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The Food Diaries // 019

“Food, in the end, in our own tradition, is something holy. It’s not about nutrients and calories. It’s about sharing. It’s about honesty. It’s about identity”. ~ Louise Fresco

It has been a hot minute since I last posted an entry to The Food Diaries!

Last November, I was invited to Lotus Bar to try out their new Christmas canapés. I also had the opportunity to try out one of their Christmas cocktails, as well!

Located on Clapham High Street, Lotus Bar specialises in Italian food making an emphasis on unique flavours. Their recipes come from family secret ingredients and I could definitely tell this when I got to try their food!

Lotus Bar is a great place to hang out with friends, if you’re on a date or if you’re looking for a new place to try out solo.

My companion and I arrived at Lotus Bar and were immediately given a seat by the window. I had already emailed over my preferences for which canapés we would try and so I was excited to get going. Our waiter kindly explained what cocktails they had on offer and I decided to go for the Christmas Tease. This contained rum, dark rum and Wray & Nephew – it was like a party in my mouth. ? Rum is sometimes too overpowering for some, especially if there are more than one in the drink, but this was surprisingly sweet and not too strong.

It didn’t take too long for the canapés to come out and we feasted on the following:

▫️ King prawn skewers with strawberry and balsamic vinegar
▫️ Deep fried croquettes with parma ham and cheese
▫️ Bruschetta with pan-fried aubergine, fresh chopped tomato, basil and ricotta cheese
▫️ Creamed dried cod served with warm bread
▫️ Warm chocolate brownie with custard

Everything was so delicious. My favourite canapé had to be the king prawn skewers! The sourness of the vinegar was offset by the sweetness of the strawberry, making it even tastier. I really liked the croquettes, as well, although I do feel there should have been a little more ham in them.

When the dessert came out after we finished out canapés, my eyes lit up. I love brownies and I love custard – put them together and you’ve got gold. Heartwarming, delicious and filling; I definitely could have eaten another helping!

The presentation of the canapés was really beautiful, so not only is your stomach feasting but so are your eyes. I didn’t even know where to begin when the food came out!

The service was really good and our waiter was patient in explaining everything on the menu. This is something I always look for when I go out to eat. If your waiter is rude and not willing to be accommodating, then what is the point?

Will I be visiting Lotus Bar again? Yes! I also love that it is so local to me. If you love Italian food, then you should definitely check this place out.

76 Clapham High St

T: 020 7720 2516

I was provided with free food and drinks in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and are not influenced by Lotus Bar in any way.


  • Eena

    I had to look up what canapés was for a second because it sounded way too fancy and I have never heard of the word before… but god damn, everything looks so damn delicious!

    That’s so cool the restaurant invited you to try out their stuff! Little things like that are so exciting plus it’s food – who doesn’t love food!

    Mmm the prawn looks really good! Also, brownies with custard?! UHM YES PLEASE. Girl. The next time a restaurant invites you to come over, please take me!!

    • Chynna

      Pahahaha, tbh the first time I saw the word canapé I was like wtf is that bro? But yes, I feel so blessed. Come to London ASAP and I will feed you all the canapés!

  • Nancy

    I love how you’re treating yourself to some delicious food! It’s great that the restaurant was accommodating and gave you some good service at the start! The cocktail looks so delicious. I NEED SOME OF THOSE!

    I’m sitting here at 10pm reading this post and the food is making me hungry again. I’m glad you got to enjoy some delicious food! YOU NEED TO TAKE ME TO ALL OF THE LIT PLACES!

    • Chynna

      Girl, you know me. Always eating, always feasting. I love that you love cocktails as much as I do – they can be so lethal tho ?


  • Kemi

    Wow sooo… this is a place I definitely need to visit – it looks absolutely delicious! Service is super important too – a definite plus!


    THE PRAWNS SKEWERS THOUGH. ?? This looks like an awesome place to eat and definitely worth a visit! Next time I’m free in Landan, leggo girl!

  • Joy

    Why does everything look so lush and yummy? One of the things I love about you is that you are adventurous when it comes to food. That and you always go to these fancy as heck places! I’m super jealous.

    The Lotus Bar seems lovely though. Also, brownies. I mean, c’mon son.

    • Chynna

      Honestly, if I see it, I eat it. As long as I am not allergic to it ? If you come to London, I am definitely taking you a fancy as heck place, don’t chu worry!

  • Tara

    That cocktail sounds so good. And if it was a party in your mouth, then YESSSS. I like a lot of rum-based cocktails, so I would have definitely tried this ;3

    THAT PRAWKN SKEWERS. asdfjkasdjkl;asdfjkl; HOMG. I WANT. And it comes with strawberry and balsamic vinegar?! Holy crap! And that bruschetta looks YUM. The brownie is such a good way to end the meal! I just ate a burrito, but now I’m hungry all over again!

  • Georgie

    0o0o0oOOOOOOhhhhh it all looks delicious and so fresh! I especially love the sound of the brownie and custard. Of course you can never have enough of that. ALL THE CUSTARD PLEASE.

    I can’t remember if I favour rum cocktails or not, but I tend to try anything when it comes to cocktails ?

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