Was in Vegas for the first time ever this weekend visiting my parents who recently moved there. Went to Lotus of Siam, and I wonder if I missed something. I have a special enjoyment of Thai food, and was very much looking forward to Lotus of Siam after reading rave reviews here and elsewhere.
It was very, very good, but I didn't see too many dishes that I couldn't get elsewhere. We also had a waitress that tried to talk us out of anything we ordered. I ordered the sausage and she suggested the satay instead. Thankfully, I stuck with it and it was excellent. However, the other dishes I had were just ok. The catfish red curry was mild to bland. My father had a BBQ pork dish that was very good. I didn't see any of the dishes anyone recommended. I didn't see a special Issan menu. Should I have asked for one?
Was I just a victim of the gringo effect? What are the basic procedural instructions I need to follow in order to find out what special ingredients have just been flown in from Thailand that very day? Do I need to ask to talk to the chef and say "I'm just in from Chicago, this is the first place I've come to eat in a city known for it's famous restaurants, so make me up something nice"? I asked the server what she recommended, and the "satay" (again) and pad kee mow came up. Pschaw, I can make that myself!
We had a nice time, but I'm still somewhat befuddled. I had so wanted/expected an amazing culinary experience, but was left somewhat unsatisfied. I want to give it another chance when I go out there next. Please help...