Lotus the Galeries, Sydney CBD

Lotus The Galeries has opened in the Sydney CBD following from the success of Lotus Dumpling Bar in Walsh Bay.

Lotus the Galeries
Lotus The Galeries

Located on level 1 of The Galeries shopping complex on George Street, Lotus The Galeries has been designed by DS17 also responsible for Alpha Restaurant, China Republic and Meat District Co.

Lotus the Galeries
Private Room

When you enter the venue, you soon forget you’re dining in a shopping centre. The 270 seat restaurant is a photogenic labyrinth of open space dining with a bar, distressed walls with designer light fittings, separate rooms encased in glass, and very private rooms each with its own theme and unique artwork.

It’s easy to get absorbed in the intricate detail of the decor and fitout and depending on where you’re sitting, you may catch rare glimpses of the top of the QVB.

The menu by Head Chef Chris Yan (ex Billy Kwong and China Doll) brings food inspired by his grandmother’s home cooking. The dishes take the traditional but marry them with modern flavours, borrowing from native Australian ingredients.

Lotus the Galeries
Steamed Jade Prawn Dumplings

Much like Lotus at Walsh Bay, Dumplings (4 pieces per serve, from $9) are a key feature and are given their own menu. The Steamed Jade Prawn Dumplings, available in the mixed platter, are light, delicate and full of flavour.

Lotus the Galeries
Steamed Mud Crab and Pork Xiao Long Bao

The Steamed Mud Crab and Pork Xiao Long Bao ($21) are a delight to bite into as well as being a delight to the eye, with a burst of warm soup that prepares the palate for the tasty filling.

Lotus the Galeries
Steamed Fresh Scallop Sui Mai

You can also order a Plate of Mixed Dumplings (2 of each of 4 types of dumpling for $25) which includes the Steamed Fresh Scallop Sui Mai. These morsels are brimming with texture and flavoursome filling.

Lotus the Galeries
Pan-fried Pork Bun

You’ll also find little parcels of Pan-fried Pork Buns in a surprisingly light bun casing. The delight of the dumplings and buns are that they deliver so much flavour in a delicate way, with beautiful presentation and are filling but light.

Lotus the Galeries
Crystal Ice Plant Salad with Cucumber, Enoki and Black Vinegar Dressing

From the Starters comes a most unusual dish. The Crystal Ice Plant Salad with Cucumber, Enoki and Black Vinegar Dressing ($16) brings together Chinese and Australian native flavours in a salad that is fresh both in flavour and something not usually seen in the Crystal Ice Plant and resets the palate for what is to come.

Lotus the Galeries
Crispy Skin Duck Pancakes

Crispy Skin Duck Pancakes (Half duck $35) bypass the traditional hoisin sauce for sweet miso sauce which is lighter and allows the flavour of the duck to be at the fore. The duck is succulent, tender with a lightly crisp skin.

Lotus the Galeries
Calamari with Native Spice Salt

Tender Calamari ($21) is given a sprinkling of native spice salt, with coriander and a lemon dressing. The light batter is just a gateway to the calamari that is perfectly cooked.

Lotus the Galeries
Crispy Eggplant with Honey and Sesame

One of the highlights of the menu is the Crispy Eggplant with Honey and Sesame ($16). The batter is ever so light and the sweet eggplant filling melts in the mouth in this moreish dish.

Lotus the Galeries
Steamed Fish Fillet

Bursting with fresh flavour, the Steamed Fish Fillet ($32) is a succulent barramundi in a ginger and shallot sauce that beautifully seasons the accompanying steamed rice ($3 per person). The dish allows for the fish to be the hero with the sauce accentuating but not overpowering the flavour.

Lotus the Galeries
Steamed Seasonal Vegetables

The Steamed Seasonal Vegetables with Sesame Oil and Soy ($16) bring balance for the meat and seafood dishes.

Lotus the Galeries
Wok-fried Wallaby Rump

It is well worth ordering the Wok-fried Wallaby Rump ($29) which comes in a sweet bean paste and salt bush. The meat is clean in texture and flavour, delicate with a hint of gaminess and is tender to the bite.

Lotus the Galeries
Sago and Red Bean Pudding

For a light dessert option that is not too sweet, the Sago and Red Bean Pudding ($9) is a balance of texture and flavour. The sago is clean and refreshing textural with the red bean giving a subtle sweetness.

Lotus the Galeries
Deep Fried Sticky Rice Balls

The Deep Fried Sticky Rice Balls ($12) need a careful bite as they are filled a with smooth melted chocolate filling that will please the most discerning chocoholic.

Lotus the Galeries
Jasmine Tea Creme Caramel

Saving the best till last, don’t leave without ordering the Jasmine Tea Creme Caramel ($12) with poached pears in cinnamon. This is no ordinary creme caramel. It’s silky smooth with a sensual mouth feel till the last spoonful.

Lotus the Galeries
Lotus Tea

You’ll also find Lotus’ own tea blends and the venue will soon be offering a low tea service.

There’s an element of lightness in all the dishes that doesn’t weigh you down after the meal and leaves you well satiated. Top picks are the Steamed Fresh Scallop Sui Mai, the Crystal Ice Plant Salad, the Crispy Eggplant with Honey and Sesame, the Wok-fried Wallaby Rump and that unforgettable Jasmine Tea Creme Caramel.

Lotus the Galeries
Private Room

Lotus at the Galeries brings a distinctive dining experience to the heart of the CBD. The shopping centre location is easily forgotten in favour of an elegant and stylish fitout that brings intimacy into a large venue. The food delights in all aspects, whether it is the silky dumplings, the more unusual combinations with Australian native influence or the simple dishes that are well executed.

Lotus the Galeries
Level 1, 500 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000


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Lotus the Galeries, Sydney CBD was last modified: July 9th, 2016 by Corinne Mossati

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Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


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  2. Thank you for sharing. Ice Plant is really delicious. I have lots of it at my garden.

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