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Lotus Garden

Lotus Garden

Destination: Puerto Viejo

Japanese silk screen, Filipino paintings and Indonesian face masks decorate the interior of the Lotus Garden. True to its name, The Lotus Garden has its own Japanese-inspired meditation garden just beyond the tables. Look closely in the garden, past the mosaic-tiled walking path, the lush jungle foliage and the Japanese-style bridge and you might even find some of the restaurant's fresh ingredients like real Thai chilis and lemongrass.

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Inspired by a half a continent of Asian cuisine, Lotus Garden incorporates Filipino, Chinese, Thai and Japanese into its menu. Among its more audacious entrees, Lotus Garden infuses a Spanish flare into its sizzling Tilapia filet, $14, served fajitas-style in a lemon ginger soy sauce (which makes up for the lackluster presentation) alongside rice and a house salad. For a taste of Thailand, the Lotus Garden prepares a skewerless Chicken Satay, $14, prepared with authentic Thai chilies and fresh lemon grass in a rich peanut sauce drizzled over diced chicken with minced garlic and bell peppers served with rice and salad.

Lotus Garden also features nightly all-you-can-eat sushi, $20; a selection of maki that can include California, Philly and spicy tuna rolls paired with tuna and salmon nigiri served with homemade pickled ginger and wasabi. You can even pair your sushi with a bottle of warm Ozeki Sake for $6.

Ambiance

The Asian-themed Lotus Garden comes fully-equipped with a manicured Japanese-style garden as well as a menagerie of paper fans, exotic masks and paintings showcasing the restaurant's broad eastern influences.

Service

Quick and matter-of-fact.

Price

Appetizers $2- $8; Entrees $13-$17; Rolls $7-$9

Hours

7 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily

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