Lotus Dining Group has introduced its latest concept, Chi by Lotus, a new casual eatery and bar in Barangaroo. Located on the ground level of International Tower One with sweeping views across Sydney Harbour, the vibrant new venue is a fresh concept for newly appointed general manager, Hamish Ingham, who also launched Lotus Double Bay earlier this month.
Inspired by the vibrant night markets found on Beijing’s Ghost Street, Chi has been designed to bring to life the buzzing atmosphere and experience of the popular Chinese food street.
An extensive drinks list of wine, beer and Chinese-inspired cocktails are there to be enjoyed with a quick bite or over a long, leisurely afternoon while popular pop tunes play overhead to create a fun and lively ambience.
“We’re hoping Chi will live up to its name and bring a fresh new flow of energy to the Barangaroo area,” says Ingham. “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.”
The vibrant, new space has been designed by award-winning architecture and interior design firm, Luchetti Krelle, and channels the famous night markets with its sea of red and white lanterns, tassels and a palette of warm golden tones. Rows and rows of lucky Maneki Neko cats wave hello from above the open kitchen while two large golden skylights cast a warm glow across the dining area. The space has been transformed to make room for a much larger bar area, complete with high bar stools for a quick drink and a snack, while an expansive outdoor area aims to make the most of the stunning Barangaroo sunsets and summer evenings. Features including charred timber, mirrors and a wrap-around plush velvet lounge have been introduced to bring an element of sophistication to balance out the many festive lights and embellishments.
Head Chef Chris Cheng has created a flavour-packed menu that heroes Chinese street food and share plates with a growing focus on native Australian ingredients. Standout dishes include a deep-fried native saltbush with spicy mayo; steamed half-shell scallops with garlic, chilli and seablite; and a more substantial lamb shoulder with Chinese tabouli to share. The Chi focaccia with Asian-spiced olive oil is perfect for soaking up the alcohol from a long-neck Tsingtao 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, with long lunches and walk-ins encouraged.
Chi by Lotus
Shop 2/100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo NSW 2000
(02) 9052 9188
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