Goodbye to Lotus

Another one gone. The stylish Lotus dim sum and cocktail bar operated by the Manchester institution of the Yang Sing has shut its doors.
No more delightful steamed nut appetisers that look like alien eggs or iced marguerita’s and, most sadly of all, no more roof terrace.
The multi-storey venue which spanned from King Street to St Ann’s Square served its last crispy duck last week and workmen could be seen removing fittings by the weekend.
I always liked the stylish Lotus and I previously enjoyed the roof terrace in its first incarnation as Mumbo tea house.
But I’m guessing the fact that you could always be guaranteed a table or have a quiet drink on the best terrace in the city centre when Mumbo was based there must have ultimately been its downfall.
It’s hard to understand why and so far I haven’t been able to get a response from the Yang Sing.
It’s a great building in a great location which attracts hundreds of people to eat next door at Tom’s Chop House
or to enjoy the many food events in St Anne’s Square.
What will happen now isn’t clear but I will update this blog just as soon as I hear.
I just hope it’s next life will be as an eaterie worthy of mention and that attracts the diners in numbers sufficient for its survival.


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