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Restaurant Review: Indulge in Indian Cuisine at Lotus in Charing Cross

August 28, 2015

We’re always on the look out for yummy places to eat at the weekends and luckily we found this little gem that’s just opened its doors. Looking for a delicious, authentic Indian cuisine and top treatment to boot? Look no further than Lotus.

Why Go?

If you are on the search for the holy grail of Indian cuisine, you’ll be glad you walked through Lotus’s doors. Chef-Patron Bhaskar Banerjee has over two decades of culinary experience, working as Chef d’Hotel for exclusive venues such as Marriott, Sheraton, Le Meridian and The Taj Group.

For Lotus he’s created a collection of signature dishes which combine traditional cooking techniques with imported Indian spices and fresh, locally-sourced meat, fish and game including British roe deer, duck and the famous Queenie scallops from the Isle of Man.

What to Eat?

With a vast menu of top notch food, it was tough to choose the dishes…poor us.

To start, we munched on delish homemade rice, potato, finger millet poppadums, served with a trio of dips including mango, apricot, mint, red chilli and green tomato chutney washed down with a glass of chilled bubbly.

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With recommendations including a Pigeon Masala Dosa with Coconut Chutney, Rabbit Kheema with Green Pepper corns and Missi Roti and Aubergine and Courgette flowers stuffed with green chilli and coriander mint chutney, we were already in food heaven.

For the main we properly indulged and that’s putting it mildly.

From the Duck Seekh with Pickled Onion, Orange Dates and Chilli dip and soft shell crab to the roe deer biryani and 23 Karat Gold Lamb Shanks Khorma (yes, you’ve read that right – traditionally served to royalty to give them vigour in battle), the meal was a feast for the eyes as well as our rumbling tummies. 

No meal is complete without a dessert so we treated ourselves to mango shrikhand with fruit salad and jaggery with coconut cream. Pure unadulterated decadence.

And Drink?

Luckily, we had the help of our awesome server, Debbie Henriques who conveniently happens to be the head Sommelier, counting Hotel du Vin, Claridges Hotel and Gary Rhodes’ Rhodes in the Square among her 20 years of experience.

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From a Garnacha to a Malbec, every course was perfectly paired with a different glass of wine. Score.

The Lowdown

Food ranges from £2 – £50, Average cost of a bottle of wine, £30

Address: 17 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0EP, Visit lotus.london

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