Lotus Dumpling Bar, Sydney CBD

Lotus has a few different locations in Sydney, this post covers the venue at the Galeries Victoria.

Located in the corner of Level 1, I was taken aback by the size of the restaurant.  It is much larger than it looks from the outside, and they have created the feeling of more space by placing tables in some semi-private rooms.  By saying semi-private, I mean that these 'rooms' have glass windows so you could be left staring somewhat awkwardly into another diner's eyes through that window - as happened to my friend, Mobblees who was seated in an unfortunate position.

Lotus prides itself on delivering fancy Chinese cuisine with an Australian influence.

The prices of the dishes are not for the faint-hearted, so do be prepared when you come visit or reserve this one for a special occasion.

There were three of us (me, Mobblees and Moose) and we ordered a combination of dishes from the 'dumplings' selection and also the main menu.  We asked the waitress what she would recommend, and she said the Taiwanese fried chicken is one of their most popular dishes.

Taiwanese fried chicken with tomato sambal and Shanghai pickled cabbage - $29

I lost out on this dish because my taste buds cannot handle spicy taste. The sambal sauce is served on the side but I dared not touch it.  As a result, I ate the chicken without any sauce and perhaps that is why I did not see the significance of this dish and why it would be a crowd favourite.  For me, it tasted like ordinary fried chicken.  Slightly salty, and with a soggier batter than I would have expected.

Moose had had the fried rice on a previous occasion and assured us it was a good dish.  We ordered the large size in deference to his words.

Fried rice with duck and asparagus and mustard seeds - $25

Moose is lucky for the sake of our foodie friendship that his words stayed true.  The rice was tasty, if a bit oily for my liking.  I was pleasantly surprised at the addition of mustard seeds in the dish - something that I haven't seen before included with fried rice.  The chunks of duck were few and far between so it was like discovering a little piece of treasure if you were lucky enough to have some in your spoonful.

The next dish was my choice - wok fried beef brisket.  I liked the sound of it on the menu however what came out of the kitchen was not what I had expected...

Wok-fried Wagyu beef brisket with lemon aspen, white pepper and coriander - $28

What is lemon aspen? Can a reader please enlighten me?

The words 'wok fried' had lead me to assume that a dry dish would be coming out.  Instead, the beef brisket had a braised appearance and was heavily subsumed in a gravy like sauce.  The sauce had an interesting flavour - slightly sweet and sour.  I wouldn't have been able to tell that this dish was 'wok fried'.

As there were three of us, the waitress asked if we wanted to add extra dumplings to the servings which were 4 each, to make it 6 (ie two of each pp).  We declined the offer - we had more than enough to share and politely split the number according to who had a favourite.

Pan-fried pork and prawn dumplings - $14

Steamed pork, prawn and garlic chive dumplings - $14

Steamed pork xiao long bao - $10

Pan-fried shallot pancakes - $9

The dumplings were nice and flavouful.  Were they better than what you would get at say, Taste of Shanghai or Din Tai Fung?  Probably not, in my opinion.

Let me know if you have been here and what you think!

Lotus Restaurant @ The Galeries Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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