Lotus (named after the national flower of India) is an authentic fine dining Indian restaurant located on Charing Cross Road, right near the heart of Leicester Square.
They use traditional Indian cooking techniques (and of course the spices!) but combine it with more British ingredients than other Indian restaurants normally use.
I visited for the pre-theatre dinner of three courses with a glass of house wine for only £23.99. It was actually really four courses as they served Rasam (a tomato broth) and assortment of poppadums (rice, potato and finger millet) with some really great sauces – mango with apricot, mint and red chilli and green tomato chutney!
There were a selection of five starters. We chose the rattes, chickpea, sev and yogurt chaat, which was really tasty. and the butternut squash and chilli samosey, which was far less greasy than normal samosas.
Similarly to the starters, there were a selection of five mains, all of which looked brilliant. We had the chicken bemisaal, which was chicken cooked in the tandoori oven with fresh tomato sauce – beautiful – and the paneer tikka, again bursting with flavour. We also saw the red snapper on the neighbouring table, which looked fab. To top it off, the mains are served with rice, a bread basket and daal. We also tried the guncha wa keema – cauliflower florets tossed in pepper, tomato and sesame and asparagus and sugar snaps as extras.
We were actually too full for dessert, which just shows what good value the deal is. One aspect that stood out for me was the service, which was attentive but not overbearing. Our waitress talked through the menu and helped us choose our dishes.One of the chefs also came round each table to check everyone was having a lovely evening, which I thought was a lovely touch.