Miami-based Chinese barbecue restaurant Lotus + Cleaver is opening its Austin location on Wednesday, April 18 in the Domain Northside at 11501 Rock Rose Avenue. It took over the space that used to be home to Chinese-American po’boy shop General Tso’Boy.
Lotus’ Cantonese-Chinese barbecue menu features dishes like black pepper-roasted prime ribs, char siu pork ribs glazed with wildflower honey, Peking duck with steamed buns. Elsewhere, there will be chicken wings, stir-fries, General Tso’s crispy fish, and more.
Drinks will focus on low-alcohol cocktails, like milk punch with sake, a take on horchata with sake, and beer, wine, sake, and soju. There will be tea service from Taiwanese company Fong Puu Tea Company.
General Tso’Boy’s owners, Jessica and Gary Wu, partnered with Erika Choy and Doron Wong for this location of Lotus. Choy and Wong ran New York Chinese restaurant Yunnan Kitchen Yunnan BBQ formerly known as Yunnan Kitchen, which closed in 2016. The Wus decided to close General Tso’Boy they wanted to “bring our version of Chinese barbecue to the city,” since “Austin is a huge barbecue town.”
Lotus made its debut in Miami as part of Wynwood food hall 1-800-Lucky in November 2017.
Lotus’ hours are from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and then from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday to Saturday. Lunch, brunch, and late night hours will be added at a later date.
Rock Rose is welcoming another Asian restaurant later this month as well: Sway is opening its second location at the end of April.