Pure Lotus Vegetarian 净心莲
With a newer location near the Holiday Inn Lido supplementing the original venue near the Tuanjiehu Subway stop intersection, Pure Lotus offers a serene dining experience with exquisite meat-free versions of Chinese classics made from vegetables, as well as tofu in its infinite forms. The vegetarian sausage passed off as “Buddha’s finger” is highly recommended, while the clean, calming decor makes this an ideal spot for karmic cleansing business dinners. The staff speak serviceable English. Voted "Best Vegetarian" in the Beijinger's 2011 Reader Restaurant Awards.
- Chaoyang Park 朝阳公园
- Tongguang Bldg, 12 Nongzhanguan Nanlu, Chaoyang District
- Daily 11am-11pm
- 6592 3627, 8703 6669
- Parking available
- Completely smoke-free
- Chinese and foreign cards accepted
- ¥¥¥¥¥ 120-200 per person
- Lido 丽都
- 3/F, Holiday Inn Lido, Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang District
- Daily 11am-11pm
- 8703 6668, 6437 6288
- Parking available
- Completely smoke-free
- Chinese and foreign cards accepted
- ¥¥¥¥¥ 120-200 per person
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User reviews of Pure Lotus Vegetarian 净心莲
Cold water being priced at 15 rmb/ person/glass without notice ! 120 RMB for a juice from god-knows-where the fruit come from, 3000 RMB+ for tea, averaging 500RMB for the cheapest ones, harder to get a seat and need to queue.
This place is becoming worse and worse. Food much worse than 3-4 years ago. Not sure I'll keep coming back.
Quality has been constantly decreasing here since 2008, while the prices have constantly and meticulously followed the CPI and sometimes much more. The drinks especially are ridiculously overpriced, and don't tell me because it is organic or imported fruits, it does not justify 150rmb for an orange juice, this is absolutely insane. Last year the juices had reasonnable prices from 20 to 50, thanks to that ridiculous management practice now everyone is drinking hot water...
Same for the tea prices who skyrocketed from 100 sthing to enter in the 1000+ range.
In general the service quality is decreasing as well, although it depends on the waiters but there are a few rude and impolite ones, which was never the case before.
Another disaster, impossible to have a small table for two for more privacy which was the case before. I don't want to hear some loud tourists and corrupts officials while i am having dinner with my gf.
Last thing, certain dishes are not as tasty before, maybe the owner is cutting corners to make his fortune, it does not sound very buddhist to act this way.
Two stars - Last year I would have given 4 stars +. Food is still very nice.
I used to like eating here for special occasions, but this was my last visit. Invited my girl-friend for her birthday, made a reservation and they had me wait half an hour despite my reservation. After having waited for an extra half an hour they wanted us to sit at a huge table with eight chairs. I refused so I had to wait again until they had a table for two ready. We were then promptly ignored for a couple of minutes until someone came over. In the meantime I was able to take a look at the menu, their beverage prices exploded! Their cheapest juice costs 120 RMB and there aren't any softdrinks other than coffee to chose from. Their teas now range from 148 up to several thousand RMB. I noticed that most people eating their asked for free water. Some of their dishes are still quite affordable but a lot of dishes were not available that night. Anyway, I ended up ordering a medium priced tea and had a few dishes, the whole thing set me back 700 RMB. Which would have been fine for an amazing experience which it wasn't, the food was average. Anyway, their food presentation seems the only thing that matters now and since the place was packed as usual I guess they must be doing ok.
The Pure Lotus is an elegant restaurant so getting ripped off at the end of our meal was not only surprising; it was insulting. The food was good enough and the price so far was reasonable: 350rmb ($55) for two. So when the waiter suggested dessert and offered us one of his cakes we took the bait. Big mistake. We choose one piece of fruitcake from a nice selection and it was perfectly fine. So imagine our surprise when the bill came and instead of 350rmb the price was now 500rmb ($80)! What’s this additional 150rmb charge on the bill I asked our waiter. Oh, he said, that’s the fruit cake! True, I didn’t ask ahead of time but it didn’t occur to these savvy travelers that one piece of fruit cake would cost double the entrees. It was set up, so beware. If fact, why bother with this place? There are plenty of other very nice restaurants in Beijing that know how to treat their customers.
If I could eat here every day I could easily be a vegetarian.
The menu is extensive, the food is really delicious, and the service is excellent. Very nice ambience in the restaurant too.
Be aware they don't serve alcohol.
We've been in Beijing for 2 months and tried quite a lot of restaurants. This one was by far the best. Wonderful atmosphere, best food we had in Beijing.
I rate Pure Lotus as one of the Best Vegetarian restaurants I have been to anywhere in the world. Go to the Chaoyang Park location - it is a more awe-inspiring setting than the Lido, and I think the quality of food may be a bit better as well. Great raw food selection as well as more traditonal Chinese vegetarian dishes. I particularly like ordering the vegetarian Peking Duck when entertaining out-of-town visitors (it has a different, more poetic name in the menu, which I forget but just ask the waitress for it) - a nice twist on the city's most famous dish. The dining area at Chaoyang Park is simply stunning - I don't know of another restaurant that matches it. Combined with the delectable food, it makes for a very special dining experience.
To people concerned about price, yes it is easy to spend a lot of money here, but it is also easy not to. Dishes range from about 40 rmb to up around 600 rmb or so - which is a pretty massive range. If you order carefully, you can eat well for around 100 rmb per person, and the cheap dishes are no less tasty than the expensive ones. The waiters do tend to try to steer you towards more expensive dishes, but you don't have to take their suggestions, and usually they are still quite helpful if you just tell them you don't want to spend more than x amount of money.
To people who don't like the idea of fake meat, get over yourselves. Stop being so narrow-minded. Fake meat is an ancient and integral part of Chinese cuisine, developed over a thousand years ago by Buddhist missionaries looking for a way to ween novice monks from their desire to eat meat. So set aside those silly Western prejudices for an evening and just enjoy the delicious, guilt-free taste of a big hunk of tender beef. Think of it as a mushroom, wheat gluten, or tofu patty (cause it actually is usually one of those three things), if that helps. Just relax and enjoy!
My bf and I went to Pure Lotus Lido branch last friday. The place was busy and it took a while for us to be waited on (had to ask for the menu on 3 occasions with different waiters). We had 4 to 5 dishes and pent 410 kuai. The price is not the issue as it's ok to just have a nice meal once in a while. But the issue is that we both got sick from their food. I ended up throwing up three times. We both had diarrhea. My body was achy and I had fever for 1 day. The perfect start to the weekend after doing over time an entire week (F*ck).
I called them back on Monday (I had to take the day off work, my fever had just come down) and filled them in on the situation. The person who answered the phone said that he was sorry that the food was not up to my taste. I told him that it has nothing to do with taste, it has to do with sanitation, regardless of whether I liked their food or not one doesn't get fever, diarrhea and vomiting out of the being not being up to my taste. Then he apologized.
Mmmm.. just thinking about what we had that night makes me want to regurgitate... I don't think I could ever go back to Pure Lotus again. Our tummies are still adjusting back to normal. (But I think my bf will give it another chance... POOR SUCKER!!!)
Yesterday we visited the new location near the Holiday in. We enjoyed the atmosphere and friendly crew.
The food was awesome. Being a raw food lover I enjoyed the meat-free Chinese recipes. My friend even ordered a sweet dessert that she saw once before in some raw food books and totally enjoyed it.
It was a great evening!
Vegans like veg treats not meat like tasting treats. If you are real vegan and dont like pork and meat flavours, sure you will not like this place.
This place is for meatlovers who feel oh its not a good idea to eat so much meat, so lets try to minimise some calories.
This place is for those and some rich chinese or expats with huge bank balances who want keep trying and discuss about china over a drink.
Mock meats were created for chinese converted to buddhists. Chinese eat a lot of meat and suddenly when converted to buddhism they had to shun meat ,but the love of meat couldnt die, so these were created to satsify the tastes of tongue of those buddhists who craved for meat,but were forbidden to eat.Its for those- yes you can enjoy still have pork flavour without really eating it .Cheat your taste buds and belly and body and mind.!
I was skeptical about this place at first because of 1. mixed reviews and 2. do expats really know Buddhist food, but the Lido location blew us away! When we entered they rubbed rose oil on our hands, and then seated us at plush ruffled tables. They payed attention to every detail!!!! From the food being presented in large white vessels of art to the amazing dofu and various dishes, they knew how to pamper you. we spent 338 kwai on 6 different dishes, and for a hotel it was way below average price. they made you feel special, and if you are going to go out don't you want to be treated like a special guest??? the food was equally amazing, and our favorite was the complex and sweet pumpkin soup, the spare rib style tofu, and the various seaweed wraps and organic rice. the tomato dumplings were incredibly light and flavorful, and only the tomato noodles were adequate tasting like spaghetti. this was a fun fantastic restaurant, and well worth a visit if not two or three, this we will always remember. at the end they gave us lotus flowers
Tucked away in a nondescript corner of the city, Pure Lotus is a breath-taking vegetarian restaurant whose atmosphere, elaborate presentations, and small portions make it, in my eyes, the perfect place for a date. While the food ranged from decent and overpriced ("sushi") to extremely yummy ("shui zhuyu" and hand rolls), the presentations were so impressive that we didn't feel cheated even when we felt the food could have been better. Our sushi, for instance, was served on a smoke-enshrouded mountain of ice with a tree growing out of it. The menu is intimidating, both in breadth and actual size, but there was nothing on it we didn't liked. The juices were very "healthy" tasting, and perhaps didn't quite fall into line with our expectations of refinement, but I have to admit we felt like a million bucks after drinking them.
The reason I advise against taking a business partner is because some of the pieces are so large that they can obstruct your view of the other person. They are, however, fun to maneuver around with a loved one.
I am a little surprised that there are two star reviews of this place, especially by people who either "don't understand" vegetarian food or who proclaim to have no expertise on the subject. I never hear any other type of cuisine described this way -- "I just don't UNDERSTAND Taco Bell! It's not REALLY from Mexico!", "I'm not an expert on Italian cuisine but I guess that's what lasagna looks like". Whether you are a vegetarian or not, mock meats are something that Pure Lotus does well and it's something that should be expected of a restaurant that has vegetarian in the name. I understand being new to a type of food and therefore not won over on your first bite but the "purpose" of mock meats is not to cheat in your vegetarianism and they certainly aren't supposed to taste like Kobe beef. Mock meats try to demonstrate that there are more sustainable and healthier versions of our favorite meat dishes and any veteran vegetarian will explain to you mock meats are rare treats and by no means a replacement for your daily protein intake.
THAT being said, Pure Lotus is one of those rare treats. The restaurant is all about 1) experience and 2) flexing its skills in creating unique, vegetarian versions of traditional Chinese "mingcais". If you order any individual items, they serve it to you on a statue of a monk kneeling in prayer. Your meal is ended with mandarin oranges served over dry ice. For goodness sake, they sprinkle you with rosewater when you enter! It's certainly not for everyday dining but I guarantee you will impress anyone you take here. The rabbit and roast duck were particularly convincing (a little too convincing) when I had them but if mock meats aren't your thing, the vegetable based dishes offer interesting and refreshing combinations (try the Silk Road curry).
I had never been to the Lidu location before and decided to give it a try for a meeting with some ex colleagues. After being intimidated by the oversized menus, had to ask the server for some recommendations. Of course, he started recommending some of the most expensive items on the menu and telling me not to bother with some of the lower priced items that I had wanted to sample. To make a long story short, I ordered what I wanted to originally and accepted one of his higher priced suggestions.
Overall, the presentation and food quality seemed good but I am far from being an expert on this type of food. It certainly is a convenient place, not loud, and not outrageously expensive. For me, maybe a once a year visit would be sufficient.
Being vegetarian, I was told that I should try this restaurant. It was an interesting experience, but I wouldn't be returning anytime soon.
I don't like mock meats, something Pure Lotus does quite well. The quality of its dishes is just so-so and I feel that some non-vegetarian restaurants have a more enticing and appetizing selection of vegetarian options compared to Pure Lotus.
It's a good place for entertaining clients or visitors with their over-the-top food presentation and atmosphere. Go for the experience, but if you're looking for the same type of dishes minus the frills and high prices, I'd recommend Xu Xiang Cai by Yong He Gong.
This place is simply great, relaxing. Low lights, soft music, spa scents, healthy drinks and delicious food, sometimes served in a mystic way (see the free fruit at the end of the meal, served in a "foggy pot").
A bit pricy, but not so much.
I will certainly go back for more!
to start with, I'm not a vegetarian in the pure sense, actually not in any sense. Anyway, please allow the question why someone tries to copy the meaty stuff - to do what ?
It stays a 95% copy, artistic and skillful, with interesting flavours and indeed a creative appearance, but neither texture nor taste brings you anywhere close.
Staff is very friendly, the chef is a buddhist monk with quite some aura.
Try the tuna, leave out the sushi, sausage is interesting, drinks are good (non alcohol!).
Pure Lotus borders on the pretentious but it is undeniably one of the more unique dining experiences in Beijing.
Though entirely vegetarian, the food is not bland -- their "one finger zen" sausage tastes better and in some senses meatier than the real thing, and their veggie take on lazi ji (chicken pieces stir fried in hot peppers) is again better than the dish it imitates.
The atmosphere is laid back and over the top -- quiet, soothing and relaxing with a vibe that is more reminiscent of a Thai spa than a Beijing restaurant.
Prices are high, I'd expect to drop about 100+ per person for a meal.