The Lotus Group is on a roll. Just weeks after opening Lotus Barangaroo the young restaurant group has announced its fourth venue, Papa Bo Min. The upcoming Grosvenor Place eatery will be a more casual offering than its refined older siblings.
“All of the Lotus locations have their individual identities … but we really wanted to step away from those,” says Lotus’ director of operations Tara Sullivan. “We want [Papa Bo Min] to be very approachable. It won't have the ceremony our other venues have.”
The main drawcard of the Lotus menus, modern-Chinese dumplings, will also be a staple at Papa Bo Min, but otherwise the food will be focused on quick, healthy meals. “We really want to be conscious about the food we're using and the way we cook. We don't want this to be an everyday takeaway, it will be nourishing,” says Sullivan. Chef John Leong (ex-head chef at Billy Kwong) says he’ll be making Chinese roast duck with a fruit-juice sauce, panko-crumbed prawn toast with crab, and instead of fried rice, a mixed grain salad with seasonal vegetables.
The bar offering will be from Lotus’ own Kate McGraw and sommelier Annette Lacey, and will include exclusively by-the-glass wines and a range of East Asian-inspired cocktails based on McGraw’s homemade sodas (including a house-smoked cola).
“We'll have all our own soft drinks; we'll also be doing absinthe cocktail towers to share,” says Sullivan. The bar focus will be reflected in the fitout, which will follow a lot of the same stylistic cues as Lotus’ other venues. “It's a simplistic interior but it's quite stylish with a lot of natural light and timber. So an industrial feel but not the dirty kind of industrial, more sleek,” says Sullivan.
Papa Bo Min is due to open this month.