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A Lotus on the Water
清水荷花

5 Baiyunsi Jie, Wenshu Fang, Chengdu
成都文殊坊白云寺街52

Phone: (028) 86921839
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Much-touted vegetarian restaurant, inside the Wenshu area. Not to be confused with the restaurant inside the monastery.

  • iraglassismyhero
    April 1, 2012
    This place is just not as good as Vegetarian Lifestyle. I'd heard quite a few good things about it, so when I was invited to go with some friends I was looking forward to it. But I was surprised to find the inside is rundown with terrible orange halogen lighting and the music is bad. The dishes are oilier and not as good as other vegetarian dishes I've had elsewhere for the same (high-ish) price or cheaper. And the particular evening I was there, the people at the table next to us were celebrating a birthday, complete with a cake with a musical candle that they did not silence throughout the entire meal!

    Forget Lotus on the Water, go to Vegetarian lifestyle or a temple restaurant instead.
  • Isaac
    December 29, 2009
    Disclaimer: this is the only vegetarian restaurant I have been to so far in Chengdu. I have been here twice and both times the food was very good. The seating is comfortable and the mood is relaxed; on the other hand, the music sometimes veers toward muzak, which is annoying. The menu is extensive, featuring all kinds of fake meat dishes and vegetable dishes, and prices range from 8 yuan to 60+ (I think the most expensive dish is vegetarian abalone).

    My first time here I ordered a spicy "beef" and black bean dish, and the second time I had "fish" (with seaweed for skin!) and mushrooms in spicy oil. These were actually two of the spiciest dishes I have had in Sichuan, and both were very tasty.

    At the front of the restaurant there is also a little shop selling vegan groceries, including a selection of fake meats.
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