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The CHEESE BURGER, amongst other thing, Lotus, Potts Point

Lotus has been around for a while now, opened in 2002 by Hemmes (who also owns the Establishment and Ivy) on Challis Avenue. I remember dining here 5 – 6 years ago, pre Dan Hong days. Dan Hong started his restaurant career at the age of 18 as an apprentice at Longrain, Sydney. Then he went to East Sydney’s Pello, then Marque, Tetsuya’s and then spent quite some time at Bentley. In 2007, he won the Josephine Pignolet award for Sydney’s Best Young Chef. At such a young age, he has accomplished quite a lot!

I have heard so much about Dan Hong’s famous cheese burger that I had to go and try it for myself. Like Hong Kong, I am always on the hunt for a good burger! And I have to say, it did not disappoint!

‘The Mother’ and I came here on Friday evening, I wanted to eat somewhere that’s not in Surry Hills, and well, he was more than happy to go anywhere! It was a gorgeous evening, so we both opted to sit outside. We were presented with the menu, and a couple of things caught my eye, the cheese burger for one, the caramelized pork belly, sashimi of yellow fin tuna amongst other things. We asked the waiter how big the size of the dishes were and he recommended that between the two of us we should have four or five to share, as the size of each dish is a lot smaller (and slightly cheaper). The dishes are meant to be shared, which means more dishes to try!

‘The Mother’ couldn’t go pass the sashimi of yellow fin tuna with sweet wasabi, soy and ginger dressing. Four delicious thick cut red tuna was placed before us, and my lord, it was incredibly fresh. The sweet wasabi, soy and ginger dressing was to die for! ‘The Mother’ is not a fan of wasabi, so more for me. The wasabi dressing was deliciously creamy, sweet, a slight kick to it but not overly powering and was amazingly good. I could have eaten this by the spoonful on its own! It was THAT good.

Next came the grilled wagyu beef, pickled onion, confit garlic and herb salad. They weren’t wrong when they said that the dishes are a lot smaller! Four red-ish delicious wagyu beef – they looked utterly amazing and they were just that! Unbelievably tender, juicy, no effort in cutting at all. The pickled onion was delicious, and the herb salad a great compliment. ‘The Mother’ really enjoyed this dish.

I couldn’t go pass the caramalised pork belly, dashi custard and pork crackling. The caramalised pork belly reminded me a little of Mum’s pork belly. It was good but I think I still prefer the way Mum makes it. It wasn’t exactly what I expected, I was expecting a thick slab of pork with crackle, Western style, like at Mad Cow, alas, it was more Asian. It was good, not as tender as I have hoped, but full of flavour. The dashi custard, however, I LOVED! So tender that it just melted in your mouth.

Now, the famous cheese burger – written as that on the menu. It smelt absolutely divine, and believe me, it WAS divine! It was as good as the rumours have said out to be, even better I thought.

Tender beef pattie with cheese, onion relish, pickles, and tomato sauce. It was messy, but I believe, the messier the burger, the better! The combination of the cheese, onion relish, pickles was just AMAZING. Sauce trickled down my hand, I couldn’t for one second put the burger down, each mouthful was better than the next. It was definitely one of the nicest burgers I have had thus far.

Compared to Rockpool Bar and Grill? This was infinitely better! The bread was soft, the combination of the flavours were seriously mouthwatering. Looking at the photo again made me crave for it! ‘The Mother’ knew how much I loved it, he gave me some of his, now that’s true love!

We ordered a side of fries, ‘The Mother’ was more than happy to finish the fries whilst I demolish the rest of his burger. Yes, I am a pig, but I can never say no to a good burger!

Deliciously content, we sat there for a while perusing the dessert menu. I can’t believe I didn’t take a photo of this, but the warm choc chip cookie, vanilla ice cream, raspberry and butterscotch looked fantastic! Unfortunately, I was too full to truly enjoy this! It was good, but the cheese burger.. seriously… one word marvelous!

Unfortunately I didn’t get to see the chef himself. I did tell the waiter to pass on the message about how fabulous the burger was!

Stuffed, we waddled home, and all I could think about was the stupendous cheese burger and how I could have probably eaten another one after that walk!

*came back a few months later, and had the epic burger again and another wonderful dishes.

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Lotus Bistro

22 Challis Avenue

Potts Point, 2011

Ph: +61 2 9326 9000

Lotus on Urbanspoon

  1. October 27, 2010 at 1:58 am

    oh man you describe that cheeseburger with such love i needs to get my hands on one now!

  2. October 27, 2010 at 4:40 am

    omg that looks awesome! only $16 too? entree size?

    • October 27, 2010 at 4:42 am

      yup $16 for the cheese burger. Definitely not entree size. if i ate that on my own i would be ‘full’. worth the visit thats for sure!

  3. October 27, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I must try that cheeseburger now! I am such a burger addict that the mere sight of one reduces me to a quivering mess 😛

  4. October 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm

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    • October 28, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      Hey Christine! thanks for dropping by and sharing that with me! will put some pics up shortly…
      thanks again for your kind words!

  5. November 26, 2010 at 2:39 am

    2 words: SO GOING (this weekend)….

  6. josh
    November 29, 2010 at 3:32 am

    iku iku

  7. July 8, 2011 at 12:09 am

    you’ve sold me, i want to try it!!!

  1. June 14, 2011 at 12:24 am

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