Google translation: s̄wạs̄dī means ‘hello’ in Thai.
Mark and I had no plans of eating out last night but after a long day of work, we wanted a little mid-week treat. Usually, sushi’s the answer to our instant food cravings but yesterday, our taste buds wanted something different. We thought of going back to the tex-mex resto that I featured in my previous blog, Le Ranch, but good thing I remembered this Asian restaurant recommended by a friend. Finally, we’ve located an excellent place serving oriental cuisine in South of France…
Pink Lotus is located at Port Marina Baies des Anges (from an aerial point of view, Marina Baie Des Anges’ architecture stands out – one of the first few things I noticed whenever I’m about to land at Nice airport).
The establishment is right across the port characterised with busy interior displaying different types of buddha, floral arrangements, beaded frames, fruits and wooden accents. Despite the busy-ness of the resto, it has a relaxing ambiance and it really reminds me of my Asian adventures years ago.
Pink Lotus offers Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. For starters, I had this amazing bowl of wanton soup and Mark enjoyed his porc nemm. Seriously, the starters alone already set the bar high. It’s far from those typically being served at high-street chinese restaurants in Cote D’Azur.
Of course, Pad Thai will always be on the table if it’s available in the menu. Pink Lotus’ version though is a bit different from our usual stir-fry fave (we love Mme Shawn’s). I think this one’s more of a Vietnamese mix rather than Thai’s (plus it is spelled differently in the menu – I just forgot how to). Anyway, it was delicious!
And the winner dish: Fried pork in hot Pekinese sauce. It was sooooooooo good that I can’t get over it! It’s a blend of chili-sweet-sour rich taste and has that crispy but not-so-crispy effect in the mouth. We kinda eliminated pork in our dining list but this one’s an exception!
That dish was perfect with riz cantonaise (mixed egg fried rice). Unlike most of the Asian high-street restaurants with ready-to-go meals, do not expect a quick service in Pink Lotus since they only cook the food upon order (it’s so much better like that). Also, make sure you reserve a table to avoid disappointment (we’re just lucky to have the last table last night!).
Port Marina Baies des Anges, 06270 Villeneuve-Loubet, France
Average price per person: €30 (menu also available)
Highly recommended :-)
(Thanks for reading in Chinese)