Respond to Review of Pure Lotus - Changhongqiao
Review: Came here for dinner in a group of three. It's hidden in the back of a parking lot, but very easy to find as you can see the big sign from the entrance gate. We didn't have a reservation and almost had to wait for who-knows-how-long for a table until they shortly found one available for a good hour or so. It was just by the door though, not at all a desirable spot. So do book ahead! The meal was quite a memorable experience. The menu was the biggest I've ever seen (literally) and had tons of dishes in it, so I just flipped through and scanned, too much work to study the whole thing and decide what to order. Instead, I asked the server for popular dishes and recommendations. We ended up having two appetizers (nori wraps and some fake cold cuts), two mains (Dong Bo Rou and stuffed tofu in a tangy gingery sauce), some rice, and a noodle dish in a tomato-ish sauce. Everything was good except for the noodles...I liked their texture, tasted like one of those hand-made Chinese wheat noodles; problem was the sauce, too bland, didn't really go with this kind of noodles, and the ingredients were all mushy. I highly recommend the cold cuts and the tofu dish though, really yummy! We rounded off our meal with a carrot cake (with cream cheese frosting) and a vegan chocolate cake, both were scrumptious. While the food was decent, the presentation and the decor trumped it all. This is THE restaurant to come to if you are looking for a wow factor. I was also very impressed by the uber cordial service. The total bill for our meal came to around 510 RMB, wasn't bad at all by western standards, and it was well worth it in my opinion.