Shan Ding Dong Ren - Caveman Vegetarian Teahouse

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 5 reviews )

70, Juxiangyuan, Shizhu Rd, Nancheng District, Dongguan, China

山顶洞人素食茶艺馆, at 南城区城市中心区石竹路菊香苑70-80号, is a vegetarian restaurant situated opposite Central Square in downtown. Serves traditional Chinese buddhist recipes. Most food is vegan. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-2:30pm, Mon-Sun 5:30pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Chinese

5 Reviews

First Review by Elsinore13

BEST vegan food in Dongguan! - Edit

I had to stay in Dongguan for work for 6 weeks and I tried a lot of different places. This restaurant serves the tastiest vegan food hands down!
It generally easy to find vegan food in China if you look for Buddhist restaurants. But this place is not your typical buffet style restaurant, it serves actual gourmet vegan food and it tastes amazing. I went back 4 times while i was in China.

Pros: Delicious food., Beautiful atmosphere., Great staff and service.

Cons: On the expensive side (for China)

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hit the spot, veggie style! - Edit

Upscale, clean, themed restaurant in central Dongguan. The first dish we had was dried vegetable and tofu sheets roll with wasabi and soy sauce for dipping. Tasty, cold dish, it was a nice starter on a warm day.

Next dish, was delectable stewed assorted mushroom. Tasty, in a savory sauce,.

Finally we finished with braised dried bamboo shoots. A pleasant dish as well.

Pros: ambience is nice enough for a date., clean environment all the way down to the restroom, easy to find, onto Main Street.

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Awesome place - Edit

I've been here three times now and am planning on going again. Everything I've had has been great! I have tried to order new things each time I've gone, so I've tried a few of their dishes now. I say a few, because their menu is enormous! It has taken me ages to order each time I've gone. The atmosphere is great too, the place is beautiful.
The menu is in pictures and has English (not perfect, but pretty good for China). The staff don't really speak English but it's not a big issue (I only speak very basic Chinese).
You are expected to order tea, but you can order a cup each (the cheapest is 10 yuan) and they refill it with hot water throughout your stay, which is great.
It's very easy to find, Shizu road is full of tea houses and this one actually has "Vegetarian" written on the front next to the Chinese name.
The staff are friendly and the food comes pretty quickly.
Prices are pretty average for Chinese restaurants, maybe slightly above, with most dishes between 20 and 40 yuan. They are all big enough for sharing though.
You do have to watch out for them bringing you what seems like a complementary starter (fruit or seeds or something), which in the end you will get charged for unless you tell them you don't want it.

Pros: Amazing food, Beautiful atmosphere, Tea refills

Cons: Staff doesn't speak much English

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A place for a nice dinner - Edit

Beautiful venue and easy to find. My dishes weren't that special though, but maybe I just made the wrong choices. Probably a good spot for a nice dinner.

Pros: Nice setting, Friendly staff

Cons: Fairly expensive, Poor English skills

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Yummmmm!!!! - Edit

If you want decent and delicious vegetarian Chinese food, this is the place to go! The staff speaks little or no English, however the menu has limited English (but it does have pictures). The restaurant, I think, is run by a Buddhist group and has services upstairs at time. There are separate time for food and tea service. The kitchen closes at 2:30pm for food and reopens (I think) around 6:00pm.

Recommendations are "Fragrant Garden" and the super awesome "Words in a bag" (which you might want to get two servings). The fake abalone I would avoid, very cold and squishy with little flavor. The place focus is on tea, so you are expected to get a pot. There is no bottled water and any water you ask for will be hot.

You might want to use Google Translate or a phrasebook the help you communicate with the staff about what dishes are spicy or not if you can't speak Chinese very well.

This place accepts cash only. It is across the street from the Central Square McDonald's.

Pros: Great food, Menu with pictures

Cons: Language barrier

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