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Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu)
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    • ADDRESS:
      98 Yanping Lu,
      near Xinzha Lu
      延平路98号, 近新闸路
    • PHONE:
      5175 9822
    • AREA:
      Jing'an
    • METRO:
      10 mins walk from Jing'an Temple
    • HOURS:
      Daily, 11.30am-10pm
    • CARDS:
      Local and international cards accepted
    • PRICE:
      $$$$$
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    • SmartShanghai.com Editor's Description
      Pure & Whole is a western-style vegetarian restaurant serving highly nutritious food and drinks that improves people's health. They offer a variety of unique salads, wraps, veg burgers, and pastas as well as smoothies and cleansing drinks.
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      Winter Skincare Workshop

      Kush, the vegetarian delivery service on Yanping Lu, hosts popular spa Delicious! for a workshop on natural options to developing healthy, radiant and youthful looking skin. Check this out if you want to learn more about the natural...
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  • Kush Makes Me Want More Kush
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on January 21, 2014
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    danirlopez
    Joined Feb 4, 2011
    Is American
    Posted 10 Reviews
    I've been here a handful of times and I pretty much always order the White Bean Salad (RMB33) in a small size. It's full of my favorite things: white beans, black rice, feta cheese, tomato and some other stuff. It's good. Really good. Then I always get the Arabian Wrap, which is basically the same thing as the salad but add falafel and hummus (RMB33 for small size).I've never ordered anything else because why mess with perfection? Today I added a Mango Twilight juice to my order. When I got back to my office I realized they gave me some sort of lemon tea instead. Didn't matter. It was also excellent. The only that could make this place better is if they actually sold kush. Also, there are always a bunch of beautiful men and women eating here.
    Avoid
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on October 24, 2013
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    niyant_1983
    Joined Jun 28, 2013
    Is Indian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Was expecting some good tasty food after reading the reviews here. Was utterly disappointed. We ordered 4-5 dishes and none of them was even half decent. Please avoid.
    They fail to deliver
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on July 25, 2013
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    bigredog4
    Joined Jun 5, 2012
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I must have given Kush about 50 different chances to redeem themselves. I love the concept, love the menu, love the mission, but each and every time I go they fail to deliver. My first time there, the waiters completely neglected me for 20 minutes, and then when the food came a good 40 minutes later it wasn't what I ordered.

    The second time I went (hoping that this restaurant had figured things out management wise) I was told that there were "absolutely no seats available." The place was completely empty, so when I enquired why they couldn't seat me in an empty restaurant (mind you this entire conversation was in mandarin so no confusion language-wise) they responded that reservations had been made for an hour and a half later. I told them I could finish within that time (which they could have asked me initially) and they showed me to a seat. Perplexed as to why they wouldn't be more eager to have a customer, I ordered the lentil burger, was served the tofu burger incorrectly, and then charged for the tofu burger which is more expensive. Not to mention that the burger bun looked and tasted like a pre-made roll bought at a local grocery mart, so I was quite happy to be charged that increased price.

    Just when I thought I had had enough of Kush, a colleague decided to try delivery from Sherpas from Kush. I decided to tack on to the order and try the lemon chickpeas main course. It was delicious! Hallelujah! I really did enjoy the food and my faith was momentarily restored in the restaurant. I ordered again today and the order came with a container that was 1/3rd the volume of my order the previous day. Same price, 2/3rds less volume of food. Sherpas informed me that the staff at Kush said they serve the same amount every time, which, is strange because I had ordered the very same thing the day before and the container was filled to the top with food. I was sent another one for free but I imagine this is due to Sherpa's great customer service and not that of Kush's. Again, disappointed. I want to like Kush, I really do. The mission, vision and menu look incredible, but I've been let down one too many times to know better now. I hope they can get it together.
    Best Ecstasy in town
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on May 30, 2013
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    casperXX
    Joined Aug 16, 2007
    Posted 35 Reviews
    Ventured to Kush yesterday for the very first time. To cut to the Tofu: I will be back! Atmosphere is wagas-chic (if that is a term), bright friendly and functional with some visual remnants of the long gone 'aFuturePerfect'. Ordered a ME size Arabian wrap and the Nori Rolls as well as an Ultra Enzyme Drink (Papaya, ginger & lemon). Portions were well plated, arrived fast and were delicious. The one thing outstanding most though was the desrt i went for (i know, large lunch): Do..and I cannot stress that more..do order the Ecstasy Balls..which certainly are addictive and made of Cocoa, dates, almonds, blueberry sauce. These things alone are worth the trip there (or order them online). All in all not a cheap lunch ...but I felt utterly satisfied (and healthy too)
    Mixed Feelings
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on May 23, 2013
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    friendlyfood
    Joined May 6, 2013
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Ive eaten at Kush a few times before and just been kinda 'meh' about everything i've had. If i can make it better at home for half the price and twice the flavor i usually dont go back....but i did. I ordered the white bean salad 'for me' portion for 36rmb(their online menu prices are NOT correct) and it came out a somewhat decent size if not too small. the dish was as expected...meh...but, it tasted decent and i ate it. The description of the white bean salad was slightly different than what i actually received for dinner... The salad was supposed to come with rocket, it did....3 leaves. it was supposed to come with baby tomatoes....it did...1. it was supposed to come with green beans...it didn't...but i DID get thawed out peas. when did peas start passing for green bean? And lastly...it was supposed to come with cucumbers...i honestly cant even remember if they were included...that sums it up.

    My friend ordered the black bean cakes with the yoghurt dipping sauce... the black bean balls actually had a nice flavor and stayed together perfectly despite the ridiculous amount of oil still on them from i guess deep frying?? moving on, how can you mess up a yoghurt sauce? oh thats right, use chinese yoghurt. way to ruin it. sweet yoghurt with cayenne pepper that honestly just made me think i was eating strawberry yoghurt.

    Will i go back to kush? No.
    Would i recommend it? no.
    alternative choice? SPROUTWORKS.
    Delicious Healthy Food Full of Flavor
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on January 14, 2013
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    Kristene
    Joined Jun 2, 2012
    Posted 3 Reviews
    Just went to the Kush located at the Kerry...and loved it. Food was fresh, flavorful, and healthy. Service outstanding. Really enjoyed the beetroot salad and the tea with fresh mint. Look forward to going often so I can try the entire menu. Everything looked healthy and delicious. What a great alternative lunch spot and prices were very reasonable. Highly recommend giving it a try.
    Loved it, and will again....
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on November 27, 2012
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    merav
    Joined Nov 27, 2012
    Is Israeli
    Posted 2 Reviews
    Been to Kush several times recently as well as ordered through Sherpa's. Especially recommend the Arabian wrap, jungle salad, pasta salad and Mediterranean pasta.
    It is a bit small, which some people may not like, but I find it friendly and cozy.
    In terms of food quality and value for money I find Kush a much better alternative to my previous favorite vegetarian place (prefer not to mention explicitly), which has become outrageously expensive.
    I hope to see more locations opening soon.
    A vegetarian embarrassment
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on May 28, 2012
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    hello123
    Joined Feb 6, 2012
    Is British
    Posted 1 Reviews
    In a city of meat-eaters, vegetarian restaurants are already playing catch up. So if you decide to open one up, your food has to be good enough to rival other restaurants. Kush is here to offer an alternative, healthy choice. Unfortunately they also think that alternative and healthy means bland and boring. You get exactly what you ask for. Cous cous is just cous cous and the spring rolls involve some leaves and carrots wrapped in rice paper. The food is tasteless and there's no depth to it. You can taste the lack of imagination.

    Kush has to start learning how to cook. You can't call yourself a vegetarian restaurant just because you charge for putting leaves on a plate. The decor may be nice but I'm there for the food, and it's a joke. For the already limited choices that vegetarians have, Kush does them no favours. Save yourself the disappointment and cook at home. As for me, I'm taking myself down to the nearest dirty chinese.
    So disappointing
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on January 18, 2012
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    muffins
    Joined Jan 18, 2012
    Is American
    Posted 1 Reviews
    The blunt truth is that aside from the drinks and smoothies, Kush is not offering anything that you can't already find in Shanghai with a better price and better quality.

    However, my husband and I keep ordering through Sherpa's because it's vegetarian AND delivers--we've ordered maybe a dozen times now. I've only eaten at the restaurant once. The quality of the food is incredibly inconsistent. I seriously wonder if the cooks or management has ever tasted the food coming out of their own kitchen, because there is a big problem with quality control.

    We've tried pretty much everything vegan on the menu except the pasta and the wraps (they refused to leave cheese out of them). The only thing that has not disappointed us is the soup. The curries are absolutely revolting: mushy, sloppy, overcooked, and either completely bland or tasting only of chili. My friends have all had similar experiences with the curry. They should send the cooks on a cooking course at vegetarian May Kaidee's in Bangkok if they're going to insist on serving Thai food. The noodle dishes are overly sweet and oily, but I guess some people might like that. The salads seem inventive, but never hit the mark--all over priced as well.

    The burgers are bready and on a white bun (whole grain or gluten free would be a nice option), but they're pretty good, fill you up, and come with salad. So imagine my disappointment when we ordered last week and they arrived burnt on one side! I worked in restaurants for many years, and I can't understand why they would let not one, but two burnt burgers leave the kitchen. That's just unacceptable.

    The soups are all right, but simple enough that you could make them at home for less money. One of my friends liked a falafel wrap, so maybe if you stick to wraps and salads, you'll be okay.

    Try harder, Kush.

    Great alternative burgers
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on December 12, 2011
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    gr8rb
    Joined Nov 25, 2011
    Posted 1 Reviews
    Over three meals I've had all the 3 burgers that they serve. They are all really tasty and show the amount of time, thought and care that went into the recipes! Well done. I'll be back for more and to try the other dishes on the menu.
    Finally a home-made taste
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on December 7, 2011
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    IsabelleDT
    Joined May 15, 2010
    Is Canadian
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I ordered from Kush tonight for the first time. What a great surprise!

    The food taste fresh, home-made, with no excessive seasoning, and feels really healthy. I had the Pumpkin and feta muffins which were moist and tasty, the tofu salad for which the tofu was well flavored, and the chocolate balls for dessert which tasted exactly like my aunt makes them back home for Christmas.

    Kush will not appeal to everyone as it is very health focus, but it is definitely one of my new Sherpa's favorite!
    Go straight for the curry
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on October 24, 2011
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    natalieb
    Joined Sep 16, 2011
    Is British
    Posted 1 Reviews
    I've had the takeaway service here twice now. The website is easy to use and clear (though both times I chose 'no packaging option' and ended up with a lot of packaging).

    Agree with other posters that the veggie burger was a little dry with too much bread, but the curry is lovely. I had the red curry twice and it was a good size with large chunks of sweet potato. It also had brown rice which was a bonus and made me feel healthy. I would really recommend this dish and this is reason I intend to order again.
    Right concept, wrong execution.
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on October 21, 2011
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    tabc
    Joined Apr 8, 2011
    Posted 19 Reviews
    Having now gone to Kush twice i feel that its a restaurant that could be great but just fails to hit the mark.

    All the dishes are interesting, relatively creative (as much as a vegetarian restaurant can be), with relatively good service and but served in a very bland neutral wooden environment (sustainable wood and all that). I wouldn't take a date here, only for quick food with friends or business partners.

    How the restaurant misses the marks is through the composition & proportions of their dishes. Don't get me wrong their ingredients are fine but just totally out of proportion.
    E.g. Pasta salad - 90% thick pasta, 10% salad.
    Kush raw salad - fresh crisp standard salad but with lashings of dressing and oil....just too much to enjoy.
    Lentil & Kush veggie burger - great burger, interesting tastes but mammoth burger buns that are so big its feels like you are eating a loaf of bread.

    All in all, hard to enjoy really, although i recommend the pita bread with dips as a starter, but that's all really. Shame its nice veggie restaurant that could be so much more with a little more attention to the dishes; makes me wonder if the owners / chefs taste their own food.
    Outdoes its neighbor -
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on October 10, 2011
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    death_by_1000_cuts
    Joined Jun 9, 2011
    Posted 7 Reviews
    I couldn't find this venue page at first because I thought it was called Kosh. At least that is how I read that logo. The clumsy communication style aside, they definitely got their vision right for the interior. I can't help but feeling they should have taken the bigger space and dump sushi abuse in this corner, but the cozy comfy vibe it has does a lot of good.

    Food then. Well - as any new place that is in full 'make a name' swing - Kosh/Kush goes through lengths to justify its menu and ingredients choices. I first felt this was all a bit over-selling the idea they represent. But I get it; the whole educate-them ambition. I have more respect for that then the gimme-your-lunch money attitude other venues reek off. And then you bite down in a wrap... The Arabian wrap for example. We were smiling ear to ear. That stuff is goooood. Border line pricey but is that not the deal for organic grub anyways? We also had a veggie tofu burger (ok, so I did not have to write veggie there cuz it is a veggie place. Dammit!), but less impressive. For starters, not spicey despite the label. And oily. The grease of the frying makes the bun soggy and the taste goes bye-bye. What else we ate? We grazed on a spring salad, asparagus with peas and egg. Enjoyed the lentil soup - good call on coconut cream here. One of us went fashionable detox with a smoothie - and didn't finish it as it tastes 'too green' for her. No idea what to make of that, I had a sip and well yeah; it is a veggie place, remember?

    All and all; I much prefer this over its bigger brother sushi thing. We've been three times before writing this review, and I would not dub it a weekly kind of thing, but good for the occ different lunch or snack thing. Or to sit down with a couple of friends and chew the greens.
    Delightful!
    For Pure and Whole (Yanping Lu) on September 6, 2011
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    MathieuM
    Joined Jun 8, 2010
    Is French
    Posted 2 Reviews
    I am not a vegetarian but I always loved the creativity of this cuisine back in Europe and I was quite surprised to see that it was so hard to find a Western-style vegetarian restaurant here. Eating in a vegetarian restaurant shouldn't be considered as a hippie act so I was glad to find modern furniture and jazzy music, not to have the feeling to be on a short-trip to Kathmandu.

    Waiters are very friendly and you can really relax there. I had the spicy tofu burger, a half-size salad and a lemon grass juice. The burger and salad provided a satisfactory amount of food for a lunch. The food was really good, my salad dressing had a slight touch of coconut and it was yummy. The burger was like nothing I ever tried before, the tofu patty had a great texture, the slices of avocado and the pesto sauce gave me a brand new burger experience!

    For value for money, I put 3 on 5, the middle, because it is pricy. You need at least two dishes to feel full, and two dishes plus a drink that's at least 100rmb. But, if you pay attention to the quality of products, the brilliant originality of each dish and the exclusivity of the concept, well, Kush doesn't seem that expensive.

    It's just their beginning but I hope that they will get a larger selection of dishes in the future and maybe less redundant ingredients (many dishes are based on the same vegetables). Vegetarian purists can also argue that this is not "real" vegetarian food, most dishes are modified omnivore dishes either without meat (like their nori) or with a meat replacement (like their burgers), a wider choice of legumes-based dishes would also be nice.

    Anyway, I really wish that their concept works fine so that they open other outlets... or maybe others will try to replicate their concept.

    If you have the feeling that you have already tried every kind of food available in Shanghai, go there.
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