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Ji Xiang Cao (Lucky Zen)

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2F, 428 Madang Road, Luwan, Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This Buddhist-style vegetarian restaurant belongs to a new crop of trendy and small and excellent places to eat in Shanghai. The food were excellent for my two visits. The menu is on iPad but all in Chinese (with both picture and description). The best aspect of this place is its decorations and atmosphere - you are dinning among the book... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

At first we were very impressed with this vegetarian restaurant. The menu all with pictures on an iPad but there is very limited English explanation and the staff has very limited English as well. The food is presented very well and tastes good. The food is very natural to a point when it becomes bland and tasteless. The prices are... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

Not one of the usual fake-meat type Buddhist vegetarian places in Shanghai (though those are good too). Lucky Zen has a variety of unique and interesting dishes that never disappoint. It was our favorite when we lived in Shanghai in 2010-11, and we were very pleased to find it still operating today.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

One of my all time favourites in Shanghai. Awesome vegetarian food in the most zen like environment. Bring your own personal Buddha.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

On a recent trip to Shanghai, I wanted to meet with a colleague for dinner. I only eat at vegetarian restaurants when in China, and am always on the lookout for good ones. My colleague suggested Ji Xiang Cao, and I was happy that he did: The food was good, the atmosphere was extremely pleasant, it was easy to get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2014

This venue is hidden away on the second floor but once you get upstairs the furniture is nice and the staff welcoming. There are no recreated meat style dishes just interesting and creative dishes. Lots of different mushroom plates as well as soya, potato and other vegetables. We found it difficult to hold back from ordering too much and really... More 

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Vegetarian Friendly
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  • Address: 2F, 428 Madang Road, Luwan, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > Xintiandi
  • Neighbourhood: Xintiandi

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The refurbishment of a block of old shikumen into a carless entertainment center called Xintiandi, filled with restaurants, shops and bars, turned this area below South Huangpi Road into one of Shanghai’s most fashionable areas. Luxe condos house people who can afford the high-end brands that fill the malls and shops along Madang Road. The pleasant Taipinghu Park provides the area with green space and is also home to Shanghai Fashion Week twice a year. It’s not all glitter and glamour, though, as the rise of Danshui Road has given the Xintiandi area a shot of toned-down character. Small bars and cafes, mostly owned by locals, have people hanging out in a formerly quiet, unassuming part of the neighborhood.
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