Just thought I'd writeup a quick review of a small Chowhound dinner at Lotus of Siam a couple weeks ago. I had posted on the board a while back, hoping to get together a group of Chowhounders for my first trip to LOS. A friend (Mike, an occasional Chowhound contributor) and I met up with a Vegas local (Helen) and a Vegas regular from LA (Jason). We were fortunate that Helen was familiar with the staff, and we were well taken care of!
We started by asking Bang for a Reisling recommendation. I don't recall what specifically he brought out, but it matched perfectly with the food.
To start, we got 2 appetizers and a soup:
Nam Kao Tod (sour sausage with crispy rice) - Amazingly addictive - I think I could have eaten 4 plates of this and left the restaurant a happy man.
Northern Larb - Also excellent, also very addictive.
Northern Style Tom Kah Kai (Spicy Chicken Soup) - While not as memorable as the 2 appetizer plates, this was still very good. As it had no coconut milk, the soup was light and still satisfying. I liked the chunks of roasted green chili, which was something new for me in a Thai soup.
Moving on to the entrees, we got 3 dishes:
Sea Bass with Garlic Lime - Didn't see this one on the menu, but Helen asked for it specifically. Turned out to be one of the best sea bass preparations I've had. This was almost ceviche-like, with a great citrusy tang. It went really well as a contrast to the our other spicier dishes.
Kang Care (Northern Red Curry) with Chicken - This was a curry without coconut milk. Still very good, but didn't seem to shine when compared to the other items we ordered.
Drunken Noodle with Beef - Normally listed on the menu with seafood, but we substituted beef instead. Excellent. Came out just a tad spicy for my tastes, but was so good that I kept eating.
After all this, we were doing pretty well, but I wanted something more before dessert. We decided on adding another appetizer to finish off the meal:
Nua Dad Deaw (Beef jerky Issan style) - Basically what it sounded like on the menu, deep fried beef jerky. The pieces of beef were thick enough not to get dried out fully by the frying, remaining fairly juicy and flavorful. Tasty and interesting - I'd get this again with a group, but unlike the other appetizers, I don't think I'd want to eat a whole plate myself.
Finally, we ended with dessert. We were graciously brought complimentary glasses of Moscato to accompany the dessert, thanks again to Helen. Of course, we went with the sticky rice/mango option. Came on a huge platter, with sticky rice, fresh mango, fried banana, and coconut ice cream. Delicious - a great way to end the meal!
Overall, cost of the meal was fairly reasonable, considering the amount of food we consumed and the bottle of wine. If I recall, the total bill came out to just under $40/person.
Overall impression - Excellent, and I'm definitely going to make an effort to return anytime I find myself in Vegas. (If I learned to stay away from the tables and the sports book, that might be more frequent, haha!)
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