Yes the locals were sceptical when word went around about the closure of Lotus and a new venture by Merivale. Let’s face it …. Lotus was best known for its glamorous cocktail bar, behind the restaurant. However a fish shop was a little off left field.
Well aren’t we all just thrilled to have this fabulous local hangout now …. tried and true. Such a cute concept but more importantly it works. Perfect for the early drink and snack or substantial meal. Each corner has its own special feel and character. Personally I love the rustic timbered area around the bar, however like the idea of being seated at the counter overlooking the kitchen.
This place has a terrific vibe …. as far as I can see, capturing all age groups. When it first opened only a few weeks ago, and weather warmer …. you definitely got the feeling that people had wandered in on a Sunday afternoon after a day at the beach or on the harbour.
No I don’t think it is kitsch …. the detail is fabulous !! Very clever in that it takes you away to another place altogether.