North Indian vs South Indian

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North vs South Indian cuisineNorth vs South Indian cuisine North Indian vs South Indian north vs southIndia is a large and diverse country. It has multiple cultures and languages. With that comes a multitude of cuisines. Some like to split the cuisine of India into North and South. So India has it’s on version of North vs South!

Here in San Rafael we have a similar distinction! Lotus Cuisine of India at 704 4th Street serves primarily North Indian Cuisine while Lotus Chaat and Spices serves mainly South Indian street food such as dosas along with fusion foods like Indian pizzas and burritos.

North Indian food has famous breads such as naan and chapati. There are tandoori oven meats like lamb and chicken. The dishes use plenty of chickpeas and lentil varieties. The base of North Indian foods includes onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic.

South Indian food is mostly vegetarian with some fish. Instead of bread there is more rice and a plenty of coconut. A mix of rice and lentils are used to make the dosas, a very popular food of the South. Southern dishes are said to have sharp, intense flavors and often are spicier than northern dishes.


Cafe Lotus closes from 2:30 – 4:30 PM

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Cafe Lotus to Lotus ChaatCafe Lotus is closed between lunch and dinner from 2:30 – 4:30 PM.

Lotus Chaat stays open! Get your curries at our other location:

1559 4th Street, San Rafael


Lotus welcomes Leila to our Family

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California Cuisine Leila by the Bay

Leila By The Bay is a special place, a restaurant by the bay in Hercules, CA.

A hidden gem only half an hour from San Rafael. Leila By The Bay is now officially part of the Lotus Family of Restaurants.

As a special incentive to visit Leila here is a 20$ off coupon!

Twenty percent off at Leila by the Bay

Watch for the new Leila By The Bay menu coming out this month!



11th Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Lotus Restaurants

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Lotus Thanksgiving Dinner

For over a decade the Lotus Family of Restaurants (lead by Lotus Cuisine of India in San Rafael) has had an annual tradition of opening their doors and providing free meals for up to a thousand people on the night before Thanksgiving.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 from 5-9 PM

WHERE: Lotus Cuisine of India in San Rafael and Cafe Lotus in Fairfax.The Lotus Family of Restaurants gives back to the community by hosting our annual FREE Thanksgiving Dinner on the night before Thanksgiving.

Both San Rafael’s Lotus Cuisine of India and Fairfax’s Cafe Lotus will serve a free Indian buffet on Thursday, November 25 from 5 – 9 PM. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. No reservations.

Lotus invites anyone in our community who needs a good free meal! Please come enjoy our healthy and delicious Indian food for FREE.

This year we will again be collecting donations for our local Marin Community Food Bank. We thank all of you who can donate for your generous support.

We make sure we’ll never run out of food, no matter how many people will turn up. This is our way of GIVING THANKS to our community.

Anyone – not only those who are homeless, needy, poor, or hungry – is welcome to join us for a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.

The addresses are:

Lotus Cuisine of India
704 4th St San Rafael
Tel 415 456 5808

Cafe Lotus
1912 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Fairfax
Tel 415 457 7836

NOTE: We will be Closed Thanksgiving day November 26 to celebrate with all our staff members

Learn more about Lotus and our community support:

2014 Thanksgiving invitation to the public:

2014 Lotus Thanksgiving was featured on ABC – here’s the video:

and see also:



Zagat 2015 Best of San Francisco Restaurants

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Zagat Best of San Francisco Restaurants 2015

Get $10 off your next meal from ZAGAT

Calling all foodies! Vote on Zagat for your favorite restaurants! Zagat promises you ten bucks to blow on food (using the “Cover” app).

Review just 12 restaurants and get Zagat’s 2015 Top Restaurants guide as well.

On top of that, by giving a review you earn rewards and a chance at prizes.

All you do is review restaurants. So let the fun begin!

Zagat 2015 Survey

Lotus is on Zagat! Tell Zagat about your favorite Lotus restaurant:

Lotus Cuisine of India:

Lotus Chaat & Spices:

Cafe Lotus

THANK YOU for voting on ZAGAT! Once you vote Lotus has a little surprise for you – 15% off your next meal at any Lotus location. Just tell us that you voted on Zagat!

Survey ends this Sunday November 15, 2015


The Health Benefits of Turmeric

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Health Benefits of TurmericTry turmeric fresh for a tasty change!

Lotus uses turmeric in many of our Indian dishes and you can use it in your kitchen as well.

Your first bite of fresh turmeric will be as eye-opening as your first bite of fresh ginger. The brilliant orange rhizomes are seductively pungent and charged with a peppery, camphorous flavor.



Pacific Sun’s Best of 2016 Readers Poll

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Pacific Sun Best of Marin 2016

Please vote for MARIN’S BEST 2016!

Oct. 7- Dec 15

Take the Survey!

This survey consists of 163 questions. You must answer at least 30 questions in order for your answers to be counted.


We recommend (we really want you to vote…):

– Best San Rafael Restaurant: Lotus Cuisine of India

– Best Organic/Sustainable Restaurant: write in Lotus Cuisine of India

– Best Meal Under $20: Lotus

– Best Indian Restaurant: Cafe Lotus


Lotus sponsors 26th Annual Bioneers Conference

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Bioneers Conference 2015Lotus sponsors 26th Annual Bioneers Conference “Revolution from the Heart of Nature”

Join Lotus at the 2015 National Bioneers Conference this Oct. 16-18 in San Rafael, CA for a revolution from the heart of nature: bit.ly/bioneers15

Don’t miss emerging conversations about restorative justice, climate mitigation, youth activism, indigenous knowledge and so much more! #Bioneers15

Connect with change-makers and learn about practical, visionary solutions for the world’s urgent environmental & social challenges. Join leaders and community activists for emerging conversations about restorative justice, climate mitigation, indigenous knowledge and so much more!

This year’s speakers include Tom Hayden on California climate leadership and Malik Yakini on Detroit’s food justice movement.

For years Lotus has been an official sponsor of the Bioneers Conference. Bioneers is just one of many top environmental organizations that the Lotus Family of Restaurants supports.

Bioneers Registration:



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New to Bioneers! A unique learning-and-play program for families with kids.

Bioneers FamilyFairJoin the country’s top nature-inspired education masters for all kinds of fun, including:

  • Green chemistry and biomimicry interactive learning activities, like how to make your own solar cell out of blackberries!
  • Aquarium of the Bay Mobile Lab’s touch tank with tide pool animals.
  • Musical performance and sing-along, hosted by Aaron Ableman, creator of the award winning children’s ecological musical “Pacha’s Pajamas.”
  • Butter making, a honeybee display and carnival games hosted by Organic Valley Family of Farms.
  • Nature walks: explore the local flora and fauna in the adjacent wetlands with Vida Verde and the Coastal Redwood
  • Biomimcry Institute, inspiring nature-based outdoor education programs that awaken curiosity and connection.
  • StoryDome, a mind-blowing immersive digital media space for telling new stories that evoke wonder and reverence
  • Free Bioneers Family Fair:


    The Lotus Family of Restaurants in Marin County has gone ALL ORGANIC!

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    Marin OrganicIn 2013 Lotus Cuisine of India restaurant in downtown San Rafael renovated with a state-of-the-art energy-efficient kitchen and environmentally-friendly appliances. Then Lotus became a certified Bay Area Green Business.

    The amazing Lotus menus got an eco-upgrade as well. We have added many more organic, healthy, local and non-GMO ingredients!

    Now we are excited to announce that All three Lotus restaurants have gone ALL ORGANIC!

    Check out some of the organic ingredients now used:

    Vegetable Oil / Canola Oil – is from a non-GMO verified project. Canola oil is low in calories and fat, this oil is not only heart friendly, but also contains omega-3 as well as omega-6.

    Soy Products (Soy Sauce, Tofu, Soy Oil) – we use organic tofu for all our soy products

    Zucchini or Crookneck Squash – we buy our supply from an organic farm in Watsonville near Santa Cruz.

    Sugar – we are sourcing organic sugar

    Honey – Lotus uses organic honey. There are many nutritional benefits we can get from honey and also a good source of natural sugar.

    Corn – We not use any corn GMO products.

    Eggs and dairy Products – all organic from Clover Farms

    Poultry – Lotus only uses natural and organic Chicken

    Meat – our meat source is from Fulton Valley Farms. We also do not use any beef.

    Produce – fresh and organic produce is from West Coast Produce in Oakland

    Lotus Cuisine of India has now achieved over 80% certified organic. Over 25% of our ingredients are now Non-GMO certified or sustainable.

    We are also a member of MARIN ORGANIC in order to support local organic farmers.

    If you have any suggestions how we can use even better quality ingredients please let us know!

    Our Locations

    Cafe Lotus 1912 Sir Francis Drake, Fairfax Lotus Cuisine of India 704 Fourth Street, San Rafael Lotus Chaat 1559 4th Street, San Rafael Leila by the bay 1991 Railroad Ave, Hercules

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    1912 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
    Fairfax, CA 94930

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