The Buddha Tree

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 4 reviews )

5th floor shopping mall above Jinke Rd metro station, Line 2, Exit 2, Pudong, Shanghai, China

菩提樹素食餐厅, at 中之路汇智国际商业中心5楼5-11, serves vegetarian Buddhist cuisine. Has a full Chinese menu and a smaller English one. Has dumplings, curry, vegetables, noodles, rice, mock chicken; cookies and traditional sweets sold at the counter. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Take-out

4 Reviews

First Review by Tianci

Excellent! - Edit

I ate here tonight with 7 friends, most of them meat eaters, and everyone loved it! We asked the waiter to choose the food for us, and they brought us a very nice variety of excellent dishes (and well presented, which was an esthetic bonus).

Pros: Excellent food

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excellent tasty vegan restaurant - Edit

Very good and varied dishes. We picked the main dishes (noodles) and let them choose many other dishes of their choice. Also does delivery.

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Quality Food In Peaceful Settin - Edit

As noted, the Buddha Tree is situated in a shopping complex on the 5th floor. Once you get up to the 5th floor, you will see signage that will get you in the general direction. It is tucked away in a corner close to the restrooms. The picture of the restaurant front is the best way to confirm that you are in the right place. We were hosted by a Shanghai native and he did all the ordering. The standard menu is in Chinese only however they will offer a photo menu if needed. I didn't interact with the staff so cannot confirm if they spoke any English.

We had an opportunity to dine there for both lunch and dinner. We sampled vegetarian chicken nugget on skewers, wild mushrooms with peppers, lotus root stuffed with minced soy beef, braised green squash, sauteed yam leaves, fried rice, soup with king oyster oyster mushroom slices and bean curd skin and coconut battered deep fried banana with durian.

The food was consistently good and the prices are moderate with many dishes in the 30-50 RMB range. The only issue that was problematic was that a number of dishes listed on the menu were noted as sold out. I'm note sure if they were having supply issues or if the restaurant simply discontinued slow selling items. This location is 7 stops on the Metro Line 2 from the iconic Oriental Pearl Center - a must see and tour when in Shanghai.

Pros: Excellent Food, Prompt Service, Quiet Peaceful Setting

Cons: Tricky To Locate on 5 Floor Shopping Complex, Not Many Other Visitor Attractions In This Area

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Wonderful New Restaurant - Edit

Although a bit far from downtown Shanghai, the Buddha Tree is a nice, quiet restaurant with great food. It is conveniently located right at the Jinke Subway station, it can be a bit troublesome to find.

Take the #2 exit to the street level and enter the shopping center (turn right at the top of the escalator). take either the escalators or elevator to the 5th floor. The Buddha Tree is somewhat buried in with other restaurants, and the name in English is not apparent on the front. You can use the images provided to help locate the restaurant. If you are good with compass headings, it is located on the north side of the 5th floor.

As of the date of this posting, the map is showing the wrong location. A correction has been submitted to correct the map location. However, the written description is correct.

The food is good, with portions that are just a bit small for the price. However, the price is reasonable. 50-70 RMB/ person would be a rough estimate of cost. We probably would have rated this 5 cows if the portion sizes were a bit bigger.

All the dishes are vegan, with no egg, dairy, etc. This should be considered a vegan listing.

If you are in this area we do recommend you stop in and check them out!

Pros: English and Chinese menus, Some English is spoken. , Credit cards taken

Cons: Portions a bit small, Far from city center

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Tianci 23 Oct 2015 - Forgot to note that they do have free WiFi. Just ask and they'll tell you the password.  

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Tianci 28 Oct 2015 - Update #2, the map is now correct and shows the restaurant's location. Enjoy!  

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