CLOSED: XiangJi Ge Vegetarian

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 9 reviews )



819 W Nanjing Rd, KaiXin Center, 4th floor (at ShiMen Rd), Shanghai, China

Vegetarian restaurant offering traditional Chinese cuisine but inspired through contemporary trends. Dishes are mostly vegan with extensive selections in savories plus has sweet desserts, non-alcoholic beer, and a large selection of teas. Picture menu with English translations available. Located in the KaiXin Center, out of exit 2 at West Nanjing Rd Line 2 metro station, at 南京西路819号, 开欣商厦410室. Since 2014. REPORTED SHUT SUMMER 2017.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Chinese, Beer/Wine

9 Reviews

First Review by Tianci

No longer exists - Edit

Went to try out this place two nights ago and it is no longer there. All the signs are still on the front of the restaurant but it is completely empty inside.

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Terrific meal! - Edit

Follow earlier reviewers' posts to find. Had a wonderful meal here today! I'd read mixed reviews about the tofu skin dish but my husband and I really enjoyed it. Sort of like scrambled eggs but a bit creamy? Tasty, and like nothing I've had before. Our daughter had the mushroom and tofu dish and loved it. I had the yam sushi, which was good, and the noodle dish with the peanuts on it, which was great. We also had the pineapple curry(?) rice. Yum, and it's served inside half of a pineapple! The restaurant also has a lovely atmosphere - tranquil. Staff was nice.

Cons: none

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would go again - Edit

We really liked everything we ordered including radishes, mushroom skewers, tofu skin with egg and wonton/dumpling soup. I would definitely go here again. It was moderately priced, good food, with picture menu and helpful staff. Previous reviews were really helpful in finding the exact location.

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Trust and wonderful pineapple curry rice - yuan only - Edit

I will always remember my visit to this wonderful spot on Nanjing road. Thankfully the reviews on Happy Cow helped in navigating to this tucked away spot up and around escalators. I was seated in a booth with beaded gauze curtains and a stack of Chinese books with a beautifully illustrated map of vegan restaurants in Shanghai. The service was polite and kind. A pot of lemongrass tea was placed on the table as I perused the vast menu with photos and descriptions of options - sweet or savory. I ordered the broccoli and mushroom dish which I thought was a side dish but arrived as a lovely soup with a full floret of broccoli in a delicious broth swimming with mushrooms The curried pineapple rice served here is the real emperor of China - moist, savory and slightly sweet with veggies and chunks of pineapple served in a carved pineapple dish.
So happy and full I was to pay my tab and find that they did not accept US credit cards and directed me to a nearby ATM which was broken and I was told "You can pay next time" Unfortunately I rarely visit Shanghai though I really should be allowed to visit more often.
I ventured down Nanjing road several blocks and finally found an ATM - a private booth with glass doors for security which resembled a large telephone booth.
I hurried back on the tree lined Nanjing road with colorful flowered shaped lights, pink scooters and cool pedestrians up and around escalators on the 4th floor to be greeted by cheerfully by the woman at the counter who held up a hand written note in English. "You can pay next time"
Next time? ... Maybe a year or so I thought... Next life? ... May be awhile.
"Oh no" I said "It was so delicious - I will pay now"
Vegan, green and wonderful - here's to the new China.

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My favorite so far in Shanghai - Edit

XiangJi Ge Vegetarian has a truly fantastic menu, with a great variety ranging from traditional staples to a number of items I'd never seen anywhere else.

I started with the "tree flower" salad, which I selected because it was the most unusual item on the menu. It was unique and great. The experience was a bit like the first time I ever had Japanese sea vegetable salad, lo those many years ago: a bit strange at first bite, but then I was hooked. I followed that up with the potstickers with cordyceps flower and mushrooms, which were divine. But there's enough variety on the menu that everyone should find plenty to love.

There's a good selection of teas, too. And the prices were quite reasonable, especially considering the quality.

Service was helpful and friendly, and though my server didn't speak English, the proprietors do. Note that their machine could not accept non-Chinese credit cards.

Pros: Fantastic menu

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A great option! - Edit

The menu here is quite extensive (and in English, as well as with photos) and we took some time deciding what to order, as there were only two of us and only so much we could eat, so we had to limit ourselves. Even then we had leftovers.

Everything we tried was good, and we especially liked the potato and carrot dish, as well as the dumplings. Some items are similar to what can be found in some other Chinese veg places.

The inside of the restaurant is nice too, and I loved the booths over by the window.

It's very close to the metro which is great for days when you're trying to avoid the weather!

Pros: delicious, many options, very close to subway

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Nice Chinese Vegan-friendly restaurant - Edit

Using Tianci's description (take Metro line 2 to Nanjing West Road, take exit # 2, turn right when you arrive at the street and walk 30-40 meters, then enter the shopping mall and go to 4th floor), I easily managed to find this place. (I also post a picture how the entrance to the mall looks like, for those who - like me - can not read "KaiXin Center" when it is written in Chinese signs :-)

The restaurant has a wide selection of classic Chinese dishes, but in order to communicate with the waitresses, it certainly helps to be able to speak Mandarin. I wanted to order a "big" jug of watermelon juice, and the lady explained to me that it would be very big, so I should rather order a "medium" one. This turned out to be a big pitcher, so I guess the "big" one is what you need for 10 people...

Anyway - the nice Chinese food is best enjoyed in company, otherwise you will only be able to sample a few dishes. I had two kinds of dumplings, one of which was absolutely delicious - think it was called "Snow pumpkin" dumpling or similar, filled with a creamy pumpkin filling. I also had a very nice "spicy beancurd strips" appetizer and Beansprouts vegetable. All of these were very nice, the only dish for which I did not care so much was a "Spicy cumin mushroom skewer" appetizer, although I normally like the taste of cumin.

All in all, a nice restaurant and a welcome addition to the offer of vegan-friendly restaurants in Shanghai.

Pros: Tasty food, Prices ok, Easy to reach by public transport

Cons: Best to know some Mandarin

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friendly calm place - Edit

Thanks to previous reviewer for the address details. Fourth floor!
The small shopping centre looks half abandoned upstairs, but head for level 4 where there's a selection of restaurants.
Friendly staff, good pictorial menu.
I didn't go ape over my main dish, but its just my poor choice. I had good dumplings and tofu skin things.
A good place, lots of choice.
Updated from previous review on Friday July 04, 2014

Pros: friendly , safe, no meat

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Welcoming a New Vegan Eatery! - Edit

We had the pleasure to visit Xiangji Ge just recently and wish to pass along a five cow recommendation for this place! They have a wonderful selection of different foods, the staff is friendly and works hard to help you if you don't speak Chinese (but their English may be a bit limited). The picture menu has English translations of the dishes, which are primarily Chinese. Clean, well decorated, and conveniently located quite close to the Nanjing West Rd Metro (subway) station.

Location: Take the #2 Exit and turn right on the street level. You will walk only perhaps 30-40 meters and the entrance to the Kaixin Center is on your right. Take the elevator to the 4th floor. Xiangji Ge is not hard to find.

Pros: Reasonable prices, Some English Speaking ability, Picture menu w/ English Translations

Cons: May be a bit difficult to find

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Tianci 17 Jun 2014 - A quick update from the manager: there is one dish that does have cream in it. I would suggest asking the wait staff before ordering which dishes might have dairy. I have suggested they annotate the menu for this dish to note it has dairy/milk/cream. Until that is done, perhaps you can ask.  

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