Dinner at Lotus
Before I headed off to the land of glitter and boos/hisses (panto for those non-thesps), I scurried along to a beautiful new Indian restaurant right in the heart of theatreland for some GRUB. Now, I am no stranger to a curry house. I went to University in Birmingham, so we practically lived on the stuff. HECK I’ve even been thrown out of four different curry houses in Selly Oak for being too drunk in slutty fancy dress. But, ahem, that’s another story.
Lotus is totally different to your bog standard Korma and Naan affair. This is like, Indian fine dining. Each dish is beautifully thought out, innovative and unusal, whilst still giving diners traditional flavours and spices. Upon arrival, the amazing sommelier, Debbie Henriques, came over to our table to discuss the menu, give her recommendations and expert wine pairings. Whilst we perused the menu, we sipped a glass of fizz and nibbled on crispy mini poppadoms with a trio of chutneys- mango, apricot and mint, chilli and green tomato- the latter being utterly GORGEOUS.
For our starter we opted to share cod cheeks, bream and tuna which came with a coriander and curry dip, and corn chaat golgappa- little crispy shells of curried sweetcorn. The cod cheeks were the real standout here, soft, moist and so delious with the spicy dip, wheras the tuna was a real let-down,grey and tasting it has just been emptied from a John West tin. The golgappa however were like little crunchy parcels of POW.
The bar also does a mean line in lethal cocktails too, a fact I discovered when I ordered a Colaba Talkies- gin, watermelon juice, mint and crushed ice. SO refreshing and slipped down farrrr too easily! The range of options for the main courses really had us umming and ahhing. With options like muntjac and roe deer on offer, as well as the more usual options we genuinely had such a hard time deciding. Eventually, we opted for a King Prawn kebab, with a smoked red pepper, cinammon and chive relish which was PHENOMENALLY GOOD (though very pricey at £17.75!) and couldn’t resist the 24 Karat Gold Lamb Shanks Khorma. Served with roast potato mash, papaya pickle, spices, green cardamom and cashew, this was both visually and physically STUNNING! Look at it! It’s got REAL GOLD LEAF ON IT!
On the side we chucked a cucumber salad and a basket of bread and munched away, whilst head chef Bhaskar Bhannerjee came out for a chat about his vision and reasons behind his menu choices.
I was absolutely blown away by the entire menu and restaurant. All of the staff were passionate, knowledgable and helpful, the food and drinks were stunning and I couldn’t believe this luxurious oasis of calm was a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle on Charing Cross Road. It is sliiiightly towards the more pricey end of joints, but for a treat in Central London I would ABSOLUTELY recommend a visit.
Beats the Angus Steakhouse anyway.
I was a guest of Zomato and Lotus, but if I hadn’t absolutely LOVED it, I wouldn’t have written about it!