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Oct 7, 2013 05:30 PM

Bargain eats in Vegas? Plus, Lotus of Siam still good?

Going to Vegas, first time in forever. Want to eat well but not break the bank. Mon Ami Gabi looks good. Golden Steer any good? And, does Lotus of Siam still deliver? Thanks.

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  1. Lunch at Estiatorio Milos at Cosmopolitain. $22.13 for 3 courses.

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    1. re: Njchicaa

      Planning to eat lunch there next month.

    2. LOS absolutely delivers! Don't miss it.

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      1. re: primebeefisgood

        Thanks all. Any other suggestions would be great.

        1. re: primebeefisgood

          Would enjoy old school steak house vibe. Is Golden Steer worth it? The Circus Circus place? What say you folks?

          1. re: essvee

            Yes, Golden Steer is worth it. I've dined there a dozen times over the past 30 years, most recently in March. Terrific "old Vegas" vibe, because it is Old Vegas. Outstanding Caesar salad. The steaks have always been prepared to my specification. The prime beef has that minerally rich flavor good beef has. The big sirloin is the thing to order. The Italian entrees have been good (chicken and artichoke hearts come to mind). If you ask, and learn there are good tomatoes, try the tomato, pimiento, and anchovy salad. Get a baked potato Peyton Manning couldn't wrap his hand around. Sit in the Sammy Davis Jr. banquette and gaze at a colorful crowd composed of veteran high-rollers, customers who remember "old Vegas," and those who, for a moment, wish they were old enough to. And, the bartender will pour you a drink with his very generous hand. The price point is slightly lower than those at a number of celebrity-chef-driven steakhouses on the Strip (at least it was in March). It is a fun place.

        2. Charlie Palmers The Cut of the Week at the Four Seasons. Three course meal with unlimited wine with the first two courses for $48 per person.

          1. Lotus of Siam used to be good, but they started a downhill journey about 3-4 years ago and it has become a tourist trap. I think people get excited about it due to the hype and then convince themselves it was a good meal. I've been going there for about 10 years and they were one of the best back in the day. Ever since they expanded a few years ago, their food has been on a steady decline. The food is no longer anything special (mediocre in fact) and there are several other Thai places that serve much better food, with better service, at a lower price point. Most of the sauces and curries come out jar or can now. The portions are much smaller than what they used to be. If you're craving Thai food in Las Vegas, there are plenty of better places to go.

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            1. re: fledflew

              We have been to Chada Thai and Le Thai; enjoying both. What other Thai restaurants would you recommend?

              1. re: Philber

                I've also enjoyed meals at Le Thai and Chada. I think the beef noodle soup at Le Thai is definitely one of the better versions in town. As far as other Thai places, I also really like Marnee, Nittaya's, Krung Siamm, and Penn's (in that order).

                1. re: fledflew

                  Thanks! We have eaten lunch at Penn, but not tried the other three. They are now on the radar.

              2. re: fledflew

                I visit Lotus every trip to LV and have not noticed any such decline. Re: canned sauces - what? Have you been in their kitchen? Sure don't taste canned!

                1. re: fledflew

                  I'm not going to debate the merits of Lotus of Siam, but you made a serious charge, and one I know not to be true.

                  1. re: Dave Feldman

                    I apologize for my wording above. I should have and meant to say that many of the sauces and curries taste canned. I do not know for a fact whether or not they are. What I do know is that they are not the same ones that they were serving several years ago. Of the people that I've spoken with at length about this, many of them have noticed this as well. Previously, the curries had a more distinct texture from the galangal, chiles, etc. Now it's an extremely smooth paste. Additionally, the sharp flavor from fresh aromatics and the fruity complex character from the chiles is no longer present in the panang that they're serving. It now tastes just like a curry paste that is available from Thailand - Namprik Maesri brand to be exact. Is it bad? No. Whether or not it's in use at POS, I don't know. I do know that a lot of their food has changed in both flavor, freshness, and portion size from a few years ago. With the exception of some of their specialty dishes, the food is generally unremarkable now and comparable food can be found at other Thai restaurants in LV.
                    Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's a bad restaurant - it just isn't the holy grail of Thai food that it once was. I used to eat there all the time. They even gave me a staff shirt back in the day because they used to joke about how often I ate there, that I should work there. It's just no longer worth the wait, the shrinking portions, the hit or miss service, and the higher than average prices.

                    1. re: fledflew

                      The ingredients at LOS taste fresh to me.

                      1. re: kagemusha49

                        I took 8 people to Lotus of Siam for dinner last night. Lobster, sea bass, crispy duck, nam sod, prik king, massaman--everything was excellent. If anything, it was even better than my last visit. Lotus of Siam May not be the best in town, but it's pretty dang good.

                  2. re: fledflew

                    Lotus of Siam serves the best Thai food I've ever eaten, bar none. I've taken many out-of-town guests there (some who really know good food), and they all rave about it.

                    I guess those people who give out the James Beard awards don't know what they're talking about.

                    1. re: Steve Green

                      I wonder when was the last time those James Beard people were in Thailand.

                      just sayin'

                  3. We have never been to any of the high end steak houses, but love to sit on the patio at Mon Ami Gabi. The food meets our needs, love the people watching and Bellagio fountains. Never eaten inside there.