Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Blossoming Lotus

Blossoming Lotus is a vegetarian/vegan bistro located on NE 15th Ave. in Portland, Oregon.



I arrived around 1:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, and the place was filled with happy customers. After a bit of deliberation, I ordered their Crispy Thai BBQ Wrap ($8.50): Thai-spiced (sweet) BBQ soy curls, crispy rice sticks, carrots, cucumbers, red cabbage, romaine lettuce, and creamy sweet ginger sauce wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla. I also requested (and received) a small container of their house red hot sauce on the side at no extra charge...awesome!

Part of their lunch menu
Crispy Thai BBQ Wrap (hot sauce not shown)
First of all, the chef cut the wrap on the bias and presented a lovely, colorful cross-section to me. More importantly, the wrap was absolutely delicious. The sweet creamy ginger sauce brought the soy curls, rice sticks, and the already-refreshing vegetables to a new level. Adding the house-made red hot sauce gave the slightest kick to add an even more mouth-pleasing dimension to the dish.

I have a huge appetite, so this felt a little more like a large $8.50 appetizer. But a fine appetizer it was! I guess the only other (small) criticism would be to up the spice on the hot sauce. A job well done! 8.5/10

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