We have been to Lotus of Siam three times in the last two weeks, and I wanted to report a bit on what we had and some specials that they currently are running. There were four of us at each dinner. For appetizers we've ordered fried wontons, beef satay, and the always fabulous nam kao tad (the rice/sausage dish)...we've had the nam kao tad all three times, and it's a huge hit. We generally go for medium spice, which seems just about right.
We had soup one of the times; it was the Tom Kah, and it was done well, but I think there are a lot more interesting things to have. We also had a terrific papaya salad, and a yum yai salad, which is chicken, glass noodles, hard boiled egg in a spicy dressing. Delicious.
For main courses we've ordered a number of specials. Our first of the three visits they had a whole lobster special, and one of our party ordered it. It was delicious and prepared nicely....the lobster had been cut up and the meat separated from the shell. BE WARNED, however, that this is a very expensive dish, many multiples of the usual entree cost at LoS.
We've also had a shrimp special of shrimp in a red curry cognac sauce. This is delicous and if there are people with you who do not like spicier, hotter food, this is a great choice, because it is flavorful without being overly hot. We've also had a barbecued beef special with peanut sauce that was excellent, as well as the sea bass with ginger which was terrific, but probably suffers a bit when paired up with more highly flavored foods.
A couple of items we've ordered off the regular menu were exceedingly good: the Rad Na, which is yellow curry noodles with ground beef, was exceptionally flavorful and delicious; the yellow curry is mild but gives the dish great oomph. We also ordered Khao Sai off the Northern Thai menu: egg noodles in a red curry sauces with red onions; we had it with beef. It's saucy and is served in small bowls. It is a bit zingier than some of the other dishes, but the noodles are cooked perfectly and sop up a lot of the tasty sauce.
We ordered Rieslings off the very reasonably priced list, and it is a pleasure to see so many listed, since it is such a great food wine. Service has been exceptional (and we have been remembered each time we've gone back). The first time, there was a very nice touch of some dessert wine offered at the end of the meal, which was very appreciated. Just a great experience from a food, wine and service perspective.