Pointe Orlando has welcomed a brand-new Pan-Asian restaurant that offers a variety of flavors, called Lotus Asia House.
This chic new restaurant offers a vast menu of Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese-inspired dishes to guests visiting International Drive. Designed by architect and designer Pamela Manhas, Lotus Asia House’s decor pays homage to Asian cultures through two large Buddha sculptures and hand-painted murals by local artist Ruben Ubiera of Urban Pop Soul.
Owner and restauranteur Karim El Sherif recruited Chef Jesse Beardshear, the former chef for Seito Sushi in Sand Lake and chef for the San Francisco 49ers, to create a menu with a variety of Asian influences.
Dishes include bites from the dim sum menu like “Takoyaki” fried battered octopus balls with sweet hoisin chili, Kung Pao Chicken Dumplings with spicy Szechuan sauce, Basil Chicken Spring Roll with peanut dipping sauce, Pork Dumplings, Shrimp Cilantro Dumplings, and Chicken Bao. Small plates include Chinese Five Spice BBQ Ribs with sweet hoisin chili BBQ sauce and Thai Chicken Wings with peanut sauce.
Main dishes include Grilled Black Cod with lemongrass and miso broth, edamame, enoki mushrooms and sweet potatoes; Thai Curry Shimp with red onions, bell peppers, cilantro, scallions and green coconut curry broth; Mongolian Stir-Fry Filet Mignon with wok vegetables, enoki mushrooms, Szechuan chilies, and hoisin-soy sauce; and Kumquat Glazed Chicken with pan-seared chicken breast, lemongrass, Japanese sweet potato puree and Chinese broccoli.
The restaurant also offers an indoor and outdoor sushi bar. Here, guests can order Sashimi, Nigiri, and a variety of Maki rolls, including the “Lotus Angry Dragon” with spicy tuna and shrimp tempura topped with eel, avocado, ell sauce, and sprinkled with furikake; or “El Rey” with shrimp tempura and mango topped with tuna, japapeño aioli, lime pickled onions, cilantro and avocado – all of which can be paired with the restaurant’s signature craft and sake-based cocktails.
Diners can choose to eat in the bar that accommodates 30 people, or in the main dining room that offers a mix of booths and high-top tables. Private dining options are also available. For those looking to sit outside, all-weather patio seating that offers views of the sushi bar and Pointe Orlando is also available.
Lotus Asia House is now open Sunday – Thursday from 5-10:30 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 5 p.m. – midnight at Pointe Orlando. To learn more about Lotus Asia House, visit LotusAsiaHouse.com.