REVIEW: Lotus House – Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2019

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Welcome to an Outdoor Kitchen review for the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, taking place from March 6 to June 3, 2019. This review will focus on Lotus House is located directly across from the China Pavilion in the World Showcase Promenade. Lotus House debuted at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in 2013, and returns for its seventh festival this year.

For our complete coverage of the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, head to our festival landing page at wdwnt.garden.

Lotus House at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Menu for Lotus House at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • 🆕 Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice – $8.00
  • 🆕 House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons – $6.00
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls (V) (KA) – $4.50
  • 🆕 Chinese Cotton Candy – $7 to $15

Beverages:

*Price per bottle is an average price of the spirit at your local liquor store.

  • “Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Bobas (non-alcoholic) – $6.95
  • Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00
  • 🆕 Pirates of the China Sea: Dark Rum, Peach Syrup and Piña Colada Mix – $9.75
  • 🆕 Kung Fu Punch: Vodka, Triple Sec, Mango Syrup and Orange Juice – $10.00
  • Plum Wine Cooler – $8.75

While the Kung Fu Punch returns from The Painted Panda at the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts and the China Marketplace at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, this version of the cocktail introduces mango syrup and orange juice to the recipe.

Photos of Menu Items from Lotus House at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

*NEW* Szechuan Spicy Red-braised Beef Shank over Rice – $8.00

The beef here was pretty horrendous. It was gristly, fatty, and overall just not good. The spices here weren’t bad, and you did get a ton of rice, which does fill you up.

*NEW* House-made Crab and Cheese Wontons – $6.00

The wontons are fine, but they didn’t have a lot of crab. You get two wontons for $6.00, and they’re pretty tasty, so if you’re in the mood for these, we wouldn’t discourage it.

Vegetable Spring Rolls (V) (KA) – $4.50

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Lotus House
Vegetable Spring Rolls – $4.50

Although a returning item, they’re classic for a reason. With a crisp exterior and a hot veggie filling, the spring roll may not wow everyone, but it’s a solid snack.

🆕 Chinese Cotton Candy – $7 – $15

While not an “official” Flower & Garden offering, these new Chinese Cotton Candy sculptures are a huge hit, and gaining even more popularity with the festival.

chinese cotton candy house of good fortune epcot china pavilion

We covered these last week, and were even able to get a video of the cotton candy artisan in action:

chinese cotton candy house of good fortune epcot china pavilion

All in all, these are great for the experience, as well as the giant cloud of beautifully spun sugar you get to flaunt (and eat, of course) throughout Epcot.

“Panda” Bubble Tea: Classic Milk Tea with Black and White Bobas (non-alcoholic) – $6.95

This milk tea is fantastic. It’s sweet, but not overly so, and the boba pearls provide a licorice like flavor to counter the milk.

Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00

Epcot Food and Wine 2018 China
Jasmine Draft Beer – $5.00

Surprise! This one’s not brewed in China—or even made there! In fact, it’s brewed locally in Florida with a slapped-on Jasmine name, sort of like how local brewery Crooked Can made a unique draft for Morimoto Asia at Disney Springs. It’s a straightforward, unfiltered wheat beer with a small floral hint. Very drinkable, and we believe this is the only spot to actually get this beer.

🆕 Pirates of the China Sea: Dark Rum, Peach Syrup and Piña Colada Mix – $9.75

In what is an absolute first for this kiosk, the Pirates drink is premixed. They’re usually mixed to order at most China Pavilion booths, and as a result, the drink didn’t have as heavy a pour as with past offerings. Be sure to stir this one before drinking, as the syrup and alcohol tends to settle.

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Jessica Figueroa

Jessica lives in South Florida with her 15-pound cat Gordo and a small army of Tsum Tsums. You can contact her, ideally with photos of your cats, at [email protected]