Lotus Vegan

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 34 reviews )

4715 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, California, USA, 91602

North Hollywood vegan restaurant. Extensive menu features Thai food and American food. Uses some organic ingredients. Parking available in the back of restaurant. New location Nov 2012; previously located at 5038 Vineland Ave. Open Tue-Thu 11:00am-10:00pm, Fri-Sat 11:00am-10:30pm, Sun 11:00am-10:00pm.

Category: Vegan, American, Thai, Delivery, Take-out

Reviews (34)

First Review by ronitw

Best Pad Thai!! - Edit

So glad I found this place! Everything is vegan and they have more options than just Thai food. Service was friendly and I am excited to come back :)

Pros: quick service, separate parking lot, amazinggggg food

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Near Warner Brothers Studios - Edit

I went to the Warner Brothers Studio Tour with my family and was looking for some vegan food afterwards. Lotus Vegan was only about a two mile drive from the studio so we decided to go there. The place is pretty big. There's plenty of sitting inside and a couple of tables outside as well.

We went for lunch so we mostly ordered lunch specials for our meals. For appetizers we started with fried dumplings and spring rolls. The spring rolls were much better than the dumplings. The dumplings weren't bad, but I've definitely had better.

I ordered the Broccoli lunch special with tofu for my meal. My mom and brother both ordered the Pad Thai and my dad ordered the Mystery Stir Fried Veg with tofu. My other brother just ate the rest of the spring rolls and dumplings. The lunch specials come with a spring roll and a choice of soup or salad. We all ordered the Miso Soup. I haven't had Miso soup in probably 15 years because I've never found a vegan version before this, so I thought it was pretty good. However, my omnivore parents and brothers, who eat regular Miso soup all the time, thought it tasted good, but not like Miso soup.

My parents liked the spring rolls and said they were comparable with non-vegan versions. The rice that comes with the meal looks interesting, its a sort of red color, but I thought it was very good. We all really enjoyed our meals.

Our bill only came out to $50 which you can't really beat for 4 meals with soup, rice, and a spring roll plus two appetizers and drinks. The portion sizes look a little small at first but it was enough to fill us all up, and trust me that's not an easy task.

Pros: Great value, Friendly staff, Good food

Cons: Some items better than others

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Great food, excellent value - Edit

Huge menu with plenty of variety, also offer vegan breakfasts. Friendly staff. Happy for you to BYOB. Excellent value for money.

Pros: Huge menu, Breakfast menu

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I will come back! - Edit

Great place! Estensive menu with a wide variety of both Thai and American food. I love Asian food, so I had a glass noodles soup and fresh summer rolls... so good!!!! Like the ones I had many times in South East Asia. My husband prefers American food and he got a great soy chicken burger. It was super delicious. Staff very nice, lovely place. Highly recommended, I will definitely come back next time I am in LA

Updated from previous review on 2016-09-08

Pros: Great food, Wide choice , Inexpensive

Cons: none

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great - Edit

My friends favorite restaurant near her house and she's not a vegan. Very good.

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Delicious! - Edit

This is a great sit down restaurant, with delicious food at reasonable prices. The staff are very friendly, and the place is clean.

Pros: Delicious , Reasonable Price , Friendly

Cons: Street parking

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Go To Vegan Spot - Edit

Lotus Vegan is my go to vegan spot. It's pretty close to my house, and they are open later than others in my area. Generally speaking the food is good. There are some dishes that are hit and miss. Some go to's- the curry, fried rice, orange chicken, spicy mint noodles, seitan wrap and the soup. They also delivery, which is great!

Pros: Friendly staff, Good food, Good portions

Cons: Some dishes a little salty

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A favorite - Edit

I love this place. I used to live in North Hollywood, and that was dangerous for my budget since this place was so close. Luckily the prices are fair and they have an awesome lunch special! The service is so great, there is a server there named Ty that is there pretty much anytime I go and he's the most wonderful server I've ever had. Food is tasty and there are a lot of options and a wide variety.

Pros: Yummy, Good prices, Great service

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Delicious Food in a Comfy, Family-Run Restaurant - Edit

My dad and I are regulars here, and last week we were lucky enough to talk with the owner and chef. He was so sweet, and he talked to us about how his wife and daughter convinced him to go vegan ages ago, and how much he loves it.
The food is pretty darn good; the curries are AMAZING.

Pros: Delicious curries, Family-owned and operated

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Yum! - Edit

i go here for the Curry and vegan cheesecake! Delish!

Pros: portion size

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inflexible. nothing prepared fresh. - Edit

Good if you in the area and desperate

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Love, love, love! - Edit

One of my favorite places to eat, there is always something new on the board as well as the amazing tried and true favorites. Staff is friendly and even when it's busy it's very well run. They can rock some serious heat in pad thai if you want it. Even my non-veg friends always find something to enjoy here. Simply awesome.

Pros: staff, variety, reasonable prices

Cons: could use more parking

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My Favorite Thai Place - Edit

I LOVE this place. They are similar to many other vegan Thai places in LA but Lotus holds a very special place in my heart.
The staff is very friendly and their curries are the best I've ever had. I prefer them to much more expensive curries I've had at gourmet restaurants.
They have too many delicious menu items and desserts to mention. Just go, eat and enjoy!

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Fine food - Edit

Best faux orange chicken ever made. Their tofu scramble burger is also very tasty.

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Like that u get a choice of spice level - Edit

I like that the dishes are made to order on a rating of 1-5 spice level. I had yellow curry, it distinctly tasted of a coconut milk base, which was nice. I was excited to try the hash browns, but found them a little dry. Friend had ginger veggie dish & loved it. Side salad was tiny. Shared 2 deserts. Oreo cake was so so. Choc cheesecake tasted like a mousse pie & it was delicious, can't wait to have it again. New location on Lankershim is much bigger & has a nice decor. Small pkg lot on side as well as street parking. I don't eat or advocate fake meat, so that isn't an issue for me, but worriesome for others. I was overall happy w/my meal, thus will return.

Pros: will make to order, good desserts, nice decor

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Whoa - Edit

This place is something else. I ordered the vegetable fried rice which on the menu said it broccoli, cauliflower,carrots, celery and cabbage. When it was brought out to there seemed to be wild rice, green onions and bean sprouts in there as well. But since I am not one to complain I just ate it anyway. Also I do not think the waitress would have understood me anyway if I had. Then I order a chocolate chip cookie and get a slice of chocolate pie instead. Then with my drink I wanted the bottled Snapple kiwi strawberry and asked the waitress if it was the same price as the iced tea. She said it was then brings me the Snapple and an ice tea. I do not understand who you call yourself a restaurant of any kind with service like that. Since just getting the simplest of things from this waitress seemed to be an ordeal I did not even ask about just how vegan this place was. I am guessing not much. I just know I will not be going back.

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Best choice of this type in the area - Edit

Nice atmosphere, good price, and and good food with extensive choices on the menu, plus easy free parking, as well as delivery; Good Choice!

Pros: Excellent food/good value, Friendly staff, Nice Vibe

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Restaurant's NOT Vegan, I'm Convinced! - Edit

I'm a strict vegan for 37 years for moral reasons so even a little bit of egg, whey, or animal stomach in the food is enough for me to boycott Lotus Vegan. To me, they're just another one of those "Fake Vegan" thai places that have sprung up all over Los Angeles county. They got caught dead to rights by testing equipment by Quarry Girl testing "High" for eggs in their pancakes, so I know they don't have a conscience and can't be trusted. When I visited the restaurant in February 2012, the first thing I asked the waitress was how genuinely vegan their food was. She was clueless, didn't know how to answer me. I asked her about their fake meats, did they have whey or other animal products in them. Again, she was clueless, excused herself to ask the chefs, and came back and reported that they didn't know what I was talking about; she couldn't even pronounce "whey" even when I spelled it out and explained it to her. Experienced as I am with these type of irresponsible restaurants, I made the easy conclusion that if they didn't know what "whey" is, then they'd have no idea if their fake meats were truly vegan as many of the "vegetarian" food manufacturers coming out of Asia have been found to be intentionally mislabeling their products and hiding their animal-based ingredients. Remember folks, whey almost always has a HUGE amount of animal stomach (rennet) in from the cheese-making process. When they talk about "Whey Protein", most of that protein is the stomach flesh! The Milk protein goes into the cheese, the rennet stays behiind in the whey! There is very little "vegetarian" cheese out there, and subsequently almost all whey is full of animal stomach. Anyway, regarding Lotus Restaurant, as it was a slow night, it would have been very appropriate for the chef to come out and personally discuss this with me IF they had any real genuine concern about true veganism. I'm not the type to make a fuss or drama, so I simply ordered three basic thai vegetable dishes, stayed away from the fake meats, and have opted to never return. I found the three entrees to be very average at best and the portions a slight bit on the small size, and therefore kind of overpriced: I'm not a big man, and I was with my 75-year old vegetarian mother who doesn't eat much, and yet we easily consumed all three entrees completely. The small restaurant has no real atmosphere, just Kind of "Blah". conclusion: if you're a genuine vegan or vegetarian, STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE!

Pros: Close to home

Cons: NOT a Vegan Restaurant, NOT a Vegetarian Restaurant, Food is average at best.

1 Response

SarkisMambreian 03 Mar 2013 - I agree... There are to many Vegan Thai wanna be places out there.. This place is no difference.. If the waiter or waitress doesnt know the type of soy protein they are serving.. then you probably shouldnt even bother to order..  

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