Pure and Whole

Open Hours: 11:30am-10:00pm  

Phone number: 5175 9822 (for Yanping location)

Price Range: 100-120rmb

English Address: 1376 West Nanjing Road (next to Portman Ritz Carlton Hotel)

Chinese Address: 南京西路1376

Metro: Line 2 Jing’An Temple

Website: www.pureandwhole.com

My best and I decided to have a dinner date after work today at this little joint sandwiched in between the Portman Starbucks and Dingtaifung. I sometimes find it difficult eating healthy in Shanghai, especially since there’s no set regulations enforcing restaurants to show the nutritional information about the food they are serving. That’s why I was so excited to try this place after I saw the online menu with an accompanying PDF listing the nutritional content for every dish cooked and served.   

Pure and Whole is a vegetarian restaurant started by health conscious expat Frank Steffen. The food here aims to satisfy the stomach while nourishing the body and ensuring clean eating. The menu features a dip plate starter where 78rmb will get you 5 dips and a serving of pita bread or vegetable sticks. Dips include avocado and white bean, black bean hummus, green pea dip, kale guacamole and eggplant dip. Main courses consist of salads like lentil salad (58rmb), rice based dishes like Thai red curry (52rmb), pastas like laksa (68rmb) and wraps like Arabian wrap (59rmb). They even serve vegetarian burgers like the quinoa burger (68rmb) that comes with homemade bread buns. They’ve got an extensive clean drinks menu, which features juices, smoothies and tea. 

The place is small so seating is limited. I recommend calling in for a reservation if you’re planning on getting seats instead of taking it to go.

I ordered the large Wild Rice and Pumpkin Salad (78rmb), which was a mix of roasted pumpkin, shallot, rice, thinly sliced almonds and lemon honey dressing. 

When I order salads I usually ask for dressing on the side cause I’m extra picky, but I surprisingly like the lemon honey flavoring. The pumpkin was freshly ripe and the large portion was more than enough for me.

My friend ordered the Mediterranean pasta (52rmb), which had linguine, broccoli, bacon and lightly sprinkled cheese. 

The veggies were fresh, the portion was just enough and most importantly, the sauce was much lighter than standard pasta dishes so you don’t get that uncomfortable, heavy bloating after the meal.

I ordered the One Love drink (30rmb) that mixed passion fruit with honey and soymilk whereas my friend got the Chia Town (20rmb). 

Left: Chia Town; Right: One Love

Left: Chia Town; Right: One Love

I must say the drinks were a big disappointment. My juice tasted too creamy and sweet, with the honey and soymilk overpowering the actual fruit. The chia tea was nothing too special either.

Overall, the highlight of this place is most certainly the large variety of healthy food they provide. No MSG, no fried food, no overuse of oil, no bullshit. Plenty of quinoa dishes. Wouldn’t go for the drinks. Highly recommend it to those searching to start a cleaner, healthier diet.