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100 South Eola Drive
Orlando, Florida 32801
(407) 781-2539

****Lotus is closed and is now Mingos. Same owners and phone number****

Say hello to Lotus, a new restaurant concept in Thornton Park that is seeking to elevate the areas already trendy and social dining scene. Lotus is located at the bottom of The  Sanctuary condo building in the Eola Square neighborhood. It is where The Prickly Pear used to be. 

Lotus is a Farm-to-Table Fusion concept that is aiming to appeal to the 30-plus chic and upscale but casual crowd who enjoy fine dining in a big-city atmosphere.

The Farm-to-Table Fusion menu that was created by Chef Luis J. Negrón, is a combination of local ingredients fused with styles from around the world that is seeking to create dishes that are not only visually stimulating and tasty, but health conscious as well. Most entrée selections are between 500-600 calories.

Great care was put into the cultural stylings of the menu to feature items that were representative of many cultures from Italy, the Middle East, France and beyond. 

The bar at Lotus also features stylish lighting, the (obligatory) flat screen TV, and a host of cocktail selections made with a variety of  fresh herbs, fruits and home made syrups. They also have a pretty decent wine list and happy hour daily from 4-8 p.m. The beer menu is pretty small and does not have much to offer, especially in craft beers.

Inside Lotus, you will find an interior encompassed with modern styling and energetic lighting that is accented in bright fuchsia and lime green.

There is plenty of seating inside and they also have a nice outdoor patio with plenty of seats available. The mirror at the end is not just for looks, it also creates a much larger feeling to the restaurant.
The bar area gives off a cool neon vibe with accentuated lighting and a host of fresh ingredients on display.

The Buffalo Trace Cocktail is made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, apple-lemon syrup and apple juice. It tastes like apple sauce.

The Bacardi Dragon Berry cocktail  has fresh strawberries, mint syrup, lime and soda water. It is basically a strawberry mojito.

Both drinks, along with our complimentary champagne were very refreshing and easy on the palate.

During the opening week we were greeted with a free sample of Miso Chili Braised Ribs with a green papaya slaw and Lotus Chips.

The ribs were fall of the bone tender and had a great flavor. 

The Herb Crusted Chicken was done very nicely as well. The Parmesan cream and pasta were not too rich to overpower the savory flavor of the chicken.

My dish was the Goat Cheese Pistachio Agnolotti.

The Agnolotti was cooked very well with a nice silky texture. The filling of goat cheese and pistachios made for a nice creamy bite with the right amount of crunch.

Although we did not order it, the Atlantic Salmon Burger looked appetizing. It was pulled away rather quickly from my dining guest, as they have a fish allergy.

We ended the evening with a very good Chocolate Cappuccino Cake. 

The cake was very light and moist, but heavy on flavor. The orange sorbet went really well with it too.

Whenever trying out a brand new establishment that has been open for less than a week, mistakes are to be expected.

The service was overzealous, and thats better than being forgotten about I suppose?

Our order came out wrong the first time, and could have been dangerous if my dining companion had eaten any of the Salmon Burger they did not order.....but Overall we had a good expereince at Lotus.

Tastes Of Orlando recommends you to try them out for yourself....just give them some time to work out the bugs and kinks and they should be a cool addition to Thornton Park.

Lotus is open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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