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.
User reviews of Pure Lotus Vegetarian 净心莲
Call themselves Buddhist, new menu with increased price 3x, a small drink, 150 Yuan (not even organic). A piece of cake, 600 Yuan. Many favorites dishes, just disappeared little by little. you need around 2000 Yuan now to get full. For this price tag, I can buy enough of organic veggies and tofu and cook home for 1 month.
Was also a regular since 2007 despite decreased quality in items and ingredients. No more.
My wife and I have been going to Pure Lotus regularly since 2006. Over the past year, we have noticed a decline in quality as well as the cancellation of most of our favorite menu items. When we arrived tonight we were given a new menu without any of our favorites except for the shark fins - which are now RMB 59 apiece instead of the previous 20. Everything on the menu seems to have tripled in price. Even the seasonal greens were RMB 269?! WTF?! Maybe some customers will pay that, but charging that much for a dish whose ingredients cost less than RMB 10 was too much for us. Goodbye Pure Lotus. It was a nice 7 year run but you are way too full of yourself and greedy for a Buddhist restaurant with increasingly mediocre food. Thanks for all the memories...
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.
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!!!)