Inspired dining with incredible views – welcome to Chi by Lotus
Lotus Dining Group hopes it’s new Barangaroo restaurant Chi by Lotus will bring ambiance and energy of Beijing’s Ghost Street to Sydney.
Chi by Lotus is best described as the casual, eclectic little sister of Lotus Dining’s popular Chinese restaurants, Lotus Dumpling Bar, Madame Shanghai and Lotus The Galleries.
Designers Luchetti Krelle have filled the interior with red and white lanterns, tassels and rows and rows of lucky Maneki Neko cats. Charred timber floors, golden mirrors and a wrap-around plush velvet lounge add an element of sophistication and balance.
Head Chef Chris Cheng has created a bar-style menu inspired by Beijing street food. Expect shaokao-style (Chinese barbeque) flavours combined with modern Australian ingredients.
Stand out dishes include a deep fried native saltbush with spicy mayo, steamed half shell scallops with garlic, chilli and seablite and a more substantial lamb shoulder with Chinese tabouli to share.
Chi has a unique range of mini cocktails featuring Chinese-inspired Negroni. The ‘Sunset Ferry’ is a clear nod to this eatery’s stunning location and sweeping harbour views.
Chi by Lotus is a deviation for the dining group, General manager, Hamish Ingham said.
“We wanted to switch it up and offer something a little bit more casual and festive,” he said.
“It’s not necessarily about sitting down to a heavy meal, it’s about catching up with friends in a bustling location and washing down some great food with an ice-cold beer.”
Chi will be open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and Wednesday to Saturday for dinner.