Lotus of Siam Las Vegas Review
I will keep this review short and sweet. LOS is, in no uncertain terms, is THE best restaurant $ for $ in Las Vegas...PERIOD! We were a group of 8 and each and every dish that they prepared (from the Sea Bass drunken noodles to the Tamarind crispy skin duck) was outstanding (although I was disappointed w/the GIGANTIC lobster...not the flavor, the flavor was great. The fact that it was as big and pricy was a little disappointing). The quality of food that continues to be pumped out night after night from the LOS kitchen is IMHO astounding. In all the years that I have been going to LOS, I may have been disappointed in a dish or two, that’s it. This time, it hit on all cylinders, as usual. I was a little sad that there were no mangoes for our visit. Not everything can be perfect I guess!
My wife and I are going to be inLV for three nights and are considering LOS. We both enjoy Thai but she sometimes can't take the heat. Are they good about guiding your order keeping this in mind? We have res at Rosemary's also, any other must trys, esp on the strip. The trip is for her birthday
They will ask you about the heat level... it can easily be adjusted, and they'll bring you the Tray O' Capsaicin so you can doctor your food if you like the heat more than she does. That said, some things are more savoury than spicy -- the fillet of catfish with chilies, green onions, fresh and fried garlic, red onions, etc. is actually very savoury, and not very hot. Obviously you'll want to stay away from the green chile dip for the vegetables (though it's not much hotter than, say, a good carniceria salsa), but you could go for the sour sausage with rice crisps...
We enjoyed Cafe Ba Ba Reeba! (their punctuation, not mine) at Fashion Show across the Strip from the Wynn. It's owned by the same group that owns Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris, and it's quite good. We had tapas, rather than paella, and they ranged from OK (the tomato bread -- it's tomatoes, bread and oil) to good (Spanish sausage plate -- would have been much better with less all i oli) to fantastic (Spanish white anchovies with avocado and roasted peppers). Wine is cheap. Be aware that if you want a glass of cava, you will need to specify "just cava" or "just champagne", because otherwise they may bring you cava sangria, which tastes like cough syrup.
Lotus is extremely accomodating to whatever level of heat you prefer. Even if you overestimate, the fresh mango with coconut ice cream and sticky rice will break all that molecular velcro loose from your tastebuds.
Thai iced tea helps, too.
If you don't go, just start kicking yourself right now and beat the rush. Seriously. If you remotely enjoy Thai and don't go to Lotus while you're here, DON'T SAY YOU LIKE THAI FOOD AGAIN!
You're officially out of the club. :)
The tapas at Firefly is wonderful, too.