Respond to Review of Pure Lotus - Changhongqiao
Review: took some time to find the place, but left wishing i hadn't managed. everything was supposed to contribute to some holistic temple experience but having a few buddhas around doesn't make up for charging 500 yuan for food that should cost about 50. i had fried dim sum that came in some kind of glass globe filled with pebbles and the dim sum sat on a piece of paper which was hard to separate from the food. there were only three dim sum. one of them was fairly tasty but the other two were quite bland. i suppose if you are more interested in the look of food than the taste then you might enjoy them but you can't see them once you've eaten them and eating them is kind of the point. after this the main course came which was supposedly some sort of grilled fake meat. it was completely cold so i guess the grilling part was also fake. this was about 150 yuan by itself. luckily the rice was only 28 yuan, quite cheap in comparison to the fanciful pricing of the rest of the menu. there is no alcohol but you can buy a pot of tea for around 150 yuan also. so in the end i paid 500 yuan for one tasty dim sum, two bland ones, and a cold grill, some rice and a pot of tea. the waiter tried to get me to buy more stuff, as he was right, this wouldn't fill me up, but by now i was determined to leave as soon as possible. if you go to restaurants to feel a bit like you have been transported to some other dimension or something, then you may like this place, but if you think, like me, that the core mission of a restaurant should be to serve good, wholesome tasty food at a reflective price, then you may want to look elsewhere. perhaps a good place for a date if you either have a lot of money or are not so bothered about the actual food. saw it listed on happycow as $$ but i would hate to think what $$$ comes in as on the site if 500 yuan only gets you this much food. if you want a good, solid, authentic, local eating experience i would say look elsewhere and leave this to the trendies.