This restaurant deserves a write up. Lotus The Galeries has been added to my list of favourite dining experiences. It joins only a handful and in Sydney alone, it sits at the top.
We were treated to incredible service, the staff were super friendly. The atmosphere was lively and refreshing even though it was a Wednesday night. I loved everything about the decor – modern-traditional with a bright colour palette.
Onto the food. Where do I begin? The one disappointment related to the BBQ Pork Buns, simply because there were none left. But don’t worry we will be back to try them another time. For starters, we had the dumpling platter and spring rolls. The dumplings were silky in texture with the perfect amount of filling. You could tell the ingredients were fresh and of quality. The spring rolls aren’t your average spring rolls, filled with King Brown Mushrooms they are delicious.
For our main we shared the Red-braised pork belly with dark soy and shallots, Wok-fried green beans with minced pork and garlic and a small Fried rice with duck and fresh asparagus and mustard seeds. My goodness. The pork belly was simply to-die-for, soft and full of flavour. I enjoyed the different take on fried rice, actually I preferred it to the ‘traditional’ style. The handful of ingredients meant each of the individual flavours were highlighted. The beans were a great accompaniment.
Dessert was were the magic happened. We shared the Lotus créme caramel and the Sago and red bean pudding. While the sago was delicious, the créme caramel surpassed the pork belly as dish of the night. I usually prefer savoury over sweet these days but trust me when I say, the créme caramel is a MUST. Seriously melts in your mouth. It was evident that timing must have been precisely monitored as the créme caramel would have only just set. Flavour wise, it wasn’t sickly sweet, which I loved. Oh how I wished it never ended.
If you haven’t already, I would highly recommend adding Lotus The Galeries to your list of places to visit.
Lotus Restaurant & Dumpling Bar
1, 500 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000