Lotus Garden Greenwood
After last week a few folks thought that Pat and I have succumb to nostalgia. A young friend thought it was hilarious that we went to The Golden Ace Inn. He just couldn’t understand why we went to such an old joint in such a seedy part of town. The fact that it was old was the precise reason we went. The joint was clean, the food good, the beer cold and the prices were great. Whipper snapper.
So you can imagine his amusement when I told him about our plans to visit The Lotus Garden in Greenwood. This establishment first opened its doors in 1963. Jimmy, my young friend, had been there 25 years ago and was certain that it needed a make over. He even went so far as to suggest that the joint would fit right into a Doris Day movie. Ha..Ha..Ha. Well, on that he might be right. As soon as you walk in you come upon a bridge that spans a Koi pond, complete with gurgling fountain. Besides, back in the day, it was the prime place for dinner on prom night or other special date. And according to the Manager it still is.
As soon as you are seated the waiter brings your water and takes your drink and app. order. Then you are served a bowl of “chow mein” noodles, a dish of butter and rolls and a basket of crackers. That is quite a bit of stuff for just showing up.
Pat decides on an egg roll and I opt for an order of Crab Rangoon as our appetizers.
My Crab Rangoon was pretty tasty. A delightfully crisp won ton with a rather “mushy” ( yes that is a culinary term ) filling. I couldn’t taste an overt crab presence but it did present an interesting contrast in texture and it certainly did its job to whet my appetite for bigger things.
The definite center of my lunch was the pressed duck. This, in my opinion is the quintessential example of Cantonese cookery, and it is very difficult to find. This specific dish was excellent. Crisp chunks of deep-fried duck in all its wonderfully rich and unctuous glory covered with sweet and sour sauce. A terrific foil to the cauliflower, carrot, green pepper and pineapple. All this and a nice fried rice too. Well done guys. It is no wonder you are still cooking after 50 years.
If you like pressed duck I recommend this joint highly. If you like well prepared Chinese food or want to take a look at 60’s chic then by all means. The Lotus Garden in Greenwood.