Food

Lotus Restaurant, The Galeries

Chinese cuisine is far from boring when you find yourself at Lotus, a fairly new establishment in the heart of the CBD. Before you even taste the food, you know that it’s a cut above your usual Chinese restaurant. Gone are the round tables of noisy patrons, bright chandeliers, and waiters rushing about to take orders – you dine in absolute peace here. S and I headed there for a bit of a celebratory dinner, and we were blown away by the interiors and beautiful speckled servingware. My first impressions of the restaurant were that it was like an art gallery, while the high ceilings and exposed wood panels reminded me of warehouses. Plush, royal blue seats made an inviting statement in the minimally lit venue.

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We started off with dumplings and pancakes to whet our appetites.

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Steamed pork xiao long bao

These were good with a bit of red rice vinegar and chilli. I won’t even try comparing them to the ones at Din Tai Fung because it’s been a while since I’ve been there. What’s the point anyway? They’re nice soup dumplings that everyone should try.

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Pan-fried shallot pancakes

I got my friend to try shallot pancakes for the first time and she liked them! I’m a big fan of them and these ones were very crisp.

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Jasmine tea
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What a cute little teacup.

For the main part of dinner, we had some fluffy, fragrant rice along with two meat dishes.

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Crispy skin chicken

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This was incredible chicken. It was such a generous portion with a seriously tasty spiced soy sauce topped with coriander and shallots. I can imagine this to be a total crowd pleaser.

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Look at that bone to meat ratio.

We also indulged a little…

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Red-braised pork belly

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I don’t know if I’ve ever had such rich and glossy pork belly as this was fantastic! It would be completely up your alley if you’re partial to this particular cut of meat, once in a while.

After that, we were stuffed and satisfied. Lotus really lived up to our expectations and I can see myself raving to everyone about this place. The waiters were lovely, the food was superb, and the whole experience was exciting.

I can’t wait to be back.

Have you been to Lotus before?

What’s your go-to Chinese restaurant?
Lotus Restaurant @ The Galeries Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lauren

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