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Pure Lotus had been on my radar since my first day in China but I did not get to go there until my last hurried meal before flying home. This was a shame as it would have been a lovely place to relax.
Pure Lotus is the equivalent of fine dining in Beijing. Each presentment was done with drama and care – luckily this followed through into the food.
|Creative table setting made out of shells|
Looking back at this photo now, I laugh at the showiness of the porcelain lady serving us our mock-fish fillets. These have hardened tofu wrapped in seaweed and dusted with flavouring before being toasted on either side. They were served with a sweet and refreshing apple sauce.
The handrolls were displayed equally dramatically. These tasted very healthy (a rarity in Chinese food where cooking in oil is the standard method). The crunchy seaweed went well with the cold strawberries, tofu, lettuce and cucumber.
We also ordered a mushroom dish. The mushrooms were thinly sliced and cooked in oil with lots of chilli. This one was served in an impressive marble masterpiece.
The vermicelli was only lightly flavoured and oiled with sprinklings of cabbage too.
In a country full of fakes, I appreciated this meal for its quality and presentation. The staff wore sequined Indian style dresses (I could not help but laugh at the men donning this uniform too). Go with plenty of time so that you can fully enjoy the experience here. It is a bit hard to find and is actually in the Metro hotel (which I assume must have been called the Holiday Inn previously).