I believe I've read all the past few month's posts on Lotus of Siam. So I had to try it. Yes, the restaurant's good.
We had the minced sour sausage with crispy rice. In talking with the waitress, she suggested papaya salad with shrimp, not the crab - so that's what we ordered too. Both dishes were too spicy based on the spice level we asked for (mild 4.). My wife liked both dishes; I thought they were just okay, and somewhat disappointing based on my expectations after reading the glowing write-ups here.
We had #13, beef with garlic. Both of us thought it was outstanding. Absolutely delicious. We also had the grilled salmon with red curry cream. Also a winner. (Thanks, chowhounds for these suggestions!!)
For dessert the waitress (she was excellent, as were all the staff we encountered) suggested the deep fried bananas (they come wrapped like egg rolls with a honey coating). They were terrific. We also received two glasses of moscato to drink with this course. Nice touch!
Including a couple of large Thai beers to match the large portions of food, our meal was about $61 (including more than a 20% tip.) We'll be planning a return visit our next Las Vegas trip.
Our waitress knew LOS was written up somewhere, like chowhounds. A guy who was in a few week's ago (five straight nights apparently), had mentioned it.
What's not been discussed here are the adjacent restaurants. This restaurant is in a strange (to me) location. It appears to be in a predominantly Asian shopping center oddly called New Orleans Square. I'm only a tourist and I don't know this neighborhood, but where are the chowhound reviews for this area? The LOS was nearly empty when we drove up (7pm), but the Korean place next door was packed with a tourist bus. They advertise on their window, Bul Gogee and Kal Bee. Where are the reviews for this place or the Seul BBQ restaurant or the So Kong Dung restaurant or the Nature Charcoal BBQ restaurant or the Tokyo Japanese Restaurant or Komol restaurnat or the Peng Chinese restaurant? What's with the El Sinaloense Mexican Restaurant and Nite Club that looks so intimidating from outside?
Wanted to get to Rosemary Rest. after reading Chowhound reports, but decided to go to the Aladden Buffet instead. Meats here were excellent (always a surprise when that happens at a LV buffet), and we liked the Middle Eastern Selections (lamb kababs, dolmas, etc). Crab legs, a necessity now at these high end brunches, were satisfactory. They didn't have smoked salmon or turkey. They did have very good salads and vegetables (esp. grilled small onions, grilled mushrooms, and various greens.) Some good cooking in their dishes.
They say they make their own desserts (some places do not), but, sigh, after huge amounts of food, even the light desserts seemed too heavy to me. I'm turned off by their ersatz whipped cream that doesn't have the taste/texture of the real thing. (I'd rather spend the money and have a superb pastry in Lenotre in Paris Casino when I'm in the mood for a really good dessert.) The Aladden Buffet is about $22-23 per person, not crowded at all this weeknight at 7:00 pm. We both thought this buffet was better overall than Paris buffet and the Bellagio buffet.
We were looking for a good fast food joint to stop for a quick bite on our way to the L.V. airport. Time running out, we settled on Harlon's BBQ in the "D" section of the airport. Pretty good chopped meat (beef, of course)sandwhich. We were very pleasantly surprised, and even considering it's airport food, we'd go back to it again. (And we can be sticklers about our bbq.) Anybody here have a quick-stop and decent fast-food recommendation next time we're driving from the strip to the airport?
I appreciate all the good work people are doing in posting to the Southwest Chowhound's message board and providing travellers like me with important information. Thanks.
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