Respond to Review of Pure Lotus - Changhongqiao
Review: I went to Pure Lotus about a year ago and just returned for a second visit last night. Over the past year the prices seem to have gone up, but eating at Pure Lotus was really fun both times. Yes, it's pretentious. But pretentious can be really fun! Some dishes are definitely overpriced, but I think a lot of the cost is in the experience. Last night we ate the rocky salad, a mock spicy chicken dish, mock barbecue, vegetable tempura, and rice seasoned with herbs. We drank tap water (开水) because we remembered that last time we spent way too much on bottled water (all the drinks are expensive here). Our bill was just under 750 RMB, for two people, and we were both pretty full. Overall the dishes were all really good. The rocky salad was very theatrical, tasted great, and was a fun start to a flashy, pretentious dinner. The mock spicy chicken and tempura were both dishes you can get at other restaurants in Beijing at that level of quality but for cheaper prices. But again, the price is also in the experience (the tempura looked like it had been prepared on Mount Olympus). The herbed rice was expensive, but delicious. Overall, I really love this place. I can't afford to go every day but I always feel good when I eat here and I have a great time. You never know where they will manage to put dry ice or edible flowers or large, poison-ivy reminiscent branches in your food. Why wouldn't you love that? Final note, last night was a Tuesday and we only got a table because someone didn't show up for their reservation, so reservations are probably a good idea.