This past weekend we returned to Lotus of Siam during our semi annual trip to Las Vegas. We almost went to the Pasta Shop and Ristaurante instead but "settled" for LOS at the last minute : ~ ) Arrived early enough (5:30) on Sunday so our lack of reservations wasn't a problem. We started with the Tom Kah Kai (chicken soup with coconut- Bangkok Style) #23 $11.95 for the hot pot that was ample for the 4 of us - seconds for all. The soup was a great example of their prowess - the richness of the coconut milk was cut by the lime and the heat was there but not dominant. Galangal and lime leafs were in the background. We went with 4 on the 1-10 heat scale. IIRC their hot is very hot. Most of the food didn't come across as overtly hot but the Som Thum #39 $6.95 - Green Papaya Salad was an exception. There definitely was a zing to this dish - I don't know if it's due to the more thorough mashing of the chillies in a mortar? In any event this dish was probably the least favorite one of the night for us. It was OK but I've had versions with a better balance provided with dried shrimp and more herbs. Of course we had the Sour Sausage/crispy rice appetizer (no. 14) $7.95 - a delightful mix of tastes and textures. The Roast Duck Curry (#131) was good - the richness of the duck and coconut milk was tempered by pineapple and tomato along with thai basil. The special that night was sea bass - steamed or fried - offered in a choice of preparations. We went with it fried - served with mint & herbs/lots of shredded vegetables with a light dressing of lime? and fish sauce? I didn't get what this preparation was called. The fish was fried to a nice crispyness but it was still moist inside. Enjoyed all the shredded vegetables and herbs. The lightness of the dressing was a nice change from the richness of the curry and soup. For dessert we had a sampler plate that contained all the dessert offerings: the fried banana, coconut ice cream, sweet rice and mango. A few of us had the flight of wines and then ordered a bottle of our favorite. Can't remember any details - sorry. Service was gracious - another great evening! Lotus of Siam. 953 E. Sahara Ave. #A-5 702. 7353-3033
It's close to the Hilton - where we took in the Star Trek experience - sort of fun and sort of cheesy and a bit pricey at $38.95 @ .