Pure Lotus, Beijing
12 Nongzhanguan Road
Tel: 86 10 6592 3627
Concierge.com's insider take:
Entering Pure Lotus is like stumbling into a pleasantly surreal dream world. The nondescript parking lot entrance is disconcerting until smiling robed guides lead you to the back door. Once inside, the subtly lit dining room blends the mysticism of a Tibetan monastery with the lemongrass scent and lilac-and-grass-green aesthetics of a deluxe spa. It's enigmatically beautiful, and the inventively presented gourmet vegetarian cuisine reaches the same high standard as the decor. Menu picks include organic mushroom dumplings that melt in the mouth and sautéd lotus Artemisia with mushrooms, which is pure veggie nirvana. A kitschy soundtrack of monks chanting covers of Losing My Religion and Tears in Heaven adds an extra sense of levity.
Open daily from 11 am to 10:30 pm.