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Lotus Kitchen @ China Town Point
The newly-opened (July 17) Lotus Kitchen Vegetarian Restaurant is strategically located just right next to the ChinaTown MRT station. Serving fine Chinese fusion vegetarian food that emphasises on natural ingredients, they shunned off mock meat, which is commonly found in many of the dishes among the vegetarian restaurants.
At Lotus Kitchen, ingredients like herbs, oats, mushroom and soybean are used extensively, but you can be sure every dish presented will not have a monotonous taste. The dishes we tried are superbly done and out to whet your appetite. If you think vegetarian food is boring, Lotus Kitchen is ready to give you a different perspective.
Taro Mee Sua Cake ($6.8 for 6 pcs)
A golden, deep-fried smashed taro mixed with short strands of mee sua. The light, crisp coating and soft texture with the natural fragrance of the yam married well with the mee sua to create a delectable yam cake.
Lotus Kitchen’s Signature Lion’s Mane Mushroom Pan-Fried Dumplings ($8.80/6 pieces)
Mushroom and water chestnuts wrapped in handmade dumpling skin. Every bite is satisfying even without the flavor of meat.
Double-boiled herbal tian ma soup ($8.80)
Steamed and brewed with more than 10 types of herbs and mushroom, we enjoyed the bowl of tonic soup but not everyone knows how to appreciate the herbal flavour.
Braised Mushroom in Hot pot ($18.80)
Combination of various mushrooms in the hotpot like lion’s mane, shiitake mushrooms, and bamboo shoots with chilli, basil leaves and ginger. This is our favorite, with the essence of the seasoning fully absorbed by the mushroom. A big thumbs up.
Signature Crispy Summer Wrap With Passionfruit ($35.80)
The vegetarian version of Peking duck made of soybean in slices, battered and deep-fried to resemble the crispy “duck skins”. The look might not come close to the real Peking duck, but the effort to create this signature dish is highly commendable. We like the passion fruit juice-coated turnip which is unique with the extra sweet and sour from the passion fruit.
Spicy Grilled Oat Slices in Hotplate ($18.80)
The specially blended chilli was doused over the oat and soya slices, wrapped in the aluminum foil and steamed. The chili sauce fully masked the oat and soya slices, making the dish could a challenge with its fiery chilli. Spicy level was above average but for chili lovers, you are going to love it. We could not stop eating and truly enjoyed this flavourful spicy dish.
Lotus Kitchen’s Signature Homemade Satays ($15.80)
Vegetarian satay from Lotus Kitchen was missing the juices from the meat as well as the charred flavour from the fatty protein. However, it is a satay presented in a different dimension with emphasis on the seasoning and the use of spices. The satay was tasty with their special home-made satay sauce.
Signature Stir Fried Laksa ($9.80)
We love the rich and robust laksa aroma. The fried Laksa was impressive as it tasted as good as some of our neighbourhood good laksa stalls. You don’t need the bloody cockles or slices of fishcake to perk up the taste. The plate of the vegetarian laksa is good enough.
Lotus Yam Paste with Purple Rice ($6.80)
Yam puree cooked with various ingredients like red beans, red dates etc. topped with purple glutinous rice and Ginko nuts. Not too sweet and fragrant, providing a nice finishing touch to the meal.
Pumpkin Paste with Purple Rice ($6.80)
Another dessert for the evening was the pumpkin puree and purple glutinous rice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You can taste the essence of the pumpkin, a nice dessert that we do enjoy.
Lotus Kitchen is distinct from other vegetarian restaurants, with their twisted contemporary dishes like the Peking duck and with the integration of local favourites like the satay and laksa. You can enjoy an impressive meat-free and healthy meal.
Will we be back? The answer is yes.
A: 133 New Bridge Road, Chinatown Point #01-01/02, Singapore 059413
T: +65 6538 1068
H: 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm