Water Lily Restaurant

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23 Jalan Tun H. S. Lee (at Chinatown), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 50000 KL

Vegetarian restaurant with an extensive food menu, including noodle curry and vege curry. Formerly Fatt Yan Vegetarian. Open Mon-Sat 10:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Malaysian

43 Reviews

First Review by PatriciaRobinson

Vegan Chinese Food - Edit

Their signboard says vegetarian but according to all the Happy Cow reviews, it's vegan. We were in the vicinity for work so I thought this would be the perfect place to have dinner. I also checked to see if they used milk in their curry and they assured me there's no milk, yay!

We had the:
1. Claypot Vegan Chicken Rice RM13
2. Curry Kueh Teow RM8.90
3. Red Bean Paste Bun RM1.70
4. BBQ Bun RM1.90
5. Barley Water RM2.00

I enjoyed everything we had. Lots of flavours and portions were fairly large. They do use a lot of mock meat though, so next time I might request to omit that. Also, unfortunately I could feel the after effects of MSG after the meal so I really must remember to request for no MSG.

Was quite funny as I was trying to practise speaking in Cantonese but after I placed all my orders, the server spoke to me in English instead.

The place looks like it's been there for a long time. They also sell vegetarian biscuits and sauces.

Pros: Extensive menu, Flavourful food, Servers speak English, English menu

Cons: I think they cook with MSG, Parking is difficult

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Wholly Vegan Reataurant in KL - Edit

I enjoyed Water Lily for dinner this evening and it was, in fact, delicious. When I sat down, my server who was probably the owner, told me “everything is vegan” which was a huge relief and hopefully this restaurant is upgraded to the vegan category. I saw a few special set dinners and went for number three because it included the satay skewers. The fool, I thought, there’s no way this meal set at this low of a price is going to be rewar— whoa, wait a minute. The BBQ sticky bun arrived and fit perfectly into mouth a few bites at a time and cheered me up instantly. Next the satay served with a block of fried silken tofu, rice and bok-choy arrived and they were all fantastic. Especially the satay, which was crispy and heaped with a fantastic peanut sauce. I left with only two words in mind— very satisfying!

Pros: Vegan, Extensive selection, Fast and Inexpensive

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Decent, not exceptional - Edit

Have to agree with the previous reviews. This place is just OK.

I got a clay pot veggie dish, which was rather forgettable. Prices were reasonable... but as always, it's tough for sit-down places to compete with the buffets, where a big dish will only cost you 7rm.

It was close to their midday break when I arrived, and I liked that the staff were sitting around and sharing a meal themselves. It feels very familial and homelike.

Not a bad meal, just not worth going out of your way for.

Pros: Solid food, Quiet, calm establishment, OK prices

Cons: Nothing special

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Okay - Edit

Me and my boyfriend tried to different set menus with rice, veggies and protein. It was okay, but not really full of flavour. Good prices but wouldn't come back. Also the place was empty when we got there and the staff was sitting out in the dining area while we ate, which felt unprofessional and a bit weird for us guests.

Pros: Cheap

Cons: Lack of flavour, Not great service

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OK - Edit

The owner is really nice, but the food was just ok. NOthing special. Although the buns were really delicious.

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OK - Edit

We take the green bean soup. It was more like hot water with a lot of tofu in it. There was not a lot of taste in it. We also take set menu A with soy Fish. The fake fish tasted good. The rest not really and it was not a big dish.

Pros: Good taste of fake fish

Cons: Small dishes. Not a lot of taste.

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Nice food. - Edit

Nice food. Am not too well versed in the Malaysian cuisine but would guess the food here was Chinese or panasian. Great prices. They told us and a few other customers everything was vegan.

Pros: cheap, all vegan?

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awesome Malaysian vegan food - Edit

We have been in this restaurant today for dinner. The food is all "pure vegetarian" as they use to call "vegan" food. People are very nice. The restaurant is simple but clean and the food is awesome. We tried 2 different soups and a vegetable bun. Everything delicious. And the price was very very cheap!
Cookies, mini cakes, sweets and other vegan foods available for sale.

Updated from previous review on 2017-09-05

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Quick, simple and cheap - Edit

Great pricing on their set menu. Got a big block of tofu, soy chicken, green veggies and rice, plus a herbal iced tea for 13.90myr - good amount of food too

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Feedback taken? - Edit

Have to wonder if perhaps the early complaints about atmosphere here somehow got across to the restaurant. Because now all that seems to have changed. The first day I went for breakfast and heard quiet music piped in, perhaps religious chanting - soothing relief from the noise outside. The next day, I was there just before closing, and some sort of light jazz was playing so quietly I couldn't make it out. Both days staff was pleasant, courteous, and patient - even though I once took a while to decide, and then changed after ordering. So, far from there being any weirdness, I felt exceptionally comfortable - despite the drab decor.
For breakfast I tried kway teow in a curry soup, which hit the mark for me. The chili did its job, so I also took a bun and soy milk to cool down. On the next visit, after days of spicy meals, I wanted a lighter dinner, so chose satay set. That included rice, braised greens, and tofu in mushroom sauce which again was prepared in a way that suited me fine: low salt and oil, just flavorful ingredients. The satay itself was a winner - had to get a second round.
So I left quite pleased with the meal, and delighted that all dishes are vegan and allium-free, so I was spared the headache of scrounging through a menu in search of something I can eat.

Pros: 100% vegan and allium-free, Low salt and oil, tasty, visually pleasing, Pleasant staff, inexpensive prices

Cons: No brown rice, Drab decor

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Great for lunch - Edit

Great buffet starting at 12 but often finished very quickly. Lunch set meals at RM14. Not cheap but good quality and vegan.

Pros: Central location

Cons: Can be crowded

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So so good 👌 - Edit

First time having soya fish and it was delicious. The staff are also very friendly. Some of the friendliest we have met in KL.

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Good service - Edit

I ordered beehoon soup and was very nice not too salty and with a good varaity of vegetables, tofu and mushrooms, the food looked and tasted like it was cooked with care.

Cons: Not really cheap.

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Don't worry if the menue has lots of meat dishes - Edit

They are all based on tofu and it tastes quite good. It's not super impressive but still good food :)

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Disappointing - Edit

I was not impressed with the food here. As well as an extensive menu there are three set menu options. I chose Set A which was ginger soya fish, mushroom sauce, tofu and vegetables. The menu said this came with tea for 13.90. What I actually was given was not tea but a glass of lukewarm soya milk. I think I had three sips. The food was not great. The tofu was bland, the vegetables were tasteless and the mock fish was rather tough. So much so I had to spit a piece out. Overall I was disappointed with my experience so I will not be returning.

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Great local eatery - Edit

This is a great local place with friendly and helpful staff.

I had a delicious Laksa Soup, listed as "Curry" on the menu, but just ask the waitress for Laksa and she'll point you in the right direction.

Great location near China Town and good value.

Pros: Location, Price, Taste

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Delicious and Cheap Vegan Goodness! - Edit

Loved this place. Not amazing decor but great food and incredibly cheap. Staff were really helpful and friendly too. Had set menu for just a couple of pounds/dollars which included a drink - was supposed to be herbal tea but instead for some reason they brought home made soy milk which was lovely. Also try the buns - had a couple of BBQ buns - one white and one wholewheat. Again, both really good. Would recommend!

Pros: very cheap , lots of choice , friendly staff

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All vegan and next to my hostel - Edit

My hostel specializes in meat and wheat options, so I was very grateful to find Water Lily literally across the street. They have many options for food, but I have been trying the different lunch sets which costs less than 14 RM (about $3 USD). My favorite so far is the Thai style Soya chicken!

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Enjoyed noodles while in Chinatown - Edit

This is one of the few vegan places listed in the area, and it was a good place to relax after walking all morning. Chose the BBQ noodles after seeing a local diner enjoying them. The menu works well for sharing dishes.

Pros: Large menu

Cons: None

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sticky buns and stir fry - Edit

All vegan! had a couple of dishes here, BBQ sticky bun was lovely. got a couple of dishes that were kind of average ( I thought) and customer service was average too.

Pros: All vegan! sticky buns! food came out Super Fast

Cons: customer service

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Great ! - Edit

We went today to Water Lily Restaurant and got the spring rolls, won tons, Rice with broccoli and mushroom, pancakes and a moon cake. It was all so great and I absolutely loved the pancake and the moon cake! And everything was reasonably cheap :)
The staff is very friendly too.

Pros: food, prices, staff

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Easy Vegan - Edit

I like it. Nice, simple and good food. It is pretty quiet, but I am ok with that.

Pros: east to get to, vegan, large menu

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Good vegan food at Chinatown - Edit

Nice all vegan food with good spices and soya products.
You can save money by chosing a menue. We got soya milk instead of tea we ordered but did mind.

Pros: Only vegan food., Very cheap.

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Nothing to come back for. - Edit

We had exactly the same feeling like some ppl here. Atmosphere is very wired - we were the only customers and felt like we were acting on a stage while the whole staff is watching us. Hmmm…

First of all the lady who bring the menu stayed there and waiting and it was really uncomfortable. Second thing, she almost didn't let us to read the menu just was trying to persuade us to order one of 3 set menu for 13,90 rm. I said thank you and continue reading. She still standing behind. I had to tell her we need some time. When she saw we still searching the menu, she send (I think) her husband and then he started to pushing us to go for set lunch. So we realized that they really don't want to cook fresh food "a'la carte" just to sell precooked things. We surrendered cose had no time to search for other place. But we wasn't happy about this decision.

We got fish set and mutton set. Both dishes the same - plain rice, tofu, blanched watery lettuce and fish/mutton. Food was edible but canteen - like. Nothing special at all. That was our last lunch in KL so all this made us rather disappointed :( I wouldn't come back there.

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Good solid fare in Chinatown - Edit

Good fare in a central location, with reasonable prices. The black pepper ribs are really decent and there is a wide selection of greens. Set menus are available and packets of crispy nibbles are on sale for take away. The staff can come across a little austere, but warm to you after a while.

Pros: Good fare, Location

Cons: Not the most atmospheric

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ok! - Edit

Not a charming place but It's ok to eat. 2 floors restaurant.
local restaurant. I didn't see any tourist here.
they propose 3 différents sets for 3usd which is affordable and good.
I tried the soya fish, it was excellent.

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Amazing and highly recommend! - Edit

I'm surprised by some of the negative reviews! The food was cheap, delicious and all vegan. I ordered a pot of green tea, two BBQ buns and the mock duck, all of which was very flavoursome and healthy. Will admit the atmosphere was a bit off when I first arrived but I sat there for ages and as more people came the more cheerful the staff became - they were really pleasant and I highly recommend going.

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