Vegas: Lotus of Siam with a non-spicy eater
I apologize if this has been posted before but there are so many posts about Lotus of Siam that I don't know where to begin. I'm going there this weekend (making it part of my otherwise campy Vegas getaway) but my dining companion does not do the spice. Is there anything said companion can order that isn't spicy and doesn't compromise flavor? Thanks in advance for your help.
You can order all of the spicy dishes there on a scale of 1 to 10, so your dining companion should be just fine.
There are plenty of interesting options that are "mild" in terms of heat, but bring plenty of flavor - Salmon Panang (a creamy cognac infused sauce), Pompano with Ginger and Black Mushrooms; and Kana Moo Krob, an occasional iundulgence of mine - crispy side pork with chinese broccoli in their own version of oyster sauce. I would not suggest toning down the curries, since they can lose too much of their character, except for the Roasted Duck Curry, which carries a lot of flavor without a lot of heat.
Some other ideas...
The barbecued beef is excellent. The sauce on the side is flavorful but not spicy. This is one of my go-to dishes at LOS for timid eaters. And I don't mean this in a patronizing way. This is superb, steakhouse quality beef, charcoal grilled with a great sauce. What's not to like?
The sea bass with ginger isn't spicy but is flavorful.
And as Megiac says, anything can be ordered on a 1 or 2 level, including such standbys as the crispy rice with sour sausage, the northern pork stew, etc.
My sister and I can't do spicy food, but we love Lotus of Siam! We just tell them when we order, to make it "not spicy". Some of our favorite dishes are the beef salad (to die for, I could eat this every day!), the crispy rice and sour sausage appetizer, pad thai or other noodle dishes, and the sticky rice and mango for dessert. It's not an issue, so enjoy!