Cary >Food & Dining > Lotus Leaf Cafe
969 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC | Directions 2751335.802000 -78.782968
This food has FLAVOR! – Had my first meal there this week at lunch time, ordered a sweet & sour chicken dish. I was surprised by how good the food was. Also, their presentation of the food, friendliness and the cleanliness of the place does not lack of anything. Will come here again.
pho is too pricey compared to others – pho 9 n 9 sells extra large pho for $7.50 vs. $10.95 at lotus leaf cafe.
Not saying lotus is bad or anything, just want to let some of my fellow pho lovers that there is a choice if price is your concern especially in these economy.
Always a pleasant surprise – This place seems to get better and better over time. Both the appetizers and the entrees are always very fresh and very good. The cilantro and other vegetables are fresh and well prepared. The noodle dishes are my favorite. The waitress is very willing to help you with your selections. This place is really very good.
Yuk hair in fooooooood!!!!!!! – don't return bad food because they will call the police on you and I'd rather eat 50cent cup o noddles. I got treatened by waiters and owers by returning food with dog hair in it and I thought I to complaint about how dirty this place is....make sure you have medical insurance before you eat there.
A cut above Cary's other Asian spots – First time after living only 2 miles fromit for the past 4 years- always went to Neo China until recently when i realized that their quuality had tanked.
Wanted good food the night of the NCAA Championship game- got take out and was vvery pleased. The Sambal Eggplant was sort of a gamble- not having any idead what it woul dbe like- it was absolutely excellent. Lemongrass chicken was very good as well.
The menu is now being revamped per the lady who rung up my order. In this time of pinching pennies- do yourself and a local merchant a favor and go here. Neo who?
A multitude of choices – Every time we have gone to the Lotus Leaf (more than half a dozen) we have been impressed. The servers are attentive and knowledgable (low turn over: we have had one of two servers everytime we have been in the last two years). The owner (previously the chef) has greeted us everytime we have been and made us feel welcome. Even though it is in a strip mall, the creative porch area makes you feel miles away from a Food Lion. And the food is delicious. The menu is thick so ask your server for recommendations to suit your tastes. In the fall and the winter, nothing warms your soul like a bowl of pho soup or a clay-pot entree. The only place to get quality pho and ask for the chilled, unfiltered sake if you have never tried it. It is sold by the bottle, but it is refreshing and slightly sweet.
Good Food, Good Service, Extensive Vegetarian Menu – I was unsure about this place, having read some of the prior reviews, especially regarding MSG. I found no hint of MSG in my steamed grouper and my wife found none in her excellent vegetarian duck (it's actually tofu, but you wouldn't think it). I am a confirmed carnivore but will try the tofu next time. The bite I had was that good! There is a whole page on the menu dedicated to vegetarian dishes. That is rare in my experience. As a carnivore, I will leave others to judge its quality.
Service was efficient and friendly. Mind you, we dined at 5pm on a Saturday and it wasn't overly busy. We dined outside on the patio. It is enclosed and covered. Even with the numerous fans in the ceiling, I am not sure what it would be like in the height of a North Carolina summer - seating inside is minimal.
Desserts were light and refreshing, just what you need after a spicy meal. The Cafe Saigon was the most unique coffee I have ever had - no sugar required!
Portions are not overly large. We left feeling well-satisfied but not overly-stuffed. To sum up - we will be going back.
horrible service, processed food – There is definitely nothing to rave about here. Everything from the service to the food was horrible. My husband and I were there for an early dinner. The waiter was not attentive or friendly. The thai chili sauce they used was the exact thai chili sauce that I have in my fridge that I get at the asian market for $1.50 a bottle.
Excellent Vietnamese Food – My fiancee and I have been going to the Lotus Leaf regularly for over a year (nearly once a week) and she long before that. The food is always good. Some of my favorites are the basil duck salad and the shrimp and scallops over rice vermicelli. The carved-out pineapple was my favorite over the summer. I've seen some reviews in CitySearch that appeared to be skewed based on something other than having actually eaten at the Lotus Leaf. I hope the readers will see through that and not deny themselves a truly authentic and very enjoyable Vietnamese dinner. There's so much that we enjoy about the Lotus Leaf Cafe that, rather than try to list them all, I would just suggest that readers decide for themselves. You won't be disappointed.
decent pho, great entrees – my girlfriend and i ate here the other day and it was very good. i was looking for a pho bowl, it was ok but my girlfriend had a tofu entree that was really good. the flavors were complex, balanced and well thought out. very tasty. the service was a little lacking but we were not in a hurry so no big deal. we will be returning.
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