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Lotus of Siam

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A little over a year ago I watched the Top Chef Masters dine at Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas and ever since then this hole-in-the-wall Thai restaurant has been on my Yelp bookmark list, just waiting for my next trip to Vegas. Lucky me that trip came this year and I knew that Lotus of Siam was the ONE place that was a must-do for me.

Located in a nondescript strip mall about a $15-$20 cab drive away from the main strip, Lotus of Siam is unassuming from the outside but has been praised as one of the best Thai restaurants in America.

Lotus of Siam

I know, right?! Trust me, looks are deceiving! We gave the doorman at the hotel the address and as the cab pulled up all he said was “Lotus of Siam”…no address needed.

Lotus of Siam is open for lunch and dinner and while we had initially planned a lunch visit, we got distracted and pushed it back to dinner. We didn’t have a reservation and they were booked for the night so we arrived early right before they opened to secure a seat. If you plan in advance I would definitely make a reservation if you want to eat at a more “peak” time, but they do have a bar where you can try a glass from their lengthy wine menu while you wait.

Wine at Lotus of Siam

Wine at Lotus of Siam

I had done my fair amount of research ahead of time (because I’m a nerd like that) so I knew exactly what I planned on ordering. Lotus of Siam is a bit unique because they offer quite a few Northern Thai dishes, which you don’t see on the menus of most Thai restaurants. Our first dish was the very popular Tom Kah Kai soup. Chicken, coconut milk, mushrooms, lemongrass, and lime…this was quite possibly one of the best soups I’ve ever eaten. We chose a spice level of medium for all of our dishes and found it to be perfect for our taste-a good amount of heat but nothing that was searing away our taste buds.

Tom Kah Kai

Tom Kah Kai

After the soup came the Garlic Prawns. This is one of their most popular dishes and it’s no wonder why…deep fried prawns with shells that crisp up like potato chips, sautéed in a tasty garlic sauce and cooked to perfection.  Delicious!!

Garlic Prawns

Garlic Prawns

Next up…Braised Short Rib with Panang. The short rib wasn’t the best I’ve ever had but the sauce-a red cream curry with cognac-was fantastic and absolutely made the dish. It definitely took some restraint to stop from licking the bowl!

Braised Short Rib with Panang

Braised Short Rib with Panang

Our last dish before dessert was one of my go-to Thai carry-out choices….good ‘ol Pad Thai. But this was no ordinary Pad Thai-this was the best Pad Thai I’ve ever eaten, and I have eaten A LOT of Pad Thai. The flavors, the spice level, the crispy vegetables, and of course the noodles….I wanted this whole dish to myself!

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Last but not least was dessert. We were on the brink of stuffed but I couldn’t leave without a few sweet bites. This was actually my first time trying sticky rice and I really enjoyed it. The warm rice with the beautiful, fresh, sweet mango was a great combo and  add in a cold bite of the coconut ice cream…the perfect ending to a great meal!

Mango, Sticky Rice, Coconut Ice Cream

Mango, Sticky Rice, Coconut Ice Cream

From start to finish, from wine to dessert and everything in between, Lotus of Siam lived up to all of my expectations and then some. If you’re in Vegas I highly recommend venturing off the strip to give Lotus of Siam a try for yourself, I know this has now made it onto my must-do list for all future trips to LV!

Lotus of Siam

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  1. Lotus of Siam
    Restaurant in Las Vegas Nevada

    953 East Sahara Avenue # A5
    Las Vegas Nevada
    (702) 735-3033
  2. Las Vegas
    City in Nevada

    Las Vegas Nevada

  • Yes! So glad you blogged this, I MUST GO when we go in a few weeks! This looks so, so good… particularly the soup and the shrimp! Will definitely let you know if (WHEN!) I make it over there.

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