Cafe Lotus

325 Old Newport Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92663
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  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Not Necessary
This Vietnamese place is better-suited for Little Saigon as part of its 1.5 generation wave of restaurants: immigrant parents who take care of the cooking, assimilated kids who ensure the décor is immaculate, and prices slightly higher than the competition because of better ingredients. The best dish is also one of the few truly French-Vietnamese hybrids: a ratatouille crepe. Don't expect something elongated; instead, out comes something more approximate to a bánh xèo, the Vietnamese-style half-pancake, half-omelet, folded in half like a quesadilla.

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  • Cafe Lotus Lives La Vie Vietnamese in Newport
    Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 3 p.m.

    I worry for Café Lotus, snugly hidden off Old Newport Boulevard, in the shadow of Hoag Hospital, an afterthought for drivers hurrying toward PCH, toward the bro bars of Balboa and Newport's hoity-toity places. This Vietnamese...

  • Meat!
    Thursday, April 5, 2001 at 12 a.m. by STACEY FULLWILER

    Lotus Cafe still great at the meat masquerade


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