Respond to Review of Pure Lotus - Changhongqiao
Review: It's a bit tricky to find. Take the north-east exit from Tuanjiehu station. Walk along Nongzhanguan Bei Lu and there is a car park barrier. Behind there and to the right is the restaurant - I think the building at the front is actually number 12 not 10 which is the address. On arrival I was greeted with a smile and they sat me down and presented me with the most ridiculous sized menu I have ever encountered but it is kind of in keeping with the restaurant. Dishes are expensive by Beijing standards but portions are large and the quality was fantastic. I ordered a pumpkin soup full of flavour, tried one of the sausages which was delicious and then had something called Silk Road which turned out to be a huge simmering pot of tofu and veggies. Way too much for one person but lovely. The whole presntation of the food and the restaurant is fabulous. They brought me a complimentary small glass of palm tree vinegar which was interesting. The waiters seemed to speak enough English and would try to explain any dishes as they mostly just have fancy name and no description - just go for pot luck! The only negatives are that the juice drink wasn't that flavourful and they told me they were preparing me some fruits for after my meal but I waited 20 mins and they never came. As I walked out they apologised and gave me a flower! The meal came to about 170 Yuan - not bad at all by Western standards and worth it for the quality of the food.