The Lotus-Heart Restaurant and Tea House

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363 St Asaph St, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8011

A popular vegetarian restaurant and tea lounge in Christchurch whose menu features a varied range, from veggie burgers and pizza to Indian masala dosa and hearty soups, to coffee and chai. Raw, vegan, and gluten-free options. Reservations preferred. Moved here in 2011 from Cathedral Square. Open Tue-Sun 7:30am-3:00pm, Fri-Sat 5:00pm-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Pizza, Indian, International, Western, Take-out

Reviews (33)

First Review by katinjap

great value awesome atmosphere - Edit

Great experience for all. Kids will love it here for the selection and adults will enjoy the good expansion a d education aspects oh and the food. They do awesome breakfast and booking for dinner is essential.

Pros: great options. kid friendly and very relaxing

Cons: not open every evening.

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Great place - Edit

This place is awesome. They have an amazing vegan chocolate cake and the sun burger with fries is to die for. They have a cute little shop that sells food, supplements, gifts, etc as well. The prices are good and the service is always friendly. I go there often.

Updated from previous review on 2016-05-25

Pros: Great vegan options, Good service

Cons: Location and parking difficult

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awesome :) - Edit

Had the vegan Curry Dosa and a Kim Chi and absolutely enjoyed it! Price was really ok for what I got.

Nice atmosphere and nice music! Restaurant seems to be very popular! :)

I found it really cool that they offer home made cashew nur milk and it doesn't cost extra 50 cents!

Pros: nice ambience, cashew milk, coconut milk, etc.!

Cons: vegan options are more expensive

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Great food and cozy atmosphere - Edit

We ate main courses and desserts, and drank chai coffee. Food was really tasty and fresh. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and furnished, and atmosphere is peaceful. Service was friendly. I strongly recommend this place for everyone. :)

Pros: Tasty and fresh food, Beautiful interior and calm atmosphere, Friendly service

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My absolute favourite restaurant - Edit

I absolutely love Lotus Heart, they have a huge range of vegan breakfasts, lunches, dinners and deserts. They also have a cute wee shop area aswell which always makes me so excited to look around.

Pros: Staff are lovely , Food is delicious

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Lovely Little Tea Shop... - Edit

This is a cute little cafe with a very friendly staff. It's a nice place for a bit of breakfast before exploring Christchurch.

We had a bit of a mix-up involving ingredients, as it turns out a lot of their breakfast foods involve cashew milk (a no-no for me, according to my doc). We didn't realize that until after we'd ordered, but they quickly and happily sorted everything out.

They are in the process of updating their menu to specify ingredients (or, at the very least: GF, NF, SF, vegan, etc.), so until that is done, be sure to ask if you have allergies or restrictions.

We'd highly recommend the Green Power Smoothie and the Dosa (filled with caramelized bananas and vegan honey). And, basically, any tea you can imagine...

Pros: Tasty breakfast, Friendly owners and staff, SO MUCH TEA

Cons: Slightly strange location (near auto repair shops), Allergens not marked on menu (yet)

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Absolutley Fabulous!! - Edit

such a beautiful place! the food was to die for, and the tea selection is just out of this world! I would absolutely reccomend it! definitely going to go back! :D

Pros: excellent food, great tea selection, bonus health store!!

Cons: none

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Great atmosphere, tasty food - Edit

An amazing vegetarian cafe with vegan alternatives! The cafe has an amazing atmosphere, decorated beautifully and friendly, attentive staff. We had a cashew milk chai, masala dosa and nachos made vegan with vegan cheese and aioli. Wverything was delicious, not too oily either!!

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Everyones Fav - Edit

If you live anywhere in the south island and have an interest in any vegetarian lifestyle, then this is the place you have to try at least ten times. I have tried just about every vegan option on the main menu and they all taste delicious.

Pros: A range of options, The daily changing menu

Cons: Portions

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Amazing - a must visist - Edit

I have been there a few times and have loved it every single time, the burgers are amazing, with vegan cheese and mayo options available. If you are in Christchurch this is a must visit (I recommend the burger wrap).

Pros: Amazing food, vegan options

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Holy cow - Edit

Best goddamn vegan food there is. If I go to bed hungry, it's the Lotus Heart burgers and fries I'm thinking of. Vegan cheese and Mayo option. Goddamn. So good.

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Awesome veg food - Edit

Lotus Heart was such a great visit after traveling in NZ for a couple weeks, without many vegan options. All vegetarian restaurant, with lots of vegan options. Very friendly staff. I ordered lunch and a dinner for take-away since they closed early (3 pm) on Sunday. (They are closed Monday's.) They also have a few delicious vegan desserts. They also have various free classes / lectures / demonstrations if you're lucky enough to join one. I happened to visit the day they were offering a free Tea Tasting and Discussion class which was really great.

Pros: Great food, Good vegan dessert options, Friendly staff and atmosphere

Cons: Close early on Sunday and closed Mondays

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Tasty and atmospheric - Edit

Incredibly tasty food in a beautiful restaurant. Try their ice cream, or one of the many interesting drinks!

Pros: Excellent food, Interesting non-alcoholic drinks, Nice atmosphere

Cons: Rather expensive

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Worth the walk, worth the drive, worth the flight - Edit

In two months of traveling NZ and Australia, and often seeking out "fine dining," this restaurant stands out as one of the top 3 during the whole trip! A sanctuary inside, beautifully decorated, super clean, you walk in and immediately feel good. Vegetarians will be in absolute heaven, and meat eaters "should" really like the food as well. Everything I tried was delicious, so you probably cannot go wrong. Particularly, I remember liking the soups, the veggie burger was really good, and a couple of their baked goods were super delicious. Don't miss this restaurant, especially if you are open to veggie food.

Pros: peaceful and quiet inside, friendly service, super clean and nicely decorated

Cons: about a mile out of town, limited hours, if I remember right

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Beautiful Vegetarian - Edit

Last week was my first visit to the new Lotus-Heart and I was so pleased to see that they have recovered and rebuilt a new restaurant - it is clear to see that they have worked very hard after losing both their former cafe and former restaurant too in the earthquakes and there is a lot of attention to detail and love shining through those efforts. Although there is nothing much around them in the new location, the new restaurant shines alone almost like a temple, and is unique and beautiful. The food is just as good if not better than before. This restaurant is definitely unconventional but that is what I love about it. If you prefer a mainstream, conventional environment and food, then The Lotus-Heart may not be for you ;)

Previous review on Monday July 20, 2009
The Lotus-Heart is a real sanctuary in the heart of Christchurch City. Beautiful atmosphere, beautiful food, beautiful people. The staff are sincere and friendly. I have sampled the breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Breakfast offers some unique and healthy options. Lunch is more simple and reasonably priced. The dinner menu is lovely. They have an amazing selection of drinks including superfood smoothies, a great selection of quality white, green and black tea, mate, herbal coffee...the list goes on. Clearly a lot of thought and energy has gone into offering a lot of healthy, yet delicious options. Keep up the good work!

Pros: Healthy cuisine, Beautiful environment and atmosphere, Large range of beverages

Cons: I wish they were in Melbourne

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lotus heart. - Edit

the food at the lotus heart is excellent. their dosas are delicious and super huge. as far as their food goes, i have not been disappointed yet. unlike other reviews, i find the atmosphere a bit creepy. it's super clean though and very well presented. their vegan chocolate cake is highly recommended.

Pros: great food, large portions

Cons: a bit cult-like

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Always lovely - Edit

This is a great restaurant. The food is always of a high standard. It's very good for creative and tasty vegan options. They do a wicked chai and a yummy vegan cheesecake. The service is always beautiful and the atmosphere is always serene and peaceful.

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Great experience! - Edit

I went here with my dad for a lunch out and I really enjoyed it. Not only is it difficult to find vegetarian food, let alone vegan food, in a city that has been ravaged by earthquakes, but also good tasting food!I found it here. We ordered ourselves garden salads and they had a lovley tahini sauce, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, celery, carot, cucumber, lettuce, and shredded cabbage. For quite a decent sized dish they only charged $6, and it tasted amazing! I also ordered a green lemonade,which really alerted the senses with a stingy ginger after taste-so good.
A group next to us were celebrating a birthday and a large vegan chocolate cake with candles and sliced almonds ontop arrived, then the Sri Chimonoy cafe staff sang happy birthday and it was very nice.
They also have an adorable wee shop, which sells books, sweets, drinks, packaged foods, clothing and small and pretty knick-knacks.
For my birthday I would like to go there with my friends and book one of the little side rooms and eat some delicious food. I reccommend trying this place out, it's gorgeous, the inside and outside decor is palace-like. Make sure you book in advance, because it can get pretty full on weekends!

Pros: good price, nice vibe, good food

Cons: can get very full

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A perfect night - Edit

Had a wonderful dinner with my wife, and we loved it they were happy that we only wanted to share our dessert and starter, which meant that we could have a full meal without being to full:-) Nice selection of food for all from Raw to vegetarian and its not just from one culture, the place has a really nice feel to it. We considered having coffee after our meal but when we saw the tea menu had tea. Its a real treat the whole thing we had no complaints. If you visit Christchurch and you are looking for something good to eat you will not be disappointed, if you are vegetarian/Vegan this is a great place to eat with non veg friends the food and service stand out. We thought it was very good value we had two mains a starter, starter and 4 drinks and it came in at NZ$70. You need to book for dinner our you may well be disappointed, they must have turned away as many as they served while we were there, with most agreeing to come back at a later time of settling for take away!

Pros: excellent food, Repect all types of Numan eaters

Cons: I live 150 km away:-(

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Oasis - Edit

This is my favourite NZ restaurant but I live in Wellington and only occasionally get to go there. I make a point of going there every time I visit Christchurch. Its not just the food, which is great by the way - true soul food, but the ambiance is just so restful. Truly a haven, oasis call it what you wish.

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One of the better Sri Chimnoy spots - Edit

I had a wonderful lunch here - and wish this place was open for dinner every night. It's not - check the hours carefully before coming. Wonderful, eclectic menu, with baked goods and delicious smoothies. Service was fantastic. Had a lovely soup and bagel with avocado, and a yummy chocolate cake. Beautiful resto and surroundings. Really top of the line!!

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So many choices! - Edit

There were so many dishes I wanted to try. I ended up choosing the spinach and mushroom roulade which was delicious, and a generous portion for the price. The restaurant has lovely decor with lots of plants, and really friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Pros: great range of options, friendly staff, tasty food

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Really outstanding Vegan French Toast - Edit

Aside from the amazing view and location the Lotus-Heart has a really great breakfast. The Vegan French Toast and Baked Beans are both amazing. I wish I'd had a chance to try lunch or dinner, but the hours during the week are limited to breakfast and lunch. The vegan hot coco was also amazing. This location has a small store in it as well with various useful organic products.

Pros: french toast, baked beans, hot coco

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Paying 4 the view and ambience - Edit

for same price, i rather skip the cafe on colombo and go here where the pricey meal will zen u away in a beautiful setting and view!

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central - Edit

very nice location bright and clean and friendly staff.
but even when we was asking to prepare a mild dish we could not finish the dish it was to still too hot.
when we visited it there was not a huge range of vegan dishes and we had to wait quite a while for our food.
for such a good location we were a little dissapointed.

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don't miss this one!! - Edit

Travelling around the world I have sought out and eaten at vegetarian restaurants in many destinations and have loved many of them! None however, have come close to satisfying me or excelling any expectations like the Lotus-Heart Restaurant did. It is truly an oasis of beauty and peace and a 'must visit' if in Christchurch. The food was absolutely delicious and the service completely remarkable. The attentiveness, sweetness, kindness and service I received from the staff was outstanding in every sense!! A perfect dining experience...

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Tea for two at the Lotus-Heart - Edit

The first comment I have to make about the Lotus-Heart is that they have an incredibly long tea menu. If you are interested in tea, juice, coffee or beverages of any sort I reccommend you go to the Lotus-Heart and check it out. I'm quite in to tea and I was pretty blown away by how much variety they had and how out there some of the stuff on their menu was. I ended up getting a Mate tea which is a Brazilian green tea which has matein instead of caffeine! I'd heard of it but never actually seen it anywhere. The girl who served us was really sweet and told us all about it. All in all I had a really good time, the decor was beautiful, the staff were BEAUTIFUL and I will be going back.

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