I’ve occasionally bitched about Sophie’s highish prices and disorganised way of taking orders and serving her food. Well, I’ve had to swallow my complaints after eating at two other vegetarian restaurants recently.
The latest was at the Lotus Heart Tea House — on the 2nd floor of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple in South Bridge Road where IK had asked me to meet him. Altho a Buddhist, I’m not really into visiting temples other than the Waterloo Street Kwan Im Hood Cho Temple. Hence my familiarity with Sophie’s or New Green Pasture Cafe at the nearby Fortune Center.
Below is what I ate at Lotus Heart: a bowl of rice in a real stone pot with pepper sauce “fish” slices. Also, had a dessert of white fungus and gingko nut soup. Total cost to IK since he insisted on picking up the tab:$10 for my share.
Yet despite full wait service, the service n order taking was as chaotic, if not more so, than Sophie’s. I was served the wrong dish initially and IK, tho getting what he ordered, couldn’t tell whether it was the correct dish, since there was no picture in the menu to compare with the real thing and the menu’s description didn’t matched what he got.
And quite alarming for the uninitiated, Lotus altho a truly kosher vegetarian restaurant unabashedly claims to feature “Japanese Sushi, Spaghetti, Pizza, Tim Sum, Taiwanese cuisine, Pepper Steak, Pork Chop & many more…”
I don’t know how much SY and LH were charged but dare say it must have been at least $20+ (after service charge) per head. Value for money and varietyLotus Vegetarian beats Lotus Tea House hands down, but ambience wise the latter clearly has an upper hand.
Still my favourite remains Sophie’s. As a revisit on Feb 28 for lunch with mum, sis and Siti in tow proved. As usual, there was confusion and chaos when it came to placing our orders and as previously written abt, I always opt for what I see being served to others. It was no diffierent on this latest visit and the others, even my picky maid, followed suit.
Hence all four of us had the brown rice set of the day which besides a yummy fresh salad came with an assam curry and some yam chips. A hearty soup of barley and mixed vegetables came free with the set, costing $7 each.
So while Sophie may not be as cheap as eating at a vegetarian stall in a food court or hawker centre, she’s still value for money. Especially when one considers the amount of stuff to be assembled just to cook a vegetarian meal (or any meal for that matter). Also, I don’t like cooking brown rice, because of the rigmarole, for which read time, involved.