Pure Lotus Vegetarian

Price guide: Mid-range

12 Nongzhanguan South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Price guide: Mid-range

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By Tom O'Malley, your Beijing expert

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#13 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Beijing
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.3
4.3
Location:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Education, Relaxation

Expert review of Pure Lotus Vegetarian

Marvellously tasty mock-meat in a serene, Zen-like environment.

A bevy of Buddhist monks operate this marvellous restaurant where you can eat dishes that look and taste remarkably like fish, rabbit or beef, but contain… wait for it … no fish, rabbit or beef. It’s all bafflingly delicious and healthy. And for vegetarians unable to partake in Beijing’s delicious signature roast duck. Well, you can here. Sort of.

Food and drink: 

If you are vegetarian, you might well be put off by the idea of eating mock meat. Fear not, the tofu-centric menu has enough fresh, zingy dishes and beautifully presented Chinese classics to keep you distracted. Conversely, meat-lovers really will be wowed by just how spare rib-y the tofu spare ribs are.

Recommended dishes: 

Serene décor, low lights and soothing music imparts a spa-like atmosphere. Servers sprinkle rose water on your hands on entering.

Ambience: 

Good levels of English from the efficient, welcoming servers.

Service: 

Close to Tuanjiehu subway stop (Line 10), or a 10-15 minute walk east from Sanlitun Village.

Location: 

Steer clear from the massively overpriced tea if you want to keep costs respectable. Expect to pay upwards of 150 RMB per person.

Price advice: 

There’s a newer branch inside the Lido Holiday Inn, on the way to the airport.

More information on Pure Lotus Vegetarian:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Chinese, Vegetarian
Address:
12 Nongzhanguan South Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Telephone:
+86 10 6592 3627
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily 11am-11pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Pure Lotus Vegetarian? Would you recommended it?