The Lotus-Heart


Onion and Garlic Free Menu

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Due to popular request we have now added a separate onion and garlic free menu which includes soup, curry, antipasto platter, two burgers, pizza, peace bowl, fries with onion and garlic free sauce.

Songs of the Soul

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The Lotus-Heart is proud to be supporting “Songs of the Soul,” at the Piano, 6 November, 8.00pm.

Join us for an unforgettable free concert featuring world and classical musicians. Journey across a sublime musical landscape of eastern and western, tranquil and dynamic, magical and meditative melodies.

Featuring :

• Shamita Achenbach of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra
• Sahadeva Torpy with his 20 piece concert jazz orchestra
• Alap Jetzer: Renowned New Age musician, flute player and maker.
• Monk Party: Auckland father and son duo performing on guitar and world percussion instruments – cajon, oud and bodhrán

This vibrant entourage of musicians perform the music of Maestro Sri Chinmoy: musician, poet, artist and master of meditation who voiced an endless vista of spiritual experience through over 22,000 songs. Blending styles of East and West, contemporary and classical – piano, harp, sitar, Indian flute and tamboura play in harmony to bring forth an experience of elevated music and an experience of inner peace. Over the past 7 years, more than 200 free concerts in this series have been offered throughout Europe and North America. Their first tour of Australia and New Zealand in November 2016 will give listeners the chance to be uplifted and enchanted by Sri Chinmoy’s compositions.

Highly regarded for his creative capacity, Sri Chinmoy himself performed hundreds of free concerts during his lifetime. He believed that “Music is the universal language. Soulful music is next to meditation, and it carries the beauty and fragrance of silence.”

The Songs of the Soul Concert will be held at The Piano, a world class facility for New Zealand and a home for music and the arts in Canterbury, in The Philip Carter Family Concert Hall with a raised stage and tiered concert hall seating auditorium, accoustics designed to enhance the presentation of the musical performances to the fullest, and the latest in lighting and audio/visual technologies.

Admission is free but seating is limited. Please reserve tickets by visiting

New Clinic at The Lotus-Heart

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Expanding on the health store, The Lotus-Heart now has a new wellness clinic with BioTrace practioners from Auckland visiting three times a year offering Quantum Reflex Analysis, and Ashly Gilmore from BioTrace based at The Lotus-Heart on Thursdays and Fridays for nutritional consultations.

Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA) is an advanced form of kinesiology that uses acupressure points to check the bio-energetic field of the body. QRA is a tool that gives the practitioner powerful insights to support the physical and emotional aspects of clients health efficiently and effectively. QRA provides protocols that gives the practitioner a clear structure for an appointment and can transform a practice and the results clients have.

QRA is the union of science-based kinesiological testing, time-proven ancient therapies, systematic analysis of the body’s quantum bio-field, and outstanding nutrition and detoxification breakthroughs of the 21st Century.

QRA practitioners can work with clients experiencing:
• Nutrient deficiencies
• Food intolerances
• Digestive upset
• Physical traumas
• Hormone imbalance
• Symptoms of toxicity
• Low energy
• Emotional Stress

If you have health concerns and would like a health consultation, contact us by email.

CTV News Clip

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The Lotus-Heart was voted as having New Zealand’s healthiest burger and this clip was played on Thursday 9 October 2014.

New Zealand’s Favourite Veggie Restaurant Competition

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Thanks to everyone that supported us. We are humbled and honoured by the result.

Competition Results from

Hope you’ve all had fabulous World Vegan Days!
Thank you to everyone who took part in the search for NZ’s Favourite Veggie Restaurant.
The winner (for the second year running!) is The Lotus-Heart vegetarian restaurant and health store. Congratulations to the team, and keep up the delicious good work.
The winner of the Angel Food hamper will be drawn and notified this week.

The Lotus-Heart Featurette

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A short video of The Lotus-Heart, 363 St Asaph Street, Christchurch.

Trip Advisor Certificate for 2014

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We are so grateful for the positive feedback. We are honoured to be of service if we can share some joy that makes everything worthwhile.

New food equipment available in the Health food store

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Everything you need to set up your own raw food or healthy kitchen.

Blenders: Vitamix, Blendtec and Omega. These are the highest quality, most durable and most powerful blenders available and are crucial in The Lotus-Heart kitchen for creating our raw food dishes. With 2HP and 3HP motors, these blenders power through the densest ingredients, perfectly marrying them to one another, resulting in beautifully smooth soups, smoothies and raw meals. You are also guaranteed a blender that will not burn out under the pressure of heavy ingredients.

Slow Press Juicers
: These work by pressing, rather than centrifuging the fruit, keeping the nutrients intact, resulting in a fresher, healthier, tastier and more complete juice. We have in store: Hurom, Omega, Oscar Pro and Oscar Neo slow juicers. These juicers are not as slow as the name might suggest, in fact fast they are fast enough, and of such durability, that we use them in our restaurant. If you are considering buying a juicer, we recommend you try a juice here at The Lotus-Heart, and taste the difference for yourself.

Dehydrators: We have Excalibur dehydrators available in both stainless steel and colours; the Sedona Dehydrators by Tribest with a current special of 9 free dehydrator sheets with the purchase of a Sedona Combo Dehydrator; and also the more economical digital LeQuip dehydrator and Bio Chef dehydrators.

KitchenAid: In 1919 the iconic KitchenAid Stand Mixer was born. From that stemmed an entire kitchen of high-performance appliances, all created with the same attention to detail, quality craftsmanship, cutting edge technology and timeless design. Every product that carries the KitchenAid name is guaranteed to be strong, reliable and versatile and is backed by more than 90 years of experience and excellence in the food arena. And as the only appliance brand that makes appliances exclusively for the kitchen, KitchenAid continues to keep pushing the limits with their products so you can keep doing the same with everything you create. We display a selection from the artisan range but can bring in anything from the complete range as required.

Soylove Soy Milk and Tofu maker
: For making all natural tofu, soy milk, nut milks and soups, limited only by your imagination.

Legend has it…

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…That the drink of tea was discovered when leaves from the camellia sinensis tree were caught upon the wind and dropped into an Emperor’s cup. Enticed by the fragrance of the tea rising up from the hot water, he took a sip, and the drink was born.

While the legend is most likely folklore, it causes one to wonder what unknown tastes are sitting just beyond our senses and attention.

Though with cultivated products taking over most of our culinary experience, the evolution of food is taking place in a new way. In an increasingly global community, doors to exotic places and new flavours are opening right in front of us, and international cuisines are melding before our eyes. Not only do these exotic flavours expand our palate, they offer a source of nourishment to which our bodies might not be otherwise exposed.

In our health food store we now have:

Dragonfruit powder (100% raw): The fruit of the pitaya cactus cultivated mostly in South American and Asian countries. Benefits of the fruit include naturally occurring Omega 3’s, protein, vitamin C and Iron.

Pomegranate Powder (100% raw): One of the oldest known fruits, native to ancient Persia and the Himalayas. These are an excellent source of phytonutirients, poyyphenols and anthocyanins and are known to protect against cellular damage.

Gac Powder: A Southeast Asian gourd containing 70 times more lycopene than tomatoes, thought to reduce the incidence of cancer.