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Respond to Review of CLOSED: Pure Lotus - Holiday Inn
by Powerbex

Review: After mixed reviews, I was pleasantly surprised by this Restaurant. I had a bit of difficulty finding a decent Vegan meal in Beijing, until I came here...The interior is dark and cosy, if a bit over done. Staff were very attentive, and even spoke a bit of English. As many have mentioned, the Menu is huge and heavy! It will take you a good 15 mins to get through everything, but it is beautifully presented with special names for the dishes. Before our food order, we were brought a dish with pickled Veg which we were told was to 'open' our palates. We ordered four dishes, which were each brought on different plates and dishes decorated with animal figures. Our place mats were made of lotus leaves and we were given large Shells to eat out of (questionable when it comes to being 'animal friendly'). The Tofu with Vegetables dish was delicious, as was the Sweet & Sour Eggplant.We also tried some Veggie wraps & Dumplings. During the main course we were brought complementary shots of sweet Vinegar Wine, which was really good. For dessert I tried the Banana Ice, which was creamy and tasty. At the end of our meal we were brought yet another complimentary item: Watermelon on Dry Ice. Upon leaving, I was given a lotus flower by the hostess. All in all, it was a spectacular meal in a very unusual but pleasant setting. I will definitely be going back the next time I go to Beijing! Highly Recommended. (Prices are expensive compared to other restaurants in Beijing, but still reasonable in my opinion: 4 dishes, 1 dessert, 2 drinks = 270 RMB, along with complementary starter, drink & fruit)

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