In Hong Kong for vacation/staycation? Head to Diamond Hill and you’ll find Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery nestled in the middle of high-rise residential apartments. Both the garden and nunnery are designed in Tang Dynasty style, perfect for strolling and picture-taking opportunities. Since you’re in a Buddhist premise, expect to find vegan food served at Chi Lin Nunnery’s Long Men Lou (龍門樓) restaurant.
Want to try a bit of everything? Go for the combo platter. I believe the variety changes frequently. Here I had sliced beetroot salad (crunchy, not too creamy), surrounded by long beans, dried bean curd, flat noodle sheets in yuzu sauce, and marinated mushrooms. Do check out other delicious dishes I ordered at Long Men Lou.
Look for this water wheel to locate the restaurant. There’s an artificial waterfall by the restaurant, so you do feel ‘calm and serene’ while enjoying your meal inside. However, be prepared there’s a minimum charge of HK$85 per person, but don’t worry, you’ll easily exceed the amount here.
As a fan of bean curd rolls, I recommend this dish, which is filled with hints of truffle. Simple yet satisfying.
Another dish from the dim sum menu – thick slabs of tofu filled with lotus root in the middle. Delicious!
Steamed dumplings, healthy and good.
One of the more popular dishes here, the braised eggplant hotpot served in Yan-Nim sauce. This is a spicy dish, which is why I must have enjoyed it.
Like to try some fusion? Get the mushroom truffle spaghetti noodles. I think it’s cooked Chinese style, meaning stir fried. Because I like my pasta creamy and whenever there’s truffle, it usually tastes yummy. Long Men Lou is definitely a good place to bring friends that would like a little ‘respite’ from all the shopping in Mongkok or Causeway Bay.
Taken from the entrance to Chi Lin Nunnery, blooming lotus flowers all around the premises. Zen your day away.
Long Men Lou – Address: 60 Fung Tak Rd, Diamond Hill (MTR Diamond Hill Station Exit C2, follow the signs and walk for 5 to 10 minutes)
Tel: 3658 9388