First time at Lotus of Siam. . . a little disappointed
Went to the famed Lotus of Siam and frankly was a little disappointed. The food was okay, service just alright. Wine excellent! I thought their fried tofu was over cooked although the peanut sauce was good. I usally can't even stomach most Thai restaurants peanut sauce, but it wasn't the best I've ever had. Their Thai Salad was very fresh and I liked that their produce was extremely fresh and tasty. I ate the Pad Thai with Shrimp so I could judge that against my favorite Thai Restaurant. Very disappointed. Not enough bean sprouts, looked old, sticky, not really appealing either, the taste okay. Didn't get a lime wedge which I really like, wouldn't say it was the top 3 Pad Thai's I have ever had. I really miss the little Thai place Bangkok Cafe in Vegas, it to me was the best tasting Thai I've ever had . . . still.
My Vegetarian friend liked it a lot and she's not really fond of Asian food of any kind, so that says a lot, it's just that when you've had something better . . . the food wasn't bad, it was good, just not the best I've had, like I've heard so many times before. It's all relative. I think that they may have had a little too much hype, by people that have had nothing but really bad thai food, I know there's a lot of that out there. But, since my favorite place is closed, they moved out of state, I will probably be back just because there's nothing better right now.
Well . . . off to lunch! It's either going to be American (Ellis Island) or Vietnamese (Hue Tai), which ever way the car goes!
I'd urge you to go back and try a little more adventurous food. Did you explain that you were vegetarians? You can get the crispy rice appetizer with tofu in lieu of sour sausage; it's really tasty if not quite as good. And there is always a tofu salad available (not on menu, though) that has the same seasonings as, say, the beef salad, but without the meat. I assume by Thai Salad that you meant a plain American-style salad with peanut-dressing? I've never had it. I've eaten more than 100 different dishes at LOS and you managed to choose 3 of the ones I've never ordered (although I did take a taste of pad thai from the buffet at lunch once). Sorry it was a disappointment, though.
I went for dinner, I tried their Spicy Vegetable Soup too, and it was very good also. Tasted a lot like the soup I get at Kung Fu on Spring Mountain, I love their Tom Yum Soup with Prawns, excellent, and I would say that the soup I had last night at Lotus was just as good. I ordered it an 8 in hot on a scale of 1 - 10, I really like hot!