After reading a few posting about Lotus Garden five hounds attended a lunch today. This place was will worth the drive to the city.
We started with Vietnamese Pot Stickers, where really good. Crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. This dish is the filling of the Imperail rolls rolled in cooked sweet rice and deep fried. VG
Sugar cane shrimp, they used fresh sugar cane with a shrimp paste cooked on top. They served it with rice paper and vegetable to add favor and texture. VG
Raw Beef Salad, I think this was the best dish we had thinly sliced beef served with chopped herbs serve on a freshly fried shrimp chip. E
Catfish Vietnamese Hot and Sour Soup. ChowFun said that the fresh water taste which can be part of catfish was not there. I told him that the kitchen took an extra step to remove the taste. All the ingredient tasted very fresh. Just the right amount of heat and spice. VG
Chicken with Coconut and Curry. A very mild dish with tender chunks of breast meat. I wish that it had a little more heat. G
Seafood Pan Fried Noodles. The toppings had scallops, shrimp and fresh vegetables with canned straw mushrooms. There was a lot of toppings but I wish there was a little more noodles. VG
Beef with Loot Leaves. Tender pieces of beef stir fry with onion. We were given a lemon juice black pepper sauce to top the beef. We really enjoy this dish also.
The lady who served us and the chef are husband and wife who have operated this place for about 3 years. She that business was hit or miss. Someday are busy other at not.
We were given a free dishes of shaved ice and fresh mango as dessert. A refreshing way to complete a meal. The mango was just prefectly ripe.
The whole meal was $69.00 before we added the tip. It is worth another trip to San Francisco. I asked about the Vietnamese roasted crab dish. Kathy told us that the cost was about $26.00 was as good as in San Francisco. I for one will have to revisit this place soon. I think the another poster is planing a dinner there soon. I hope it will be open to the hounds.
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