The Vegan and gluten-free restaurant, Lotus Leaf Cafe, revisited

A reader asked me if I would cover some restaurants that help with dietary restrictions, such as Vegan and vegetarian food. I stopped by the first place I could think of, Lotus Leaf Cafe.  It’s a restaurant I’ve been to before, but haven’t in a while. To be honest, eating healthy isn’t top of mind for me, even though it probably should. But since this was a request, I was happy to oblige.

Here’s a basic synopsis about them as found on their website:

Our commitment to you includes a promise of clean, sustainable food, the use of fair trade products, healthy nutrition, and a wholesome approach to cooking that features natural and organic, handmade meals. We will never use GMO ingredients, hormone-treated meats, or endangered or threatened fish. We will never add artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, preservatives or hydrogenated fats. We can’t promise perfection, but we will continuously work to reduce our carbon footprint, use less plastic, recycle, and adopt greener products.

251 N Washington St., Wichita, KS 67202

Monday – Tuesday: 11am – 8pm
Wednesday – Friday: 7am – 8pm
Saturday: 8am – 8pm
Sunday: 8am – 2pm

Cash/Card accepted

Vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, all the things I’m not, but also things I’m always open to. The first thing that caught my eye as I stepped inside was how clean the place was. It’s an area I think goes unnoticed, and thought I’d show a little appreciation for that.

I asked my server for suggestions on what to get and she said the Mean Green Black Bean Burger was her favorite. It was a black bean burger with avocado, pickled jalapeno, spring mix, cilantro/lime aioli which I could substitute for tofu creme if I wanted it Vegan. I went with the Vegan version. The soup of the day was a cauliflower coconut curry, and decided to have that as my side.

The soup was outstanding. You could get a mix of both the coconut and curry flavors in each bite; it paired well together and made for an excellent starter.

How about that black bean burger? I gotta be honest; I’m a huge fan of unhealthy, greasy, thick burgers and I knew this wouldn’t be that. While I found it to be a little dry for my taste, there were some positives. The tofu creme and pickled jalapenos really saved the day. It offered a mix of sweet heat to each bite. I should have asked for more of that creme because it was really delicious. The avocado was also a nice addition to give a little moisture to the burger.

In the end, it was enjoyable, but I’m not sure it’s something I’d order again. Not because I thought it was bad, but more because it’s just not my thing. We all have preferences in life, and black bean burgers don’t do it for me. Had I gone with the turkey burger, I bet it would have been better.

On the bright side, I didn’t walk out of this place feeling bloated and lost a year of my life in the name of greasy burgers.

Service was exceptional as always.

Here’s the menu:

Happy Dining,

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