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Lotus Chinese Floating Restaurant

Chinese Restaurant in London
Lotus Chinese Floating Restaurant, 9 Oakland Quay, London, E14 9EA
020 7515 6445    Email    Website   
Harden's Survey Result
Overall Value
2.5
out of 5
Food 
Service 
Ambience 
2.5
£43
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“The prices seem to keep going up, but the quality of the dim sum is still very good”, at this boat permanently moored near Canary Wharf; it’s particularly “popular and bustling” at lunch – “be sure to arrive early”.
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Last Orders 10.30 pm
Dress Code -
Lotus Chinese Floating Restaurant Restaurant Reviews
Reviews of Lotus Chinese Floating Restaurant Restaurant in E14, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Lotus Chinese Floating Restaurant restaurant.
Mick Farmer
Busy, but fresh Dim Sum is always better....
Overall Value
2.5
out of 5
Food 
Service 
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Reviewed 1 years, 9 months, 9 days ago

"Busy, but fresh Dim Sum is always better."

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Matt Raines
As usual I want to give the Lotus two diffe...
Overall Value
3.5
out of 5
Food 
Service 
Ambience 
Reviewed 1 years, 10 months, 6 days ago

"As usual I want to give the Lotus two different scores. The dim sum is really, really good, and in the daytime when it's full of Chinese customers it feels a really open, exciting place. In the evening the same space feels soulless, and the menu is unreliably poor to middling."

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The Editors Review

A few weeks ago, we confessed to not being all-seeing and all-knowing, and asked for help in finding good, new destinations among the thin pickings in E14. This floating Chinese restaurant, not far from Crossharbour DLR, was amongst nominations. Though we had paid a visit in the dim and distant past, the reminders from readers suggested a re-visit might be in order. On re-acquaintance the place fell rather short of restaurant perfection, but did offer three main points of interest.


The first is that it's not owned by a chain. Is it the high rents, or demands for cast iron covenants that have made Canary Wharf itself pretty much a no-go area for the independent restaurateur? Whatever the cause, the resulting range of lowest-common-denominator outlets in the area is awful and sapping. That's not to say that the Lotus's service is especially charming - it certainly isn't - but at least they are genuinely brusque: you don't feel you're just being processed by the agents of some faceless chain.


Secondly, Lotus is really quite cheap. True, the food is nothing to get hugely excited about. But the light bite dim sum menu (£10.80) comprises around a dozen generous pieces - you really only need top it off with a bottle of beer, and you've got yourself a pretty decent light lunch for well under £20 a head.


Thirdly. Call us juvenile and tacky, but you just can't beat floating restaurants. There's something about eating on the water that adds a sense of occasion to any dining experience, however banal it may otherwise be. If you're looking for a budget festive meal and can't get out of E14, you could do a great deal worse. Christmas parties - big and small - should feel right at home here.


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