This place will change your entire perception on Thai food….
Lotus of Siam is abso-freaking-lutely magical. Picture a magician, or a wizard — maybe even Harry Potter or Gandolph…. Have that in your head? Lotus of Siam is more magical than that.
Easily one of my favorite restaurants of all time across any type of cuisine, period.
Quick story about how I discovered this place. This was long before I lived in Las Vegas and was there on vacation, or for trouble, maybe a mix of the two. Anyways — biggest decision of the day came up. Where to eat for dinner? My friend somehow had heard of this place called Lotus of Siam. I trust his judgement so I agreed. The location is fairly convenient as it’s only a couple miles off the strip. We ended up arriving at our destination and I was completely perplexed. Here we were at a random shopping center in the middle of Las Vegas with absolutely nothing in sight that resembles anything even remotely upscale. The shopping center consists of random closed down businesses and/or other venues that I would probably never venture into. Truth be told, I almost said what the heck are we doing here and left. Next to thinking Limp Bizkit was quality music in the 90’s this would have been one of the biggest regrets of my life had I gone through with it.
Lotus of Siam describes themselves on being ‘Northern Thai in a casual Atmosphere’ and they are just that. The wait staff is extremely well drilled and would be more than happy to give you a recommendation if you are overwhelmed by the size of their menu. There is something here for everyone. Pro Tip: IT’S ALL INCREDIBLE.
You’ll notice all along the walls, scattered, are pictures of the proprietor of the restaurant with misc. celebrities. Bonus points for those who can find one of Las Vegas’s favorite locals — Nicholas Cage. On most nights you will see her near the front of the restaurant greeting guests as they come and go. For those of you that are wine fans they have quite the extensive selection of all tastes and budget. Their wine cellar sits dead center of the restaurant surrounded by glass walls.
I would highly suggest reservations here. If you don’t have them there might be a bit of a wait. Fortunately, they have a bar that you can get drinks while you wait for a table if you do forget! The restaurant opens at 5:30pm for dinner. The funny thing about this place is that if you arrive at 5:10pm you will notice one of the most unique sites I’ve ever seen in Vegas (bold statement I know). Out of nowhere a small convoy of taxi cabs will assemble and begin dropping off patrons to the restaurant. Almost every single night this place will have a line of 25+ people before it even opens. It’s just that good.
My two favorites dishes to get here are the Khao Soi and the Nam Kao Tod.
Let’s start with the Nam Kao Tod (2nd picture above). This dish is an appetizer and the spicness can be scaled depending on your tolerance and preferance. Apparently I’m a masochist so I normally order a 10. The dish consists of crispy rice mixed with sour minced port sausages, green onions, fresh chilis, ginger, peanuts and lime juice. It is extremely simple in ingredients but the flavor is out of the world. The attention to detail including the texture is just unmatched. You really have to try this dish to believe it. (Please note: Naan Stop assumes no liability for addictions to and/or rehab needs due to addiction to the Nam Kao Tod).
For the entree, my absolute favorite is the Khao Soi Braised Short Rib (featured image). It is almost impossible to put into words the depth of flavor and texture that goes into this dish but I will do my best. Like traditional Khao Soi the dish consists of Northern Thai egg noodles served in a curry sauce and coconut cream. On top is the perfectly cooked and seasoned braised short rib, garnished with sliced red onions, lime and pickled vegetables. The meat is so perfectly cooked it absolutely falls apart when you eat it. Which I suppose is a wonderful thing because the curry sauce and noodles make amazing companions with each and every bite. Please bring an appetite if you order this one because it is huge!
Other recommendations are any of the prawn or duck dishes as well as the Musaman and Panang curry. To be quite honest though, there isn’t a wrong thing you could order on the menu.
If you are ever in Las Vegas you must absolutely visit Lotus of Siam.
And now, I’m hungry.
LOTUS OF SIAM
953 East Sahara Ave. Suite A5
Las Vegas, NV 89104
LUNCH (MON-SUN): 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
DINNER (MON-SUN) : 5:30 PM to 10:00 PM