Is Lotus of Siam worth the trek for a Portlander?
Hi! I'm visiting Las Vegas in March and am researching foodie options. Everybody raves about Lotus of Siam, but the thing is, my home town has really good Thai food. I'm wondering if anyone out there has tried Lotus of Siam and ALSO eaten at the best Thai places in Portland, Oregon? (Pok Pok, etc) If so, can you please comment on whether I should make the effort and pay for a cab ride for the off strip experience? Will it really be that mind blowing-ly better? Thanks!
lotus is the best thai i've had outside thailand where i spend as much time as possible. but don't know portland. the cab ride isn't all that far-- up the strip, right on sahara, less than a mile to commerical center--maybe $30 round trip. since eating at lotus is less money than most strip places, you probably break even or better.
I've been to both LOS and Pok Pok. Food is comparable. Pok Pok has a funkier vibe as LOS is in a basic strip center shopping center. Both are great but with all the great restaurants in Las Vegas, if you are short on time and/ or have other dinner/meals in mind, you could afford to skip it.
I haven't been to Portland since Pok Pok opened. I've heard great things about it. I have eaten Thai food extensively in Los Angeles and frequently, but less so, in Chicago, the two cities with the deepest pool of good Thai restaurants, an I feel that Lotus beats any of the restaurants by a substantial margin.
I just ate at Lotus four times last week and I can't think of another place I'd rather eat four times in one week. The menu is much, much bigger than Pok Pok, and I'd be surprised if you couldn't eat many meals there without duplicating a single dish served at any restaurant in Portland.
Okay I can't stand it. I have to try LOS. As a newbie to Thai food but who does love Chinese food but isn't the most adventurous what do you suggest eating there? Should we do the lunch buffet to be able to try numerous things? I've read that the buffet isn't as good as ordering off the menu but think it might be the way to go for a first time at Thai food.
My votes (copied from online menu):
23. TOM KAH KAI (Bangkok Style)-A distinctive soup of sliced
chicken with coconut milk, straw mushroom galanga, lemon
grass and a touch of lime juice.
56. NUA SAO RENU-Sliced charbroiled beef served on
bed of sliced cabbage, topped with our own tamarind
sauce and fried dry chili.
B: with PANANG-Crispy duck topped with Thai style red cream
curry sauce with cognac.
Definitely skip the buffet.