Lotus of Siam with shellfish and soy allergies?
- JasmineG Jul 20, 2010 10:26 AM
I'll be in Las Vegas with three friends in a few months, and one of the friends has allergies to all nuts and legumes (including soy) and shellfish. I went to LOS the last time I was in Vegas and loved it, and I know that the rest of my group would love it too, but has anyone been there with someone with this kind of allergy, and do you know if they would be able to accommodate it? If not, we won't go, because I obviously don't want to risk my friend's health, but if so, it would work really well for our tastes and our budget. Thanks for any tips.
Lotus of Siam
953 E Sahara Ave Ste A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104
I've found that many restaurants are very hard to pin down on these topics, and are much more likely to say that they can be accommodating when they can't or it's difficult. Also, I know that my friend would be much more likely to go if she knew that others with a similar issue had been there, not just that the management said that it would be okay. If we decide to go, I would of course tell them the issues in advance, but I don't think we'd be able to make that decision without knowing that she would have safe food to eat.
I routinely to out to lunch with a friend with the same allergies. We go to a different Thai restaurant, Prommares Thai Food, that's closer to his house. To accommodate his allergies we usually order Panang Beef, Pork Pad Ka Paow (mint leaves and chile) and a cucumber salad. None of those dishes contain any nuts or seafood which would trigger an anaphalactic shock in him.
Please take some time and call Lotus during the slower hours and speak to Saipin at (702)735-3033 to ask her about your friend's needs and allow her to recommend dishes that don't use those prohibited foods or that can be easily altered.
Prommares Thai Food
6362 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146
I believe that Saipin is in Thailand right now, but I was just at Lotus a couple of weeks ago with someone with a severe peanut allergy and that was no problem at all. Just make sure that the waiter or waitress understands (most of them speak very good English) or ask for Bank (pronounced "Bang") who is General Manager (as well as wine director) or Bill, the owner. If for some reason they are not there, ask for Ai (pronounced like the letter A, who is Bank's second in charge and understands English well).
I once went to LOS with someone with a severe garlic allergy. LOS was kind enough not only to omit garlic from many dishes that it would ordinarily appear in, but to buy a new cutting board so as not to have any possible traces of garlic there.
I don't think soy allergies will be a problem, although some sauces normally contain it.