This must be one of the best purely vegetarian restaurants I have been in. The food here is delicious, with interesting takes on Hainese cuisine with inspiration from local products. Everything was fresh and exotic (to me). Many of the dishes I had never encountered before and cooked perfectly. There was the strange but soft bamboo shoots, the mushrooms in herbal gravy and the faux sashimi that really stood out for me. I wish I could tell you what each particular dish was, but it is impossible as all of them were transformed from a vegetable. Even one was made to look like sea cucumber.
One thing I love about this place was the non-use of wheat flour in its offerings. Many times a vegetarian cuisine (think Indian) would have heavy emphasis on flour to fill you up, e.g. breads, rotis, paranthas, etc. LouNanshan Vegetarian does not do that, instead focusing on local vegetables with unique presentations.Every dish came photogenic and elaborately decorated.
This restaurant is a wonderful differentiation from all the seafood and Hainanese (of course) restaurants on the island. It is a great place for groups, with its breakout rooms and communal feel. Service was fast and efficient, but it works better if you order food before your arrival, assuming you are in a group. Located inside a large building in the Nanshan Cultural Tourism Area, I believe this is a must-eat place if you are visiting Hainan or praying to the Kuan Im goddess monument nearby.
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