I love the Lotus Pond. My favorite dish is the sizzling mock chicken with black bean sauce. I also like to get the chow mein. Their food is simply the BEST!
I am a vegetarian, so it is a real treat to go somewhere where you can order ANYTHING off the menu and you don't have to ask whether they used bacon to start the soup and that sort of thing...
One problem with being vegetarian is that some vegetarian restaurants serve bland food. I hate that. Lotus pond serves wonderful, flavourful food with a Chinese style to it.
I have taken many non-vegetarians to this restaurant and one like it in Edmonton (called Padmanadi's) and most of them LOVE it! The mock meat is made from texturized vegetable (or soy) protein and it soaks up surrounding flavours and when they cook it, it really has a very meat-like flavour and texture. However, it is not so meat-like as to be gross to those of us who haven't eaten meat in just under a decade.
The restaurant, like most wonderful Chinese restaurants, is not all about the decor. However, it is nice. It is plain, but clean and they sell the mock meat so that you can make some mock meat dishes of your own at home.
The prices are reasonable -- really, about what I would expect to pay at just about any good Chinese restaurant. I think someone said something about a deal for $6.95 -- well, you get what you pay for. I remember when I was a meat eater, there was westernized chinese food in the mall that was really cheap, but it was basically just greasy balls of deep fried dough over top of chunks of low quality meat.
What you are getting at Lotus Pond is high quality and very healthy. I am fairly sure they do not even use MSG.
Anyhow, it is my boyfriend and my favorite restaurant. I only wish I had a little more spending money so that I could go more often. :)