**UPDATE December 2009**
It is with sad news that we have to inform you that this downtown location is now closed, after five years.
However, you can still enjoy some of the wonderful menu items you’ve come to love at their new NE location. The new Blossoming Lotus cafe is classy, beautiful, and delicious. You can expect a full review of the new location in a few months time. In the meantime, check out this brief review:
|Blossoming Lotus Cafe, Brief Review|
|Overall||Service||Food Quality||Atmosphere||Vegan Options|
|Location: 1713 NE 15th Ave. Portland, OR 503.228.0048|
|Hours: M-F, 11am-4pm; Sun-Thurs 5pm-9pm
|Times Visited: 2|
April 26, 2007
Times Visited: Countless
Blossoming Lotus is not the place to go if you want a lot of food for cheap. Blossoming Lotus is the place to go when you want some great vegan food that makes you feel great and you have a few extra bucks to spend.
Some of the food seems so simple that I could make it at home, like the Monk Bowl ($7) which is just a bowl of rice with a daily grain and lots of great organic veggies and a spicy sauce. Then there are other options like the like live/raw pizza! ($7) Check out their menu for all their delecious options. But no matter how simple or complicated your meal, you’ll always be getting food that’s organic, mostly local, and as silly as it sounds, tastes like it was made with love. It’s that extra ingredient or way it’s prepared, that makes everything taste better.
I usually go for the tempeh salad wrap. It’s similar to a fake chicken salad with crumbled tempeh, a fake mayo mixture with some crunchy vegetables like celery or pickles and some spices, including cumin, all rolled into a tortilla with lettuce and carrots. For an extra $3 a side salad or soup can be added. I rarely take that option because I know that the wrap will leave me pleasantly full, but I could always eat more of their healthy food.
Vegans find it impossible to talk about Blossoming Lotus without mentioning the soft serve soy cream! The flavors change frequently but it’s always great like chocolate-cherry, chai, peanut butter. I love that you can get a small, couple ounce serving that is just enough to finish off a wonderful meal there for only $1. Other dessert options include their moist cookies and bars, juice, raw fudge, cakes and much more.
Seems like there’s always a wait here, it is not fast food. It suits the mood of the location being situated inside a yoga center.
The raw options are plentiful, even in the dessert choices – raw pecan pie. The full juice bar is something to note though I haven’t tried their juices, but they sure do look beautiful and how can you go wrong with organic fruits and veggies?
Blossoming Lotus also provides vegan catering for events! These guys are making being vegan in Portland too easy! We’re spoiled.
If you can’t make it to their Portland location, or their Hawaii location, you can always check out their cookbook. They even offer up a few recipes online. Jess and I cooked up some macnut tofu from this book and it was fantastic with so much flavor.
There are so many things to note about this small cafe! Check out the breakfast and chef special dinners in the evening. My only complaint is that I wish the dishes came with a small side dish because of the price, also that there was more seating.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Address: 925 NW Davis
Hours: Everyday 7:30am-9pm