Blossoming Lotus

Portland, Oregon

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Blossoming Lotus used to be my favorite place to get beautiful food for my vegan-self, and satisfy the palates of my non-vegan friends. Sadly, their recent choice to divide, limit and raise prices on their menu options on NW Davis Street, and the very limited and outrageously expensive menu choices on NE 15th have resulted in neither place being suitable for me or my friends. With all due respect, I think they've made a huge mistake in changing what was a successful and unique establishment into an over-priced set of two; neither of which appeals to a broad audience. Losing my twice weekly business will not likely create a huge fiscal impact, but I'm sorry to have lost my favorite hangout.


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the food was quite yummy, and my only complaint would be with the quantity and price. my partner got the $8 burrito, which was a lot of food and could easily be shared; definitely the best value on the menu from what we experienced. the cashew sour cream is also sooo good. my collard wrap came with the sour cream and that was probably the best part about the dish. for $10, you get two small wraps, not enough for a meal. it does taste very fresh and nice, though, and the cashew hummus is delicious. my mom got one of the bowls, and the ginger sauce was great, but for $8 you just get a bowl of rice, beans, and kale; i think it could have used some more vegetables. anyway, everything tasted great and the atmosphere wasnt that bad, contrary to what i had heard. i didnt mind the nearby yoga studio and the counter staff seemed friendly enough.


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Visiting Portland for the weekend, we stopped at Blossoming Lotus for our last vegan meal before heading for Seattle. It was a good choice; the food was excellent, the staff friendly and the atmosphere relaxing. I enjoyed a cup of cucumber soup and a seitan sandwich and both were excellent. We look forward to eventually returning.


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I like this place because it's the only place in town that I know of where you can get raw food. The reason I gave it 3 stars is because of the atmosphere... there isn't any. Sometimes I go in and they offer full service. Other times you have to go to the counter to order. I also don't like the fact that they share space with a yoga place where they tell you to be quiet while you eat and to harness your annoying children :) OK, I'm all for that last one since I find the little buggers annoying anyway, but really. I'm not really concerned about the crowd that frequents the place because I'm there for the food. Admittedly, I like service and there really isn't any here


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I was there visiting the area and just really enjoyed the food. I ate there and then got more food to go. It was really refreshing to have the option to eat raw organic food, although it was a bit pricey. They definitely had the best raw "noodles" I have ever eaten.

They did a fantastic job on their nut butters and the raw deserts as well.


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If you're in Portland the Blossoming Lotus is definitely worth a visit. Yeah, it is a tiny cafe in a "trendy" yoga studio, but the food is fresh and delicious, generously portioned, and reasonably priced. I've been there five or six times now and have sampled a variety of foods from the menu. I'm not much of a raw food fan, but the live nachos are very good. You also can't go wrong with a bowl, which I can never finish. The soft serve was pretty good, and I had a pumpkin muffin once that was very yummy! In my experience the service has been inconsistent, sometimes friendly and efficient(they even offered free chai after a long wait one night),and other times slow and spacey.


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I agree with all of the other reviews, even the one saying this is for yuppies and the food can be found in vegan cookbooks. For me this is one of the reasons I liked the restaurant, coming from out of town without the ability to cook, this was as close as I could ever expect to eat out and eat as if I had done the cooking. Since I humbly think my own cooking is wonderful, I could think nothing less of the food here.


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I went to Blossoming Lotus after reading all of the reviews on here because I haven't really tried any of the vegan/vegetarian restaurants in town. It was rather busy when I arrived. They only serve lunch until 4, so be prepared to arrive before then if you want lunch, and then they start serving dinner at 5 (the hour in between, you can only buy things from the deli). My friend and I arrived at 3:45 and the staff was happy to still let us order off the lunch menu. I ordered the Lotus platter (I think that's what it's called) and the soup du jour ("hearty sea vegetable"). All of the items are a good, affordable price. The soup was very very tasty and flavorful, and it came with an order of quinoa which was simple but delicious. The environment is very relaxed, the staff were not arrogant or stuffy, and were genuinely helpful when helping me decide what appetizer to get. I felt full and healthy after my meal. The dishes are simple but they are not boring. I will definitely go back again.


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Food is amazing, tempeh fajitas, soft-serve, etc. Service sucks, varied between average to very hipster-rude. Worth it for the food. Live fudge is to die for!

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I went to Blossoming Lotus a few times and I thought this place was very good. I am giving it a high rating because: 1) the food I tried was very good, 2) it's all vegan, and 3) it's affordable for the kind of food you get (organic, etc). The service was also very good too; the people we ordered from were funny and they seemed honest. I would definitely go back!

They also carry vegan soft-serve ice cream which is SO good! It's also very reasonably priced! I feel like going there every day to see what new flavor they have and to try them all. I tried a bunch of them already. They are all so so yummy! And you can get a fair bit for $1! I also tried the chocolate fudge and it was very delicious: very very chocolaty. Yumm.


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As far as food goes, this is my favorite vegan restaurant in Portland. The food is creative and healthy and you genuinely feel good after your meal. The downside is the dining "room" is approximately the size of a postage stamp so you are on top of your neighbors and yet when they are busy, they really seem to struggle to get the food out in a timely fashion. I do find the creamy and cheezy foods to be VERY rich, and the cheese doesn't really have the savoury or intense quality that I like cheese to have. (And, yes, I *have* had fake cheese that manages to capture that.) I also agree with one of the other comments here that many of the items on the menu are easily recreated at home and therefore somewhat unexciting. (For instance: the bowls, which are really good, but I always feel like I'm wasting my money when I buy them because I know how to make the same kind of thing at home.)


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Excellent food. I had the breakfast scramble which was mostly vegetable (kale and carrot) based with interesting tofu in a peanut sauce. Not typical and very healthy and good. The vegan soft serve is also good.

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I really enjoyed the food here and the staff was really nice. I had the raw cashew hummus, which was a tad salty but had a magnificent flavor otherwise. I also had the tempeh salad (the two items come in an appetizer combo) and that was also really good.

The spicy avocado and tofu sandwich was recommended to I went with that. I thought it had a good flavor, but I feel I could easily make it at home, along with pretty much all the other sandwiches and wraps. I think this restaurant's forte is their creative raw food, so perhaps I'll steer more in that direction next time.

Everyone raves about their soft serve ice cream so I was hoping to try that, but the flavor when I was there was green tea, which is the only flavor on earth that I don't like.


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This place is a gimmick. The workers are all under paid and treated bad and no I have never worked there you can tell by talking to them. The whole menu is based on soy and is not exciting. The recipes are common enough to find in any popular veggie (or raw foods) cookbook. I went there originally for the famous soft-serve vegan ice cream which was not worth the price. Basically it is not your worth your time unless you are a stuck up yuppie.


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I think this is the best vegan place in Portland. Even if you're not vegan, the food is just outstanding in its own right. Fresh ingredients, excellent preparation, abundant flavors and beautiful presentation. The kitchen is tiny and there are just a few indoor tables, so don't be surprised if you have to wait or if your service isn't perfect. I go to this place usually at least once a week. When it gets really busy, they do sometimes make a mistake on my order, but they are always eager to make it up to me and remedy the situation. The people who work here are very nice folks. My favorite things are the tempeh fajitas, the raw pesto pasta, the spicy avocado sandwich, the noodle soup and the monk bowl are always good. I've never had anything at Blossoming Lotus that I didn't like. Even my kids love this place. My daughter (11 yrs old) loves the raw pizza. Don't forget to try the freshly squeezed juices. Pineapple Greens and Lemon/apple/ginger are my favorites. If you're there in the morning, the oatmeal is outstanding.

In the last few months, they've started doing things a little different at night. During the day, you just order at the counter, find a seat and wait for your food to come up. usually someone will bring it to you, but if it's busy, I sometimes go pick up my own. But now in the evenings, you will be seated at a table with cloth napkins and water goblets and someone will take your order and serve you. I think they are in the process of getting a wine and beer license (if they haven't already done so).


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I've eaten here 3 times now, and I love the food, and the atmosphere. Eating out as a vegan, and finding good living raw food is difficult. Blossoming Lotus makes it a wonderful experience. The staff are sweet and friendly. Being inside Yoga in the Pearl is lovely. There's a nice little water fountain to sit by, and healthy people surrounding you. The juice bar is a huge plus. One of the only places in Portland where you can get wheat grass juice. The watermelon cooler juice is also delicious. I recommend this restaurant to everyone, veggie or not!

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