First and foremost: Some online guides indicate that there are two locations for this restaurant, one in Chaoyang and another in Haidian. After an extended wild goose chase in June 2014, I discovered that the Haidian branch is no longer open. So the Chaoyang branch is your only choice.
The restaurant is a 10- minute walk from the subway (Line 13, Liufang station). However, I then spent at least 45 minutes wandering around, trying to find the restaurant, asking numerous locals in my Pidgin Mandarin where it was. I finally found it with the help of an old man who took me to 24 Liufang Nanli (the entrance to the complex), handed me off to an old woman who took me down the street and turned left, and then handed me off to a young mother, who walked with me and her infant son until we found the restaurant on the left. Whether it's really at #12 is somewhat beyond me, even after having eaten there, but I'm willing to believe it. If your Chinese isn't fluent, then expect to need some patience to find the restaurant. Which you can argue is good for building up an appetite.
I enjoyed a few dishes while here, and was even invited to eat and chat with an English ex-pat who took pity on my broken Mandarin. My English dining companion is a vegan who has been living in Beijing for 18 months, and comes to the restaurant twice a week, he says. So while my food experience was good, it wasn't exceptional -- but I'm willing to chalk that up to poor choices on my part.
I personally ordered the mock roast duck, a cold rice-bean porridge, and a sweet-and-sour fried eggplant dish. My dining companion let me try some of his Chinese yam and an herbal tea. In all of these cases, I found that the food was good, but a little weird and bland, erring on side of being too sweet. The porridge was extremely bland, actually.
There were so many items on the menu that it was hard to pick, and I do plan to give this restaurant another try when I return to Beijing in August, taking some other reviewers' responses and suggestions into account. However, it is possible that their chef's taste is different from my own.
Most items on the menu are quite reasonably priced; I ended up paying about 150 yuan for a large, filling meal. (They were happy to pack up the leftovers of my eggplant dish.) However, there are some dishes that are extremely expensive, with rare mushrooms -- so do be careful when ordering, and don't assume that just because it's vegetarian, you'll get off cheap!
The waitresses were extremely friendly, nice, and helpful, and were willing to suffer through my Chinese. And while they gave me a funny look when I asked, they did in fact accept my credit card for payment.
The restaurant is beautiful, quiet, and clean. There weren't too many other diners there when I went, but I hope that this reflects the hour of my arrival (about 7:30 p.m.) rather than the quality or its standing in the general community.
Not the best vegetarian restaurant I've been to in Beijing, but certainly not a bad one.
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