Sunday, September 29, 2013
LOTUS lands in Downtown Orlando: restaurant review
The meal started with a serving of Lotus Chips with a green curry dipping sauce. While the eponymous fried lotus roots have a beautiful shape, their flavor is neutral -- but dipped in the curry sauce -- they were refreshing, with a hint of spice.
Next up was a Ruby Red Shrimp dish served in an eggroll-like pouch and served with a chili-strawberry jam. I loved the presentation, and a bite into the pocket was a delight to the palate.
Finally, we enjoyed a Grilled Skirt Steak with a truffle-shallot chimichurri, goat cheese crema and pommes frites. I was a bit disappointed that the steak lacked a strong chimichurri flavor, was a bit tough, and the pommes frites a bit soggy. My table mostly agreed this was the least delightful dish of the evening.
I very much enjoyed my dinner at LOTUS and I think I would enjoy coming back for dinner and few drinks afterwards. I like the restaurant's hip, urban style, energetic service and focus on freshness.
LOTUS features a full bar with fresh cocktails, a comprehensive wine list, and daily happy hour. Located in the Sanctuary Building, complimentary parking is available on the adjacent lot at the entrance on Mariposa Street.
Note: I dined compliments of LOTUS.