My friend Carrie is visiting Portland right now, and Friday we enjoyed dinner at Blossoming Lotus.
One of my favorite restaurants in Portland that I visit frequently – you may remember our Valentines Dinner this year, and the Summers End event with Blossoming Lotus Chef Wes Hannah. I also have a new perspective after taking classes from the founding chef, and this was my first visit since completing the course last month.
Carrie started with an all greens juice (no photo) and I chose a booster shot – ginger, lemon cayenne:
I loved this! Extremely spicy, this is called the “flu fighter”. While I am not feeling under the weather, I chose this one for the flavors. Definitely has a spicy kick.
Carrie ordered the Live Falafel Wrap, one of my favorites. The falafel is made with walnuts and brazil nuts, and is wrapped in collard leaves with tahini pate, cucumber, onion and tomato, and served with cashew cream.
My choice was on the specials menu, a Cauliflower Purse. This was served over dandelion greens, seasonal vegetables and beans with rich spicy flavors. I loved it.
For dessert, Carrie and I shared the Live Berry Cheesecake – oh my.
This was amazing. Perfectly fluffy and creamy and just the right level of sweetness. The wonderful consistency of this dessert is inspiring me to get back in the kitchen and try more variations on a raw cheesecake. I just ordered a new ingredient I am looking forward to playing with.
While I did not take photos of Carries eats (I don’t know why, she was taking photos as well!), I eat at Blossoming Lotus often enough that I do have other photos to share, including the falafel that Carrie enjoyed:
Another dish I order often – the Tofu & Greens Bowl– wok tossed tofu and seasonal greens, with sweet bell peppers, shiitake mushrooms, butternut squash, and a sweet tamari glaze, served over your choice of brown rice or quinoa.
So very good.
As always, Blossoming Lotus comes through with the fresh and vibrant flavors. I’m happy to have shared this place with a friend who I know would appreciate it – she was talking about visiting for brunch and another dinner before she leaves!