Lotus Blossom Cafe

by josh on December 1, 2012

10/4/14 Update: Menu updated.

Location: Lotus Blossom Cafe is located in the China Pavilion on the left as you enter.

Food Type: Asian.

Dining Plan: One quick service credit and some items count as snacks.

Menu:




Unique Items: Most.

Advantages:

  • Usually plenty of covered, outdoor seating.
  • Service is fast and among the friendliest.
  • Among the cheapest quick service meals available.  For whatever reason, they don’t raise prices along with everyone else.  Those are the least expensive fountain beverages you’ll find.
  • On the Disney Dining Plan, you can order a smoothie for dessert.

Disadvantages:

  • Food is low quality and portions are on the small side.
  • Menu is fairly limited.
  • No indoor, air-conditioned seating.

Value: Below average.  Since it’s a couple of dollars less than most entrees, the amount and the quality of the food get a bit of a pass.  But it certainly isn’t outstanding.

Reputation: Poor.  This would be the last quick service at Epcot I would visit and most people come away unsatisfied, especially for the money.

Food Choices:

Shrimp Fried Rice with Pork Egg Roll:



To be fair, the food isn’t actually that bad, it’s just not that good.  I feel like it actually looks better than it is.  The rice is devoid of flavor, the egg roll was frozen at some point, and it’s a smaller portion than it appears to be.  And those are its good points.

Chicken with Hong Kong Style Vegetable Curry Over Rice:

$11.95, or $3.50 more than most other entrees.

I’m not sure if it looks like it, but it was a lot of food.  I thought the curry was actually pretty good – served piping hot with a little bit of spice.  It was hearty with large chunks of potatoes and carrots in a yellow curry sauce.  I think the vegetarian version would be a good choice for vegetarians, though I didn’t come away with any impression of what “Hong Kong Style” meant.  It tasted like a basic yellow curry and very similar to the one over at Boma.

The chicken, on the other hand, was greasy, fatty and didn’t have a lot of flavor.  I took a disgusting half-eaten picture of it to demonstrate.  The chicken was also difficult to cut with plastic flatware on a slippery plate.  I don’t know if anyone else in the world has consumed the Hong Kong Chicken, but feel free to interject with your opinion.

Seating:


The seating section is mostly picnic tables and tables for two.  Temperatures were high today (as they are most of the year), so it was hot because it’s still outside.  There are fans, but they don’t help much.

Condiments

Packets of spicy mustard, duck sauce, and soy sauce along with your usual assortment.

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