Article By Linjing Wu
Let me ask you guys a simple question: what’s one of the biggest advantages of living in those first-tier cities? You have to put up with the heavy traffic and huge amounts of pressure. If it weren’t for the fancy restaurants, there wouldn’t be much of a reason to stay there. Well, with places like Lotus in Xi’an, who wants to go to Beijing or Shanghai anyway?
Lotus has the most fabulous and homey atmosphere. Dusky light and wooden decor make this restaurant the best place for hanging out with your friends, spending quality time with family members, and proposing to that special someone. Come on guys, be romantic; proposing here is much better than some lackluster noodle place– they’ve got amazing food and tons of classic wine for celebrating with your fiancée…or drinking yourself to death. Alone. Anyway, fingers crossed!
Normally, I wouldn’t even lay my eyes on bread before a meal, because, well, it’s just bread. I’d definitely make an exception for Lotus; the bread completely blew me away. It holds its own so well against the flavors of the olive oil and vinegar that I had to keep telling myself to drop it and leave some space for real food.
And the “real food” didn’t disappoint. As a seafood lover, I sometimes worry about the quality of seafood in Xi’an, but I can guarantee you that that’s not something to concern yourself with at Lotus. The oysters baked with cheese and spinach get my vote for appetizer of the year. Fresh oyster, covered with melted cheese and spinach with a touch of sea salt underneath is the perfect combination to tease your taste buds. We also tried the seafood soup, filled with with the freshest ingredients and topped with the biggest clam I’ve ever had. And we hadn’t even gotten to the mains.
The main course may have taken a while to get to my mouth, but it was worth it. I’ve found the best rib-eye steak in Xi’an: it’s soft and juicy with a crunchy crust, and comes with a hot black pepper sauce that expertly balances the richness of the sinfully tender beef.
I was stuffed after all this decadence, but, to quote my dinner companion, “It feels like you always have a second stomach for dessert.” We decided to go with the opera cake and lemon lava cake, both of which we’d highly recommend. The rich dark chocolate of the opera cake melts in your mouth, followed by a little nutty flavor. Not to mention the lemon lava cake, which is simply divine.
Though I’d love to be selfish and keep Lotus all to myself, the combination of the delicate food, thoughtful service and amazing atmosphere is too good to stay hidden for long. There’s no doubt that Lotus will be your new favorite! Enjoy your food, enjoy your life!
Add：North of Starbucks, South Gate of Tang Paradise, Qujiang District 曲江大唐芙蓉园南门星巴克北侧
Tel：(029) 8966 0066
Open Hours：11:00am – Midnight