I have raved about Tiffany’s creations before, but she really outdid herself on this one. I’d seen the Mandarin Picked from the Tree ($16) on Instagram, and was so excited to order it on my next visit to Lotus. Mum and I marvelled at the beauty of this dessert as it came to the table – the outer coating really does resemble the skin of a mandarin, but cutting it open, we discovered a thin chocolate shell, and, according to the menu ‘mandarin creme chiboust, liquid gel centre, mandarin sponge’. Oh my. Everything tasted so authentically like mandarin, bringing a fresh, slightly bitter citrus tang to each mouthful, matched nicely with the sweetness of the chocolate shell. The contrasting textures were delightful, from the light sponge to the smooth gel. Surrounding this incredible combination of mandarin-things was chocolate soil, caramel pearls and caramel icecream hidden underneath, all of which balanced the citrus tang and added just the right amount of sweetness. I loved everything about this dessert, and hope that it stays on the menu for a long time to come. I’ll share photos of the inside on my Instagram account later today, if you’re curious.
Lotus Restaurant, Level 1, The Galeries, 500 George Street Sydney NSW, http://www.lotusrestaurant.com.au/