The Place Opening at the ever-crowded Chinatown Point, Lotus Kitchen is the latest concept by the Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant at the Quality Hotel along Balestier Road. Lotus Kitchen seeks to bring affordable and quality vegetarian options to the masses, and it definitely doesn’t stinge on making the restaurant ambience a very pleasant one. Keeping to simple white and woody tones, the natural light hits the restaurant well enough to light the interiors up nicely. At the corner to the restaurant, there’s a semi-private corner with 3 round tables, ideal for larger groups.
The Food There’s not going to be meats here. Although for reasons unknown, vegetarian food are made to resemble meat dishes here, perhaps they need not have done it this way. Having said, there’s always that element of surprise to see a familiar meat dish, all done up by vegetarian ingredients.
The Signature Double-boiled Herbal Tian Ma Soup (S$8.80) is a comforting option to start the meal. Might be ideal to have the Taro Mee Sua Cake (S$6.80) together with the soup, while the taro cake was delish, it was overly oily. Done in long rectangular stripes, the crispy outer layer and the mashy mee sua inside made this a rather interesting combination.
A Peking Duck inspired dish, the Signature Crispy Summer Wrap with Passionfruit (S$35.80) has fried Soy Bean Curd as the highlight. Diners can wrap this up with the usual egg skin rolls, and have it along with the cucumber, carrot and passionfruit slices. While a nice twist, we did not find this a must have here as the overall flavour was rather bland.
On the contrary, the Spicy Grilled Oat Slices in Hotplate (S$18.80) should be a popular one amongst diners, with the dish resembling the Spicy Cod Fish we were accustomed to from our favourite grilled seafood hawker store. Good level of spices, with a layered texture of the oat slices, this is a great dish to go with steamed rice!
Another panda’s favourite, the Braised Mushroom in Hot Pot (S$18.80) can be enjoyed with steamed rice too. The stew was very well seasoned with soyed and (possibly) oyster sauce, with the mushroom and other vegetables in the pot slightly charred.
Unfortunately for us, both the Signature Lion’s Mane Mushroom Pan-Fried Dumpling (S$8.80) and Signature Homemade Satay (S$15.80) were not our favourites. The mushroom dumpling was rather bland, while the satay lacked the usual meat jus which makes satay a popular snack.
The Signature Stir Fried Laksa (S$9.80) was a nice rendition. Although it was prepared without the usual shrimp paste, the broth remained very delectable with the restaurant upping the spice level to give the flavours more punch.
Rants Despite being a casual concept, focusing on affordability, we do not find the pricing all that wallet friendly afterall.
Will I Return Again? Vegetarian food is not my usual choice, but Lotus Kitchen has definitely changed my opinion about this. If we are looking for a casual affordable vegetarian option, this has to be it.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
#01-01/02, Chinatown Point
133 New Bridge Road
Tel: +65 6538 1068
Daily 1130am to 3pm, 530pm to 10pm
Ranted by The Rantee