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Sawadeecup – Lotus

Hello Everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not back yet, probably lost somewhere in New York, but I managed to write this post before I left ~

Wanted to give you guys a quick review of a Thai restaurant I visited with Mr Bao and some friends a few weeks ago in the Soho area calledย Lotus. For those who are from Melbourne, Soho is kind of like the Hong Kong version of St Kilda, with lots of bars, cafes and restaurants. It is located in Central ย and is ‘the place’ to go for dinner and drinks with friends ๐Ÿ™‚

Lotus Bar and Restaurant

I rarely go to the Hong Kong side, so it was nice to go to a new area for dinner ~ Mr T had read good things about Lotus and suggested we have dinner there. I was a little surprised when I arrived because it was more of a bar than a restaurant. We could hear the blasting music as we walked in and was quickly greeted by the nice manager who I guessed was from the UK, based on his accent ๐Ÿ™‚ I have a thing for the British accent, I think it’s so classy ~

We were insanely hungry, but had some trouble deciding what we wanted, it wasn’t the usual Thai food …it had a modern take on it…and we weren’t sure of the dishes. After a good five minutes of deliberating we decided what we wanted:D

Lotus Tasting Plate Selection $196HKD ($25AUD)

A nice selection of chicken satays, pork spring rolls, sweet and sour squids and fish balls, we shared everything and I particularly liked the chicken satay – perfectly cooked, I don’t like overcooked and dry satays.

Crispy Salmon Salad $115HKD ($14.50AUD)

This salad had all the usual Thai herbs and spices, but was a little weird with the watermelon. Mr Bao thought it was a little too spicy, while I thought it was just right ๐Ÿ™‚

Pad thai with king prawn $108HKD ($14AUD)

In my opinion, the Pad Thai was my favourite dish of the night good. It had all the right flavours and I liked how it wasn’t drenched in oil like some places. And with the little white dish on the side with extra salt, chilli powder and crushed peanuts we were able to customise it ~

Yellow Curry Braised Lamb Shank $185HKD ($23.50AUD)

Mr Bao ordered the lamb shank and although it cooked well and was very tender, it was awfully salty. We could barely eat a mouthful without drinking lots of water. So that was a little disappointing because the yellow curry was quite fragrant ~

Green Curry with Prawns $180HKD ($23AUD)

I’m a fan of green curry and nearly always order it when I have Thai food ~ this was good but I think it would have been better if it had a stronger coconut flavour.

No desserts that night, believe it or not hahaha it rarely happens! But I was too full and pretty sure I had macarons or some sort of dessert waiting for me at home ๐Ÿ™‚

Latte and Cappuccino approximately $25HKD($3.1AUD)

Mr Bao and I did have a coffee each, because we were so excited when we saw a barista and a large complex looking coffee machine ~ but nope…nothing compared to what we’re use to in Melbourne…it was so so so watery… ย sorry I forgot the prices of the coffee.

Overall I had a great night catching up with Mr T and Ms C, and even though the Thai food wasn’t really authentic (modern Thai), it was definitely enjoyable ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you’ve all been well!


Tassie Delight – Raincheck Lounge

Wanted to continue with another Tassie post because it seems like not many people have gone to Tassie before and I’d love to share with you guys all the hidden treasures I found in Hobart ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, I’d like to introduce *drum-rolls please* “Raincheck Lounge” once again in North Hobart and conveniently across the road from Sweet Envy. Hahaha that’s how we found it! Mr Bao suggested we have breakfast at Raincheck Lounge because he liked the name when Googling for cafes around the area ~ so off we go!

Raincheck Lounge is a nice medium sized cafe on the main street (Elizabeth Street) with a hippie type of atmosphere, it offers the usual cafe food but BETTER ๐Ÿ™‚

It was packed when we arrived at around 10:30am. We had to wait for a few minutes because we needed a bigger table to fit 6 people, the staff there were quite friendly and gave us a nice spacious table ~

We ordered from the breakfast menu, but they are open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday and I overheard another table complimenting the Tapas were really good! Damn! I was flying back to Melb the same day…guess there’s always next time ~

Most of us ordered something different and I was able to taste everyone’s dish YAY for me hehe but I have a thing for muesli so I got the Bircher Muesli ~ it was SO good lol! I loved how they used real vanilla beans to make the homemade yogurt! Yum yum YUM!

Mr Bao and his mate KP got the Big Breakfast ~ a little TOO big for me, but they seemed to really like it!
Ms W got the Eggs Florentine – she’s never had it before and she really liked it, even though she thought the hollandaise sauce was a little too rich ~ I had a taste and liked it! It was a good balance between the lemon and butter flavour ๐Ÿ™‚
While Ms E and Mr Chef got the Eggs Benedict which they really enjoyed! I’m such a meat lover! I liked the Eggs Benedict more than the Florentine ๐Ÿ™‚ And i forgot to mention the eggs to perfectly poached ~ Sigh i’ve failed so many times at home lol
One of the disappointments were the coffees, not really that exciting…my mocha (on the left) was quite bland and even though it looks quite pretty with the chocolate dots on the side…it just wasn’t as nice as I expected it to be. While Mr Bao thought his cappuccino wasn’t strong enough.
Overall, a very nice cafe and even though coffees weren’t great, the food was to die for! So don’t miss out and maybe you can try out their tapas and let me know if they’re any good ๐Ÿ™‚

Raincheck Lounge Cafe Wine Bar Restaurant on Urbanspoon

Ps. Only 9 Days till Christmas!!! So excited!!
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