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If Vegan
    • ADDRESS:
      2/F, 408 Shaanxi Bei Lu,
      near Beijing Xi Lu
      陕西北路408号2楼, 近北京西路
    • PHONE:
      6377 6999
    • WECHAT:
      -
    • AREA:
      Jing'an
    • METRO:
      15 mins walk from West Nanjing Rd
    • HOURS:
      Daily,
      Lunch, 11am-2pm
      Afternoon Tea, 2-4.30pm
      Dinner, 5-9pm
    • CARDS:
      Local cards, WeChat, Alipay accepted
    • WEB:
      -
    • WIFI:
      -
    • OPENED:
      Unknown. Listed since May 2018
    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Friendly, upstairs vegan restaurant with a range of healthy western and Chinese options, from braised eggplants with soy to quinoa salad and vegan pizza. Ipad menus with pictures and English options.
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    • Atmosphere: If vegan, you’ve probably already heard of If Vegan. If not vegan, consider this your introduction. It’s a friendly, upstairs restaurant with a sort of scuffed IKEA vibe and a whole load of lovely, mostly healthy plates. To get in, find the little door on North Shaanxi, ten paces north of West Beijing, and head up to the very top floor. When we visited for a weeknight dinner, it was almost full of smiling, healthy older vegans and younger, v-curious hipsters. There's a bakery / patisserie counter by the entrance full of impossibly dairy-looking things, which you can presumably get to go. Also, it’s one of the only places I’ve found that does a good vegan version of meat floss, which is a selling point in itself.

      Food: You can get the abovementioned meat floss in the summer rolls, which also contain dragonfruit and come with a sauce the colour of grasshoppers. (It doesn’t contain grasshoppers. They’re not vegan.) We also ordered a lovely braised aubergine dish with a chilli kick, some not-too-slimy okra with a thin, soy-based sauce, a perfectly nice quinoa salad with fresh, steamed and roasted vegetables, and – regrettably – some purple whirls that reminded me of the food fight in Hook. The menu alleges that they’re made from purple sweet potato and coconut. They were the last thing left on the table, and were only really good for the novelty factor.

      Everything else was great, though. the food is fresh, well-considered and often imaginative. I'd go back to try more of the menu, not only because it's well-made but also out of curiosity. What do they top their vegan pizza with? I haven't yet found a good vegan cheese substitue in Shanghai, but I'd be game for trying whatever they've chosen.

      Service: The staff are sweet as hell, and very attentive to refilling your bai kai shui glass. Orders are placed through iPads, which have pictures and English translations for each dish. It's all very convenient.

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