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Jewel in the Lotus and Lotus Gallery
Ranked #26 of 127 Restaurants in Battambang
Price range: $1 - $5
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Set in a lovingly restored colonial shophouse, Jewel in the lotus is a Coffee, juice, smart bar and shop downstairs. many drinks are unique creations. Upstairs houses the Lotus Gallery. The downstairs environment is cool and comfortable and filled with all manner of strange and beautiful objects. Artworks and prints, Clothes and jewellery from India, Vintage Vietnamese coloured vinyl records, old Khmer photographs and postcards, Underground comix and literature, crystals … The list is endless! The Gallery upstairs is one of Cambodia’s foremost artspaces and features the work of top Cambodian Artist, Khchao Touch. The venue often has interesting events, presentations, poetry evenings, music and documentary films, so check local press for up to date information. Jewel in the Lotus is at 53, St 2.5, opposite the Nomad bar and is open every day except Monday, from 9am till 5 pm.
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Spent an afternoon here with a few beers and a lovely iced black coffee. Enjoyed the vibe so much that after having dinner elsewhere (at Jaan bai) I came bank just so I could have a relaxed coffee and desert. No desert menu however.... But they did offer me their 'coco-banana'.

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Reviewed May 17, 2014

The Lotus Bar & Art Gallery located on a sleepy street in Battambang’s city center is an anomaly in more ways than one.
First off, it’s a professional art gallery, not of those pseudo art venues that really cater to the tourist trade, hawking chintzy knickknacks and faux genuine local souvenirs made in Malaysia. It’s the real McCoy- an art gallery that takes the local artists work seriously and displays it in a très élégant venue.
Second anomaly: the owner/ curator Darren Swallow, (a transplanted Welsh thespian) actually cares about promoting the local artists and developing the burgeoning art community.
Put rather gauchely, he’s Battambang’s art “sugar daddy”. Lotus is the hub of the BB art scene. Artists and creative types gather there to hang out and hobnob with other likeminded iconoclasts. In some ways Lotus Gallery is a similar kind gathering place for vanguard artists as Gertrude Stein’s house at 27 rue de Fleurus on the Left Bank of Paris in the 1920s or Peggy Guggenheim’s The Art of This Century Gallery in 1940s New York City. It’s a place where artists, writers, filmmakers and art aficionados feel comfortable and can freely exchange ideas.
I lived in Cambodia for six years and only visited Battambang for the first time a little over a month ago. I happened by Lotus ‘cause I heard they served some dynamite biscuits and gravy. Unfortunately they had to discontinue that food option due to meager demand. Lost out on biscuits and gravy, but discovered an exciting art venue that is surely an intriguing place. Definitely if in Battambang pay Lotus a visit; time well spent.

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Baktun14, Owner at Jewel in the Lotus and Lotus Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded May 25, 2014

Thanks for your review, We're glad that you like Lotus! We're lucky that there are so many great Artists living and working here. I have to say though that we aren't the only art hub in Battambang, there are many and I wouldn't really say that I'm Battambang Artists "Sugar daddy" ! The art community here is cohesive and tries to work together to further the careers and talents of the many artists living and working here. I really appreciate your comment but I am one of many people working to further the cause!

And... we've put our biscuits and gravy back on as a weekend special... Just for you! :)

Darren

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Reviewed May 16, 2014

I stumbled upon Lotus while ambling around Battambang. I went in for a beer and was toldthere was a free movie night upstairs. So i went up expceting some pirate mainstream Hollywood film.
Howeverthe ownere, who was manning the camera, played 3 super thoughtful short films. They were incredible. After the movies we all went back downstairs to the bar and chatted them out.
It was really a fun night.
Great staff, great films, great crowd.i highly recommend.

Thank achaysay
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Reviewed April 20, 2014

The menu was a breath of fresh air in regards to chef's unique hybrid of regional cuisines which were all cooked up fresh. Excellent flavors, good beer and a comfortable atmosphere. Ate there twice and would have returned for more if time permitted. A nice casual bar scene that does not dominate the restaurant.

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Reviewed April 1, 2014

Wasn't here the last time I was in Battambang, so a great addition. Very cool interior, relaxed atmosphere, great food, and a very friendly welcome. Spent most of my evenings here, as there didn't seem any reason to move elsewhere. Hope to visit again one day.

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