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Hetian Xinyu - Lotus Vegetarian

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 2 reviews )
Contact 0411-82625622

3F, 15 Ku, Port of Dalian, Zhongshan District, Dalian, China,

荷恬心语素食餐厅, at 中山区大连港15库3楼. Some seats with view of the sea, though might require reservation. Open Mon-Sun 10:30am-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Chinese

Reviews (2)

First Review by Jmyl

Outstanding! - Edit

A beautiful mid-range restaurant overlooking the ocean harbour, with a view across to the low mountain range on the other side of the water. All signs point to extreme high-rises obliterating the view soon, so get here quickly

Seats 60 maximum - most in two-person, blackberry velour 'eating sofas', and the rest in black high-backed chair and standard tables. White linen tablecloths throughout.

Huge menu with a picture of each item, with a description in Chinese and English. Lots of descriptors like 'stuff' or 'kind of mushroom'. :)

People chanting in the next room - none too quietly. Many indicators of a Buddhist-inspired restaurant, including lots of fake Carnivore dishes on the menu.

Weak Western music started the meal, then turned to tracitional calm 'temple' music.

Each staff member was dressed all in black, with long black aprons. The food was delivered by a young maitre'd type in white gloves, carrying the food in a bubble covered tray - and wearing a clear 'spittal' mask. Somehow the all-black wardrobe of the hostess was allowed to be complimented by ugly brown Ugg-type boots. Very odd.

Mapo Dofu (misprint, perhaps?). A nice big bowl with some fake fish mixed in - slices of processed tofu with a seaweed 'skin' that was way too fishy in flavor for Mapu...and fir this Vegan. Nice, but unremarkable sauce. I've had excellent Mapu (Sichuan Tofu) from Puerta Vallarta to Toronto, so I am a bit relentless on the Mapu.

Several complimentary appitizers were brought out, but all cold. I don't do hot and cold together. I've simply never acquired the taste.

No plain steamed rice. Brown rice and sticky rice with cooked white radish. Nice compliment to everything.

Asparagus, Edible Fungus and Lily Roots. A small dish that needed to be paired with a main. A delicate flavor to compliment crispy asparagus and flowery tidbits. The sauce was mostly oily, but forgivable. The next time I would give in to my instincts and order it with a spicy tofu dish, regardless of the raised eyebrows that might inspire.

Apple Deep Fried with Syrup. I rarely eat dessert right after a meal, but with the sun setting out the window I opted for a unique one to pair with the view.

This dessert was inspired by a carnival or French pastry chef, and not in a bad way. Words fail to fully describe this baked sensation, lying in a tangerine-infused sauce, surrounded by a silky 'sphere' of spun sugar...not thick like cotton candy, but a halo of sorts.

I found the

Updated from previous review on 2016-10-29

Pros: Many inspiring dishes.

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Upmarket vegetarian restaurant with a view - Edit

This is a great upmarket vegetarian restaurant (the English name is Lotus), situated in a fairly new development on the Harbour called Warehouse 15 (Shíwǔ Kù). It's a little pricier than other restaurants, but well worth it! We usually order a lot of food when we go, but you can also easily eat for around 100RMB per person (around $15USD).

The ambience of the restaurant is really nice, the food is delicious, the staff are lovely, and if you go during the day you can look out over the water. They also have outdoor seating which is nice if you get decent weather.

Our favourite dishes are: the spinach dumplings, the 'goose' the 'horsebeans' (broad beans), spicy Sichuan cauliflower (in the specials menu) and some rice rolls with spinach inside them.

Some dishes contain egg, but the main menu has English, so you can look out for any dishes that contain egg if you do not eat egg, or tell the staff that you don't eat egg (Wǒ bù chī jīdàn) if you are pure veg or vegan and they can help you to avoid these dishes.

The only downside for me is that they allow smoking inside the restaurant, so we usually try to sit as far away from any smokers as possible. There are also private rooms available.

It's worth making a booking if you want a specific table, however you can usually get a table without a booking.

Highly recommend this restaurant.

Pros: Great food, Friendly, helpful staff, Nice ambience and view

Cons: Smoking allowed

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