In a quiet corner of the Crestview Hills Town Center, Lotus Thai & Sushi offers fresh sushi and Thai food in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. It’s a cozy space where the din of the kitchen is tempered by the soft jazz on the speakers.
From the sushi menu, I ordered the tamago, an omelette-like scrambled egg that’s gently folded and loosely tied to a ball of rice with a thin cummerbund of seaweed. It was, somehow, both delicate and satisfying. I also got the Florida roll, a tempura shrimp roll with avocado, caviar, and a sweet glaze. I appreciated the balance of this roll, and the fact that it hadn’t been drowned in a sea of sauces.
Seafood takes center stage on the Thai menu as well, where the house specials include dishes like seafood clay pot, seafood hot pot soup, and steamed fish with lime sauce. I opted for the spicy scallops, fried to a golden brown and served over rice with basil, onions, bell peppers, and a pleasantly sour brown sauce. These were some of the meatiest scallops I’ve ever had, almost big enough to pass for regulation hockey pucks.
Don’t let the shopping mall location fool you—this is, at heart, a neighborhood restaurant. Judging from their interactions with the staff, it seemed like most of the other diners were regulars. After tasting the food and savoring the inviting atmosphere, it’s easy to see why.
Lotus Thai & Sushi, 2886 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills, (859) 286-2439