Lotus Dining Group launches new restaurant ‘Chi’ in Barangaroo

After recently opening Lotus Double Bay by new general manager, Hamish Ingham, Lotus Dining Group has launched its latest restaurant in Barangaroo, Sydney called Chi. 

Encompassing the heart of Chinese Street food and inspired by Beijing’s Ghost Street, the aesthetic of the venue features an abundance of lucky Maneki Neko cats above the open kitchen. Designed by award winning architecture and interior design firm, Luchetti Krelle, the restaurant’s opulence is lit with red and white lanterns with hues of gold scattered throughout. 

“We’re hoping Chi will live up to its name and bring a fresh new flow of energy to the Barangaroo area. We wanted to switch it up and offer something a little bit more casual and festive. It’s not necessarily about sitting down to a heavy meal, it’s about catching up with friends in a bustling location and washing down some great food with an ice-cold beer,” says Ingham. 

On the menu, head chef Chris Cheng, takes inspiration from Chinese street food and utilises native Australian ingredients. For snacks, diners can expect the Deep Fried Native Saltbush with Spicy Mayo or their Salt and Pepper Calamari with Chi Hot Sauce. 

For some delicious dumplings, taste their Sichuan Style Spicy Pork and Prawn Wontons or Kimchi Chicken Sui Mai. If you fancy some grilled meat skewers, try their Pork Belly with Sesame Oil and Salt or the Wagyu Beef with Sweet Soy and Crushed Black Pepper.

For mains, expect some shared plates of Chi BBQ pork, Duck Breast with Davidson’s Plum, Caramel and Charred Lettuce and you can’t forget to add their Vegetable Fried Rice with Pickled Olive Leaf. 

Dessert lovers can finish up their meal with their zesty Yuzu Cheesecake with Pomelo, Blood Orange Sorbet and Salted Plum Meringue or their Caramel Nectarine and Steamed Cake with Salted Duck Egg Yolk Crumble and Peach Sorbet. 

An extensive drinks list of wine, beer and Chinese inspired cocktails such as their long-neck Tsingstao beer or from Chi’s range of mini cocktails which features a Chinese-inspired Negroni and an aptly named, ‘Sunset Ferry’.

Chi will be open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and Wednesday to Saturday for dinner. For more information head on over to Chi

Danica Sharma

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