Try the fish. It's delicious. Nice location and plenty of space.
Try the fish. It's delicious. Nice location and plenty of space.
We went to this restaurant recently and have been good customers since 2002. But since the last 2 years and recently the service and food have degenerated to become very bad.
The owner an elderly Malaysian women is very pushy and gets you to order certain dishes which are dearer in price than others.
[edit by staff] We thought we would give this place the benefit of the doubt and try one last time and were horrified with the place again.
On walking in, we were sat on a table, and then asked to move to another one by the owner who told us the table was reserved. We were there for 3 hours, and no one turned up to accommodate the table. Then they took 15 mins to bring out the menu and green tea to drink before the meal. Then the owner, came and tried to help us with the menu, whilst being certain what we wanted to eat (as we have favourites), she told us this wasn’t available, (not the first time) and that we should try what she was suggesting, which we did. When the food arrived at the table, it was the worst food I had eaten for the money I have paid.
In my opinion you could do a lot better for the price my fellow customers pay, so I thought I would take the time to help all of you guys thinking of visiting this place. [edit by staff - see tos]
I ate dinner with a friend at Sri Melaka in April 2013 while visiting Perth. Approx. 10 hours later I suffered the only food poisoning I've experienced in the last 15yrs since turning vegetarian and then vegan. Although I ate nothing more before 48hrs of indescribable hell - another 24 before I could keep gastrolyte down or begin to rehydrate - I cannot be absolutely certain it was caused by Sri Melaka. If I were not overdue to leave Perth , I'd have obtained pathology & asked the health authority to investigate. Unfortunately, I'd already had to extend my stay by 2 (expensive) days thanks to the poisoning. Not nearly so bad as my illness was the extremely disappointing service and food. My friend ordered a vegetable stirfry with which she was happy - it looked fine.. I ordered honey (mock) prawns via the smiling manager who elected to remember our orders rather than write them down. I was brought honey (mock) chicken by a young waitress. When I tasted it, I asked if it was prawn or chicken (knowing it was chicken). She said 'chicken' as if that was what she believed I had ordered. I decided the mistake was not serious and I'd overlook it rather than cause inconvenience. The food tasted ordinary but I blamed my choice. I was keen to improve the experience with a nice redbean dessert I'd seen on the menu. Again, the smiling manager took my order. She strongly encouraged me to choose the tapioca dessert instead. I insisted I preferred the redbean one (I make my own tapioca desserts). I was very careful to communicate and confirm my order, given what had happened with my last order. The waitress brought me a dish of tapioca. I immediately told her I had ordered the redbean dessert. She went to the kitchen then returned to tell me the redbean dessert was not available. She looked embarrassed and seemed to avoid the manager's stare. Knowing this was no coincidence, but pitying the waitress, I decided to eat the tapioca. It contained hard lumps of starch that tasted like candle wax. I was anxious to leave. So when I paid the Manager in cash I did not count the change until I got outside. I was $1 short - surprise, surprise. There was another table of diners seated near the manager so rather than argue in front of them with so evidently dishonest and disrespectful a manager, I just walked away. This sounds like a prank review but sadly it is not. It took over a week for me to fully recover and it ruined my Perth holiday.
The owner lied to our faces about the food being vegan, the first thing we asked is if it was all vegan and she told us yes. Later on she used dairy ice cream on our dessert, and even after we had seen the tub and our vegetarian friend had confirmed what we already knew, the owner still tried to convince us it was vegan and waved us off when we told her it wasn't. She's also over charged friends in the past and is really just in it to make money, she'll tell you anything to get you to buy it. This place is very dodgey. Don't go here if you want honesty with your food or you're vegan.
Visited "Lotus" in April 2013 after being away from the city for about 4 years. I don't think it's changed at all! It is Asian fusion style & yes, I would agree that most dishes are mock-meat centred. Which they do very well, full of flavour & sometimes a bit too close for comfort! So it really comes down to if you're into mock-meats. We did order one yummy mushroom dish with no mock meats & the sizzling "prawn" hotpot which had heaps of veggies included. So there are choices which are veg-plenty & I didn't find it overly oily..again, that comes down to individual taste. I've never tried the buffet. Some other notes, the desserts mostly contain palm sugar & dairy although you can ask for dairy free. You get complimentary Jasmine tea. The decor is simple, a bit plain for me, plastic on the tables etc. The atmosphere is ok, quiet music but usually well patronised. The old owner lady, which other reviewers refer to, isn't scary or loud. She just knows the menu back to front & will be decisive for you if you are unsure, hahaha. I find her quite endearing. She is a sweet lady & gave me a persimmon once.
My friends and I are regulars at Sri Melaka (or Lotus as most people call it). Definitely not the sort of place you'd eat at too often as the food isn't generally on the healthy side. The young waiter/waitresses that work there generally seem timid and with the owner of the restaurant I can clearly see why. It's either her way or the highway and that doesn't count only for the staff.
That being said, we're regulars there for a reason. The food is tasty, it's in a great location for heading out afterwards (though better for lunch the next day as a hangover cure) and the service is usually really quick.
Price is a little higher than it should be judging from other vegan restaurants around.
Had three excellent dishes for dinner on a Friday night: Assam Garam Fish, an eggplant dish, and the chicken satay starter. The fish was a standout, and also the satay, and both were pretty large portions. Good service. The price for those three dishes and including rice and tea was $49. I like mock meat occasionally and thought they did a pretty good job of it, but when we wandered over to the store afterward I realized that all the stuff we ate came from the freezer case. It's probably too much to expect a restaurant making these items from scratch, and I'm sure most Asian restaurants use the frozen stuff. Anyway, a great meal and I'd go back.
Well made Nyona cuisine. And it's veg, so go! Don't you remember how good beef rendang used to taste? Oh yeah, one of the few dishes I missed after becoming vegan... so good.
I agree with every review - it can be all these things on all days! We've been ripped off by the owner too but complained and received a lovely email back offering free items next time we went in. The only disconcerting thing is the names of the dishes! I don;t WANT to eat beef, fish, lamb, chicken etc and it took me ages to eat there. The names are off-putting and I tend to point at the menu. They probably think I'm an ignorant Australian who thinks they can't speak English, but I never want to say I'm ordering Sweet and Sour Chicken (the rest of the dishes have got so spicy over the years). It puts me off - that, and the amount of fat which must be in these fake meat products.
I went there for the first time last week and the food was excellent. I can't comment on the buffet, but the menu is huge and the sauces are delicious and spicy. The staff were great, the food was cheap, and sure, it isn't the worlds best decorated restaurant, but it is nice and cozy. And me and my carnivorous friend bought up big in the fantastic little market next door! I'm actually heading back this weekend for some more of that great rendang curry :)
what is every1 complaing about...the mama-san seems to take care of me the way a mommy would!! she just knew...
my man converted vegetarian because of the 2 visits!
he loves it!
I had the lunch buffet here, the food didn't seem very fresh, healthy, or tasty. I found the atmosphere and decor uninspiring, but the service seemed fine. It wasn't a bad experience, but I left here not terribly impressed.
Food is great with choices aplenty. Has a market next door which sells an abundance of veg friendly food items including mock meat.
The only downside is the apparent lady owner, who has an annoying knack for persistent upselling - which can really unsettle the experience.
But sill a good place to eat.
I've been a regular customer at this low frills, vegan-friendly place for about 10 years and, until recently, it was hands down a 5-happy-cow establishment. On buffet nights, I was regularly treated to the delights of 'Beef' Rendang, Curry Kapitan, and Nonya Eggplant. Things seem to have changed for the worse in the last year or two, however, and the last time I went, the buffet was a major disappointment. Gone were the richly flavoured faux meat stir fries and curries, replaced by *very* basic stir fries, pastas, and what appeared to be cold McCain / Birdseye potato wedges! Not quite what you'd expect from Nonya cuisine.
The place is still owned and operated by the same people that served me up delicious veggie fare week after week for nearly a decade, so I can only imagine there's been a bit of cost-cutting experimentation going on with the buffet lately. A real shame, as this will definitely turn off first time customers. The buffet includes water, juices, soft drinks and dessert though, so there's still some value to be had.
The very friendly owners don't spend quite as much time at the restaurant as in previous years, and the service has suffered a little as a result. The current staff is still fine, but not as warm or attentive as a few years back.
As far as I know, the a la carte menu hasn't changed much, so I'd recommend sticking to that, and trying out some of the dishes I mentioned above - at least until the buffet returns to its previous standard. At the moment, I'd give White Lotus about 3.5 happy cows, but I'll round it up to 4 because I know what they're capable of.
It's also worth mentioning that the adjoining Vegetarian Market is outstanding, especially for lovers of faux meat / seafood.
I ordered frm menu as buffet looked tired & and past use-by date. Soup OK. Sizzling beef didn't, consisted of limp beef sausage & chopped bell peppers. Gado gado a mix of cabbage, lettuce,beanshoots and peanut sauce. No egg! Very bland. Service ordinary. Expensive for what I got (A$40) michael tait
I didn't have any problem with service or the owners as some of the previous reviewers did. I just had a problem with the mediocre food. Nothing horrible, just nothing great. Very pedestrian mock meat chinese, and I've been treated to much much better in the past. Flavours were extremely basic, either super spicy or sugary sweet. Avoid the vegetable curry, which was particularly offensive.
After a quick look at the menu here, I thought the AVS website had been mistaken about this place being vegetarian. Every dish listed on the menu had a type of meat in the name. I was not confident that the asian server, whose English wasn't so good, was understanding that I was vegan but after talking to her son, I was relieved to find out that all the "meats" were soy analogues. I ordered chicken wings but honestly found it too like the real thing to really enjoy it. It was definitely enjoyed by the meat eaters I had gone with but a psychological trip for me. The food was tasty none the less. They also had freezers full of analogues and other vegan ingredients for purchase at the attached health food store.
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