Restaurant Review: Blossoming Lotus, Newtown
Your favourite vegan restaurant in Newtown may not be open for lunch on Easter Monday. Well, it happened to us. Green Gourmet is what I’m talking about. So, you take what you get. Blossoming Lotus was open and that’s where we had lunch just before we headed to IKEA to get me new bookcases.
Blossoming Lotus was the place where I had lunch while John was having his gallbladder taken out at RPA some years ago. Back then, it was called Green Palace Thai Vegetarian Cafe, I guess. Owned by the same family of Jackie Khan from Veggie Tree Delight Thai Vegetarian Restaurant right across from Taste Organic in Crows Nest. We loved that place, we loved the owner. They even did home delivery. Those were good days, unlike our Blossoming Lotus lunch during Easter.
On the day, we were lucky to get a park only a few steps away from Blossoming Lotus but that the only lucky thing.
The food situation works very much like Veggie Tree Delight and similar style Asian vegetarian places. You pick your rice or noodles and a number of other dishes from the buffet.
So, I picked these dishes: fried rice, crispy soy slices and roasted duck (below).
My husband on the other hand steamed rice, red curry and another similar style dish with Lamyong chunks in it (below). My roasted duck and crispy soy slices were delicious but fried rice tasted a little funny. So, I focused on the other ones and left the rice. My husband told me that his food tasted a little saltier than normal and even gave me a piece to try but I didn’t. In the end, he had funny tummy soon after the lunch.
The staff were not all that helpful or warm. The girl who was in charge with serving at the front went to toilet and left the front area unattended even though there were other people back in the kitchen who could have filled in for her. All in all, it was not a good experience.
So, if you really must go, Blossoming Lotus can be found at this address:
182 King Street
Newtown, NSW 2042
And perhaps check out their toilet before you have anything to eat there. It’ll tell you everything you need to know about their hygienic standards.