Help me navigate Lotus of Siam
I'm a frequent Vegas visitor who is finally taking a vacation with a fellow hound with a love for thai. My own thai experiences are admittedly only with more Americanized versions, so I was wondering if I could get any recent experiences with particular menu items from LOS. Thanks!
Most everyone will steer you to the Northern menu items which are different from the standard Amerithai fare. My favorites include the sour sausage/crispy rice salad and either the jumbo prawns or whole fish in chili garlic sauce. Most important consideration is the heat index. If you lean to the conservative side in your requests you should be OK, unless you are an inveterate chilihead. Enjoy...it's one of the best dining experiences in the city.
We love the crispy rice/sour sausage appetizer, the beef salad (best I ever had - I dream about it and would eat it every day if I could!!), and the sticky rice with mango for dessert.
the khao soi on the NOrthern menu (wash down with some of their fresh squeezed limeade if they haven't run out!) PS not Thai, but worth a special chow detour, is the crispy skin suckling pig appetizer at Noodles in the Bellagio (the first order was so good, i immediately ordered a second dish!) If you feel guilty, get some black cod congee with it
I would recommend a reservation at dinner, especially on the weekends, although Friday doesn't tend to be quite as crowded as Saturday, LOS will likely be full. You might also want to ask about specials, which are usually fish. Although I do think you should try some items off the Northern menu if you want to try some new fare, don't overlook the barbecue section either. The whole catfish and bbq beef (with sauce on the side, which while delicious, is not "hot" as its description implies), for example, are delicious. If it's your first time at LOS, you probably do want to order the crispy rice with sour sausage appetizer.
There are not too many things on the menu that I don't like, but my old standbys are as follows:
Nam Kao Tod (Crispy Rice and Sour Sausage)
Tom Ka Kai (delicious Chicken and coconut soup)
Whole Ginger Fish
Sticky Rice and Mango
Bottle of Donhoff Spatlese
Thai Iced Coffee
You go with that and I guarantee a great experience.
LOS is also one of the few places you can sit down and say just bring us food. If you have a larger group that is the way to go. You will never be dissapointed.