Lotus Pond is a small, sparsely-decorated restaurant in downtown Victoria. It is extremely busy and you would do well to make a reservation before you go (or prepare to wait a long time). The food is 100% vegan, free from preservatives and many dishes are wheat-free. A Buddhist restaurant, Lotus Pond's dishes are also free from garlic, onion, shallots and chives. The menu is expansive and features lots of fresh vegetables and tofu. Prices are extremely reasonable and dinner can be had for about $12 per person. I don't think any alcoholic drinks are served.
On my most recent visit (December 2007), we all decided to order combination meals and split the included entrees. Combinations come with spring rolls, soup (won ton or hot and sour), rice and an entree. As there were three of us, we chose Pineapple (Mock) Chicken Balls, House Special Chow Mein and Stir-Fried Vegetables and Tofu in Black Bean Sauce. The mock chicken balls were fantastic: gooey, sticky, sweet and crispily fried. The House Special Chow Mein also featured crispy fried noodles, topped with an assortment of veggies (including broccoli, carrots and eggplant) while the vegetables and tofu in black bean sauce were perfectly flavoured and had just the right texture. I have to add that on a previous visit we tried the mock lemon chicken, and it was also delicious. Portions at Lotus Pond are very large, so either come hungry or plan on eating leftovers for lunch the next day!
Looks like a dingy restaurant, but the eats here are great for those looking for a healthy or vegetarian lunch or dinner. They are closed on Mondays, but open the rest of the week after 11:00.
Favorite Dish: You must have the Ginger B! Their version of ginger beef that stands alone as a great vegtarian dish.