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Chinese, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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Wong Tai Sin District
1.7 km from Kowloon City
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Reviewed 13 April 2020 via mobile

Had a solo set lunch after a walk in Nan Lian Garden. I know this restaurant is used to have long queues but luckily I didn't have to wait (I arrived at 2:15 on a public Easter holiday) and the best table was given to...me. It faces the waterfall and watermill, views excellent. I ordered the lunch set containing a stew soup, an beetroot salad as appetiser, soya sauce panfried beancurd rolls, a sweet sour wheat gluten with pineapple hot dish, three slices of melon/dragon fruit, as well as a bowl of rice. The food is ok, not very good or impressive though (except the soup which is without MSG and really good). The price is affordable at HKD150 all inclusive. I appreciate the atmosphere and setting most. It's inside the Nan Lian Garden which is full of great Chinese architecture and elegant gardening around. Having a meal here in this restaurant marks a perfect ending of my visit at this garden. Staff ok and helpful, polite. Overall, worth a try and it makes my visit at the Nan Lian Garden even more memorable.More

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed 7 March 2020

Very nice atmosphere, lovely view, exquisite food. Great vegetarian menu, I had the braised bean curd patty with enoki mushroom and broccoli"

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 20 December 2019

Bumbling staff. Poor quality food. Gave me a stomach ache. Not inexpensive either. A real disappoinment.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 3 December 2019

I came here with a lively group of new friends and we had a truly fabulous time. The 7,30 p.m. session featured amazing vegetarian dishes, especially the quinoa and truffles based fried rice. Quite stunning. It was great to be able to share a whole...lot of dishes with friends. The ambience is so special , too- with the tinkling waterfall and the beautiful nunnery garden in the foreground.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 31 August 2019 via mobile

Very delicious vegetarian food in a nice setting with view on waterfall, service was very friendly, but very very slow, which was a pity to the experience

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 20 August 2019

Group of 4, one of which loves meat. I personally found the 'deep fried pumpkin & cheese rolls', and 'quinoa, truffle & asparagus fried rice' to be delicious. We asked the waitress covering our table for suggestions, based on her recommendation we ordered 6 dishes,...our bill came to HK$561 which we found reasonable. I have been back several times with family.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 18 June 2019 via mobile

Location : the restaurant locates within the Nan Lian Garden - one of the most beautiful gardens in HK. Fascinating experience. View : beautiful garden n artificial waterfall view. Cost : minimum charge of hkd120 for weekday lunch. A bit high relatively. Food : ordered...the stir-fried noodles with mushrooms. Taste wise: it’s not my favourite - inadequate seasoning. Service : satisfactory. In all, recommended as the net proceed will be used for management of the Nan Lian Garden; not really associated with the food or ambience.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 26 May 2019 via mobile

It was unfortunately a very rainy day but still we enjoyed very much our visit to the Nunnery and the gardens. Lunch at Chi Lin vegetarian was very special. We were seated at the 2nd floor. We highly recommend you insist on a ground floor...table if there is one or wait for it. There you have the waterfall experience. We ordered the 5-dish-appetiser. Very good! And then we had the mushroom noodles and 2 types of dumpling. All very tasty. Kids loved the noodles! There is a minimum amount to be spent which we missed at the beginning and led to a minor discussion but was quickly sorted. Good to discuss that small children shouldn’t be counted as 1 individual/adult in the total to be spent.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 25 March 2019 via mobile

As I’m veggie we have been eating the main evening meal in veggie/vegan restaurants. Hubbie doesn’t mind as long as the food is good. He wasn’t disappointed at CHI LIN. Having had several veggie meals in HK - I now know what I don’t like...the texture of + avoid it! Namely monkey ear mushrooms. As I wanted Tofu (braised bean curd) the waitress suggested this with cat tails and spicy sauce. Delish. The beetroot salad is fresh, the Singapore style fried vermicelli with curry was great. Sadly the dim sum was sold out but we did try the steamed veg filled bun. Note - All the food we had ordered was brought to our table as it was freshly made so came out at different times. They serve hot tea with your food. Looking around the room this seems to be what most of the locals drink. Along with the free tap water. I should have taken note better! I ordered, what is to date, the most expensive hot water and lemon drink. 45 HKD - unreal! That and the minimum order of 150 HKD means this wasn’t a cheap meal but it was well worth it. Cool setting in the park. Nice clean toilets too.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed 7 February 2019 via mobile

We arrived at the restaurant at 350pm and the last order for noodles and dim sum was 345pm. The waitress told that we could not order the noodles since it has passed the last order time and the Chef has left. We had a hard...time to order to the minimum order as everything was out of stock or sold out. If you would like to have minimum spending of HKD80 each, there should be food choices for your guest. Daily soup that we ordered came cold. The red bean puff came cold too. Very disappointing service and food range.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Response from abes_12 | Reviewed this property |
Pu-erh tea from hunan, if I'm not mistaken
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From my understanding when we went there, you cannot book for lunch. You have to queue up, aquire a number and wait to your number to be called. The downstairs section has the best view with the water running down the... More
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Chi Lin Vegetarian is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5