9/14/15 Update: Menu updated and items added.
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.
Unique Items: Most.
- 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.
- Food is Panda Express quality.
- Menu is fairly limited.
- No indoor, air-conditioned seating.
Value: Below average. Since it’s a couple of dollars less than most entrees, the portion size and quality of the food get a bit of a pass. But it certainly isn’t outstanding.
Reputation: Poor. They would have to do something special to stand out. And they don’t.
Sesame Chicken Salad:
This is a full dollar less expensive than the vegetarian salad from Mexico and includes five pieces of lightly battered, fried chicken on top.
The salad dressing was a nice blend of ginger, soy, and peanut flavors with the sweetness from the duck sauce on top of the chicken adding another layer of flavor, in addition to some subtle nuttiness from the sesame seeds on top of the fresh, crunchy lettuce. She liked it a lot and it’s a good value for the money. You could easily spend 25%-60% more on a quick service entree elsewhere.
Shrimp Fried Rice with Pork Egg Roll:
The rice is devoid of flavor, there’s only a couple small gummy shrimp, the egg roll was frozen at some point, and it’s a smaller portion than it appears to be.
Chicken with Hong Kong Style Vegetable Curry Over Rice:
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. It was also hard to cut with the plastic fork and knife.
Beef and Noodle Bowl:
It arrives with a lot more tender, flavorful beef than you might expect on a bed of noodles and spinach with a few onions mixed in for good measure.
I’m not sure I can overemphasize how big the portion was – it was a ton of food and surprisingly flavorful with the beef helping to flavor the salty broth underneath. I was surprised about how much I enjoyed it, after never really having a particularly positive experience here in the past.
$5+ buys you three potstickers and a small cup of a thin, soy-based sauce. They don’t present a lot of value in my estimation. If they gave you five the value prospect might be there, but these are otherwise your standard frozen potstickers nicely pan-fried. I’d put the money towards a bag of Ling Ling Potstickers from Costco. With that said, these things are extremely popular during the Food and Wine Festival at two for $4. So there’s that.
Peach Oolong Tea:
I added a cup of Iced Peach Oolong Tea, which had a nice sweet peach flavor to it. While refreshing, the tea was a lot warmer than you’d expect from an iced tea, like it hadn’t been adequately chilled since being brewed. You might have more luck or more patience waiting for it to cool down.
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.
Packets of spicy mustard, duck sauce, and soy sauce along with your usual assortment.