Chowhound Jonathan Gold has written a wonderful review of the Las Vegas treasure, Lotus of Siam. It is featured in the August, 2000 issue of Gourmet. If you want to know why Jonathan, Tom Armitage, or I am so excited about Saipin's cooking and Bill Chutima's warmth and willingness to share his knowledge about Thai food, all you have to do is pick up this month's gourmet.
I have rejiggered a forthcoming trip to California so that I can visit Lotus many times. I can't help but agree with Jonathan's conclusion that "...this is the single best Thai restaurant in North America." And arguably, you could take out the "Thai" in the previous sentence.