The food precinct at Barangaroo is second to none. With a wide selection of premium eateries right on the waters edge, there really is no better place in Sydney to dine. So when Lotus Dining set up right in the heart of Barangaroo, you know you’re in for a treat!
Seating is aplenty. Taking up a good portion of the prestigious waterfront venue, the majority of the seating is under shelter, but outdoors. So you’re sufficiently sheltered from the elements whilst still being able to take advantage of dining alfresco.
We started off with oysters with lemon aspen sorbet, butterfly pea flower tea and finger lime. And wow, what a start! Not only are these a visions to behold, but they are deliciously refreshing and zesty! Definitely a must order!
We then moved on to the crystal ice plant salad with cucumber, enoki mushroom and black vinegar. Crystal ice plants is not something a lot of restaurants work with, but these guys pull it off very well. The perfect hero in this fresh and crunchy salad.
A Lotus Dining meal would not be complete without a serving of dumplings. Our choice was the spanner crab and prawn dumpling. Thin translucent skin and a very generous and meaty filling – now this is how to do dumplings right!
And if a Lotus Dining meal is not complete without dumplings, then a Chinese meal is not complete without char siu bao. The buns are steamed to perfection, soft, fluffy and light. The filling is good amount of actual pork pieces. Delicious!
Next up was the dish of the day. A 500g serving of wok fried pipis with XO sauce. We’ve had our fair share of pipis and this has got to be one of the better ones around town. Very large and meaty fresh pipis and a deliciously rich XO sauce with a slight kick to it. You can also add rice cakes to this dish.
We ordered a small serving of Lotus fried rice with duck and mustard seed. Absolutely delicious. Loved the mustard seeds in this dish which gave the fried rice another textural element which was fantastic. Flavours and seasoning were on point.
We then moved on to the hot and spicy king prawns with dried chilli and Sichuan green peppercorns. Must say we were just a little bit hesitant to order this as we thought it would be too spicy – but not so. Just the right level of heat to put a flush on your face without being over the top. And who doesn’t love big juicy prawns!?!
Our last savoury course was a very close second to the pipis in terms of the dish of the day title. Roast pork belly with coconut sugar, chilli and black vinegar sauce. This is a really large serving – so definitely one for sharing. Meaty pork, surprisingly very little fat, and that oh so crunchy layer of crackling on top. What an amazing dish!
We wrapped up our lunch with the “passionfruit picked from the vine” dessert that we’ve seen plastered all over Instagram. Reminiscent of Heston Blumenthal’s theatrics, this dessert looks very much like the actual fruit. It looks like an actual passionfruit, vines and all!
A stunning deep purple hardened passionfruit glaze which you crack open to passionfruit ice cream and a salted vanilla marshmallow centre. The passionfruit ice cream is tart, sweet and utterly delicious. The absolute perfect conclusion to a wonderful meal.
It simply does not get any better than this. Quality Chinese food in the heart of Barangaroo with absolutely stunning views. The perfect destination for those important client meetings, romantic dinners, or just a self indulgent lunch time meal. Lotus Dining take this up a notch or two with their new Barangaroo location, so the next time you’re looking for some quality Chinese food, look no further.
Shop 8/9 Wulugul Walk
Barangaroo, NSW 2000
Contributed by Susan who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys