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Epic CHEESEBURGER, Lotus Revisit. It’s been a while…

I caught up with a dear friend, R, for lunch and being the food lovers that we are, we discussed food over food. She mentioned ‘Lotus’, and that triggered the phenomenal cheeseburger and how it was time for a visit! We thought we would invite the photographer, D, and his lovely wife, E, as she too LOVES the cheeseburger.

It certainly has been a while since my last visit and I don’t know why it has taken me this long to return. Ever since R mentioned Lotus, all I have thought and dreamt about is their juicy, succulent, mouthwatering burger. ‘The Mother’ was craving a burger for dinner one evening prior to my visit, however, I politely declined, as I was saving my stomach for this…..

The place was busy on a Friday night – reservations are definitely recommended. Lotus is not a very big restaurant, but a cozy one, and can be found on Challis Avenue. I love the ambiance, the bar at the back and the friendly waitstaff.

E and I knew exactly what we wanted, it is the one reason why we came – the cheeseburger, and we made a point of telling our companions that we WEREN’T sharing! We were happy to share other dishes but not the burger, I wanted it all to myself!

To start off with, fresh baguette – crusty, crunchy and soft and moist on the inside. Oh bread… why must you taste so good?

This is another favourite dish of mine – yellowfin tuna sashimi, sweet wasabi, soy and ginger dressing ($20). I love the freshness of the tuna and the creamy sweet wasabi dressing that came with it. It was light, refreshing and absolutely delicious. A wonderful start to what was to come.

The raw scampi, foie gras, apple and hazelnut oil ($23) was divine. I love the combination of the scampi and apple jelly. The hazelnut oil was subtle, and the foie gras was like icing on the cake – it was just magnifique and the photograhper’s favourite dish. He manipulated the rest of us and ended up eating the last piece.

I have taken a liking to raw sea scallop and the Vietnamese inspired sea scallop ceviche ($19) was excellent. The freshness, creaminess yet firm scallops, WOW. I love the consomme which had a distinct taste and aroma of fish sauce, all topped with slices of fried diced garlic, shisho and coriander. It was definitely refreshing.

Next, the pork belly, ‘The Mother’ and I had this dish last time we were here, but it was different. Caramelised pork belly, watermelon, almond gazpacho ($19). Sounds weird right – pork belly with watermelon? But it certainly worked! The pork belly was tender, and succulent with crispy, crunchy skin. The watermelon was sweet which complemented the pork belly and the almond gazpacho was deliciously rich and creamy. It was fantastic! The crackle was crunchy, and although calorific was outstanding.

The spiced lamb loin, miso eggplant with fried egg ($23). I am not a huge fan of lamb,but had to try a tiny bit. Let me start with the miso eggplant – to die for! It had a strong eggplant flavour, creamy and was just magnifique. The lamb was tender and succulent, and was served medium rare. I chose the smallest piece possible, and eaten with the miso eggplant and oozie egg yolk – it was just incredible. The lamb was still a little too lamb-y for me, but a small doze of it was enough. The texture and combination was just ingenious.

Now, the moment I have been waiting for. I have dreamt about this cheeseburger ($16) ever since, R, said ‘lets go to lotus!’ I can’t begin to explain again how wonderful, stupendous, finger licking good this burger is. One word – orgasmic! I took a bite, and WOW. The wonderful flavours burst in my mouth and each mouthful afterwards was better than the next. I really didn’t want it to end. The juiciness of the beef pattie, the crispy and saltiness from the bacon, the cheesy goodness, the sweetness of the onion relish, the sourness of the pickles, tomato sauce all served on a sesame seed bun. OMFG – it was better than I remembered it to be! Yup – no one was sharing this with me. E would agree with me – one mouthwatering goodness! It was just sublime!

We were told that the record for eating this burger is SEVEN! I don’t know if I can stomach seven, but two is definitely doable. Apparently his girlfriend or female companion had six! That’s a LOT of burgers!

The photographer had the fish of the day, silken tofu, mushrooms, kim chi consomme ($24). It looked fantastic but I wouldn’t know as he wanted to eat this ALL to himself. Besides, I was too engrossed in my messy burger.

R had the spanner crab, dashi custard, asparagus and ginger ($19) – this was her favourite dish at Lotus and I can see why. Succulent crab, with melt in your mouth dashi custard, all served with thinly sliced asparagus and ginger. The consomme was light and refreshing, it was good – MORE than good in fact.

Not only did we each have our own dish, we also had a couple of side dishes. To start off with, fries ($8) – thin, salty, crispy fries. Excellent!

Dave’s zucchini and parmesan salad ($8) was simply but superb. Tender baked zucchini all topped with parmesan.

The bok choy ($8) was cooked to perfection.

We were really full by this stage but wanted dessert, there is always a different stomach for dessert. The Chef, Dan Hong, came out to say hello. We couldn’t decide what we wanted, so he said ‘leave it with me’. So we did…

First up, lime sponge and watermelon, coconut sorbet, lime curd ($15). This was very citrusy and tangy. The watermelon gave it that extra sweet flavouring. If you don’t like tang than this is not for you.

Next, passionfruit custard, chocolate meringue and yogurt sorbet ($15) was amazing! I love the smoothness of the passionfruit custard, the layers of crumbed biscuit and broken pieces of chocolate meringue all topped with yogurt sorbet.

Yes, there were more, apple granita, sautenes custard, peach ice cream ($15) – this was the dessert for me. I love the apple granita, apple jelly, the custard topped with creamy peachy ice cream. WOW, it was deliciously light, and deliciously refreshing – it was just marvelous!

Lastly, the warm choc chip cookie, vanilla ice cream, raspberry and butterscotch ($15). This was R’s favourite and I can see why. I love the warm, goey, chewy choc chip cookie – it was perfect! The fresh raspberry, and bite size honeycomb all drizzled with butterscotch sauce – DELICIOUS!

We were stuffed! 3.5 girls all demolished the dessert.

But, there was more – petite fours – four bite size caramel slice – oh my – as soon as you take a bite, the caramel goodness burst in my mouth. It was gooey, chewy, wonderfully sweet and was the BEST caramel slice I have had!

I have to say, it was an outstanding meal with wonderful friends. However, we (that is, the photographer and myself) probably made a complete fool out of ourselves. I know R and E were embarrassed. The waiters and waitresses would look at our table and ‘smirk’. Why? The photographer brought the coolest gadget, a portable light (check out the light below!), so that our photos will turn out better. God BLESS! He remembered how dark the restaurant was, and the portable light certainly made our photos better! THANKS photographer.

Thanks R for organising, it was so lovely to see you again and a BIG thank you to Dan for an unforgettable meal. We truly enjoyed the meal. I was so full that I couldn’t move or ‘reach for the remote’! Will definitely be back again soon!

GA’s ratings: 9 / 10

Lotus

22 Challis Avenue

Potts Point, 2011

Ph: +61 2 9326 9000

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  1. March 7, 2011 at 12:53 am

    I can’t wait to try this cheezeburger, so I hope it stays a while on the menu. Go the portable light! LOL

    • March 7, 2011 at 12:55 am

      im certain it will stay on the menu! love love LOVE the portable light! you should def go and try it… its SOOOOO GOOD!

  2. March 7, 2011 at 1:27 am

    hello LPP! i think this warrants a trip to the plastic surgeon to permanently get a paper bag over my head. thanks for organising with R. was a great nite… i do believe we had the best table in the house and awesome service and food from the man himself!

    • March 7, 2011 at 3:23 am

      i was early, so got to pick where to sit and i believe it is the best table in the house 🙂

  3. March 7, 2011 at 1:30 am

    those dishes look fantastical! and i surely want the portable light!

    • March 7, 2011 at 3:23 am

      it was fantastic mochachocolata! will have to invite you next time you come to Sydney!

  4. March 7, 2011 at 5:05 am

    I cannot believe how much you gals ate PLUS the burger…impressive stomach room…and four desserts!

  5. March 7, 2011 at 5:50 am

    ooh is this the burger you were telling me about? Damn, I have some crazy burger lust right now! 😛

    • March 7, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Thats the one Lorraine! let me know if you want to go… will be more than happy to go again!

  6. March 7, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    ahhhhhhhh I jsut felt my thighs quiver looking at this bad boy. Get in my belly!

  7. March 8, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Love the melted cheese look of the burger.

    Everything else looks like it’s come straight from the garden 🙂

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