During his tenure he masterminded a number of dishes that have since become part of Sydney dining lore – notably the Celestial cocktail, the Lotus hot-fudge sundae and, most renowned of all, the Lotus burger. It was a prelude to, and helped drive, Sydney's burger obsession.
For the uninitiated, the Lotus burger features a hefty smoked brisket and dry-aged Wagyu patty, melted cheese, pickles, ketchup, maple-smoked bacon and miso-caramelised onions. It's all held between a soft potato bun. Lotus closed in 2012, but returned for a year-long pop-up in 2019. And now the burger's back, rebranded at Dan Hong's Famous Cheeseburger, and available to take away for Friday and Saturday lunches at Merivale's Potts Point diner Ms. G's.
There's a bunch of other great stuff, too: chicken katsu sandos; a prawn katsu burger; and fries sprinkled with salt and vinegar, seaweed or snow cheese.