Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

Brunei Restaurant Review: I-Lotus

I Lotus Restaurant situated in an isolated building near Perumahan Rakyat Jati in Rimba. You never have to worry about parking as they have their own huge private parking area specially for their restaurant alone. Another great thing is that you don't have to worry much about traffic jam as well, since there aren't any shopping malls around. Pretty convenient and hassle free.

To me, it's a great place to have a nice family gathering. You get to enjoy the great food and relaxing ambiance at affordable prices. You can choose to sit inside the restaurant or outside, with a garden like patio which is mist cooled. You can also come here for lunch and order typical Chinese food such as char kway teow or fried rice. They have pretty good Yang Chow Fried Rice and Cantonese Deep Fried Noodles here. But tonight, I'm here to celebrate my sister's birthday and it's going to be a family dinner. Let's step into the restaurant shall we?

I walked into the restaurant and was politely greeted by one of their staff who brought me to my table. I like the design of the restaurant, it gives you the impression that a lot of work was done for every table and the interior design is elegant. I especially liked the colour of their napkins and the flower blend well with the restaurant. It's the feeling you should get when you walk into a restaurant to enjoy fine dining.

Our first dish to come was the hot and cold dish. I did not manage to take the full plate but just took my share of golden parcel; wontons wrapped with chives and a slice of their crispy chicken, which I quite enjoy. The wonton was alright.

Next was the claypot seafood, consisting of sea cucumbers and abalone.

Followed by the sizzling sensation of hot plate Japanese tofu which is served with minced chicken and mushroom sauce. I think the saltiness is enhanced with the addition of diced salted fish.

Stir fried mixed veggies

Chicken cooked two style in one plate. On the left are sliced chicken breasts with a sweet and spicy sauce and crispy chicken on the right. I especially like the sweet tangy flavour with a spicy kick on the sliced chicken breasts.

Steamed fish with herb and soy sauce. The fish tasted fresh and it was cooked just right. Texture was good and the soy sauce complements the fish very well.

We ended with their Cantonese Style Seafood Crispy noodles. Their sliced fish that was served with the noodles were very tasty and the best part's the crispiness of the noodles. Yum!

Overall, the experience was pleasant and the staff was prompt with their service. They were also very friendly and know their menu quite well when we were doing our ordering. The price's very reasonable for the experience and I will most certainly come here again next time for lunch or a gathering with friends.

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