Wenshu Temple Restaurant

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 13 reviews )

66 Wenshuyuan St, Chengdu, China

Located on the temple premises, this is Buddhist style vegan dining without onions or garlic. Generous portions, fresh ingredients, clean and stylish setting. Has a buffet area on the ground floor and à la carte dining upstairs. Open Mon-Sun 10:30am-7:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, Buffet

13 Reviews

First Review by craigmc

One of the best food I ate in China - Edit

This was the best food I ate in China - and at that time, I did not even know what vegan meant so that says something about the food here! The food was very tasty and very clean. The atmosphere was almost divine and I would definitely go back here for the food and the temple experience.

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Vegechips 11 Feb 2018 - very helpful Thanks...  

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Pricey but Tasty - Edit

I went here with a Chinese colleague and our significant others. They ordered for all of us. It was really tasty! We ate upstairs and enjoyed most of the dishes we sampled.

The ordering is done on an iPad, so you can go by the pictures to order if you don’t read Hanzi. The staff is helpful and friendly.

Overall, the meat “substitute” dishes were okay. The classic dishes were the best gong bao “chicken” is always a favorite amongst Sichuan ren and visitors, even those that usually eat meat.

Nobody left feeling hungry or too full, and our tea cups were constantly filled, so overall, it was a great experience!

Pros: location, options

Cons: pricey

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Amazing buffet and hot pot! - Edit

We went twice and had buffet once and hot pot the other time. Both were a bit pricey, 35 pp for the buffet is much more than the usual 20 and we nearly didn’t go for the hot pot as menu seemed to say 99 per person. They then explained it was a special price of 50 per person at the moment but I got the feeling it’s always at a special price! Quality and variety of food both Rome’s was fantastic, best veg buffet and best hot pot of our trip to China so far!

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Expensive but worth it - Edit

Ate the hot pot buffet on the ground floor for lunch. It was amazing. There is a huge variety of veggies and fake meats to choose from. At the beginning, you choose from a couple options of broth which you get in your own hot pot. It was my first hot pot in China, so I would have liked a local to tell me how they usually maneuver it, but still a great meal.

Pros: Huge variety of ingredients for the hot pots, Very nice atmosphere, clean bathrooms

Cons: Pricey, Limited opening hours

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Amazing hot pot buffet! - Edit

This place was amazing and in an amazing temple. You can wander the temple then treat yourself to an amazing lunch. They give you a boiling hot pot then you go and gather as much fresh veggies, fake meats, mushrooms and noodles as you want! You cook it at your table and it is really fun. One of the waitresses spoke great english when i was there. Watch out the buffet desserts are not vegan, at least not all of them the waitress told me. I loved this place!

Pros: all you can eat, very fresh, inside amazing temple grounds

Cons: desserts not vegan

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Great buffet - Edit

We went there right when the buffet opened its doors at 11:15. The buffet has about 25 dished to choose from and there is plenty of local food to be sampled. I liked the appetizers best! The mu er ear mushrooms were amazing! A bit spicy, but I had worse and it only added to the taste anyway. They also got cold noodles which we were told are very specific for the region.
Overall this place lives up to its reputation. I can definitely recommend going there. Especially for the cheap price of 35

Pros: all vegan, very tasty

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Great vegan hotpot! - Edit

I haven’t eaten the a la carte, as they weren’t open when I went. I had the hotpot on the ground floor, and I loved it! The ingredients were all wonderfully fresh and varied (it helps that I went right when they opened). My husband loved the mock meats they have, and I loved the wide variety of vegetables, some of which I hadn’t encountered before. Personal hotpot rather than communal. The atmosphere was clean and relaxing, and we got a discount for scanning a QR code on WeChat so the meal was actually quite cheap for hotpot for two.

Second-best vegan hotpot I’ve had in Chengdu (the other isn’t listed on HappyCow—I’ll have to go back so I can find out the name and add it myself!), but the best atmosphere for it. Very enjoyable end to an afternoon spent at a beautiful and calming monastery. (I recommend you skip the area surrounding the monastery if you’re not interested in buying tacky souvenirs—the real treat is wandering through the complex and soaking up the sun on the monastery steps.)

Hotpot is an absolute MUST HAVE in Chengdu, but most hotpot places aren't vegan as they use bone broth. Check out Wenshu Monastery to get your fix while you visit!

Pros: fresh, high-quality ingredients, buffet style, good value for your money

Cons: no alcohol, limited open hours

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Delicious veggie food, very spicy - Edit

The complex next to the temple and monastery (on the right) contains a teahouse and two vegetarian restaurants. The downstairs is a buffet where you make your own hotpot and sauces - when we tried it was a disaster! But upstairs there is an a la carte restaurant where you make your choices from a tablet. The staff (all volunteers) are simply delightful and speak some English, and food is simply delicious. Beware of the spicy dishes though - we thought we were used to hot food but there were so many chillies in one of our dishes that we couldn't eat it. Even the less spicy dishes are quite hot. The dumplings are great, as are the noodles, and there is a lovely dish with water chestnuts. We were staying across the road and went here 4 times. One of the best vegetarian restaurants we found in China.

Pros: Lovely staff, Delicious Food, Tranquil setting

Cons: Some dishes a bit too spicy, No alcohol

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excellent high quality place - Edit

There is a self service hotpot downstairs for 50¥ per person and a restaurant upstairs. Staff is very pleasant and speak English and try to help with everything. Food is delicious and very beautiful. We went upstairs and paid 150 for three. Nice atmosphere, clean, beautiful music in background.

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Delicious temple style food - Edit

We had the à la carte and it was probably the best Sichuan food we got to taste during our trip to China. Cooked just right, from fresh ingredients, with dishes ranging from plain to complex and spicy.

The service is friendly and attentive, the ambiente is stylish and beautiful, and a bonus for weary travelers: the toilet is super clean!

Prices are rather high for China but fair for what you get.

Pros: Excellent, Clean, Stylish

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Yummy! - Edit

Really good vegan food, very yummy! I definitely recommend it.

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average food - Edit

I am not sure about the exact opening hours but check these in advance if you can as it was closed in the afternoon and reopens at 5pm

We had trouble getting in for free even when we explained that we wanted to eat at the vegetarian restaurant inside but eventually went through the second set of doors further along from the main entrance and got in for free.

We enjoyed the spicy bamboo dish, however another dish that our friend has was very plain. The rice was huge, enough for 3 people, however we were not impressed when we asked for them for hot rice and they wanted to microwave it.

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good for lunch - Edit

plan a visit to the monastery, and fit lunch in around it.
mainly veg and tofu dishes with some mock meat. the food is tasty, and there is a picture menu. try one of the several bamboo dishes.
let down a little by laclustre staff and poor cleanliness.

Pros: good food, good location

Cons: early close

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