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London’s worldly-wise diners may have seen it all, but even the most jaded of customers would need a heart of stone not to be at least a little bit excited about dining aboard a flamboyant Chinese
boat in the middle of futuristic Docklands. The regular menu is less out of the ordinary, but there’s a wide choice of dim sum seafood dishes including the fabulously hyperbolic ‘gargantuan
prawns’. If you’re ‘feeling brave’ (their words), staff will happily guide you through some ‘weird & wonderful’ specialities from the separate Chinese menu: brace yourself for plates of sea
slug, fish lips & duck’s feet hotpot. There’s a function room on the top deck, with the bonus of firework displays, dragon-boat racing & lion dances by arrangement.
Often, it’s the cheap ‘n’ cheerful eats that serve up the best foods – the hawkers stalls of Singapore, the beach huts of Goa, pizzas by the slice in New York City. And it’s no different here, in a little corner of the Docklands, no more than 5 minutes from swanky Canary Wharf by the little DLR station of Cross Harbour.I had no idea this world existed, the Canary Wharf area seeming one homogenised land of shiny skyscrapers and black-clad businessmen and women striding about, noses stuck in the FT. But this little piece of harbourside, so near and yet so totally different is a charming neighbourhood of calm and relaxation. And here lies the Lotus Floating Chinese restaurant, floating as the name suggests, in the Millwall dock...
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