Away from the hectic strip there is one of the best ethnic restaurants in the USA. Lotus of Siam a Thai heaven in Vegas Nevada. Chef Saipin Chutima took charge of the place in 1999 and based her cuisine with recipes passed down from more than 100 years within the generations in her family. The restaurant has won several awards and accolades including the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest in 2011 for Chef Saipin.
|Some of the accolades and awards|
I got there around 11:30 a couple minutes before opening because I had a flight to catch in couple hours later. Already a group of people was waiting for the place to open, and within minutes of being sat at my table the place quickly filled with punters going either for the buffet or the menu. Too many dishes and everything looked amazing, I couldn’t made my mind so I asked for the house specialties to the waiter to get some guidance.
He came immediately Pad Thai, my answer was “seriously?” So I rephrase for him, if you had only one chance to eat here what would you eat. So he went immediately, as starter Koong Sarong. Shrimps on a blanket, it was amazing, some sort of filo covering the perfectly cooked shrimp, great recommendation.
Then I add Nam Kao Tod. Crispy rice deep fried, who would have thought about that! The touch of ginger and coriander brought an explosion of flavours. I loved also the acidity of the dish and the aromas. Be careful the dish is quite aggressive a bit over the edge with the acidity levels, I really like it but might be a deal breaker to others
The main and second recommendation was Khoa Soi with pork noodles. I had my Friends moment “Oh My God!” I heard Janice loud and clear as soon as I took the first bite. I started to look around other tables in disbelief of my happiness, am I overreacting? Is this so good really? Everybody seems to be enjoying. It was superb, great the flavours spot on right level of spiciness. The broth or cream based of the curry amazing. Noodles cooked perfectly, some of them fried giving a crispy touch and different texture. The pork was nice but not the main event, it didn’t stand a chance with the overall composition of that dish. Again the use of coriander and basil just great
|The amazing Khoa Soi|
I ended with mango sticky rice, nice a bit different the sticky rice with the yoghurty sweet touch and tender mango played quiet nicely.
|Juicy and tender mango|
Amazing food was delicious service everything was great. You won’t regret it.
Thai cuisine reminds me the Seinfeld episode “The Bottle Deposit”
Jerry: He pulled an LBJ on you
Jerry: Lyndon Johnson, used to do that to his staffers
George: No kidding?
Jerry: Oh yeah. He'd hold national security meetings in there. He planned the Hanoi bombing after a bad Thai meal
Lotus of Siam
T: +1 702 735 3033
Approx Damage: $35pp
Area: East Side
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