King’s Joy , across to Lama Temple, is a upscale restaurant specialized in vegetarian food. The chef, Pan Jianjun, is a former Buddhist disciple from a monastery in Jiangxi province. Pan was encouraged by his master to promote vegetarian eating in the world outside. His expertise is complemented by owner David Yin, who holds a degree in nutrition from Fu Jen University in Taipei.
As you might expect, King’s Joy offers vegetarian food, but not the restrictive, monastic version that prohibits leeks, onions, garlic, chives and other pungent ingredients. The food here is not shy of flavour, and many vegetables come from nearby, cooperating organic farms – though, admittedly, some harder-to-find ones come from faraway Yunnan.
The average bill per person is around US$70 according to Chinese popular review website, Dianping.com
Telephone 8404 9191
English address: 2 Wudaoying Hutong, Yonghegong, Dongcheng district
Chinese address: 东城区雍和宫五道营胡同2号