Please note that maintenance work is scheduled by our website host on Wednesday April 27, 2016, between the hours of 11:30 AM and Midnight.
Our website may not be available during those hours. This maintenance work should only take a few hours but may be extended the whole timeframe.
Take out orders may be placed via phone during this time.
We thank you for your understanding.
Celebrated on April 22, Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world with a multitude of activities and events. It is a great way to spread environmental awareness and encourage each one of us to act responsibly.
As part of the community, the Lotus Family of Restaurants is doing its part in so many ways. This year we were even awarded the Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year award for implementing eco-friendly practices in our day-to-day restaurant operations (see also our article about that award).
We invite you to be a part of the solution. You too can make every day of your life an Earth Day. Let’s think globally and act locally. Please join Lotus and help protect the environment for all of us and for future generations. Lets make Every Day an Earth Day.
Come relax, network and learn with people living and working as green as we can. Green Drinks is an international event with more info at www.greendrinks.org. Select San Rafael to see our presentation lineup.
WHAT: Marin Green Drinks
WHEN: April 12th 2016, 5:30 PM
WHERE: Lotus Cuisine of India
704 Fourth St.
San Rafael, CA 94901
The mission of the Lotus Family of Restaurants in Marin County is to create contemporary healthy Indian cuisine for Marin County and the San Francisco North Bay in the most environmentally friendly way possible using the finest local sustainable and organic ingredients.
In 2014, Lotus Cuisine of India was certified as a Bay Area Green Business by the County of Marin. This is a certification given to businesses that have been audited and shown to have business practices that protect, preserve and sustain the environment.
Through its continued effort to making the restaurant green and sustainable, Lotus has now won the 2016 Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year Award from the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce.
“The Joe Garbarino Green Business Award recipient is celebrated for demonstrating extraordinary efforts to embed sustainable practices in their business operations and philosophy. This year, we received an impressive selection of 30 candidates from a diverse group of industries. All of the organizations nominated are doing extraordinary work in our community; making a difference and keeping our local economy strong.
Over 450 top business leaders, community organizers and elected officials in Marin County joined us at the annual State of the City dinner on Thursday, March 3rd at Peacock Gap to celebrate the accomplishments of these companies and to honor this year’s winners. The Joe Garbarino Green Business of the Year was awarded to Lotus Family of Restaurants”.
This recognition is based on many improvements in environmental management practices implemented by Lotus in recent years are:
• Mostly vegetarian and vegan dishes
• Conversion of menu to organic food (over 80% certified organic ingredients)
• Conversion to gluten free and non-GMO ingredients
• State-of-the-art energy-efficient kitchen with environmentally friendly “Energy Star” appliances
• Water Conservation efforts
• Remodel of facilities with energy efficient lighting
• Switch to using organic and non GMO ingredients
• Sponsoring and supporting local and global green organizations including: San Rafael Clean, Bioneers Conference, Marin Organic, Earth Day Marin and Marin Green Drinks
• Member of Marin Clean Energy’s (MCE) Deep Green Program providing Lotus with 100% renewable energy
• Offer discount to encourage customers to bring their own containers for take-out and leftovers.
Patch.com, a community online news journal, wrote an article about how Lotus Cuisine of India focuses on Healthy Eating:
The Lotus Family of Restaurants are family run Indian restaurants in Marin County that offers a wide selection of healthy organic Indian cuisine.
Lotus has been featured many times in local print, TV, radio and online media . Surinder “Pal” Sroa and his staff at Lotus are so grateful for these articles that share insights about the Lotus Family of Restaurants.
We appreciate the support from our community and we love giving back. Most importantly we want everyone to know about our incredible food! http://bit.ly/1V3ZjCH
I first because interested in improving my diet under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi, who used to include articles on diet and health in his weekly newspaper along with all the latest political news.
I had been brought up on traditional South Indian cuisine. I had enjoyed it all thoroughly, but I had never asked what the purpose of food is. At Gandhi’s prompting I started asking this kind of questions and concluded to my great surprise that food is meant to nourish the body.
I started changing. I began to eat foods that wouldn’t have appealed to me in earlier days. Now asparagus tastes better than chocolate tarte.
The palate is the ideal starting point for getting some mastery over your senses. You have three, four, maybe more opportunities a day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and any number of between-meal snacks. No need to talk of fasting or strange diest. Just resolve to move away from foods that don’t benefit your health and begin choosing foods that do.
From “Words to Live By” by Eknath Easwaran
Once again we would like to thank everyone who voted for us at the recent Bay Area A-List Best of 2016.
2016 we were voted 3rd Place Runner Up
In 2015 we won the 3rd Place Runner Up
In 2014 we won the 2nd Place Runner Up
The annual Bay Area A-List awards are based on votes from local area experts.
Lotus notified Patch of this error. Patch reporter Bea Karnes should have known how important it is to get the facts straight. She could have spoken or sent an email to County health inspectors before posting such an accusatory and damaging article but she did not. She relied entirely on a County website which contained outdated and incorrect information. Lotus was uniquely damaged because the information on the website was over a year old, compared to the other five restaurants, and no health department would permit a restaurant to operate with ongoing violations.
Lotus owner Surinder “Pal” Sroa immediately discussed this article with environmental health specialists Loni Ward and David Smail at the Marin County Environmental Health Services. Both agree that the Patch article was full of discrepancies and Lotus should not be included in such an article. Ms. Ward has kindly written a letter about this which you can read by following this link.
Readers were led to believe that the 6 restaurants mentioned – including Lotus – are the worst offenders in Marin, when in fact they are not. Lotus received regular random health inspections like other restaurants as can be seen from the County Health website that Patch links to:
Lotus owner Surinder “Pal” Sroa is very pleased to introduce the first wine grown and produced by Pennyroyal Farm in Anderson Valley.
Their new Pinot Noir has tannins that are soft with pleasing flavors of raspberry, black cherry and clove. This wine comes highly recommended by Lotus owner, Pal. Try it and tell us what you think!