Since the opening of Tanjong Pagar Centre, we’ve noticed from the directory that Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House would be taking up a space in the mall and had been eagerly waiting for them to open. While the other restaurants and eateries have commenced operations a few months ago, the hoardings were still up at Blue Lotus.
Other than their outlet at Sentosa, we also heard that the Blue Lotus group opened a Chinese Noodle Bar in Science Park not too long ago. Finally they are making their presence felt in a more central location, where more people can drop by to enjoy a drink and good food after-work conveniently.
Prior to this visit, we would take a quick glance whenever we passed by the space for any telltale signs on when would they be ready for operation. Finally when we saw that there were staff inside the unit, we went to check out if they were opened to public. We were probably there on the first few days of its operations, with the flower stands lined outside.
Although Blue Lotus features Chinese dishes, they are done with a twist like the first tapas item: Crab balls, Chilli Pomelo Sauce. The deep-fried meat ball – made with shredded crab meat, removed the hassle of eating the real crab without taking away the shiok factor when I dipped the crab meat into the tangy mildly spicy sweet and sour sauce.
The addictive sauce was also the key ingredient for Chilli Pomelo Australian Blue Mussels, Fried Mantou. Although this dish has the same base as our earlier tapas, the plump and juicy mussels offered different texture from the fried crab meat balls. We also enjoyed dipping the fried mantou into the chilli pomelo gravy. In fact I wished we could have more mantous to slurp up all the remaining gravy.
After two seafood dishes, we tasted their Hickory Smoked Honey-glazed Kurobuta Pork Belly. I’m not a fan of Cantonese style roasted pork belly but this Josper oven version was tender and moist.
For mains we had the Fermented Tofu Barley Risotto, Pan Seared Barramundi with pickled chilli sauce. This dish seems less Chinese than the others but is probably playing on the idea that Chinese meal cannot go without rice and here its in the form of barley risotto?
We ended our meal with Durian Creme Brulee made from D24 Pure Durian, Fresh Fruits. I think there’s no need to elaborate on this dish as this would probably be a love-it or hate-it dish.
[17th Aug 2017]
Tried other dishes on my second visit to Blue Lotus including Chicken Skin, Chilli Yogurt Dipper and Grilled “San Bei” Pork Jowl 24 hours sou vide marinated spanish pork jowl, “San Bei” sauce, fried ginger, seasonal vegetables.
Loved the crispy and paper-thin chicken skin which was presented like sails. =) I’m really enjoying the tapas dishes here!
The pork jowl was tender but the flavours are not really exciting enough for my taste bud.
Finally I tried a staple Chinese dish Braised Hokkien Noodles, Pork Lard & Seafood. The gravy was quite sweet and I don’t expect any wok-hei from restaurant establishments, but it’s a decent effort. Some of their other staples are only available for lunch with limited selections available for dinner.
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