How was it?
Last Friday night, K and I headed out to Lotus to try their Winter Feast menu, part of the Merivale Winter Feasts promotion. The restaurant was jostling and bustling when we arrived this evening, with lots of hipsters, big groups and couples enjoying their meals or sharing some drinks.
As part of the Merivale Winter Feast, Lotus was offering a 2 course meal for $35 or 3 courses for $39, both including a glass of wine. We were excited and decided to choose the 3 course option.
Complimentary Sourdough Bread
We were offered some complimentary bread once we were seated and we perused the menu. It's a set menu, where you have three options to choose from in the entree, mains and desserts section.
with Poached Free Range Egg and Thyme Crumbs
I loved the presentation of the soup. The perfectly poached egg swimming on top was an interesting addition to this beautiful and creamy soup. And yes, it was thoroughly enjoyed.
with White Soy and Ginger Dressing
The calamari salad was lite and refreshing. The coriander added a lot of flavour and punch to this salad. The portion was just right to start things off.
Side: Shoestring Fries $8.00
K spotted another table with a bowl of shoestring fries and she just had to order them too! They provided some welcome crunch and were not too oily, which is always a good thing.
The Angus Rump Steak looked very impressive when it came out. I was surprised to see that they had sliced the steak already. Something unusual. I guess, it saves one from trying to wrestle with a steak, but isn't that part of the fun of eating steak? Hmm. Anyway, K said that overall, the steak was 'not bad' but nothing to write home about.
Pan-Fried Fish of the Day with Crushed Peas and Vanilla Butter
I ordered the fish main, which didn't look quite as impressive as K's steak ;) I didn't get a chance to find out what kind of fish it was, because I was away from the table when the mains arrived. But it was lying on a huge bed of crushed peas and soaked in vanilla butter. The generous portion of crushed peas was a little bit too much for me to handle, and I felt that the dish was a little bit too buttery and creamy for my liking.
After our rather lacklustre mains, we moved on to dessert. And luckily we chose the 3 course option, because the desserts were the real stars of this meal. K chose the pine-lime granite which was very citrusy and flavoursome - just what she was looking for. My chocolate dessert was fabulous! I was surprised to see salt flakes sitting on top of the dark chocolate cake (it says sorbet, but I think it might've been a cake of some sort? Not sure). I loved the sweet and salty combination and with some real roasted hazelnut pieces on top, I was loving every bite!
Cappuccino to cap off the night (Ha!)
Lotus offers a fusion of Asian and modern Australian cuisine. Service was great and there was a real cool vibe about the place. I would like to try their normal menu in the future as the mains on offer on the Winter Feast menu were a little bit disappointing. The entrees and desserts however, were delicious.
22 Challis Ave,
Potts Point NSW 2011
Tel: (02) 9326 9000
Merivale Winter Feast
Tel: (02) 9240 3000