very affordable, for a family with two adults and two kids we paid 104 Yuan.

Pros: Very tasty, excellent price , wide range of choices

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A popular choice - Edit

For the travelling vegan/vegetarian in Guilin, this place is as heaven-sent as its location would want you to believe; even finding vegetarian food was a tall order in the small eateries throughout the town. As far as Buddhist buffets go, the food is of a high standard, though a little more expensive than usual. It also seems to be very popular with local families, at least at lunchtimes. As the seating is mostly large banqueting style-tables, it took a while to get seated as a lone diner; groups of two or three might also experience the same problem. The buffet itself is the usual array of vegetables, tofu, mushrooms, buns, noodles, rice, soups, none of which was boiled or fried to excess. The atmosphere is the usual pleasantness associated with these kinds of buffets, though markedly more boisterous due to the number of group diners. The restaurant is the closest HC listing to the city centre, but takes around 20 - 30 mins to walk there from the bus station or south railway station. Should anyone want to take a taxi, drivers are a tough bunch to deal with in Guilin, as one can expect in a tourist town. A taxi from the bus station or south railway station to this restaurant should not cost more than 20RMB (should anyone succeed in getting a metered cab, I imagine it would be even less) - do not accept anything higher.

Pros: Food, Atmosphere

Cons: Seating, Location

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Wide varieties & value for money - Edit

We went on 23 Dec 2015 & the restaurant having buy 10 free 1 promo.
Wide varieties of Chinese cooking style and definitely value for money.
Food were replenished fast.
Staff were friendly.
Recommended to try their Mushroom porridge which taste like mushroom soup. And do try their yummy Guilin Noodles.

Pros: Carpark available

Cons: Limited space n a bit narrow

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good food, pretty cheap - Edit

We went today and were surprised to find a few English speakers among the staff. Buffet was 33 Yuan each and the food was all really tasty and constantly stocked. Very popular and busy at 12:30 when we went but this wasn't a problem. We will eat here again before leaving Guilin

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Ok Buddhist style food - Edit

Contrary to the description, you don't need a reservation to eat here, at least outside of season. I didn't try the buffet, only ate a-la-carte, but the restaurant was almost empty.

Food was ok Buddhist style vegetarian food, nothing to write home about, but they get only 3 cows because a lot of the menu items weren't available - "mei you". This didn't happen only to me but to the Chinese couple in the next table too. If there are one or two menu items that they don't have, that's ok, but if almost everything is "mei you", I just think it's poor managing!

Pros: food's ok

Cons: not vegan, they didn't have a lot of the menu items

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