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Apr 30, 2012 09:01 AM

Seeking very spicy food!

I'm visiting for several days; only the second time I've been in the city. As usual, I'm looking for very spicy ethnic food...any type, with emphasis on quality, value, uniqueness &authenticity of the food offered. I like to go where the natives would go; not the tourists.....any suggestions?

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  1. Hands down, Lotus of Siam..for lunch or dinner...order off the menu...ask for it super spicy.
    One of the best meals I've ever had on the planet.

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      thank you! it looks outstanding, and I will definitely check it out. Had some outstanding Thai in San Francisco recently; will eagerly see how this compares....

      1. re: RAEnright3

        Lotus of Siam is the mothership of Thai restaurants and all the food gurus and top chefs in the world, call LOS one of their all time fave Thai resto's in the world!
        Please report back on your experience..
        Have fun in Vegas too!

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Lotus of Siam was outstanding! I had their spicy sour pork nothern Thai sausage appetizer mixed with crispy rice and chilies, Tom Yum soup with catfish & for the entree a northern Thai steak tartare dish with mixed chilies and garlic. I've had hotter Thai food before, but that's irrelevant. On my scale of 1 to 10, the spiciness was at least an 8.5, but the quality was definitely 10.0! Service was very good also. Thank you so much for the recommendation!

            1. re: RAEnright3

              If you didn't specify how hot you wanted your food, you probably received about a 4 on their 1-10 scale.

              1. re: Dave Feldman

                I don't think that was an issue! I stressed several times that I was looking for "very hot" or "Thai hot" intensity! The spice level was quite satisfactory. I've had hotter, but that's not the most important criteria.

        1. re: Beach Chick

          L.O.S. is wonderful, love it, but for very spicy thai, check out Komal in the center of the same shopping center. Ask for level 10+ and it will be very spicy and very good too.

          1. re: rednyellow

            I did get to LOS (and loved it), but was unable to make it to Komal (which was also recommended to me by someone else while I was in town). Will definitely try next time!

        2. Not everything at LOS is spicy and some of those dishes aren't necessarily enhanced by having it made super spicy. That being said, it's still one of my favorite restaurants, they do have several spicy dishes, and is definately worth a stop.
          Mr. Curtas put together this list a little while back and I've been working my way through it slowly. Whew - hot stuff!

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          1. re: fledflew

            yes, one must be selective in applying heat to certain dishes....but not hard to do in a Thai restaurant

            1. re: fledflew

              and thanks so much for the additional selections....I am checking them out!

            2. Some of the hottest food in Las Vegas can be found at Mint Bistro at 730 East Flamingo, which has dishes that run the gamut from Southern India up into the Himalayas. You can take a look at this "special" menu - .

              Mint has been a hit because of clean and vibrant flavors, and one of the better beer/ale lists of any restaurant in Las Vegas (some terrific Belgian's to help sort through that spice). And plenty of Lassi options to help cool the palate between bites as well. Note that you will have to sign a waiver before trying some of the incendiary offerings.

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              1. re: QAW

                Thanks QAW for the tip on Mint Bistro. I newly relocated to Henderson (6 months ago) and have been looking for ultra spicy. Their menus, regular and inferno, look awesome.

                1. re: QAW

                  I lacked the time to get to Mint Bistro, but it's definitely on my list for my next visit!

                2. Try Yun Nan Garden for REALLLLLLLY Spicy Yunnan food. It helps if you speak Mandarin Chinese too, as most of the diners are/do. Do NOT ask for real spicy unless you mean it. The 1st dinner my wife and I had there was way too spicy for me. The next time we ask for 'small' spicy and it was still pretty hot. Try an appetizer plate. Go to the steam table in the back and choose a trio of spicy meats and veggies (and other stuff, ... like seaweed) for 6 bucks or so. Since you off the strip prices are reasonable.

                  WARNING: Not for the NON-adventurous.

                  Yun Nan Garden, 3934 Schiff Drive

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                  1. re: citywayne

                    I tried YunNan Garden out while I was there. I agree: very good and quite spicy. I tried three of the appetizers (a spicy beef tendon, a spicy fried tofu, and some type of pork dish), and for my entree, had a Szechuan hot pot with boiled beef and fish. Probably an 8 or 9 on my 1 to 10 spiciness scale. The quantity of food served was definitely more than I could eat; a good value for the money. Language was definitely an issue, and the service was somewhat cool and indifferent, other than the gentleman at the appetizer counter. A very authentic Chinese menu; not what most Americans typically see.

                  2. Jugoo on Maryland has very good and very spicy hunan chinese

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                    1. re: rednyellow

                      I didn't have a chance to check this out, but will next time! I did have some very good pho soup at Pho 87.