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Blue Lotus Gardens Restaurant

Add:1-1 Jilong Shan, Longjing Road

Tel:0571 8715 6551,158 8883 0730

Time:9:30am - 11pm

Credit Cards Accepted
English Service Available

2013-02-07

For all the advances made here in recent years, finding food is still a hit-or-miss ordeal, with the usual places becoming stale in a hurry, and new places often feeling more riveting than relaxing. Admit it, though. It's a big part of why we love living here, and for the adventurous eater there's nothing better than taking a stab at the latest place that makes news amongst the locals. The MORE crew was lucky to get a chance to sit and eat at the Blue Lotus Gardens Restaurant, a hideaway tucked away in the hillsides of Hangzhou's National Tea Museum. Amidst a backdrop of tea farms and small mountains, we pulled up to the restaurant, and it was immediately apparent that this was going to be a bit different. First off, there’s no trouble finding a parking space. There is outdoor seating even in the middle of winter, thanks to the construction of a large heated tent that easily seats about 30. Meal orders are taken outside, with a row of blackboards serving as the menu. Plenty of beer is on tap. We spied the Carlsburg logo at the bar amongst others. Finally, the interior was not taken to the extreme with annoying decorations or impractical seating arrangements. It was particularly comforting to sit down on heavy wooden benches, and feel as though the act of eating would be a natural and unassuming feat, unhindered by fancy tablecloths and delicate stemware. Food started showing up, and the first item was a terrific combination of wild tea tree mushrooms and octopus. It was an excellent dish, which always makes things a little hard during a review since the following dishes would have a lot to live up to. Fortunately for us, the crispy lamb chops were up to the challenge! Crisp, spicy, and without losing too much moisture in the tender bits of lamb meat, they were quickly devoured by all of us. Pork neck with sweet green peppers, and a very nicely done dish of seared tofu “scallops” with sea cucumber made the rest of the meal a delight. For those who are looking for something that brings a little modernity to the mostly-Tibetan menu, the Blue Lotus is a good find, with prices that fit the 200RMB range. Be sure to ask for the special Tibetan barley wine too, and don't worry, it doesn't pack a wallop like bai jiu does!

What’s On Their Menu...
■ Wild Peppers with Pickles 山椒泡双脆 18RMB
■ Signature Spicy Cold Chicken 招牌棒棒鸡 26RMB
■ Country Tofu Skin Rolls 乡村腐皮卷 16RMB
■ BBQ Lamb Skewer 烤羊肉串 2RMB/each
■ BBQ Chicken Wing 烤翅中 4RMB/each
■ BBQ Quail 烤鹌鹑 6RMB/each
■ BBQ Yellow Fish 烤黄鱼 4RMB/each
■ BBQ Lamb Chops烤羊排 38RMB/jin
■ BBQ Oyster 烤生蚝 30RMB/half dozen
■ Mandarin Fish Soup with Hairy Crabs and Clams 一网鲜 (桂鱼,湖蟹,花蛤) 78RMB
■ Fried Shrimp 避风塘大虾 38RMB
■ Cow Ribs with Ginseng Sauce 参汁牛肋骨 78RMB
■ Country BBQ Chicken 蓝莲乡村烤鸡 38RMB
■ BBQ Pork Neck 碳烤猪颈肉 38RMB
■ Deep Fried Crispy Lotus 避风塘藕夹 26RMB
■ Garlic Scallop 蒜蓉扇贝 5RMB/each
■ Rib Skillet 铁板牛仔骨 58RMB
■ Braised Pork 红烧肉 38RMB
■ Wild Tea Tree Mushrooms and Octopus 茶树菇八爪鱼 36RMB
■ Pork Neck Fried with Sweet Green Peppers 尖椒炒猪爽肉 28RMB
■ Seafood and Tofu Skillet with Special Sauce 铁板九宫海鲜豆腐 36RMB
■ Spring Bamboo Shoots (Steam with Bacon, Fried with Garlic, Fried with Pepper and Pork) 春笋(酱肉蒸,青大蒜炒,尖椒肉末炒) 28RMB
■ Dry Pot Baked Vegetables 干锅

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