Chi by Lotus

4.4
18 Reviews
$41 to $100
Chinese
Inspired by the vibrant night markets found on Beijing’s Ghost Street, Chi has been designed to bring to life the buzzing atmosphere and experience of the popular Chinese food street. An extensive drinks list of wine, beer and Chinese inspired cocktails are there to be enjoyed with a quick bite or over a long, leisurely afternoon while popular pop tunes play overhead to create a fun and lively ambience.

Much of Head Chef Chris Cheng’s menu is bar-style food made to share with strong use of shaokao (Chinese barbeque)

An open kitchen and bar bring theatrical flair to this otherwise interactive space with flaming woks, shaking of cocktails and a heavy scent of chargrill.

Chi’s food is designed to be perfect for soaking up the spirit from a long-neck Tsingtao beer and Chi’s range of mini cocktails which features a Chinese-inspired Negroni and an aptly named, ‘Sunset Ferry’.

Experiences

  • SydFest 2021 at CHI by Lotus

    A$55.00 per person

    Jan 8 - Jan 26, 2021

    Enjoy a 6-course delicious Shanghai street food designed to share and accompanied by a beverage for only $55
  • Valentines Day Set Menu

    A$99.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2021 only

    Special Valetines Day set menu Inclusive of a welcome cocktail Freshly shucked sydney rock oyster w ginger & finger lime Smoked salmon on wonton crisp w karkala, watercress & pink lady apple Steamed scallop w garlic, chilli and seablite Jade prawn dumpling Vegetarian mushroom dumpling Lamb skewer W cumin salt Steamed barramundi w ginger, shallot and soy broth Westholme MBS5+ Wagyu striploin steak 200g Chashu fried rice w zucchini & mustard seed Charcoal grilled broccolini w citrus soy & almonds Yuzu cheesecake w pomelo, blood orange sorbet & salted plum meringue

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 18 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Kitty
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for looking after us today to celebrate my Mum’s birthday. We had a wonderful time!

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MinaP
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Claudia was the best server! 10/10. She was very attentive and welcoming. As well as all the other staff. The food was melt in your mouth and the ambience was great. We sat outside and it wasn’t loud, it was perfect !

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JulieB
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Six people had the Sydney Festival special. Because we had one vegetarian and one gluten free, the food came out a bit haphazardly. We also had different version of the festival menu on our table - one offered Riesling and one offered Sauvignon Blanc as the house white. Initially, the staff restaurant refused to serve the Riesling, but after some discussion agreed. Pick of the festival menu - dumplings and sang choi bao :-) Nice place, but I prefer the Lotus Dumpling Bar in Walsh Bay - they do the most amazing eggplant dish!.

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ericad
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the banquet before a Sydney festival concert. Great food, nice wine. Made having a bite befits the concert a really easy option.

KB
KerryB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely intimate space, great service and delicious dishes done differently..yum

Chi by Lotus
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Kerry, Thank you for your kind words! We are pleased that you have enjoyed your dining experience with us and got to experience the kind of service and delicious food we pride ourselves on at Chi! We look forward to seeing you when you next choose to dine with us.

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ToddG
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A little different from your average Asian restaurant. Great for share plates. Food was great. Also a nice selection of craft beers which is a bonus. Other restaurants should take notice. It does influence my decision on where we go to eat.

Chi by Lotus
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Todd, Thank you for taking the time to provide your lovely review! We are so pleased to hear that you had such a great experience with us at Chi by Lotus. We'll be sure to pass along the positive feedback regarding the beer selections, the team will appreciate that! We hope to welcome you back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for NYE with my partner and we cannot fault anything. The service & food was amazing. Will definitely be back!!

Chi by Lotus
Responded on January 5, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for your lovely feedback! We are so pleased that you chose to ring in the new year with us and that you had such a fabulous time! We really look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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ShaneB
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great night out, lovely food & staff I’ll definitely be back

Chi by Lotus
Responded on January 5, 2021

Hi Shane, Thank you for your lovely review of Chi by Lotus! We are so pleased to hear that you had such an enjoyable experience with us and we look forward to having you join us again.

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Adix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Very unimpressed with being asked to move to the bar so our table could be given to another customer. We were still waiting for our sweets as a result of service delay when we were asked to move. The meal was expensive and the request unreasonable

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Shoybonir
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing. The only down fall was the amount of food. Bigger servings would be more appreciated.
Service was good, but almost too good, within 2 minutes 3 people asked for our order when we weren’t ready yet.
Drinks were pricey but yummy!
Overall great experience just more expensive than its sister restaurants

Chi by Lotus
Responded on January 5, 2021

Hi Shoybonir, We greatly appreciate you taking the time to provide such valuable feedback on your experience at Chi by Lotus. It is wonderful to hear that you had such a great time and we will be sure to pass along your comments to the team for discussion and review. We do hope to welcome you back again soon.

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leanne
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and location! Would definitely return

Chi by Lotus
Responded on January 5, 2021

Hi Leanne, Thank you for the 5 star review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, service and location that we are so proud of at Chi! We really hope to see you back again very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff and as usual the lotus group provides wonderful food and service!

Loved it, thanks guys!

Chi by Lotus
Responded on January 5, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for the kind words! It is so lovely to read comments such as these and we really look forward to your next visit at Chi by Lotus.

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LeisaW
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, lovely staff and fast service. Highly recommend.

Only watch out is if you are ordering the bbq pork vs pork belly skewers. We ordered the BBQ pork and got the pork belly skewers which is understandable mistake so might just need to be clear with ordering and staff to clarify before placing the order.

Otherwise magnificent and can't wait to come back!

Chi by Lotus
Responded on January 5, 2021

Hi Leisa, Thank you for taking the time to provide your lovely review of Chi by Lotus! We are delighted that you had such a positive experience with us and thank you for your feedback - we will make sure to pass this along to the team! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

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FionaB
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had the banquet which was delicious. It was difficult to hear due to the noise, one of the private rooms would have been nice.

Chi by Lotus
Responded on January 5, 2021

Hi Fiona, Many thanks for taking the time to provide your valuable feedback. We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal and will take your comments regarding the noise on board for future. We hope to welcome you back again soon!

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Mags
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing we were disappointed in the char grilled broccolini. It just tasted off. The guy greeting you at the door needs to pick up the pace we waited 10-15mins outside for our reservation. Sat us in the wrong area that I had booked and then we were at the counter top which was not enjoyable considering we drove over and hour to get there just to placed directly in the walk way. Then we waited 20mins to get our last dish after finding out it hadn’t actually been put through. So we ended up cancelling the last dish and leaving.

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Mary
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding on every level from food to service, definitely recommend

Chi by Lotus
Responded on January 5, 2021

Hi there Mary, This is such a lovely review to read, thank you for your kind words and for recommending Chi by Lotus! We do hope to welcome you back through our doors again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tried this new restaurant out in Barangaroo - set menu was enough food per person

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Elen
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place and quite reasonably priced

Chi by Lotus
Responded on January 5, 2021

Hi Elen, Thank you for your 5 star review of Chi by Lotus! We are so happy you enjoyed your time with us and we hope you'll be back soon!

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FAQs

Chi by Lotus offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (02) 8318 8605.

Chi by Lotus is rated 4.4 stars by 18 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.