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Gwen's Jiang
    • ADDRESS:
      25 Yanqing Lu,
      near Donghu Lu
      延庆路25号, 近东湖路
    • PHONE:
      139 1824 5404
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Xuhui
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from Changshu Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 10.30am-9pm
    • CARDS:
      Local cards accepted, WeChat, Alipay
    • WEB:
      -
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      What used to be D'Lish, this is the same people and broadly the same idea; still wholesome, lunchable vegetarian food, with more emphasis on delivery and take-out. The café itself remains either cramped/dingy or cozy depending on your taste, and the door is oddly hard to haul open. Sometimes they play older HK and Taiwanese pop music. The Taiwanese owner Gwen and the rest of the staff are super friendly too.
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    • It’s not hard to find healthy vegetarian and vegan food in Shanghai. It’s just that there aren’t many restaurants which include options as a matter of course. After a few months of minor frustrations at entirely carnivorous group brunches and dinners, and far too many bowls of Jen Dow's signature veggie noodles (good but salty), a meal at Gwen’s was a happy soul food antidote.

      The little cafe on Yanqing is stylish but small. There’s only really one proper table (a big one, but still) plus some stools at the bar. I liked the bar seats – they provided a great view of our food being microwaved, scooped and biodegradably-packaged.

      I also liked the menu. Everything looks good: fresh and colourful cooking. I went for the biang biang tempeh rice (38rmb), which carried a satisfying garlic hit. Would recommend. Annoyingly, a few of the options were unavailable when we visited, but we also tried the New Orleans spicy tomato sauce with avocado and egg (48rmb, hearty) and the steamed bun special, which was well-packed and filling.

      Service is quick and efficient, and the food was exactly the healthy hit I was looking for. I was surprised at how much microwaving was happening, although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing – the flavour and texture of everything we ate was still good. I’ll be returning to try the drinks and the other food options, especially after a heavy food weekend.

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