Fast and friendly service, a view of the canal along historic West Street and familiar Chinese favourites keeps Lotus Garden going strong after 26 years. Originally from Canton, China, the Li’s unite families mid-week for chicken balls in sweet red sauce, while they also share a family meal at a near-by table.
Shiny river wall paper and a familiar front-of-house bar offer a comforting welcome. Catering to the local clientele, the Lotus offers house-made Chinese with a subdued palette and a small selection of Canadian goodies for those not yet converted to Singapore noodles. Popular dishes include Cantonese chow mein and lemon chicken; both feature vegetables crisp and colourful. Portions are generous, especially the dinner combinations when coming in with guests. Daytime, pop in for a wonton soup. A mere $2.50, it’s a perfect pick-me-up to have on a bench overlooking the Canal, during a break from your weekend bike ride.
Apps $2.50 – 7
Main $8:50 – 17