Restaurant Week India is here!!
Its the right time when you can dine at some of namma Chennai’s finest restaurants at a fraction of the a la carte rates. With 12 restaurants participating this time, you are spoilt for choice. Thanks to Ola Prime!!
OLA Prime presents Restaurant Week,scheduled from 16th to 25th September, 2016 across Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune.
It’s the 13th edition of Restaurant Week India and I am so excited that i got to be a part of it. I was invited for a preview of this event to dine at Lotus, The Park.
Restaurant Week Chennai features 12 participating restaurants that will offer a three-course prix fixe menu (with an option of vegetarian or non-vegetarian) at INR 750 for lunch and INR 900 for dinner per diner. The price, per individual is exclusive of applicable taxes, service charges and anything ordered outside of the special Restaurant Week menu.
Located right next to Gemini Flyover in Anna Salai, The Park is a landmark by itself.
THE LOTUS EXPERIENCE
The restaurant has been given a new look inspired by the rare Blue Lotus, also referred to as the Blue Water Lily. As you enter the restaurant, the plush blue carpet with lotuses catch your eye.
The compact space of 45 seater looks chic with beige tones and minimal installations.
The gold coloured bunch of lotuses which appear in full bloom forms the center piece. A set of circular silk screens with hand embroidery adorning the entire length of the wall is very pleasing.
A special menu is set for the RWI and you will have to choose a starter, main course and dessert of your choice. Click here to view the menu for RWI
To be frank I am not a big fan of Thai Food. But this place made me fall in love with it and here is why.
We ordered a couple of starters and drinks. The spicy Chicken Satay was my favourite. It was tender and thankfully did not have the bitter after taste like it does in most restaurants.
The spring rolls stuffed with minced duck and vegetables was another favourite. The meat was cooked well and had the right amount of condiments. I was looking forward to trying this and I am glad that I was not disappointed.
The crispy thin strips of lamb fried with sweet chili glaze and the Mixed Vegetable Dimsums were also great. The Lamb strips were way too crisp for me.
We ordered for chicken noodles and fried rice. Both contained a generous amount of chicken bits and egg. Not too greasy, the just way I like it. Never enjoyed Tofu but surprisingly, the Pan fried tofu tasted good. The sauce with bell peppers, basil and roasted chilli paste had a lot of flavor and I enjoyed it with my noodles.
The Minced chicken, sautéed with string beans, chilli and hot basil was another dish that I ordered to go with the fried rice. With a dominating flavor of basil this dish is strictly for those who enjoy its flavor.
The lamb in chilly and oyster sauce is something that I was looking forward to trying and I enjoyed it. The sauce for this again contained a lot of flavor. Loved it.
The Gaeng Massaman Je, a thai style vegetable curry with potato and peanuts stole the show. I regretted not tasting it in the beginning. I was so full yet I couldn’t resist having several helpings of this delicious curry with the rice.
We were served a green tea charlotte and lemongrass-scented chocolate terrine. The charlotte was light and had the freshness of green tea whereas the chocolate terrine was a chocolate addicts delight.
The ice cream made with Sesame seeds was so different. One must have an acquired taste for sesame seed and I enjoyed every bit of the ice cream.
IN A NUTSHELL
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Lotus. It changed my whole perspective on Thai cuisine. Come fall in love with the food here.
The restaurant week is on till the 25th September.
Reserve your table and book your spot!!