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.
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User reviews of Pure Lotus Vegetarian 净心莲
When my two children and I walked into the Pure Lotus, we thought it was the most beautiful restaurant I had ever seen....seriously gorgeous and when they handed us the swanky table sized menu....I thought okay....cool. When I opened the guilded menu I nearly died. THE PRICE IS OUTRAGEOUS....ridiculous, hideous. And I actually make a bit of money here in China, I could have afforded a nice meal with my kids, considering we are vegetarians and follow Buddhist beliefs...but REALLY??? Are you crazy???? There is no way on God's earth I will ever pay $400 US dollars for a meal....never. So I very confidently said that the price was WAY too high and walked out. Never again. Sad, for the price of the customers who left, they could keep their place going just fine, but robbing us of our money is not a nice thing to do to nice vegetarian people......blah
I used to love this place 5 years ago.
Soft and nice atmsophere, charming welcoming, normal price. Something real nice about the atmosphere.
I went there two years ago and i couldn't belive the way i was treated by the waiter who was speaking in english. She was forcing me to order more and more and when i told here that was it for the moment, she told me " i thing this is not enough. Is it because it's too expensive ?" while smiling at me.
You can imagine the feeling of having a waiter behaving like this with you.
Anyway, i went there again recently, thinking maybe i had been unluck, and i think it's just the management of the place who has a problem. Prices are super high, portions are super small. Staff is in a hurry, you piss them off if you ask a question, music is jazz and the smell of encense disappeard to let place of small of money.
I don't even talk about the maidan. Shocking.
Disgusting to call themselves a buddhist vegetarian restaurant.
Do not go there and encourage this kind of awful management despising customers and trying to scam them. Period.
Used to adore this place and in all these years I had always took there visitors - never failed to impress AND eat well.
Now, I went back there last week to celebrate with some friends. I was careful ordering, as I knew prices had increased (and I was the one paying the bill). However, quite a few of their RMB 170 dishes (that are the 'cheapest') were already 'finished', despite it was 18.30 in the evening.
So, we had to resort also to other dishes in the range of rmb 250-350.
We ordered sparkling mineral water and some soft drinks (a can of Sprite is rmb 50) and not the juices, that are now priced at rmb 150/glass.
Can't remember if they charged for the 'normal' water.
Result: in total I spent approx. rmb 2200 for 5 people and left slightly hungry.
Portions are small and despite I normally eat little that was truly too little.
- menu is now very limited
- prices are ridiculosly expensive without good reason
- portions are really too small and a lot of dishes are charged per person
- the service decreased significantly
- they don't even offer you a complimentary fruit platter (now charged rmb 270, if I rememebr correctly)
- the atmosphere changed for the worst (no more soft buddhist music but more glamorous funky jazz)
I really don't see any good reason to go back there.
Their prices have increased significantly. They changed the menu. I was disappointed they no longer offer my favorite, the seaweed wrap with strawberry and walnut. They're cutting corners. They no longer offer the rose water in your hand when you enter and no fresh flower when you exit. They also don't offer the fruit platter on dry ice at the end of dinner. Our bill came out to 145rmb per person. I ordered carefully and we didn't order an overpriced drink and had water.
They provide steamed hand towels. We discovered the plush white towels are disposable. They toss them to the bin after a single use. So, we took the towels home. It's so wasteful to think they're throwing away perfectly good hand towels.
One nice gesture was they offered our table free dessert for no apparent reason.
I had visitors and wanted to show them the ambiance but otherwise I would've left after seeing their price increase.
Unfortunately this place has really gone downhill. Their prices have more than tripled and you can tell they are using cheaper ingredients and substitutes. It would cost two people about RMB 800- 900 for a meal here with no alcohol. It used to cost RMB 175 for two a couple of years ago. Alot of other Buddhist restaurants do similar food for much less, though they often lack the ambiance. Hope Pure Lotus turns themselves around. It would be a shame to lose what used to be a good restaurant. In the meantime, go somewhere else......