Any pizza for £5 on selected pizzas / Bottle of wine and half metre pizza for 19.95
The word Lotus is associated with creation and rebirth, which seems particularly apt for this snazzy cocktail bar on Clapham High Street. The skilled chefs bring creative new twists to classic Italian cuisine and their talented mixologists are revolutionising cocktails with edible flowers and innovative flavour combinations. They also serve amazing pizza until late - at just £5 a pop with a Portico Places card - ideal for when you’ve had three cocktails too many…
Lotus Bar is located smack bang in the middle of Clapham High Street, opposite Tesco Express and Dirty Martini. It has an oriental look, with a dark wood frontage and an outside area where customers can enjoy dinner or drinks alfresco. Inside, the oriental theme continues, with soft lighting and candles, lotus ornaments and intimate seating.
It was a warm summer’s evening so we decided to sit outside, and the area was buzzing with couples and groups of friends snacking on Italian tapas and enjoying cocktails. Our waiter was a cheeky Italian who greeted us with a joke and a wink. We ordered drinks and they came within minutes along with a big bowl of plump olives.
To start we went for a medley of tapas dishes, including deep fried squid which was fresh and zesty with a spicy kick, juicy king prawns in a rich spicy sauce, tasty deep fried ham and cheese croquettes and delicious breaded risotto balls oozing with cheese spices. The dishes came quickly and were presented immaculately.
Unsurprisingly we were quite full after our feast of starters, so we shared the steak main, (which our waiter recommended). The portion was extremely generous, and came with a pot of salty, crispy chips and a side dish of grilled aubergine and courgettes in a sweet glaze - delicious.
Though the food is certainly a highlight, Lotus is also the perfect place to come for some drinks or a boogie. Inside there’s the Lotus Lounge, The Flora Room and The Lotus Forest (VIP), allowing the perfect setting for birthdays, corporate parties, after work drinks or a night out with friends.
Enjoy selected pizzas for £5 / two courses for £11.95 / Bottle of wine and half metre pizza for £19.95 on any day with your Portico Places card