If you enjoy fresh, authentic Thai and Vietnamese fare, then you owe it to yourself to check out the Lotus Leaf Café in Cary. Delicious food and a cozy ambiance await all who visit this charming full-service café, complete with a tranquil covered patio and a rewarding menu that’s reasonably priced.
The restaurant’s more popular selections include pineapple fried rice, Thai curries and Vietnamese standout dish vegetarian duck with chili, a stir-fried tofu specialty with chili-basil sauce, bell pepper, scallions and onions.
An assortment of distinctive salads feature everything from honey-roasted duck to calamari to spicy shrimp. The must-try item, though, is the popular and distinctive papaya salad. This healthful, Thai-style selection steps up to the plate with shredded green papaya, string beans, tomatoes, carrots and roasted peanuts mixed with spices and lime juice.
Off-menu daily specials are also available. Lunch specials are $7.95.
Be sure to treat yourself to a refreshing Thai iced tea or Saigon coffee along with your meal. If you manage to save room for dessert, order the fried banana with vanilla ice cream.
Located in Northwoods Market at the corner of Harrison and Maynard, the Lotus Leaf Café is open for lunch and dinner daily.