Just a few hundred steps from my office and I was seated in a sunny spot at the recently-opened Golden Lotus Restaurant. I was joined by my friend Jen and we were taken care of by a very attention and cheerful server.
The Golden Lotus menu is bursting at the seams with many noodle soups, seafood, fried rice and chicken, beef and pork options. There’s also plenty of dim sum type dishes available on the menu.
In short order, our plates arrived and while people-watching Congress Street, we dove in.
Jen gave her meal an above average grade stating that the shrimp stir fry was tender and flavorful. She was less impressed with the rice and har gow but did say she’d give Golden Lotus another try for dinner.
As for me, I thoroughly enjoyed my chicken with a sauce that wasn’t overwhelming but tasty enough. The har gow didn’t put stars in my eyes, but I’m quite sure that if given the opportunity I could put away a dozen at one sitting. Maybe this is because one of my mother’s terms of endearments for me is “Dumpling.”
White rice, or as my brother-in-law likes to call it, “the candy of grain,” is something I could also do a lot of damage with, and this certainly was the case with what I consumed at Golden Lotus. Cooked to perfection, it didn’t stand a chance, even with my less-than-stellar chopsticks skills. Also, the portions were generous. Not enormous, but plenty of food to satisfy the bottomless pit of my stomach.
I quite appreciated the layout of The Golden Lotus: spacious and inviting and void of tacky artwork. I am certain I’ll be tapping colleagues on the shoulder in the coming weeks for spontaneous lunch dates with the goal of working my way down the specials list. And I’m also certain there’ll be a dinner date or two as several menu items are speaking to me including salt and pepper shrimp, house chicken chow mein and sweet and sour ribs.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Golden Lotus. I have the feeling this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
WHERE: 511 Congress St., Portland, 207-747-5322 | www.facebook.com/theglotus
HOURS: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday
WAIT: About 10 minutes
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes