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Lotus of Siam: Best Thai Food Outside of Thailand

17 July 2011 2,327 views 4 Comments

The turning point of my Las Vegas adventure (the day before Bouchon), was dinner with a group of twelve of my colleagues at Lotus of Siam, a restaurant OFF the Vegas strip. Thanks to Mike of Austin Food Carts for telling me about this place, where the chef tied Tyson Cole for Best Chef in the SW at this year’s James Beard Foundation Awards.

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Image from Going for Seconds

The cab ride from our hotel was around $25 and the restaurant was located in a really ugly-looking strip mall. It wasn’t the kind of place that I would have wandered into on my own. The interior of the restaurant was nothing special, but I did notice a large wine storage room, something you don’t normally see in a neighborhood Thai restaurant.

With entrees averaging around $12, Lotus of Siam’s menu is pages and pages long, and it was great to be there with so many people so that I could try as many dishes as possible.

Without further ado, it was delicious, and here are some of the wonderful dishes, that I’ve identified as well as I can remember them:

Tod Mun Plar: deep fried fish-cake mixed with curry paste, served with cucumber salad + chopped peanuts

Tod Mun Plar: deep fried fish-cake mixed with curry paste, served with cucumber salad + chopped peanuts

Nam Kao Tod: minced sour sausage mixed with green onion, fresh chili, ginger, peanuts, crispy rice + lime juice

Nam Kao Tod: minced sour sausage mixed with green onion, fresh chili, ginger, peanuts, crispy rice + lime juice

green mango salad with crispy rice and chopped nuts in a lettuce leaf

green mango salad with crispy rice and chopped nuts in a lettuce leaf

Crispy Duck in Panang Curry

Crispy Duck in Panang Curry

Som Thum: Thai Papaya Salad

Som Thum: Thai Papaya Salad

BBQ Beef Panang Curry (I think - it was DELICIOUS)

BBQ Beef Panang Curry (I think - it was DELICIOUS)

Mango with coconut sticky rice

Mango with coconut sticky rice

The one disappointment was actually what I ordered — the Garlic Prawn deep fried in the shell. While the prawn itself was very tasty, the fried oily flavor overwhelmed it for me, and I would have preferred it if it was in some kind of tasty sauce.

Garlic Prawn

Garlic Prawn

Thankfully, my colleagues are very good sharers so I filled up on tasting their wonderful dishes. Lotus of Siam alone would make a trip back to Las Vegas worthwhile.

A happy girl post meal at Lotus of Siam

A happy girl post meal at Lotus of Siam

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  • Rebecca Goodstein

    Love all the dishes, but my fave was the pic of you. xoxo

  • jodibart

    Normally I don't include too many pictures of myself but this was just pure joy so I had to share. Looks like the Goodstein family had a great day sailing!

  • Rebecca Goodstein

    Love all the dishes, but my fave was the pic of you. xoxo

  • jodibart

    Normally I don't include too many pictures of myself but this was just pure joy so I had to share. Looks like the Goodstein family had a great day sailing!