Welcome Chinese Vegetarian Food

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2 Wharenui Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand

Vegetarian cafe in Christchurch, near the University, serving Chinese and Western food. Features over 100 items on the menu with most being vegan. Food such as fried radish cake, hot plates, claypot dishes, noodle, vegan ice cream, and more. No onion or garlic used. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:00pm-9:00pm. Closed July 6 to 12, 2017.

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

23 Reviews

First Review by vegestuff

too much choice! =D - Edit

It took me so long to decide what to have, so much choice! Most the menu is vegan and labelled well. Portion was huge and good value, shame we only got to eat there once as would love to return! Shame there aren't more places like this across NZ!

Pros: vegan heaven!

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So much variety - Edit

As a vegan I'm not used to having so much choice! Everything on the menu here always looks so interesting and the portion sizes are massive which is brilliant. Really cosy little place to go and eat, and the staff are always friendly. The food is generally good, but I find it's quite salty (makes me very thirsty) and if you order a dish it's really just a lot of the same flavour so it gets boring to eat. But otherwise, great value and an amazing place for vegans. Super grateful this exists.

Pros: Good value, Amazing portion sizes, Variety

Cons: Mediocre food (salty/all the same flavour)

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very friendly stuff - Edit

We got some take away which was in 15 min ready to go. We had steamed dumplings, ramen with veges and tofu and some "meat" with veges. Everything was tasting good especially the meat stuff,it was crunchy outside and tasting like duck.

Pros: very friendly stuff

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Best Dumplings! - Edit

I love, love, love, love, love this restaurant! Being a vegan and going to a new city, I was pleasantly surprised to find this gem. It wasn't too far away from where I was staying so my partner and I came here constantly. They have a variety of sauces on a shelf in the dining room, GO NUTS!
The menu is large so I tried a lot, here's a list of safe items to choose from for your first visit!

Things I enjoyed-
Entrees:
Steamed Dumplings, Crispy Tofu (try with soy, sweet chilli and/or plum sauce)

Vegan Specials:
Claypot Coconut Curry with Ramen (was good once it cooled down, could be spicy for some), Plum Sauce Soy Protein with Rice (safest bet for a first visit)

Main Dishes:
Sweet and Sour Tofu (huge tofu pieces!!), Hotplate Sesame Mushroom with Bean Sprout and Veggy

Dessert:
Red Bean Pastry (Very Dense, Split 1 between 2)

Things I didn't enjoy-
The Crispy TVP delight was SWEET! had some sort of cinnamon bun sauce all over the dish, I would not recommend unless you're into that.

Pros: Cheap!!, Friendly Service, Steamed. Dumplings.

Cons: The Crispy TVP Delight.

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Damn Straight - Edit

My go-to place in ChCh. Can't beat it. Happy every time I eat there.

Pros: Huge Vegan Menu, Value for Money, Tongue and Cheek Waiter

Cons: Bit Chilly in Winter

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Delicious - Edit

Had the steamed dumplings and Hong Kong Fried Noodle, would definitely order again

Pros: Low cost, Large selection, Friendly staff

Cons: Limited parking when I went

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amazing food, great service! - Edit

what we had tasted very freshand the tofu/mock meat were both delicious. we were well taken care of, all questions answered and had a nice chat with the staff. the mushroom beef jerky is also something special! :) would go again!

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amazing variety - Edit

this visit to Christchurch we decided to eat take away. All the dishes were really tasty with an incredible variety of textures and all without onions and garlic. The red bean pastry and deep fried bananas are great vegan desserts.

Pros: lots of vegan options, onion and garlic free to avoid disrupted meditatio

Cons: polystyrene and plastic takeaway containers

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Go here and feast. - Edit

The food is amazing and so cheap! Seems like 95% of their menu is vegan, with the exception of some omelette dishes.
The samosas are to die for, but so is everything else.
They got everything ready within 15 minutes.
Loved it.

Pros: Amazing food, Cheap, Large vegan selection

Cons: Maybe not the most stylish restaurant , But who cares?

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Good thing I don't live too close - Edit

This is the type of place that if you lived within walking distance you possibly would never cook at home. Cheap, especially with their $20 set menu. Only a ten minute walk from the university. Quite a popular place for students. The steamed dumplings have me wanting more and the crock pots are quite flavorsome.

Pros: A lot of choice, Large Portions, Cheap

Cons: Decor

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Praise be! - Edit

This place has out of this world vegan options. The people are super friendly. The peanut sauce is to die for.
They make these things on sticks, covered in peanut sauce. I don't know what they are but they are chewy and if you want to improve your life you oughta get some.

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Don't go there if you don't have to - Edit

So that's how it goes: The food is good and the menu is pretty big, especially providing lots of vegan options. Basically that's all, there is nothing more special about this place, hence I am surprised about all that gushing praise. Besides, the menu looks huge but when you read it carefully, you will discover that most of the dishes are very similar to each other - so the range is a bit an embellishment.
I had a vegan special which was fair, but deep-fried and therefore nothing really special. In fact sadly most of the dishes are deep-fried. My plate was still sprinkling from oil, so after a minute the oil was splashed all over the table (and also a bit all over me).
Actually it's probably the best to order something to take away, because the premise itself isn't very cozy and after a while sitting there you smell like a cheap snack bar or chip stand.
I took a vegan pastry as dessert which was hard as stone. I was hardly able to take a bite, I am not kidding.
Besides, it's quite a long walk from downtown Christchurch.
All in all a pretty disappointing experience.

Pros: huge menu, food fair

Cons: sleazy place, smells oily, most dishes deep-fried

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Love This Place! - Edit

Can't believe that almost everything on the menu is vegan....So many choices!
If you're a Vegan travelling to Christchurch definitley try here.
Yes a lot of it is fried, but like the other reviewer said, probably the chinese influence of the cooking. It's yummy, and I don't eat like this everyday.
The owner is lovely, always very friendly.
The prices are good, especially for take away lunches.
No complaints about this place.

Pros: Too many choices, Yummy food, Try the won tons! Delicious!

Cons: Can't think of any

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Best Veg/Vegan Restaurant In the World - Edit

OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!! Curry Fried-Rice or Curry Fried-Noodles with Extra Soy Protein (spicy) = EPIC AWESOMENESS. I used to live in Christchurch for 2 years during my study at University of Canterbury and I go there nearly every day. I couldn't find a single place anywhere in the world which comes close to this Veg/Vegan Heaven. Friendly owner. Very tasty food. Man, I LOVE this place and I really miss this place. My meat-eating dorm mates also love this place.I highly recommend this place and my two favourite dishes to everyone, whether Vegan/Vegetarian or even Meat-eating folks. PLEASE OPEN A RESTAURANT in Auckland.

Ratings (out of 10)

Price : 10/10 (cheap)
Food Quantity : 10/10 (more than enough)
Taste : 10/10 ( OMG!!! Bloody best tasting food ever)
Accessibility : 10/10 ( By bus or car, and near Riccarton)
Customer Service : 10/10 ( friendly-folks)

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always welcome. - Edit

sure, the place looks a bit dodgy. i'm not going there for that. i go for the awesome food that welcome serves up. my partner and i go every wednesday for our 'welcome wednesday' meal and every wednesday we leave there happy. the staff is super friendly and the service is quick. highly recommended!

Pros: friendly, excellent selection, inexpensive

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SOOOOOOO YUMMMMMMMMMMMM - Edit

Fantastic food. Fantastic service. Fantastic price. Fantastic venue. This is my favourite Chinese restaurant in New Zealand. I highly recommend it!!!

Pros: Fantastic food, Fantastic service, Lots of selection

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Cosy restaurant - friendly service and yummy food - Edit

If your craving a meaty taste this is a great place to go. Its a lovely family run restaurant. Bernard is often serving with a big friendly smile. Well worth visiting.

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Lots of mock meat. Delicious. Recommended! - Edit

I highly recommend this place: it is one of the best places I have found for mock meat and tofu dishes.
The menu is extensive (4 pages or more) and you can try something different every time: 85% of it is vegan!
The food is mostly fried but it is not oily.
The owner is very friendly and prices are low.
What it lacks in atmosphere, it makes up for in deliciousness.

Pros: excellent food, extensive menu, low prices

Cons: don't go there for a romantic date.

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Best place for "mock" meat - Edit

This is one of the best places I have found for mienjin and tofu-based imitation meat. I highly recommend it.

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many options and larger menu - Edit

i like the options of mock and staight vegan, tofu, vegetables as well.

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Welcome Chinese Vegetarian in Riccarton - Edit

Everyone else pretty much tells you most things. The menu is extensive, 85% of it is vegan, and the owner is very friendly. I do however have a couple of complaints. The food is almost all fried (predominantly deep fried) and the restaurant is located kind of in a strip mall so it lacks ambience. I think the deep-frying is just a result of it being Chinese cuisine and the ambience cannot be helped, for if more people were into Vegan food we wouldn't have to deal with it.

Pros: Choices, Vegan Options, Friendly Owner

Cons: Deep-fried, Lacks Ambience

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Delicious - Edit

A vegetarian restaurant with a menue of about 4 pages? I couldn't believe it the first time! I try something different everytime now but the hotplates are my favorites! I've never been disappointed. Love it!

Pros: Superb Food, Friendly Service, affordable

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Nice little restaurant - Edit

The two reviews below have pretty much summed it up, I can only add that if you're a vegetarian and you're hungry - that's where you go! The food is wholesome, not "heavy" but at the same time satisfying. The owners do not use any onion or garlic in their cooking, but they use eggs in some preparations.

Pros: Friendly staff, Tasty food, No onion or garlic

Cons: Use eggs in some preps

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