The Lakeside Veggie

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Nanshan Road, Hangzhou, China

More up-market restaurant on the West Lake in Hangzhou. Nov 2017 reported fully vegan. Staff are helpful and friendly. Menu available in English. Try the sweet and sour lotus root. On a side street off of Nanshan Rd on the side of the lake. The name and address of the restaurant in Chinese: 临湖素食 杭州市上城区南山路学士桥一号柳铖道.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Western, Take-out

5 Reviews

First Review by GSathish

Delicious and peaceful - Edit

The menu is varied, has detailed English descriptions. All-vegan restaurant!
The food was very delicious, no artificial flavours. We had 5 courses plus desert for 375 RMB (total for two people), tea was included for free.
Background music, the beautiful lake view and light decoration gives it a tranquil feel.
Will definitely come back!!

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Lovely food, worth the money and the hassle finding it! - Edit

Ate lunch here this afternoon. Had a lot of trouble finding it as apple maps doesn't show the correct location. If you're using apple maps type in 'Linhu Vegetarian' - that will take you to the right place. It's a beautiful location, very tranquil and right on the water. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The menu is pretty varied, although the food is quite expensive but definitely worth it in my opinion. I would recommend the plain homemade tofu with dipping sauce and the veggie curry with mock meatballs, both were delicious, the curry was my fav and the favourite of my meat eating bf!

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Nice place - Edit

It's such a nice place! The food is great, particularly considering the Hangzhou local cuisine, which I'm not a great fan of, well seasoned, made of fresh ingredients, best eggplant I had in years.
The restaurant is tastefully decorated, the staff is helpful, honestly it is the only place I have been in Hangzhou, where I dare to take my western visitors, since the service is more in "European" style than in other local restaurants (including the "upscale" ones) .
A bit pricey, that's true, but, frankly, still on the cheaper side considering the prices in the restaurants around the Lake. We paid around RMB 400 for six course dinner with tea (which costs about RMB 60/person itself).
I have been there twice in two week and will definitely come again.

Pros: Great food!, Nice location, pleasant environment

Cons: It is not cheap in Chinese terms

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Definitely worth a visit - Edit

Beautiful ambience. Lovely menu. Absolutely warm and friendly staff. We dined here today, which happens to be Mother's Day (14th May 2017). It might be due to this that they had run out of quite a few items, which was, to be honest, a tad disappointing. Was quite crowded. Despite this staff was still very attentive and all smiles.

We had iced vegetables, basil eggplant, sweet and sour lotus root, mushroom daoxiao noodles, and Thai cucumber salad. (Please refer to photos.) All very fresh and beautifully presented. Taste-wise also satisfying, except for the Thai salad, which wasn't quite what we were expecting. Not bad, but maybe a little underwhelming. Another note about lotus root. I had been yearning for lotus root so ordered the iced vegetables as well as the sweet and sour lotus root. Sadly the iced vegetables had lady's finger instead of lotus root. The sweet and sour lotus root on the other hand was not what I wanted. Most people would love it though. Tasty and kind of addictive. Just that I wanted the taste of lotus root, but the sweet and sour theme kind of masked the original flavor of the lotus root. Still, this is one of their signature dishes, do try it.

At the end of our meal they served us their red and green bean cake as apology for not having quite a few items. What a lovely gesture! My husband found it just nice but for me a little too sweet. We felt that there was some milky taste so asked the staff if there was milk, to which she replied they don't use anything from animals, which is really a relief and which we really appreciate.

The name and address of the place in Chinese is
临湖素食
杭州市上城区南山路学士桥一号柳铖道

If you are following the apple map it might not be correct. Hopefully it will be updated soon. As a side note, for navigating in China, the app 高德地图 is more reliable than google or apple.

Edit on 16th May 2017:
Visited a second time today after a walk along west lake. Tried the curry, yunnan mushrooms, assorted bean sprouts/ seaweed/ bean curd, tonkatsu and almond sweet soup. Everything was truly wonderful. The yunnan mushrooms and almond soup stood out especially. We had to wait quite a bit for the almond dessert as it was freshly prepared. The taste was worth the wait, but the price! I wish there was more of it for that price...


Pros: awesome service , great ambience

Cons: a little expensive

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Delightful vegetarian fare - Edit

I had a lovely dinner at the Lakeside Veggie this evening. The food was fresh and wonderfully flavourful. The quantity was just right for me (although some may think the portions are on the smaller side). The service was attentive and very polite. And the location itself is very nice, just off West Lake. I highly recommend Lakeside Veggie.

Pros: Excellent food, Good service

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