We have been wanting to visit Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas for some time. We had an early lunch and kept our order simple. Soup, salad, and and one of the specialties. LOS had a small group of people waiting and when the doors opened, most flocked to the buffet. We've heard about the buffet, and while it did look good, we wanted to sample a bit of the menu. The menu is fairly extensive and the wine list even more so.
A glass of Castle Rock Pinot Noir started the meal. I had a cup of Tom Yum Plar dook, which is a very spicy soup with catfish. It was delicious, but very spicy. I can handle a lot, but was unable to finish it. The only thing I can compare it to is Los Dos Molinos in Phoenix. Different style of chile, but the same, panicky, break-out-in-a-sweat reaction. Needless to say, I would order it again.
We shared the Som Thum, which is a green papaya salad, and the Nua Nam Tok, which is a charbroiled beef dish tossed with lime juice, fish sauce, lime juice, and rice powder. Both were delicious, on the medium scale, but not as spicy as the fiery catfish soup. The steamed rice served along side was a welcome, albeit bland, acommpaniment.
I highly recommend LOS, especially the menu. The lunch buffet looked good, just not that exciting. Phoenix has several good Thai restaurants, but nothing to compare to Lotus of Siam.