CLOSED: New Age Veggie - Huaihai Zhong

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 12 reviews )



5F, 988, Huaihai Zhong Road, Shanghai, China

A second branch of the New Age Veggie vegetarian restaurants in Shanghai. It's near South Shanxi Road, Line 1 Subway station. Reported closed, Feb 2018.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Chinese

12 Reviews

First Review by rlambsun

Poor informed - Edit

When we ordered the dishes, we first had difficulties finding a waitress, because they were all very busy and not really helpful.
The waitress and even the cooks told us everything would be made out of plants, even though the menu said"cheese" and we didn't get it wrong because my friend was chinese.
The salad and the wraps came with cheese and three people couldn't tel us whether it's faked or not. in the end it was real one. Fortunately we got a new one then but it was completely dry...
Most of the dishes are sweet even though they don't look sweet at all (like spring rolls, wraps, vegetables)
Further more this restaurant is very expensive. As a vegan you better go to other restaurants!

Cons: No declarations, Stuff bad informed and unfriendly, Expensive

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If Ambiance is Important - Edit

If the decorations are important to you and the Huaihai location's style puts you off, try their Pudong location at the Super Brand Mall, 5th Floor. Food is just as good at both locations from what we can tell.

Pros: Ambiance, friendly staff

Cons: perhaps a bit more expensive, in the middle of a mall

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Worth the Search - Edit

You have to kind of know what you're looking for to find this place. There are two doorways marked 988 Huai Hai Rd (Middle), one is a tea shop and the other is an unremarkable hallway with an elevator at the end. The Restaurant is on the 5th Floor. Its right across the street from where the old Shang Yang Outdoor Market used to be, between Mao Ming and Shang Yang Roads. The decor is garish, but the food is really, really good. Its comfortable and clean which isn't always the case with Chinese Restaurants in China and that's a big plus. I've tried almost everything on the menu and have not been disappointed in any of it. My favorites would have to be the Rock Fish and the Spicy Mashed Potatos. There are a number of Western entree choices as well as Chinese ones and they are also very good. You can also get sandwiches and pizza. I'm not vegan, just vegetarian, so I don't really notice whether its real cheese or if they use egg (which I'm pretty sure they don't) so if that matters to you you'll need to ask. There always seems to be at least one member of the staff who speaks reasonable English, but the menu is pretty self-explanatory. I eat there regularly when I'm in town and highly recommend it even to meat eaters. Its just an all-around good restaurant that happens to not serve meat.

Pros: English Menu, Western Food, Sandwiches and Light Menu

Cons: Garish Decor, Hard to find

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Spoiled for choice and almost everything is good - Edit

This place is much better than what some of the reviews here would have you believe. We were pleasantly surprised and ended up here several times during our stay in Shanghai.

First off, they don't use MSG - that's one step in the right direction. They do sometimes use too much oil - this can be regulated somewhat by asking them not to, although it's pot luck as to how much you actually end up with. The beauty of New Age though is the sheer variety of dishes on offer. We don't eat much mock meat and had no trouble getting a good range of dishes together, not once, but every time we ate here. Some of their mock meats are actually handmade too which means they are not factory food so it pays to ask (try flashing the words 自制的素肉 at them and see what they suggest).

They make the best vege mabo tofu (grandma's tofu) in town, without a doubt and their toucho mien (hand-cut fried noodles) are fabulous too, although on a bad day they can be too oily. Vegans beware - there were some very random looking Western menu items. Definitely best to stick to the Chinese menu. Oh yes and do try the Chinese desserts - sweet as all hell but very yummy all the same.

The decor is a bit questionable in taste - feels more like a cabaret bar than a vege restaurant but it is nonetheless comfortable and clean. Definitely better for dinner than lunch, when it could all feel just a bit too much.

Pros: variety of choices, no MSG, everything tastes good

Cons: they do use mock meat, can be too oily, weird decor

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You can do better... - Edit

Food was only so-so, and not cheap. Two entrees and juice was 105 RMB. I asked if they have milk in their food, and was told "no", but then found pizza and cheese dishes.

Pros: vegetarian

Cons: so-so quality, not worth the price

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Central location, great food - Edit

Nice atmosphere and decor, cozy velvet seating and big tables if you have a group or can be quite initmate if there are just a couple. Just a minute or two from South Shaanxi Road station (line 1) on HuaiHai Rd. (淮海路)

I have been here several times and all the dishes have been tasty - the Beggar's Chicken, Sizzling steak, spicy mash and veggie sausage was one of my favourites!

Not too expensive - meal for two was about 100 - 120 Yuan. A couple of staff speak a little English but the menu is clearly labelled so just point. Food arrived in 5 - 10 mins.

Pros: good food, atmosphere, decor

Cons: don't refill water enough

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Excellent service, beautiful decor, amazing food, - Edit

I really enjoyed my dining experience here.

The service was great. They were attentive and helpful.

The place looked great. It is on the main road and less than 5 mins walk from the nearest metro station, however you enter into a building and take a lift so be careful to spot the correct number as you will not see the restaurant from outside. As you come out of the lift on the 5th floor you see the big sign for the restaurant. There are round red plush booths, red lamps, glitzy dangling beads.

The food was great. We had claypot potato noodles for 38 yuan, and spicy tofy which was really tasty with a great sauce for 22 yuan.

Cheap food for Shanghai.

We were in a rush and happy as the food was served to us really quickly - ten minutes after we ordered even though the place was fairly busy.

Pros: decor, service, tasty food

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Nice place - Edit

Nice place, good for lunch or dinner, not to to fancy. The staff is friendly and the service is fast. Try the spare ribs! they ar excellent.

Pros: Good value, fast service

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Wow- Nice Surprise!!! - Edit

After reading the previous reviews I had to check out this location for myself- and was pleasantly surprised. Very stylish, comfortable restaurant with club-like atmosphere. Lots of space. And you don't have to wait in line for an hour or so to be seated at rush hour (as it is not as overrun as "Vegetarian Lifestyle"- yet). It is very quiet and has a relaxing atmosphere. While you sit on the sofa-like furniture waiting for your meal, you have an excellent view on Huaihai Lu. However, they are really fast at serving the meal. Food is delicious and spicy (depending on what you order). Staff is very friendly and some speak English. Prices are reasonable. I prefer it to "Vegetarian Lifestyle"...

Pros: Nice Atmosphere, Excellent Food, Good Value

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Try the desserts! - Edit

It was the second restaurant we went to. The interiour design is a bit too much with mostly black, mirrors and red velvety seats. Good for a bar or club, but not for a restaurant. Staff was abit unfriendly and it took some time to get their attention. Food was average and a bit expensive for what you get. Very bland. But their choice of herbal tea, tea and dessert is huge. And you will love the vegan cakes and pastries.

Pros: Dessert, Tea selection

Cons: Unfriendly staff, Interior, Atmosphere a bit cold

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Nice atmosphere and good food - Edit

We've been here a few times now and really enjoyed it. This location is much nicer than their spot in Super Brand Mall in Pudong. The seating is in plush red booths and the atmosphere is almost club-like with black mirrored ceilings, but subdued. The staff here is very attentive and friendly and there are some nice city views.

Food-wise, everything looks good. We haven't tried the more expensive menu items, yet, but everything we have tried is nice (except for the sesame phoenix mentioned in the other locations' review). In particular, the tofu in a clay pot is really tasty and cheap. The beggar's chicken itself is really good, but there's not much of it--most of the dish is boiled peanuts with a few chestnuts. The celery with lily bulb and the green beans with chili on rice cakes are nice veggie dishes. The dumplings are good as are the spinach noodles.

One word about those--they really aren't like the picture which shows green noodles and some dipping sauce. They come out that way, but then the server will pour a cup of soup with diced mock meat and veg on top, then mix it up for you and add some chili and soy sauce if you like. Much more filling than we thought it would be and only 18 kuai.

We've only tired the red bean paste stuffed sesame balls for dessert which are nice. They have a large selection of beautiful cakes, but I haven't yet asked if they are vegan. It seems that while there is no egg used here, they might use dairy. (The menu only says "no meat, fish, or egg".)

Pros: Nice upscale atmosphere, Friendly service, Good food

Cons: Food is pretty oily, Mostly mock meats--not much plain veg

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Not bad! - Edit

Decor: Decidedly Chinese - lots of crazy colours and round seats. There is good seating by the window - especially when the construction site across the street has the day off.

Staff: Friendly and do their best to understand my terrible garbling Chinese. The odd member of staff speaks a bit of English. They are very good!

Food: Tricky bit. Presentation is decent and food is received pretty quick. The menu is in Chinese and English and the food is styled in quite a shanghainese style. Lots of oil and salt. Overall it is worth a try and I have been a few times - its an easy one and the staff are good which makes all the difference. DUMPLING TEST: 3.5 OF 5

Pros: Friendly staff, relatively quick, good portions

Cons: Oily, Salty

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