The Bookworm

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 3 reviews )

Yujie East Road, 2-7 (at Ren Min South), Chengdu, China

Serves meat, vegan options available. This place has several clearly marked veg options, with an English menu. It is easy to find, just west of the metro stop. Also has a English bookstore on premise, and English website.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Chinese, Western, Beer/Wine, Non-veg

Reviews (3)

First Review by Freegan Reich

Few vegan options - Edit

I came here with a group of friends before I was back to a full plant-based diet in China. When I walked in, I could tell it was a haven for Westerners and Chinese people looking to meet Western people. The setup reminds me of Busboys and Poets in DC if B&P weren't a chain. It's essentially a limited English bookstore with a cafe.

The vegan and vegetarian options are lacking substantially, and like many places in Chengdu, asking for something without meat may actually result in an upcharge, like my vegetarian friend's quesadilla that he asked for without chicken and they charged him for that "luxury." The prices are already super high as is all western food in Chengdu.

The food is edible western food, but there really aren't many available options for vegans and if you are looking for something that isn't fried but still vegan, you won't find it here. As the other reviewer stated, you are pretty much limited to French Fries.

When my SOS-free vegan parents come to visit, we won't be visiting The Bookworm unless one of them wants a cup of coffee!

Updated from previous review on 2017-04-30

Pros: Cute bookstore vibe

Cons: Pricing, Options

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Not worth it for vegans - Edit

I've been here a few times for events, and while the atmosphere is nice if you're into hanging out with expats, the vegan options on the menu are VERY limited. As in, the only properly vegan thing is the french fries, which are served with garlic mayo (staff understands English well so you can ask for extra ketchup instead). So don't go here thinking you'll get a vegan meal. You won't. Also, prices are ridiculously high.

That said, those french fries? You get a basket full and they are AMAZING. Hands down the best french fries I've eaten in my entire life. They're thick and the texture is great and the flavor is to die for. They use wonderful herbs and whole cloves of garlic in them and BOY OH BOY is the end result delectable. (My husband tells me the garlic mayo they come with is also very good.)

If you're a vegetarian and you want a Western place to hang out and eat and get a drink, go for it. If you're vegan, don't bother.

Pros: amazing French fries, nice atmosphere for a Western evening

Cons: essentially no vegan options, expensive

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If in the need for "Western" food - Edit

This kind of place is all over China- if you feel like you absolutely *must* spend 50 RMB for a plate of fries or whatever and be surrounded by other English-speakers on your laptop, then come here. Sure, there is veg. food, and the place is nice, but there are many other places that do serve authentic veg. Chinese food that are going to be much cheaper than the Bookworm. With that said, it's not a bad place. There is internet and it is a good place to sit and read. Enjoy!

Pros: ambience, beautifully prepared dishes, respite

Cons: drunk New Zealanders, pricey , foreigner ghetto

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