Splendid Essence

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 12 reviews )

186 Prince St (at Grafton St), Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Vegetarian Chinese restaurant serves stir fry tofu dishes, rice, soups and more with a large variety of vegan options. Some dishes are garnished with eggs, so please ask to omit. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-8:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Chinese, Take-out

12 Reviews

First Review by kanuk

Excellent, surprisingly family-friendly Chinese fare! - Edit

Rolling into PEI around evening with a couple of hungry young children who had been cooped up in car/ferry all day, we weren't sure what to expect. Luckily, Splendid Essence was a wonderful surprise! There's an extensive dim sum menu, much of which was veganizable, so we decided to go with the "throw everything at a wall and see what sticks" method of feeding picky kids new foods, and were pleasantly surprised when they loved the veg dumplings and veggie ham with the house special dry tofu (a dish nothing like I'd ever had tofu made before, in which it was basically shredded into a sort of delicious warm soy-slaw). Meanwhile, we could entertain the kids while we waited with the children's books they had. My kids loved eating with the children's chopsticks.

The rest of us also loved the taro cakes, peppery fried soy nuggets, jicama sticks, and my husband thought his (nonveganizable) stuffed portobello was delicious. Everything was wonderful, they were so friendly, I would go back.

Pros: delicious, carefully prepared food, many choices--something for everyone, good location

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Points for being only all veg restaurant - Edit

Staff is friendly and attentive. Have liked most of the food I've tried and actively disliked a few options. Points for being only 100% veg place I'm aware of in Charlottetown.

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vegetarian Chinese food downtown - Edit

Delicious food; decent service--all vegetarian but not all vegan.

Pros: You don't have to wonder what's in your food!!, Close to downtown

Cons: Not licensed

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Not bad. - Edit

The food here was decent. The curried udon noodles were very flavorful, however the chef obviously wasn't scared of salt! I enjoyed the dish, but the sodium might have been too much for some people. The veg spring rolls were good, and the green tea was a nice accompaniment. Overall, if I'm ever on Charlottetown again I would consider returning. The atmosphere was pleasant, and it's always nice to know I'm not going to accidentally be served meat.

Pros: Lots of vegan options., Good prices., Calm and pleasant atmosphere.

Cons: Egg is present in some dishes.

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Favorite Restaurant on PEI - Edit

Splendid Essence is the only place on the Island that has half decent vegan options. I absolutely love the atmosphere as well as the staff. My most ordered dishes are their dry sauteed string beans, boiled dumplings, curry vermicelli, and veggies under the roof without egg. I go at least once a week and I highly recommend this place for non vegetarians and vegans as well.

Pros: Affordable , Delicious

Cons: Weird hours

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Affordable veg*n meals - Edit

Awesome little restaurant in Charlottetown. I was happy to find out about this place. The food is cheap and really good. The service is fast and great. Also.offers great chinese tea. I wish it was closer to my home so I could eat there more often! Lots of vegan options and clearly labelled.

Pros: Good value, Friendly and smiley staff

Cons: Strict openning hours

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Great food, great prices and great atmosphere - Edit

It's rare to find a vegetarian/vegan restaurant with so many options available and such reasonable prices. We had a small feast here, trying quite a few different options and everything we had tasted great. We'll definitely be coming back here if we ever come to Charlottetown again.

Pros: Lots of options, both vegetarian and vegan, Good prices, Good atmosphere and friendly staff

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Best Chinese Food! - Edit

The first time I went to Splendid Essence I was new to a vegan diet and hadn't had many good restaurant experiences, but Splendid Essence completely changed that! The menu was huge and completely vegetarian with many vegan options. It is always difficult deciding what to order as it all sounds delicious (and from what I have ordered it all IS delicious!), but my favourite remains from my first visit: sweet and sour soy nuggets. The prices are very good and the serving sizes are perfect: not too much and not too little. This is my favourite restaurant because of the peaceful atmosphere, pretty decor, friendly service, and yummy food, the only con is how hard it is to get meat-eaters to go!

Pros: Friendly Service, Large Menu, Good Value

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Spelndid for diners of all kinds. - Edit

I was overwhelmed (In an excellent way) when I looked at all of the vegan options on the menu. I felt bad for my dining buddy because I took so long trying to choose what to order. My dining buddy was my roommate who is a meat eater but she loved it and plans on bringing her meat eating boyfriend at some point. We both loved our meals and I hope to bring my visiting parents here on Saturday. Fantastic restaurant!

Pros: Huge selection, Meat eating companions won't miss meat, Excellent Prices

Cons: You will want to order one of everything, Limited hours, Iced tea was sweeter than expected

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A favourite restaurant - Edit

Excellent restaurant, well laid out, with good food and enjoyable atmosphere, having spent time in Hong Kong, I found this Taiwanese food slightly different, but very tasty. Excellent service by two young Chinese ladies, who were very friendly.

Pros: Good food, Excellent service, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Parking on meters

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from a Regular - Edit

Love this place. The black pepper soy nuggets are amazing! And the sweet and sour soy nugget dish is pretty awesome too. Lots of vegan options; generous portions, ok price. Eat here almost weekly.

Pros: delicious food, vegan options, black pepper soy nuggets!

Cons: price is a little high, but worth it!, not open on Sundays

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Nutritious and Delicious - Edit

A must in Charlottetown if you are vegan or vegetarian, this Asian restaurant offers a good variety of traditional dishes that use soy-based faux meats.

Priced fairly and generous portions. If eating alone, rather than family-style, order regular size dishes and likely limit yourself to two choices unless you are able to take the surplus home.

I ordered the Cha Siu Bao (veggie BBQ buns), the Mapo Tofu, and the Dry-Sautéed String Beans (my favourite).

I complemented my copious meal with fresh ginseng tea (very yummy).

The service was attentive yet discreet. My server was very pleasant and efficient.

This vegan business traveller is definitely satisfied!

Pros: Friendly service, Good food, Excellent value

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