4/17/12: So apparently they have added some crepes back onto the menu at Lotus Leaf, including a sweet potato crepe.
3/8/12: From what I hear it sounds like Lotus Leaf will take crepes off its menu in the near future, so this review is essentially obsolete. I find it strange that crepes are being removed from the menu, especially since they served a wonderful chocolate and orange dessert crepe. Its hard to find good crepes in this city.
After our recent trip to Paris, Phil and I now consider ourselves quite the experts on crepes. Since taking off from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, I have been craving another one. So we decided to try out Lotus Leaf Cafe and Creperie in the Delano district. Lotus Leaf promotes itself has a healthy eating establishment and this is easy to see by their limited menu and lack of soft drinks. Yes, for the diet coke addicts out there, you will simply have to have tea (which they have lots of) or water. However, there are some guilty pleasures on the menu such as chocolate crepes. The inside of Lotus Leaf is small and cozy with a trendy modern feel to it. The walls are adorned with artwork for sale by local artists and on each table are various herb plants.
As a shock to everyone, we both went with crepes. I decided on the seafood crepe and Phil ordered the classic crepes Florentine. The seafood crepes was described as having shrimp, crab, scallops, and wild mushrooms. I was worried that I would have to pick out the mushrooms in the crepe but the fear was unfounded since I’m pretty sure there weren’t any in there. The actual crepe was great, reminded me quite a bit of the ones in Paris. The problem with the crepe was the filling. Not only could I not find a single mushroom, but none of the ingredients mentioned above. It seemed like they took all of the parts and blended them together and threw them in a crepe, covered it in cheese, and called it good. The crepe itself did not taste bad, in fact it was pretty good. But I was disappointed and hoping for at least a chunk of one of the sea creatures mentioned. Phil was equally unimpressed with trying to find the ingredients of his crepe as well. Needless to say, at this point my Paris blues returned because I was becoming convinced that I would have to wait until my next trip to Paris for a good crepe. The sides that came with our crepes were good. Phil had a vegetable couscous that was very well done and I had a simple salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Besides the blended crepe filling letdown, the portions were rather small for the price. We both left still feeling hungry.
But there was a saving grace at the Lotus Leaf. Now we said that they do have some guilty pleasures here including chocolate crepes. Of course we ordered the chocolate crepe people! And it was awesome! The crepe itself was chocolate flavored, had melted chocolate and bits of orange throughout, and fresh fruit on top. This was the crepe I had been craving since Paris. We both decided Lotus Leaf would be worth a second visit, but for dessert only.