White Lotus

3.5/5.0
8 reviews

80 N. Market

San Jose, CA

977-0540

Category: Vegetarian

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April 15, 2005
Anonymous
56944 reviews
Again!!! extra stars to the Spring Rolls and peanut sauce!! <br> The environment: is charming and unassuming, a comfortable place for lunch, not crowed yet, not empty (we arrived at 1pm.). This is a nice place to meet one can talk openly. Table placement: White clean and pressed table cloths under glass, (the clear plastic feet at each corner of the glass was an elevating touch.) Service: Ice water with limon, and smiling polite service. Attentive without being pushy. Meals: The meals come very quickly, fresh and hot, and way, way (too) ample in serving. We ordered an appetizer, two entrées and rice, and left with at least three full meals including extra rice. (Expect to pack your own doggy bag lunch box, at lunch this is fitting.) Double-plus: Five maybe even an extra star to the Spring rolls and peanut sauce!! Cautions: The flavoring are subtle, the vegetables are fresh, so if overtly spicy and gooey flaccid food is ... more
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February 3, 2005
Anonymous
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Dined here tonight for the second time in a few weeks. Our waiter was clearly new and very overwhelmed and confused by just about everything which was kinda annoying because it just kept getting worse. We ordered the hot & sour soup, lemon chicken, and the chicken w/ asparagus in blk bean sauce. Hot and sour soup is very good though a tad to sweet, but worth ordering again anyhow. Pretty spicy to if you don't like your nose running profusely ask for it mild. The asparagus chicken (which you can also get w/ green beans instead) was packed w/ sliced asparagus and barely any chicken, but tasted good nonetheless. The lemon chicken looked like an appetizer as it was half moon shapes of battered "chicken" w/ a small side dish of lemon glaze sauce. Was an odd looking entree, but it was very tasty and would order again. If the asparagus chicken had much more chicken I'd order that again, but they just don't give you enough worth ordering for. I'd g ... more
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January 16, 2005
Anonymous
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I stopped dining here about 2 years ago when I was sick of the tiny potions barely enough to fill 2 people. Decided to try it again since it's been so long and there are so few completely vegetarian restaurants once you leave San Francisco. Was pleasantly surprise and glad I went. Decor was totally different. Used to be bland and bright and now it's dim and has a unique bamboo themed Asian look which is very relaxing. Our server was very friendly and helpful. Emphasizing that their water is drinkable because they buy spring water oppose to using the typical disgusting tap water and also emphasized their lemonade was fresh opposed to the gross powdered crap or pre-packaged crap most restaurants provide. I was very impressed w/ this as those are 2 of my pet peeves w/ restaurants and it's difficult to find non-tap water and actual fresh lemonade even at higher end restaurants. My mom and I ordered the Hot & Sour soup, the spicy pork and rice dish and spring ... more
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June 2, 2000
Anonymous
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My first visit to White Lotus was on a date- and we are still dating more than a year later! If I can recommend anything (and I would probably recommend all of their dishes) it would have to be their Vegetable Soup. It is hot, fresh, full of firm (not soggy by any means) vegetables, rice noodles, and tofu in a light vegetable broth. I have midnight cravings for this stuff! A single order feeds three well, as long as it is a first course. The White Lotus itself leaves a little to be desired- the building looks like it was a deli or something of the like before the White Lotus moved in, the feel of a walk up a la carte place has not quite been demolished by the silk plants and tablecloths. I also get the feeling that I need to wash my hands after sitting down- it is not the cleanest place out there. As long as you like trying interesting dishes, and aren't TOO sanitary, the White Lotus is wholeheartedly recommended by me.
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June 19, 1998
Anonymous
56944 reviews
The White Lotus has always been sort of a touchy issue with me.. but there are a few things that keep me coming back. Maybe it is the decor or the amount of people that go to it at night.. it is about the only vegetarian restaurant in the south bay that feels like a place to sit down and eat a dinner.. however, I can't say I really care for the menu.. with one exception. Their vegetarian spring rolls are heavenly! Fresh mint, rice noodles, lettuce and firm tofu bits wrapped in chewy rice sheets, served with a mildly spicy sauce topped with chopped peanuts.. The other dishes though inevitably fall short, being either too bland ( their meat dishes ).. too dry ( their vermacelli )or too rubbery ( their tofu ). Try Great Vegi Land instead!
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March 31, 1997
Anonymous
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Outstanding food. If you like fake-meat dishes, there are plenty of good ones (and an excellent "fried fish" made with konbu and I-don't-know-what-else). Even if you don't, the soups are great (esp. banana leaf, and pumpkin), as are the spring and summer rolls. Nothing's particularly spicy, which would normally send me out the door, but the other flavors more than compensate. Some very unusual (for restaurants in the U.S.) dishes like preserved bitter mustard greens will make your head swim. I've seen skeptical corporate carnivores walk away surprised and satisfied, which wouldn't typically be a recommendation on my part, but this vegan eats there every chance he gets, and so should you.
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November 14, 1996
Anonymous
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I guess it's just a matter of taste, but when I went to this restaurant a few years ago with two friends, I was quite disappointed. I had a tofu platter that was so unpleasantly seasoned that I only ate a few bites before abandoning it (the only tofu dish I've ever had that I just couldn't eat). My companions both had pseudo-meat dishes that were rubbery and disgusting. After eating at this restaurant I realized that I really hate pseudo-meat cuisine-- give me plain old vegetables and tofu any day. We all vowed we would never go back.
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July 8, 1996
Joseph N.
2 reviews
One of the best! Excellent spring/summer rolls. The entrees include vermicilli rice noodles with tofu and gluten and tomato stuffed with vegetables and tofu, Nice ambiance as well. Located in downtown San Jo
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