Lotus Lane is another outlet in that well-priced and managed Lotus chain of tourist restaurants.
Most Lotus restaurants have their own unique speciality. At Lotus Lane there is a strong Italian influence, especially with their wood-fired pizzas. Although they still present many of the other old Lotus favourites.
Start with a simple Ginger and Carrot Soup, or a Picasso [pumpkin and spinach in a cream soup]. The traditional Italian Minestrone is always hard to go past, full of mixed vegetables and pasta. On a hot day that Andalusian Gazpacho, chilled cucumber and tomato puree, always refreshes.
Calamari al Quazzetto is an entrée of cuttle fish [squid] cooked in tomato sauce and white wine with black olives and capers. For something light and tasty, try a Tempura. It can consist of either Prawns or a variety of vegetables, a dip of sesame and soy on the side.
For that any time of the day snacks: Panzanella with Black Olives, garlic bread with chopped tomato, basil, olives and olive oil. Or a great Walnut and Fig Bread, served with cottage cheese.
The Tunisian Salad consists of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, green olives, almonds and dates, all tossed in roasted cumin, olive oil and lemon dressing, with cottage cheese. A Minted Lamb and Potato Salad is refreshingly different as is a Chicken and Walnut Salad. All Lotus restaurants serve a variety of International dishes. The special Selection of Indian dishes is a popular choice at Lotus Lane; Mushrooms, Cheese and Paneer, Curried Vegetables with Almonds, Tarkha Dahl and a cucumber raita is served with chapatti and rice.
The Vegetarian dishes also include a Vegetarian Lasagne, a Green Fettuccine Alfredo [spinach pasta with nutmeg, butter, cream and parmesan] or Vegetarian Samosas.
A Pepper Steak can be had with a mushroom sauce. The Greek Moussaka is lamb baked with feta cheese, eggplant and tomato, and is served with a minted couscous. Beef Bourguignonne is slices of beef cooked with mushrooms, tomato and spring potatoes in a red wine sauce.
There are many Pizzas to select from. All are made in the wood oven, to your order. Pizza Daivolo is tomato with red peppers, onion and chilli. The Tropicana combines ham and pineapple. Peperoni is a mixture of salami with red and green peppers, whilst the Romana is made from ham and mushroom. The Calzone is a folded pizza, stuffed with ham and mozzarella cheese.
Finish up with Balinese Crepes. They are served with grated coconut and palm sugar. Or try the Balinese Black Rice Pudding, with coconut milk. A sensible wine list also permits you to BYO [bring your own bottle of special wine] at a very reasonable corkage charge.
A pleasant dining environment seated alongside the running water, as it moves down through the small lotus ponds.