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An amazing new Indian restaurant has opened in Derbyshire to showcase authentic Indian streetfood and you HAVE to visit!

An amazing new Indian restaurant has opened in Derbyshire to showcase authentic Indian streetfood and you HAVE to visit!

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This Indian restaurant’s concept is totally different, but definitely brilliant!  

Situated on the beautiful Mercia Marina, near Willington, Lotus Indian Kitchen opened its doors just three months ago.

The concept of this Indian is different to a traditional style restaurant – a take on ‘Indian Tapas’ sets this place apart.

The beautiful restaurant entrance at the Mercia Marina.

There’s a great sense that a lot of passion and care has gone into this restaurant.

For example, after speaking to the owners, we discovered that the window shutters and stone elephants are from 19th century houses in Rajasthan.

The vintage Lassi Glasses on show.

In addition to this, there are vintage Lassi Glasses on tables, which hold the cutlery. These small details add up to create a totally authentic feel. 

We loved the atmosphere this created; it gave the feeling that you really were eating in India. 

Stole the show: Top left is the delicious Palak & Kale Pakora Chaat

So, let’s talk about the food and drink. The idea of this restaurant is to have all the dishes come at once, so that they can be enjoyed and shared by all, much like a tapas restaurant. 

We tried a number of dishes which were all exceptional – full of flavour and massively enjoyable. The dishes we tried included a delicious Lamb Beliram curry – which is named after a legendary royal Punjabi chef. However, both of the We Are Derbyshire team felt it was a vegetarian side dish which stole the show.

The Palak & Kale Pakora Chaat was absolutely stunning. This dish combines spinach and kale fritters with yoghurt and pomegranate seeds to create a taste of India that you need to try. The lamb chops we ordered were really succulent, having been marinated for 12 hours and served in a spicy honey and mustard marinade to ensure they pack a punch on the palate. 

Packing a punch: In the bottom left you can spot the palette punching lamb chops

A special mention needs to be made for Lotus Coriander and Fig Naan bread, which was a real delight. The Lotus chefs take a real pride in cooking each one of their Naans to perfection, as shown below.

No burnt Naan's around here!

The bar is modern and has some locally brewed Charnwood Brewery cask ales, as well as Thornbridge Brewery bottled ales and more, which fits with the restaurants intention to support other local businesses.

As well as the local ales, there’s an interesting, yet refreshing selection of cocktails too. On offer are cocktails with a slight difference, such as the Masala Mojito, which mixes dark rum, lime juice, mint and a masala twist!

Unique minimalist interior.

The Lotus’ ethos is to provide “authentic street food, grills and curries, just like you’d get in India” and though we haven’t been to India, if it’s anything like what we experienced at The Lotus, we will have to visit!

If you’d like more information surrounding Lotus Indian Kitchen or if you’d like to book a table, then click HERE. 

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