Lotus Garden, web site (another web site), 224 Maple Ave. West, Vienna, VA, 703-255-9888 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Zagat | FCNP | TripAdvisor | NoVA Mag | Ylp]
I’ve been many times, and I sway between “this is a really good Cantonese restaurant, with wonderful pulled noodles” and “this is a pretty good Cantonese restaurant for this region, with wonderful pulled noodles.” Ultimately I think I have settled on the latter. You can watch them do the noodles in the window, and these dishes do not disappoint. That said, I find it a little boring over time. I’ve had “just right” Cantonese meals here, but too many of the dishes tend toward the gloppy and heavy. But it’s still much better than most of the other Cantonese places around, though I would put it behind X.O. Taste. If you’re into Chinese food you should try it, noting that your mileage may vary.
I’m so glad you finally reviewed Lotus Garden. As a resident of the area, I’ve always found its omission from your guide to be glaring.
For what it’s worth, I agree with your assessment about the craftsmanship of the noodles and the diminishing returns over the course of multiple visits. It is well worth having in the repertoire, provided that you are judicious in how often you go.