restaurants / Chinese

Gōngdélín information

Shànghǎi , China
445 West Nanjing Rd; 南京西路445号
+86 21 6327 0218
Getting there
Metro: People’s Sq
dishes ¥18-68
Opening hours
11am-3pm & 5-9pm
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Shànghǎi's second-oldest vegetarian restaurant (opened in 1922), Gōngdélín never fails to perplex Western vegetarians – almost everything on the menu is prepared to resemble meat, down to sinewy textures and bony chunks. Don’t worry though, the beef with shacha sauce and the sesame chicken rolls are actually made of tofu, no matter how convincing they look.

The interior is a blend of stone and wood with Venetian blinds, honeycombed lamps and a couple of Buddhist statues thrown in for good fortune.