Lovely Lotus Delicious Vege...

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 3 Reviews
A gourmet vegetarian restaurant with zen ambiance and attractive setting. Extensive menu with English provided. Individual dishes vary from 25-55 kuai (US$4-9); by Dali standards this is more expensive. Large servings. Fresh juices are available. Location is on the same side of the street (east side) as the YiRanTang buffet, a large sign directs you to the restaurant. Also possible to access from BoAiLu:博爱路. You take BoAiLu in the direction to the North gate. Pass Hong Long Jing (the street with the river and bars) and keep going down on BoAiLu. You will see the first alley on the right where the other Buddhist vegan restaurant is (Yi Ran Tang). Keep going on BoAiLu until you find another alley also on your right. (if you arrived at the big street RenMinLu, you went too far. It's a little before RenMinLu). When you get inside the alley, is on the right about 50m from BoAiLu. Chinese name 爱莲说素膳. Address in Chinese: 复兴路西侧九隆居B2-1号2号(古榕会馆对面). Price: Expensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Gourmet, Juice bar
B2-1 Jiulongju, Fuxing Rd. (Dali Old Town)
Dali, China
Closed now

Mon 11:30am-1:30pm, Wed-Sun 11:30am-1:30pm

  • Outdoor seating


First Review by Bob Sultan
  • vegan

Great Veg Food

Posted on 08 / 23 / 2014

So now, the lotus offers buffets for both lunch and dinner. Go early as they work on the Chinese Buddhist timetable.

The buffet has a good range of dishes, cold dishes, soups, salads, and breads, and costs 20 yuan.

It is possible to order dishes for a group booking, but you must make an advanced reservation.

Pros: Great Food, No Mock Meat, Some Spicy dishes
Cons: Kind of Pricey, Hard to Find, Chinese service
  • vegan

New buffet option!

Posted on 07 / 26 / 2013

Everyday at lunchtime (except Tuesdays-closed) they have a very good buffet from 11:30 to 13:30 for 18yuan/person.
The buffet has many different dishes and hot and cold options. Most of it is vegan except one or two dishes that have egg. They also do a fried rice with different ingredients that tastes very good (originally it had egg but not anymore).
Everything tastes very good.
Must go early around 11:30-12:00 or most of the food will be gone! On weekends it gets busy.

They have outside seating very comfortable for a sunny day.

In my opinion, much better buffet that the one on YiRanTang.

Pros: Very good buffet (lunch), Cheap buffet, comfortable outdoor seating
Cons: Must go early for the buffet, Dinner is expensive
Bob Sultan
Bob Sultan
  • vegetarian

Gourmet Food - Zen Vibe

Posted on 05 / 24 / 2012

I was by myself so couldn't sample many dishes. I had the sizzling tofu. Very nicely made. Thinly sliced in a delicate sauce with wood ear. Serving was quite large. Fresh orange juice was indeed fresh. Relaxing music, outdoor dining, very attentive waitress. The menu is beautiful. For those who know Dali, the place is on Bo Ai Lu, just North (maybe a few hundred meters) of the Yi Ran Tang vegetarian buffet near the intersection with Water Street.

Pros: gourmet quality food, great service, laid-back ambiance
Cons: a bit pricey for Dali


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Last updated: 2013/08/25


Added: 2012/05/24


Added by: Bob Sultan