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[Las Vegas] Lotus of Siam

August 1, 2012 by admin

Before visiting Vegas this year, I went to many foodie sites to see which places we should try this visit. One restaurant that came up time and time again was Lotus Siam. It was said to be in a “shady neighbourhood,” but that it was also the “best Thai place in America.” That is quite a top billing, and so we had to try it for ourselves.

We are huge fans of Thai food. We’ve visited Bangkok a few times and had some of the most amazing and cheap Thai food we’ve ever experienced. So already this restaurant had a lot to live up to.

Here’s what we enjoyed:

Our first pick was TOM YUM KUNG. This is a hot and sour soup with shrimp, lime juice, lemon grass and straw mushroom. My husband always orders this dish, and it was to his liking. It was a little too spicy for me!

Our next appetizer was the STUFFED CHICKEN WINGS. These are deep-fried chicken wings stuffed with ground pork and served with a sweet and sour sauce. This was a pretty yummy dish at first, definitely something we had never tried before. However, it was really heavy to eat, so it’s best to share with a few people.

I am always a sucker for anything duck, so we tried the ROASTED DUCK CURRY. This was a combination of roasted duck, pineapple, bell pepper and tomato in a red curry base with coconut milk. This was a very non-traditional curry (I don’t think I’ve ever seen bell peppers in a Thai curry before) and didn’t live up to our expectations. It was a little bland, not very flavourful at all.

Our last, and favourite dish was the MINT AND GREEN CHILI (PORK). It was sautéed with fresh and dry chili, garlic, bell pepper and Thai basil. It was very flavourful and hit all the different parts of your mouth with its different tastes – the perfect Thai dish.

All in all, there were some respectable dishes here, but nothing that I would call “the best in America.” Some of the dishes didn’t seem very authentic at all, but this is an interesting place to try in the middle of Sin City.

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