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LVI May 22, 2006 12:18 PM

We went to Lotus of Siam on our 1st evening which was a Tuesday night. We asked for them to “cook for us and pair the wines”. I could go on and on about the quality of LOS! THE ONLY disappointment of the evening was the Thai Beef Jerky, which in the past I remember being so much better. It was tough (yes I know it is jerky, but in the past it has been fairly tender as far as jerky is concerned) and extremely dried out (again, yes I know jerky is dried, but this was overly so). Enough of that. We were a table of 5 and we had the following dishes: Jerky (bad), crispy fried rice (awesome), curried pork (very good), a sort of chicken that was prepared almost like Tandoori (very good), Chilean Sea bass (awesome), a beef dish in peanut sauce (awesome), soft shell crabs (awesome), and a lobster dish (scallions, chili oil, bread crumbs and a lot of OH BOY!!!) (awesome). For dessert we had the obligatory mango/sweet sticky rice/coconut ice cream. I am sorry for not giving the proper names of all the dishes like a lot of Chow poster do but I was too bust stuffing my face to worry about writing down the names of the dishes. Bill is certainly a magician in his kitchen and for anyone who appreciates Thai food, this restaurant (like the thousands of postings before this one) should be a must on everyone’s list. Dinner was $85pp which was close to double what we have been used to in the past. That being said, the quality was outstanding and we had 2 dishes that pushed the price up…the lobster and the softshell crab. Would I do it again at that price…YOU BET!
Our 3rd night (the 2nd night we went to Guy Savoy which I reviewed below) we went to Picasso. Again, every time I get the chance to go to Picasso I am always impressed. Sure there are those detractors out there that say their menu never changes. But as far as I am concerned, that could be the only negative about this restaurant (although I do not see it as a negative). We were a group of 11 people and walked into the restaurant @ 6pm. We told them that a majority of us had to leave the restaurant @ 8:15pm to catch our flights. Each course came out perfectly prepared and everyone in the group (of the 11, were newcomers to Picasso) had nothing but great things to say about the dinner. Our service was top notch (although nowhere near the level of perfection set by Guy Savoy) and we were out of there @ 8:20pm. That is fairly impressive when you think about it. 11 people having 6 courses apiece in and out within 2hrs and 20min. Kudos, yet again, to Picasso, my pick as the best (excluding Guy Savoy and Joel Robuchon (not fair to compare restaurants that are 3-4 times more expensive) restaurant in Las Vegas.

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    xanderjoon Aug 8, 2007 11:55 PM

    Very nice review! Going to LV tomorrow and have Lotus of Siam, Alize, and Picasso in line for dinners. Can't wait to try the latter two restaurants for the first time!

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