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Lunch Specials in London

31/05/2017Blog

It has often been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – after all, tackling a busy day of work or leisure without having fortified yourself is never as good and studies have shown that it can actually be bad for you to skip. Starting the day right is obviously important, but once you’ve started you definitely need to continue and that’s why we’re setting out our stall for lunch. There are as many lunch specials in London as there are restaurants but whether you’re looking for a deal or simply an excellent lunch, we would like to help. Lately we have been joined for lunch by a number of Tripadvisor users who have been kind enough to give their views. Looking for a lunch special in London? Read on!

WhitehallTravelller said:

Having eaten at this restaurant myself with my husband, I decided to take a group of 12 for lunch which was a corporate lunch as I was running a conference at work. The restaurant has a very central location, near to Leicester Square, Charing Cross, Trafalgar Square etc. The restaurant set up a table for my group and had name plates ready with their order (as I had pre-ordered due to lack of time for lunch) and everyone in my group was very impressed with the food and service. As my group was from all of the world, this was the perfect restaurant for them as there was enough choice for vegetarians and meat eaters to satisfy all palettes and was not overly expensive. Brownie points all round!

Smiles from ear to ear, WhitehallTraveller – thank you for your visit and for the kind words! Of all the lunch specials in London, choosing ours has us truly thankful. Next, MartinbJ5044:

Our first visit to Lotus. What a great experience. Modern multi regional menu reflecting the very best innovative dishes from across India, The food was delicate, subtle, full of flavour and beautifully presented. Simply the best Indian food we have ever eaten and great value for money, particularly the Set Lunch. Full marks also to the staff who were very welcoming, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. We fully recommend the Lotus experience and will be back there as soon as we can.

Martin, we are more than glad that you enjoyed yourself and that our set lunch hit the spot – London lunch specials are notoriously competitive but we have made a vow never to compromise quality.

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Romantic Restaurants in London

25/05/2017Blog

At Lotus we know that there is both a world of choice out there and a world of difference between a good dining experience and a great one. That is never more important than when you are dining a deux – whether with your long-term partner or someone you hope will be so – and when it comes to romantic restaurants London is not undersupplied. That’s why it means so much to us when our guests not only review us but reveal that they and their other half enjoyed themselves with us and it’s on this note we take our latest delve into our recent Tripadvisor reviews. Firstly, user Clement C:

I had a pre-theatre dinner here with my wife. The food and the service were excellent and it was only around £24 per person for a 3 course meal including a glass of house wine. It is not a typical Indian restaurant where you pick a meat and pick a sauce. The dishes were more like fine dining. The portion sizes were good but not enormous. By the time I had finished the 3 courses I was quite satisfied. The waiting staff were very professional and attentive. I would definitely recommend eating here and it is right across the road from the Garrick theatre.

Thank you Clement, when it comes to choosing a romantic restaurant, London has plenty and we are more than glad to have been your choice. Next, user MaryKaspar:

Just had the most delicious, unusual, tasty Indian meal. The 3 course theatre menu is well priced and has some lovely little extras and choices to please everyone. Great care was taken over my gluten free/dairy free diet. The staff are knowledgeable, kind and professional. The position on the Charing Cross road is well placed for the Theatres or the National Gallery as well as yards from Leicester Square tube, a little further but an easy walk from Charing Cross. The restaurant is comfortable and has a nice, low key, modern atmosphere.

Huge thanks Mary, such kind words to accompany a night out! Finally, for this blog entry, Freston F had this to say:

My bf wanted to go to this restaurant thanks to good reviews online. We went on Sunday, didn’t book a table. The place was perfect for a romantic dinner: warm, calm, chic.
We ordered many starters which was absolutely amazing. The presentation of dishes, the taste ! And a biryani. (Looks quite similar to gymkhana restaurant btw but in better). Also some cocktails we got were very nice. And the service as well, we arrived late but the waiters gave us a nice table and gave us a very good service until the end. Lotus became the first one of my rank in “my indian restaurant list in London”. If you are looking for a very good indian restaurant in London, I absolutely recommend this one!!!!

Freston, we’re overjoyed that we could provide a romantic restaurant setting for your London Sunday and we can’t wait to see the two of you again!

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Contemporary Fine Dining at Lotus – Review: Binny’s Kitchen & Travel Diaries

15/05/2017Blog

Hidden away from the hoards of tourists that flock Leicester Square is a fabulous luxurious award winning fine dining Indian restaurant called Lotus, headed up by Chef Patron Bhaskar Banerjee. The food takes influences from various parts of India and the restaurant has a lovely upmarket modern feel and the ambience is vibrant and warm. The Lotus flower is actually the national flower of India so a really fitting name.

Whilst it appears spacious inside, it only hosts approximately 60 covers so is nice and intimate without feeling claustrophobic or too close to another table.

We started off with ordering drinks. I decided to go for a Lassi which was flavoured with Sea Salt, Roasted Cumin, Ginger & Coriander. Amit went for a Cranberry and Lemongrass Lemonade which was really refreshing. We did have a look at the cocktail list and there were some really good choices on there but we had both already had cocktails elsewhere before so just wanted to hydrate.

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To kick of our meal we were brought a Tomato Rasam which is similar a tomato broth, which was so warming and delicious. I could have had the whole saucepan it was that scrumptious with the right level of spices.

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Then followed a Rattes chickpea, sev and yoghurt chaat which was so refreshing, light and full of flavour. I loved how the menu had a combination of street food and classic dishes with fusion twists. The menu also had suggestions for wine pairing if you fancied doing that and I found this unique and impressive too.

chickpea sev and yoghurt chaat at lotus

While we waited for the rest of our starters selection to arrive we nibbled on an assortment of Poppadums with different textures and flavours such as Rice, Potato and Finger Millet and which were served with Mango, Apricot, Mint, Red Chilly and Green Tomato Chutneys.

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Now my favourite street food which I know as Pani Puri and which is also known as Golgappa or Puchkas had a little twist and had the additional ingredient of sweet corn. They were called Corn Chaat Golgappa and were accompanied with Jaljeera and a Tamarind Chutney. It was so much fun eating them and I loved the explosion of flavours in my mouth.

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To complete our starter selection, we also tried the Fried Chicken Wing Tulips which was accompanied with a Tomato Chutney. The flavour was just perfect and I loved these. They reminded me of an upmarket and spicier version of chicken drumsticks.

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Amit had been excited that the menu had a whole section dedicated to Kebabs and he selected the Red Snapper and Cobia Kebabs which were flavoured with Mustard essence, Crisp Bengal Gram and served with a cooling Dill yogurt. This was such an unusual offering but it really worked.

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For mains we were recommended the Prawns Narkel Shorshe which is prawns cooked within a Dehusked tender Coconut and Served with Organic Rice, Indian Lemon and Chillies. Not only was the presentation of this dish rather special and impressive, it was absolutely divine. I was instantly transported to coastal destinations and if you visit Lotus for a meal this is a must order dish.

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I love breads so we had a selection of breads alongside the rice to eat the Prawn curry with and the breads were exactly how I like them – thin, fluffy and buttery.

indian breads selection at lotus

All our savoury dishes were incredibly tasty, full of flavour, perfectly and delicately spiced and presented beautifully. Now it was time for dessert!

For dessert we went for the Raj Bhog, Clementine and Basil Doi which was a very novel choice of flavours and beautifully plated. Raj Bhog is similar to a Rasgulla and this was my favourite out of the two.

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As an after dinner treat we were presented with these chocolate balls filled with a fruit filling. They were a nice change to the Mint chocolate thins you normally get handed at the end of an Indian meal.

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The service was amazing and the restaurant is a lovely hidden gem away from the manic-ness of Leicester Square. It has a lovely vibe so fantastic for date nights or a venue for catch ups. It is priced slightly higher end and is fine dining so really special. My highlight was definitely the prawns cooked in the de-husked coconut and I loved the sound of all the dishes on the menu so will be back to try some other dishes.

Click here to read the full review of contemporary fine dining at Lotus at Binny’s Kitchen & Travel Diaries.

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Lotus Indian Restaurant – Review: Squaremeal

18/04/2017Blog

Given its proximity to Leicester Square’s tourist scrum, this genteel Indian is easily overlooked, but step inside and you’ll be treated to “a fine-dining feast fit for a maharajah”. Lotus’s culinary trump card is its “outstandingly good” theatre menu, which represents fabulous value via dishes of paneer tikka with chickpea masala or buttery chicken bemisal in a smooth tomato purée. Straying away from the set deals is pricey, but worth the outlay for some bold new takes on old themes: pigeon masala dosas and goat cutlets with yellow peas might give way to duck kebabs with pickled onion, orange dates and a chilli dip or a luxurious and intensely creamy curry of lobster, scallops, ginger and coconut. Homemade chutneys, dips and condiments all demand attention, and most dishes come with appropriate wine-matching suggestions. Service is “attentive without being overbearing” – a perfect match for the restaurant’s interiors (think grey tones with splashes of orange and a twinkling corner bar).

Click here to read the full review of Lotus at Squaremeal.

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Pre-theatre Menu at Lotus: Where to eat between 5 and 6

07/04/2017Blog

It’s 5.30, you’re in the heart of the West End and you’re on the hunt for a quick bite before the theatre. There is always the fast and not-so guilt free option of sneaking into one of the hundreds of fast food restaurants that litter Shaftesbury Avenue and Covent Garden, but why compromise? You’ve made the effort to dress up, maybe even get the train into London for a birthday or anniversary, maybe you’re taking the children to see Mousetrap. Whatever your plans, why start the night in a stress, rushing around one of the most condensed areas of London, trying to find dinner. Luckily Lotus’s doors are open and offering up a pre theatre menu, at just the right time for just the right price. And yes, children are also welcome, up until 19.00.

Pre-theatre menu at Lotus

Pre-theatre, that black hole that sits somewhere between 5 and 6, it’s never an easy time to find a nice meal, especially one that is quick, of a high quality and affordable. At Lotus we offer 3 courses for £23.99, with the first sitting between 5pm & 6pm and then again between 21.30 & 22.30. This also includes Amuse Bouche (A small bite sized canapé to you and me) poppadum’s, sides and Petit Fours, all rounded off with a free soft drink or glass of wine. Just walking distance from both Covent Garden and Leicester Square Lotus is moments away from St Martins Theatre, Palace Theatre and the Apollo Theatre, the perfect location to make the most of our pre-theatre menu. Start your night with a fantastic meal, Lotus brings the buzz and excitement of London’s West End into the restaurant with a vibrant atmosphere, friendly personable service and an exiting culinary experience.

Be sure to book to ensure you get the reservation for a pre-theatre menu you are looking for!

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The Search For The Best Lunch Places In London

12/04/2017Blog

First of all, what do you look for when trying find the best lunch places in London? Location? Affordability? Atmosphere? Food? Surely all of these factors should come into play, but is it actually that easy to find somewhere that ticks all of those boxes? We think so, you just need to know where to look, and you need look no further than Lotus. In London you are spoilt for choice, everyday you can eat in a different country and explore a new cuisine, but slimming down the ever-expanding choice is a task itself. Here at Lotus we want to cater to that desire to explore, taking you on a culinary journey through India, whether than might be on a work lunch or a pre-theatre meal.

There are plenty of offers up for grabs, throughout the week. For Lunch, Lotus offers 3 courses for £19.99.Perhaps start with a warm mixture of Ratte potatoes and chickpeas with sweet and sour spices, moving on to the Red Snapper and cobia, then finishing up with a delicious warm almond keer with dates and stewed apricots? All including a free glass of wine, you can’t argue with that now, can you?

That covers the food, but what about the rest? Being slap-bang in the middle of theatre land Lotus couldn’t be better connected. Leicester Square is a buzz of excitement at all times of day, and we try to carry that atmosphere through into the restaurant. Perfect for big groups we have booths, perhaps a quieter table for that work lunch meeting, or take a seat at the bar for a more casual lunch. Maybe explore the extensive, interesting and ever changing wine list, compiled by Sommiler Debbie Henriques, showcasing both new and old world wines. From a glass of Argentinian Riesling, to a Tuscan Chianti Classico.

One of the Best Lunch Places In London – Lotus Indian Restaurant

The search for the best lunch places in London in a challenge and there is no doubt you will be able to find something good with ease, but if you’re looking for something great, you should head to Lotus.

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Lotus, Award Winning Restaurant – Review: Halal Chronicles

04/04/2017Blog

Lotus is a fine-dining restaurant headed up by Bashkar Banerjee, who has been associated with a number of award winning restaurant brands, and a team of Chefs who have worked at some of the finest hotels in India. Named after India’s national flower, Lotus is a blossoming flower blooming in the heart of the urban jungle of Leicester Square.

The restaurant is elegantly decorated, with soft grey upholstery and mirrored surfaces that provides a refined and modern feel.

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All meat served at Lotus is halal with the exception of partridge and pigeon.

Starters

Our meal began with “Corn Chaat Golgappa”, which are a staple of Indian street food. These crispy corn shells filled with chickpea and drizzled with a mild jaljeera and tamarind chutney were a light introduction to our Lotus experience and although standard in flavour, it is too addictive to stop at one. – Recommended

Next was the “Rattes, Chickpea, Sev and Yoghurt Chaat” were filled with crispy potato discs that were crunchy and of a dehydrated texture, which complimented perfectly against the tangy, minty and slightly spicy chutney and the creamy, cooling yoghurt. Overall a refined take on a classic Indian street snack. – Highly Recommended

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The “Salmon Queenies, Duck Egg and Peanut Relish Lentil wrap”. The lentil wrap was essentially a dosa, light and airy with a slightly firmer pancake like texture, enveloping the salmon and egg filling. The salmon was of a good quality and not overpowering, whilst the duck egg was soft and creamy. Although the flavours were mild, the salmon and egg combination in a lentil wrap was a combination that worked well. – Worth a Try

The “Spiced Venison, Liver and Lamb Brain” is one for all you halal food adventurers. It delivered gamey, moreish and umami flavours. – Recommended

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From the “Kebab” section we tried the “Lamb Chops and Rump”, which were marinated in raw papaya; tenderising the meat, thus giving the chops and rump a butter like texture. Both the lamb and rump were succulent, flavoursome and slightly citrusy, whilst generously coated in spices with the strong flavours of the tandoor coming through. – Highly Recommended

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The “Paneer Tikka” arrived with a hollow centre filled with a coconut and spinach combination that was deliciously creamy and sat on a bed of ghee infused potatoes. The paneer was cooked perfectly, not dry or rubbery in texture. – Highly Recommended

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The “Duck Seekh” is a version of kebab you do not come across often in London, so we were eager to give it a try. Duck being a gamey and dry meat, can be difficult to prepare. The duck seekh included peppers, onions and rich spices and whilst texturally the duck sheekhs were soft and succulent, the duck was overpowered by the prominent flavour of black cloves, which slightly diminished the taste. However, the clove taste was masked by dipping into the sharp, zesty orange date and chilli dip. – Worth a Try

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Mains

For mains we tried the “24 Karat Lamb Shank Korma”, which looked dazzling with a leaf of edible gold vibrantly coating one side of the lamb shank. The lamb shank was prepared perfectly, melting off the bone effortlessly and one of the best prepared lamb shanks we have tried. The sauce had distinct hyderabadi flavours; aromatic, creamy and mildly spiced, complimenting the meaty lamb shank. – Recommended

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The “Lobster Tails and Scallops” was sat on a bed of coconut and curry leave sauce. The lobster tail was meaty and although good, it did require a touch more seasoning, whilst the scallop was prepared well. The coconut and curry leaf flavour was mild and whilst the dish was satisfying, it could benefit from a slight injection of more spice to lift it from ordinary to extraordinary. – Worth A Try

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Accompaniment

For sides we tried “Mirch aur Baigan Ka Salaan”, “Asparagus and Sugar Snap Poriyal” and “Palak Pudhina Paneers” with “Saffron and Green Chilli Pilau” and “Black Lentils”. The black lentils were a surprise hit, deliciously buttery and mild, as you would expect of daal. The Asparagus and sugar snap poriyal was coated in grated coconut, which added texture and an additional taste dimension. The mirch aur baigan ka salaam was stuffed chilli and baby aubergine dosed in a delicious creamy peanut sauce. The pilau was prepared well and although good was a little too standard for our palette. – Recommended

Dessert

For dessert we tried the “Sandal Wood, Rose Srikhand with Dumroot Halwa” and “Almond Kheer, Dates and Stewed Apricots”. Of the two desserts we enjoyed the halwa. With its unusually pink appearance, the halwa was creamy, yoghurty and perfumy in taste, whilst the sweetness of the dessert was well balanced, which also doubled up as a palette cleanser. – Worth a Try.

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Conclusion

Lotus offers an epicurean dining experience that encapsulates the regional diversity of India’s rich gastronomy; offering modern, fresh flavours whilst remaining true to its routes. The restaurant’s modern approach to traditional classics paired with unique halal meats makes Lotus a must visit for all halal food adventurers.

Click here to read the full review of Lotus award winning restaurant in London at Halal Chronicles.

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The Best Lunch in London

23/03/2017Blog

What exactly constitutes the best lunch in London and how can one possibly begin to narrow down the search in a city with such an extensive selection of restaurants? At Lotus we believe that this search for the sublime can be broken down into a 3-point checklist – great atmosphere, impeccable service and of course fantastic food.

Best Lunch In London Checklist

When deciding on where best to dine for lunch in London the first thing to consider is the ambience that you’re after. Whether you are arranging a corporate lunch to secure an important deal or wishing to host a lunch with your closest girl friends the atmosphere at Lotus caters for all. The central location of Lotus and its classic interior should enhance the dining experience of all discerning clients.

Manning the helm in our front of house team is head sommelier Debbie Henriques. With an impressive CV and an extensive knowledge when it comes to immaculate service, Debbie is an expert in her field. We want to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience when dining with us. We treat every person who comes through our door as we would a guest at our own house whether it be for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Last in our checklist for finding the best possible lunch in London is of course the food. Our menus are made up of tantalising dishes to tempt your taste buds. Every dish is as important as the other. Bhaskar Banerjee chef and manager at Lotus, creates every menu with local British ingredients and transforms them the with authentic flavours of India to produce traditional food with a twist. One of the many menus available is the set lunch menu priced at £19.99 and includes 3 courses and a glass of wine, which we feel constitutes one of the best lunch deals you will find in London.

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Pre-theatre Dinner at Lotus – Review: East London Girl

13/03/2017Blog

Lotus (named after the national flower of India) is an authentic fine dining Indian restaurant located on Charing Cross Road, right near the heart of Leicester Square.

They use traditional Indian cooking techniques (and of course the spices!) but combine it with more British ingredients than other Indian restaurants normally use.

I visited for the pre-theatre dinner of three courses with a glass of house wine for only £23.99. It was actually really four courses as they served Rasam (a tomato broth) and assortment of poppadums (rice, potato and finger millet) with some really great sauces – mango with apricot, mint and red chilli and green tomato chutney!

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There were a selection of five starters. We chose the rattes, chickpea, sev and yogurt chaat, which was really tasty, and the butternut squash and chilli samosey, which was far less greasy than normal samosas.

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Similarly to the starters, there were a selection of five mains, all of which looked brilliant. We had the chicken bemisaal, which was chicken cooked in the tandoori oven with fresh tomato sauce – beautiful – and the paneer tikka, again bursting with flavour. We also saw the red snapper on the neighbouring table, which looked fab. To top it off, the mains are served with rice, a bread basket and daal. We also tried the guncha wa keema – cauliflower florets tossed in pepper, tomato and sesame and asparagus and sugar snaps as extras.

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We were actually too full for dessert, which just shows what good value the deal is. One aspect that stood out for me was the service, which was attentive but not overbearing. Our waitress talked through the menu and helped us choose our dishes. One of the chefs also came round each table to check everyone was having a lovely evening, which I thought was a lovely touch.

Click here to read the full review of a pre-theatre dinner at Lotus at East London Girl.

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Best Lunch Deals In London

10/03/2017Blog

With the continuous growth of new and innovative restaurants opening in the UK on a daily basis, with no signs of slowing, finding the best lunch deals in London can be an overwhelming task. At Lotus we have created what we believe to be the best lunch deal the capital has to offer, both in quality and value, hopefully making your decision that much easier.

Indian gastronomy expert and Chef Exec of Lotus, Bhaskar Banerjee, has carefully curated the ultimate lunch menu, which will leave many a culinary enthusiast shouting about ‘the best lunch deal in London’ to all their friends.

The set lunch menu on offer, modestly priced at £19.99, includes 3 sumptuous courses and a glass of house wine discerningly chosen by wine expert and head sommelier Debbie Henriques. Included in the lunch deal is a complimentary amuse bouche of flavourful tomato broth and an assortment of poppadums, each one made from a different ingredient; rice, potato and finger mullet accompanied by an array of flavoursome chutneys.

Flavour, authenticity and providence are at the heart of everything we do and our lunch deal at our London restaurant is no exception. Just some of the dishes you have to look forward to include a starter of goat cutlet and yellow peas served with jhalmoori or if you would prefer a fish option, the salmon, duck egg and peanut relish lentil wrap is a menu favourite.

For the main event you have a varied choice of 5 dishes, including two vegetarian dishes to choose from. All main courses are also served with green peas pulao, lentils and cumin scented potatoes plus a bread basket.

To round off your fine Indian dining experience there are 3 puddings available including menu favourite Baked Rasmalai with a flood and pineapple chutney.

One of the Best Lunch Deals London has

The range of dishes available on the lunch menu have been expertly chosen to showcase our talented kitchen and we feel Lotus really does offer one of the best lunch deals in London.

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Lotus, Indian Fine Dining at Leicester Square – Review: Feed The Lion

01/03/2017Blog

With not one, but two placards proudly informing us and passersby of Lotus’ achievement in winning the Lux 2016 Hospitality Award for “Best Indian Restaurant in London”, you can imagine our high pre-review expectations.

Lotus Fine Dinning Indian Halal Restaurant located on Charing Cross Road, this fine dining eatery has Bhaskar Banerjee at the helm as manager, a chef with over 20 years’ experience at some leading Indian restaurant brands and international hotel chains, as well as Head Chef, Mohammed Naseem Qureshi, who “hails from a family of third generation of [sic] Master Chefs in India” and who boasts “25 years of exceptional culinary expertise” .

You’ll, therefore, understand if we tell you that we were anticipating nothing, but the best.

And first impressions certainly did count. With a chic, ultra-smart, brown and greige interior comprising of wall mirrors and cushioned tiles with classical Indian-oriented patterns, this restaurant certainly has a sense of class about it.

Despite the tables spaciously placed, Lotus is, with a seating capacity of around 60, relatively small. As such, the alcohol bar situated nearer the far end may appear to some as being a little too close for comfort. Contrariwise, however, the cosy seating arrangement located at the back does offer some degree of extra privacy.

Finally, there’s also the nice touch of the lotus flower – the national flower of India which signifies purity, spiritual awakening and grace – as a decoration piece located on every table.

DRINKS

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What if we told you that the Coconut Water, Fennel and Pineapple lassi is THE BEST LASSI we’ve ever had the pleasure of, it was that good. This milky concoction was vis-a-vis sweetness so perfectly balanced and so soothingly creamy, with the fennel’s familiar taste of aniseed running through the background, that we wished it wouldn’t come to an end. You’ll be sorry to pass this over!

The Mango and Pistachio, the thickest of three, was a peculiarly surprising one given its trio of layers. What we had here was a layer of mango sandwiched between two layers of passionfruit. With mango being the dominant flavour, this was extremely refreshing and good.

As for the tersely titled Orange Juice, Honey, Basil and Vanilla Ice, then it was incredibly unique with the sweet vanilla and tangy-orange combo being well tempered by the subtle strength of the honey and hint of basil. Seriously deserves a try, if only the once. Superb!

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A soberingly disappointing Soda Chai.

A tad too subtle, with little, if any, of the honey coming through.

SHUBHARAMBH & TASTE TINKERS

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Be prepared for one hell of a masala kick with the first sip of this extremely strong Rasam taster.

Despite things mellowing out somewhat following some more tentative sips, the spicy strength of this tomato broth was such that it continued to linger at the back of the throat.

Having said though, it’s certain to prepare you for any spicy dishes that follow.

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A superb assortment of in-house papadums and sauces with the former having their own unique and respective textures.

The rice papadums, for instance, were delicately crispy with a melt-in-the-mouth quality to them, while the Finger Millets far crunchier.

As for the sauces, then the garlic came through nicely in the masala-tasting Red Chilli & Green Tomato sauce. The Mango and Apricot was extremely potent and, thus, overpowered everything within the vicinity. In contrast, the Mint was so subtle that it didn’t matter how much you added to your respective papadums.

(PRE)STARTERS

Rates, Chickpea, Sev and Yogurt Chaat

A simple, yet effective little teaser to the main events, with the sweetness followed shortly after by the freshness of the peas.

The textural contrasts had in this dish make this an enjoyable one.

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The idea behind a golgappa, if you don’t know, is to pour the chutney inside those crispy, hollow balls before downing them in one.

What you end up with is a mouthful of a strong, minty, chilli, masala morsal that positively tantalises your taste buds leaving you wanting to down a second one almost immediately thereafter.

WARNING: Extremely addictive concept!

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KEBABS

If only these duck kebabs weren’t so tiny (that’s fine dining for you), because they really were a pleasure to eat when had with the pickled onions and the chilli dip.

Despite these tandoor-cooked kebabs being fairly dense, they were, nevertheless, beautifully soft and fragrant with a garlicy hint to them. Of course, duck and orange are a match made in heaven; thus, while the chilli orange sauce worked its magic, what we really appreciated was how something as simple as a pickled onion can add that extra level of flavour while countering the sweetness of the orange.

Quite superb!

These smartly presented partridge legs, resting above a mince patty and oyster mushroom Shikampur shami kebab, was another devastatingly tasty little dish.

Unless you have super tastebuds, you’ll be hard-pressed to guess there’s oyster there. You will, however, certainly pick up on the taste of anassed in the kheema followed by a blast of heat that’s neutralised by the sharp, pickly tanginess of the partridge’s marination.

The bird itself is beautifully cooked with a delicious masala-char and an intense smoky tandoor flavour.

Soft Shell Crabs Cafreal

MAINS

While these were perfectly cooked – tender and succulent – we felt that the accompanying chutney, though well balanced, was too powerful for something as delicate and lightly spiced as these Soft Shell Crabs.

We also couldn’t quite work out what the potato chips, i.e. lightly spiced crunchy twiglets, and the small pot of pickles brought to this.

In any case, an interesting dish, though one we’d personally pass by, especially at £20.75, for something else.

24 Karat Gold Lamb Shanks Khorma

Honestly; one of the best lamb shanks we’ve ever had!

And one which essentially revolved around that luxuriously rich and buttery golden-coloured sauce.

The khorma was fantastically meaty, with a lightly spiced and creamy sweet coconut base.

As for the lamb, then it was, as one would expect of lamb slow cooked for six hours, soft and tender with all the fatty goodness of a succulent shank that practically fell off the bone.

This Prawns Narkel Shorshe was also impressive looking.

Cooked within a dehusked coconut, not only did the soft prawns have that slight springiness we always look for, but the watery coconut sauce’s chilli makeup was such that it succeeded in delivering layers of heat which, while lingering, remained comfortingly consistent without being too intense.

The accompanying rice was fragrant and well cooked.

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It was all about harmony and subtleness of flavours with this Lobster Tail and Scallops dish.

With the lobster tail being effectively reused to hang attractively over the side of the plate, the dish was certainly an eye-catching one.

But, it was the textural interplay between the slightly firmer and springier lobster chunks sitting alongside softer scallops that made this an addictive eat.

As for its divine coconut sauce, then it had a beautifully subtle curry flavour – lightly spiced, rich and buttery – which succeeded in bringing the entire dish together as a coherent whole.

Very impressive and one that’s certainly worth a punt.

A lightly spiced cauliflower dish which was a little too plain in our humble estimation.

Not a bad Palak Paneer this.

Overall, it’s a gooey, gloopy mixture of spinach and buttery soft cheese, with the latter successfully cutting through the natural sweetness and earthiness of the creamy spinach.

It’s a delicately spiced dish offset by the light taste of the mint. Not bad at all!

Poriyal is the Tamil word for a fried, or sometimes sauteed, vegetable dish.

In this case, the crunchy beans, along with the sweet hint of the peas, was rather underwhelming.

SIDES

Despite its creamy velvety consistency, this lentil dish was rather mild in taste and so, consequently, lacked any real oomph.

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A good assortment of well cooked naans – some more crispier than others – that’s well worth ordering with any of the curries.

DESSERTS

Raj Bhog, Clementine and Basil Doi

A very clever and well executed dessert this Raj Bhog, Clementine and Basil Doi.

Starting with the Raj Bhog, then this extraordinary orange-coloured ball, while being similar in texture to that of the more familiar Rasgulla, though perhaps slightly more spongier, was positively saturated with a light and extremely refreshing citrus liquid-infusion.

On the other hand, the far stronger Clementine and Basil Doi was akin to the texture of a well made, though slightly less dense, version of an Indian barfi.

Hence, while the taste buds were tantalised by the sharp, tanginess of the Doi, the sweet watery Bhog was sufficient in cleansing the palate enough for the next round.

Very original and an extremely refreshing dessert particularly after a spice-high.

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Quite honestly, it was difficult to separate between this Sandalwood, Rose Srikhand with Dumroot Halwa, and the above.

Despite one Lion not being a great lover of rosewater desserts, the smooth creamy consistency of this sweet dish won him over completely.

And though the rosewater was quite potent, it certainly wasn’t in a sickly manner.

The Dumroot Halwa was firmly textured with a nutty cum cocoa taste to it.

And the evening was concluded with complimentary Chocolate Balls filled with a fruit-flavoured filling that varies from day to day.

SUMMARY

The quality of the dishes, the thought behind their conception, the cooking knowledge, and the mastery required in preparing and presenting them proves both this fine dining restaurant’s reputation and its pedigree.

There were a number of dishes here that were, quite frankly, unbelievable!

Not only did Lotus, thus, match and exceed our expectations, but also indicated to us why a prominent global lifestyle publication like Lux would recognise and award them London’s best Indian restaurant 2016.

With dishes evidently originating from and inspired by a number of regions across India, we were surprised by how authentic these dishes were, until we learned later that Lotus had diligently employed specialist regional chefs to achieve this level of authenticity.

We also have it on good authority that Lotus has tentative plans of opening a second branch by the end of this year, so stay tuned for that.

Menu Recommendation

Drink – Coconut water, Fennel and Pineapple
Starter – Spiced Venison, Liver and Lamb Brain
Main – 24 Karat Gold Lamb Shanks Khorma
Dessert – Raj Bhog, Clementine and Basil Doi

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Click here to read the full review of Lotus, Indian Fine Dining at Leicester Square at Feedthelion.co.uk

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Authentic Indian Lunch at Lotus – Review: TripAdvisor

27/02/2017Blog

Lunch on a Friday. We had reserved a table for two in advance, and the response to our reservation request by e mail was instant.

We walked into this little restaurant minutes away from Charing Cross underground and also from Leicester Square underground, just after it opened . We were the first two customers, and a very warm and pleasant lady in charge welcomed us, took our coats, made sure we were seated comfortably. The walls are bare, the decor minimal, we loved looking out on to the life outside through the large glass windows. We were swiftly brought two small glasses of appetiser – the well known rasam, a warm spiced liquid that comes traditionally in many varieties with varying shades of lentils and or pepper water , herbs etc. This one was with a touch of tomato broth and spices, not hot just right, deliciously tasty and just right for the palate. This is offered complimentary to all guests I believe.

The menus were swiftly produced, the young woman in charge able to give us highlights of the menu and make sure any doubts or questions we had were addressed. I loved her attention to our needs and listening skills, and general knowledge of the food, throughout our service.

There is a nice a la carte menu, with a selection of authentic indian dishes, soft drinks, wines and spirits.

We had already familiarised ourselves with the menu earlier thru the website so were pretty clear. We did scan the menu nevertheless, and both of us chose the three course set menu.

This must be one of the very few authentic indian restaurants in town that offer a brilliant meal with three courses, rasam appetiser, poppadum nibbles and a glass of wine (125 ml) all for the princely sum of 20 quid ! WOW superb value for money (one can also choose a beer or a soft drink in place of the wine).

The poppadums were brought along with the wine, and were of three types, with three little pots of chutney – manog, mint and tomato. Fresh, crunchy and delicately spiced. The mango chutney stood out, though the other two were good as well.

The wine, by the way, was not at all PLONK. It was a delicate white, from,Languedoc, France, made from an italian grape variety Vermentino, lovely floral and easy to drink light wine. Wonderful!

The first course of the set menu was a potato and sev chaat with tamarind and yogurt dressing, a small portion really but outstanding in its presentation and flavours. The dressing stood out, and went beautifully with the crisp sev and lovely soft potato slices.

The main I had was a kadi (yogurt based gravy) with green chickpea dumplings infused with fenugreek. This was beautiful real indian cooking, none of the curry house standard mess, thank you………this went beautifully with the accompaniments, which included a lovely pulao, some indian tandoori rotis / naan in a bread basket, a small portion of lovely creamy lentil dal, and another portion of superbly cooked soft potatoes in a rich mild masala thick gravy coating the potatoes. The pulao was light and fluffy, the dal melt in the mouth, the potatoes gorgeous. The indian breads were very well done….. the right blend of soft and crisp.

The only slight let down was the paneer tikka, which was not given high praise by the wife who loves paneer. I liked it though, I thought the chana with the paneer was very well done, as was the smearing of chutney on it, and the paneer itself appears to have been baked rather than fried which perhaps is why my wife did not like it. It passed my test, though I am not a paneer fan.

Though the individual portions were small, the sum total of it was all very filling and we could not finish the dishes.

The dessert has a choice of three. Wife chose the baked rasmalai with traces of vermicelli and a pickle like pineapple chutney, a very unusual combination, delicious though.

I chose the rose shrikhand in a small bowl with little dollops of halwa served in tiny chocolate cups. The rose shrikand had a delightful twist with the pieces of rose petals in the mix and the essence, unlike the regular shirkand ( which is usually thicker). But most unusual and worth trying.

The meal was rounded off with two small chocolates at the end of the meal.

The service was very attentive and personal, and warm and delightful. The lady who looked after us did a great job. There is also a gentleman who focuses on the bar but was also helping out with the service A great place to go to, not once but many times!

Click here to read the full review of an authentic Indian lunch at Lotus restaurant on TripAdvisor.

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Lotus Fine Indian Cuisine – Review: World Eat Self

20/02/2017Blog

I am big fan of Indian food. Well, I could say that I am a huge fan of all kind of exotic food. It can be eaten from the most luxurious restaurant to the streets of any city of the world.

In deed, most of the time, whilst traveling, I always prefer street food markets than restaurants to taste the real flavors and culture of the country. But when fine dinning and real local food meet, OMG, these are two of the most wonderful things in this wonderful world of ours. That’s what happens at LOTUS LONDON. An epicurean traditional Indian gourmet dinning in Charing Cross that by the way, they are awarded the Lux Hospitality Award for the Best Indian Restaurant in London.

The Interior is modern and clean like any other restaurant. Non of this will make you loose the focus of an authentic indian experience. As they say “which elevates the emotional and physical well-being”

I had the honor to share this delicious experience with one of my girlfriends from Madrid. We haven’t seen each other in years and London was the place to catch up again. Where better than around a table?

Chef-patron Bhaskar Banerjee brought us the taste of India to the heart of London (and our hearts). After 15 houses plus 10 different wine glasses and desserts, we were ready to go straight to heaven! The beverage list is prepared by their in-house sommelier in consultation with Jimmy Smith, chief taster at North London Wine School, boasts a fine collection of European and New World wines. Cheers!!

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What we had:

Rasam. Spicy tomato soup.
Assortment of Poppadums with Chutneys. Rice, Potato, Millet Poppadums with Mango, Apricot, Mint, Red Chili and green tomato chutney.
Salmon, Queenies, Duck egg and peanut relish lentil wrap.
Rabbit Kheema. Green pepper corns and miss roti.
Corn Chaat Golgappa. Accompanied with Jaljeera and Tamarind Chutney.
Rattes, Chickpea, Sev and Yogurt Chaat. A warm mélange of potato with sweet and sour spices.
Lamb chops and rump. Garlic pickle, indian onion and chili salad.
Partridge. Raddish pickle, kheema and oyster mushroom shikampur.
Lobster tails and scallops. Ginger, curry leaf and coconut curry.
Prawns Narkel Shorshe. Cooked within a De husked tender coconut and served with organic rice, indian lemon and chillies.
Palak pudhina paneer. Spinach, coriander, fennel and mint scented sauce.
Guncha Wa Keema. Cauliflower florets tossed in Bell pepper, tomato and sesame.
Saffron and green peas rice.
Tawa wale Aloo Jeera. Cumin and chili spiked potatoes.
Dal Maa Dumpukth. Black lentils simmered overnight with garlic, tomato, clarified butter and cream.
Basmati Rice.
Bread Basket.
Desserts.
WINE PAIRING:

De Loach, Zinfandel, California 2014
Izado, Rioja Reserva, 2012
“Heritage Reserve” Zinfandel, De Loach, California 2014
Pepe le Pinot, Jamsheed, Upper Goulbourn Pinot Noir, 2015
Force Majeur, Chenin Blanc, 2016
Sorry, I don’t remember the name of the rest 😉

Click here to read the full review of Lotus Fine Indian Cuisine at World Eat Self.

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Indian Lunch in Central London

16/02/2017Blog

In a city like London, picking a restaurant for dinner can be quite difficult. But finding a good Indian lunch in Central London can be extra challenging. If we could share some of the reviews from our previous customers, we might be able to make your decision easier!


Marco A. visited Lotus two days ago and his review below shows his appreciation for our service and good Indian lunch central London.

“Very good!!!”

If you have read any of my past reviews you will know that I am hard to impress but this restaurant was great, staff polite, friendly and helpful. Food was the best Indian that I have tasted in years and the wine list was great unlike most Indian restaurants who don’t have a clue! Well done and we will be back!
– Marco A


Reading reviews like this keeps us striving to be one of the best Indian restaurants in Central London. Another reviewer writes about his experience and Indian lunch at Lotus.

“Mouth watering (and eye opening for those used to generic British curry houses)!”

Best Indian food I’ve ever tasted outside of India! Wonderful flavours, great service and fantastic value for money! The place ouzes quality and yet for all that was included in the 3 course lunch menu you would pay pretty much the same, maybe even more, at your bog standard suburban Indian curry house. Yet the food is clearly superior from the very first taste, the subtle combinations of spices living up to the expectation generated by the beautiful presentation of the dishes. The fact that this is central London, a stone’s through from Trafalgar Square, makes it all the more remarkable. Will definitely be back next time I venture up to town from the wilds of Sussex!
– MarkT25_UK


Mark is sure happy that you can find a good Indian lunch in Central London!

Book a table now to enjoy an Indian lunch in London under £15!

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Indian Dishes at Lotus Restaurant – Review: Sumac and Dates

09/02/2017Blog

The restaurant itself is sleek and monochrome, a smart looking space with mirrored walls playing up to its central location just behind Leicester square. We were greeted by an extensive menu with dishes ranging from almost every state across the Indian subcontinent. A little lost, our waiter Shanaka suggested we allow him to serve highlights from the menu accompanied with paired wines from sommelier Debbie Harris. An interesting twist on your classic curry night out.

A warming amuse bouche of cumin spiced bisque and a glass of champagne suggested we were not in the aforementioned typical curry house.

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Appetisers of Poppadums with a choice of chutneys and a north Indian street food dish of Corn Chaat Golgappa were pleasant. The golgappa, almost like a puffed poppadum ball filled with corn, was served with jaljeera (a corriander based water) and tamarind chutney. An interesting flavour / texture combination although I feel the unusual jaljeera may take some getting used to.

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A lentil wrap starter of Salmon, Queenies and Duck Egg was an unusual take on this humble lunchtime snack and paired with a spicy 2014 Californian De Loach, Zinfandel.

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Feeling adventurous (and spurred on by London’s recent nose-to-tail dinning trend) we opted for a delicious dish of Spiced Venison, Liver and Lamb Brain served with a Malabar Parotta (similar to a thick chapatti). My first time tasting anything’s brain, let alone lambs, but quite delicious and not dissimilar to sweetbreads.

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We were served a couple of Lotus’ signature Kebabs, a moist Duck Seekh with Orange Date and a Chilli dip and another of plump and juicy Freshwater Prawns, two really enjoyable dishes.

Fit to burst due to Shanaka’s hospitality, we soldiered onto mains with a strong dish of Prawn Narkel Shorshe cooked and served in a dehusked tender coconut. Reminiscent of the mild southern Indian dishes found around Kerala. Creamy with a strong mustard flavour and balanced with a splash of lemon and chillies. Our sommelier opted for a minerally 2015 Force Majeur, Chenin Blanc.

A signature dish of 24 Karat Gold Lamb Shanks Khorma came with pearl millet, green cardamom and cashew. Some of the dishes appeal was lost in the slightly kitsch presentation with the shank being wrapped in edible gold leaf. However the meat was well cooked and paired nicely with a 2014 Graciano, Vina Zorzal.

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The highlight of our main course was perhaps a sensational side of Dal Maa Dumpukth (Black lentils simmered overnight with Garlic, Tomato, Clarified butter and Cream) which put my homemade dal attempts to shame – despite Madhur Jaffrey’s best efforts. Clearly being slow cooked for 24 hours does make all the difference.

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Desserts of Sandalwood, Rose Srikhand with Dumroot Halwa – a kind of rose scented yoghurt with white pumpkin was any acquired taste as was the Almond kheer and stewed apricots. Our Wine Flight was complete with a glass each of the Botrytis Semillon and a beautiful Sauternes, Chateau Delmond.

Our enjoyable evening at Lotus was everything a fine-dining Indian restaurant should be, authentic cooking with unusual ingredients, innovative wine-pairings and attentive service. Despite dining as guests of the restaurant I felt the menu seemed a little on the pricey side, £17 for a Prawn Kebab, but this is central London and aiming to be fine dining, so perhaps that is a bit harsh. Lotus is perfect for a special occasion when the local curry house just won’t cut it.

Would we go back..Yes

Click here to read the full review of Indian Dishes at Lotus Restaurant at Sumac and Dates.

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Pre-theatre Dinner in Covent Garden: TripAdvisor Reviews

04/02/2017Blog

Going to a theatre show is a recipe for a great night out. But having a pre-theatre dinner in Covent Garden with us will make it even a better night out! We offer a fabulous 3 course pre-theatre menu for only £23,99, which includes a glass of wine recommended by London’s Chief Wine Taster Jimmy Smith.

Below a review from Kathi, who visited Lotus and left a glorious review on TripAdvisor. She enjoyed our pre-theatre dinner in Covent garden.

“Indian at its best!”

I love Indian cuisine, and this is the best I’ve had! We had the 3 course pre-theatre menu, which included a glass of wine. Our meal began with a delicious tomato broth with just the right amount of spice. Of the chutneys served with poppadoms, the mint was fantastic, thicker and more flavorful than the usual. My main course was the snapper and cobia, both perfectly seasoned and delicious, served with rice, lentils and beautifully seasoned potatoes. I also tried the paneer tikka which was fabulous! I finished with the rice pudding. I will return!
– kathi_ku


We found another review from Chris, who visited us and had the pre-theatre menu in London with his wife. As Chris mentions, we are happy to accommodate vegetarian customers anytime.

“Lovely pre theatre dinner”

Booked for my wife’s 30th and for a pre theatre dinner. We picked the 3 courses and a glass of house wine off the theatre menu for 24£pp. My wife being a vegetarian she really enjoyed the food. All the flavours seemed to work well together. I booked here for the location and rating from other and we were not disappointed. The service was great and attentive. Thank you for bringing out a birthday surprise for my wife.
– Chrisbarret


Next time when you’re visiting a show or when you fancy a great deal between 17:00 – 18:00 and 21:30- 22:30, come visit Lotus for the best pre-theatre dinner in London.

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Lotus, a Contemporary Indian Restaurant – Review: Foodepedia

27/01/2017Blog

Giles has his first try of upmarket Indian and thinks he could well get a taste for it.

Lotus, a contemporary Indian Restaurant near Piccadilly Circus, offered me great opportunity to visit and taste their new winter menu. I hadn’t eaten fine dining Indian food before so I was intrigued to find out how a curry, rice and naan could be refined.

First things first; the décor. Lotus isn’t your typical Indian restaurant. You’re immediately struck by a modern looking dining area clad in anchor grey fabric and large shiny mirrors. The bar is also modern, laden with gleaming glassware and smartly dressed waiters. It’s more like a contemporary Mayfair nightclub than a curry house.

In terms of atmosphere it was quite subdued. I’m not sure if they were having an off day but the dining area was deprived of diners and given it’s located in central London you would expect numbers to be higher. A weekend visit might provide more atmosphere.

The menu is refreshingly simple and included lots of game, offal and fish – a tell-tale sign of an aspiring modern restaurant. I was also pleased to later find out all the ingredients in the restaurant are sourced from the UK, compliments to the chef.

Our hostess recommended we try the taster menu which included starters, kebabs, mains and pudding.

First came a selection of mini poppadums made from rice, potato and millet. A zingy mint dip and chilly chutney paired well with all three. There was also Corn Chaat Golgappa; small hollow spheres of crispy corn filled with sweetcorn, Jaljeera and Tamarind Chutney. They were cold, sweet, spiked with lots of chilli and very enjoyable.

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A Pigeon Masala Dosa was next. The Dosa was wrapped into a smart little cone and it concealed the pigeon beneath. The meat itself was tender and contained notes of ginger and green chilli. Unfortunately, it lacked good seasoning, something that would have elevated the dish.

At this point we were also served a Rabbit Kheema with Green Pepper Corns and Missi Roti. The rabbit was tender and broke away from the touch of a fork. We could have had two of these dishes – put simply it was delicious.

For kebabs, we were served lamb chops with a garlic pickle, onion and chilli salad. The lamb was cooked well and wasn’t complicated by too many spices, allowing the flavour of the lamb to shine through.

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Our second kebab was spiced Red Snapper and Cobia all dished up with crisp bengal gram, dill yogurt and a rather over the top mustard essence. Forgetting the mustard essence, both pieces of fish were stunning. The red snapper was moist, flaky and undeniably tender to the point it literally – and pardon the clichéd phrase – melted in the mouth. The Cobia, a fish I had never tried before, was on a similar trend. Some of the best fish I have eaten has been in Greece and Turkey, and this came somewhere close.

For mains, we were given a Lamb Shanks Khorma embellished in a sheet of 24 Karat Gold. This was as a well-prepared lamb shank should be: easy off the bone and moist. However, I found the cashew sauce bland and lacking any stand out flavour. I also have a gripe with gold leaf, yes, it’s nice to look at but it adds nothing to a dish apart from a hefty price tag.

Our second main was a prawn narkel shorshe cooked within a de-husked coconut and served with organic rice, Indian lemon and chillies. The plating of this was spectacular and the prawns delivered on size and taste.

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For dessert, we were served Raj Bhog which is a kind of cottage cheese and steamed yoghurt served with fig chutney. The other was a Sandalwood, Rose Srikhand with Dumroot Halwa. The cottage cheese was not sweet enough for my liking and the Srikhand too perfumed. My guest however rather enjoyed the former.

I think Lotus has the potential to become a great Indian restaurant. There was some truly stand out dishes that I would definitely return for, namely the Corn Chaat Golgappa, the Rabbit Keema and the Red Snapper and Cobia.

Click here to read the full review of Lotus, a Contemporary Indian Restaurant at Foodepedia.

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Indian Restaurants – Review of Lotus: Cook & Pour

17/01/2017Blog

Indian restaurants tend to follow a theme. A bunch of dishes we are familiar with by name, made up with your choice of meat. Their traditional names differ per region with pilau becoming pulao depending on where you are; however it’s essentially the same thing, rice. There are the traditional, pile ‘em on the plate venues, versus the more contemporary stylistic serving of pretty pictures on a place. I love them both. Indian food continues to be a favourite of mine and I always order way too much. When I get to try a new Indian restaurant, I know it is more likely than not I will enjoy my experience. The influential factors of my overall opinion would be the surroundings, service and cost – but Indian cuisine tends to hit the mark most of the time.

Enter, Lotus, located just off Leicester Square. You would be forgiven for thinking that most restaurants in this area do not show their food love as they have a fresh onslaught of passing tourist trade and theatre goers who they will likey not see again. They don’t need to get it right as they are not building relationships or repetitive custom. Some places do make an effor and Lotus is one of them. People use the term ‘hidden gem’ a lot. For this I would say, it is potentially a ‘miss-placed gem’. From my excellent dining experience here, I could see this in Mayfair, Chelsea, Primrose Hill, essentially all the places where high net worth individuals with high standards of cuisine frequent. I have minimal experience with Michelin star restaurants, but if I was to decide what constitutes a place worthy of such an accolade, I would say Lotus.

Firstly, the service was great. A special mention needs to be made of their Sommelier, Debbie Henriques. One would not think it is needed, as beer is normally seen as the go-to partner for Indian food. Not here at Lotus. A well curated wine list compliments the food, per course. There are recommendations for each main dish and they work perfectly, even for the untrained palette. Moving on to the food, untraditionally, the menu taps into seasonality with interesting game taking the place of the more mundane to create an inspiring and exciting menu. Lotus is a pleasant surprise.

Our experimental journey began with an amuse bouche of spicy tomato soup, followed by corn chat golgappa with a jaljeera and tamarind chutney. For our starters we had a seafood extravaganza of prawns, cod cheeks, white bait, crab meat and calamari coated with semolina. This was served with a curry and coriander dip. For the first of our wine pairings, we had a glass of Force Majeur, Chenin Blanc. My guest had spiced venison, liver and lamb brains with a glass of Portal Del Monsant from Spain. Both were gorgeous. For our main course, it was suggested that we had a grilled kebab to share and then a main course each. Sticking to the theme of game, we opted for a Partridge kebab with radish pickle, kheema and oyster mushroom shikampur partnered with a pinot noir for each of us. The partridge was perfectly and delicately cooked.

As our main course continued, we were served a coconutty prawn narkel shorshe dish in an actual half coconut. We also returned to seasonality with a muntjac lal maas (deer). Both were served with their wine pairings which was suggested on the menu and should definitely be followed. A selection of sides contributed to our stomach busting experience with spinach and cheese, lentils and vegetables. All of food was delicious with the presentation fitting of a curtsy. Debbie (who is also the Manager), explained the wines in laymans turns. She also guided us through the menu, making suggestions, asking us what we liked and basically, choosing every dish that was perfect for us. The lovely Head Chef, Mohammed Naseem Qureshi, also popped out to say hello. Bravo for his fantastic cooking.

Lotus is a treat with star quality.

Rating: 5 / 5

Click here to read the full review of Indian Restaurants at Zomato.

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Take Refuge in a Distinctly Different Indian Restaurant in Central London

02/01/2017Blog

Located less than 100 meters from London’s bustling Leicester Square Station, Lotus is a stylish fine dining restaurant in the heart of Piccadilly. It is the complete antithesis of the type of Indian restaurant you’d expect to find in this area for it’s elegant decor and refined yet authentic flavours.

Winner of the Lux 2016 Hospitality awards, Open Table’s Diner’s Choice award, and voted 17th best restaurant in London on TripAdvisor, Lotus is in a league of it’s own in terms of Indian restaurants in Central London. The winning formula, according to our loyal patrons, is a combination of “stunning decor and tableware, attentive and knowledgeable staff, a ‘cracking’ wine list and excellent food”. (Jane Mostyn, TripAdvisor)

Lotus endeavours to create an epicurean traditional Indian gourmet which elevates the emotional and physical well-being of its patrons by its cuisine. We pride ourself on delivering a very sophisticated menu, with an extensive variety of vegetarian options in consistent excellence.

The Best Indian in Central London – Lotus Restaurant

Our food is unpretentious and reasonably priced and we have a number of offers in place at any given time. Whether you’re in need of a relaxing mid-shopping meal or a pre-theatre dinner, next time you’re in the market for fabulous Indian in Central London, try our three course lunch special for only £19.99, our three course pre-theatre dinner for £23.99. Both include a thoughtfully paired glass of wine,an amuse bouche and a selection of poppadoms served with our house chutneys.

For a unique group dining experience we also have our Gold and Platinum Packages for larger parties of between 10 and 25 people. These include a five course meal, each meal paired with a glass of wine for just £44.75 (Platinum) and £50 (Gold). Join us for the perfect special-occasion spoil for close friends or family this Christmas or on your next birthday.

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