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- Lotus of SiamMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Nov 04, 2013
There are a number of more affordable dining options off the Strip, and Lotus of Siam - which is considered by some to be one of the best Thai restaurants in the country - is one of them. There is a lunch buffet, but stick to the a la carte menu for some of the best dishes.Recommended for
- Lotus of SiamMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 2Oct 31, 2013
Probably not the best Thai food I've ever had since Thai Town in LA is closer than Vegas, but this place did impress me. I don't think I can count how many times people have mentioned Lotus of Siam to me in passing. Lotus of Siam is tucked away in a strip mall on Sahara away from the Las Vegas Strip. It's somewhat small and unassuming but the food is pretty good. They do have the chili condiments on the side if you request it because everyone enjoys different levels of heat in their food.
My friends and I met up for a SoCal UYE of sorts while here on Yelp Spring Break. We arrived before the restaurant opened for lunch. At lunch they offer an AYCE buffet for $10.99 but you can also order a la carte too. We decided to order off of the menu.
Crispy Duck (5 stars) - By far my favorite dish, the duck was de-boned and fried to a crisp with excellent flavor.
Chicken Satay (4 stars) - I thought the chicken was perfectly cooked. It's really easy to overcook chicken but this was great. The peanut dipping sauce and cucumber salad condiments were spot on.
Yellow Curry (3 stars) - Pretty standard curry but the vegetables were undercooked. I like my curry vegetables to be a little softer.
Pad See Ew with beef (3 stars) - Pretty standard. The noodles were soft and the Chinese broccoli was good.
The service was ok at best. We did ask for a large table because we were expecting a large party, however, we were stood up. The waiter expressed that they could split our bill into 4 but that was the max he would do. After our dishes were brought out, he disappeared until we had to flag him down for our check. No matter. The food was good, we were happy. No reservations for lunch but they take reservations for dinner.
- Lotus of SiamMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 3Aug 30, 2013
don't get the lunch buffet. stay away from the buffet. all the good stuff is on the menu. the garlic prawns are amazing, the thai issan sausage oh so good, the beef salad with crispy rice is to die for. don't get the pad thai. this is not the place to get pad thai and other "normal" sounding thai dishes. this is the place to get the stuff on the chef's menu and splurge a little. you won't regret it.
- Lotus of SiamApr 16, 2013
Wow! This has got to be one of the best Thai restaurants I have ever been to! And this is coming from a girl who has been to the "good Thai places" in Hollywood aka Thai-town. I have to say at first I was skeptical because the exterior looked like the run down part of downtown LV but all that changes once you step inside the restaurant...what Thai restaurant has a glass wine cellar? The wait (good sign) was about 30 min: long enuff for us to look over the menu to decide what we wanted to try. When we saw what was brought out to other tables, the food looked so good that we had to change what we were going to order to what we saw! We were definitely getting more excited as the time drew nearer...
I know that at Asian restaurants, a bunch of white people is usually not a good sign because that means that the food might not be authentic and made "Americanized". It was a packed house with about 50% white folks.. Got me a lil worried, but boy this time, the white folks must've known something the Asian population wasn't aware of... Rundown of our dishes:
1) Tom Kum kah: coconut soup. Was ok. Nothing special.
2) Garlic prawns: highlight of the evening. The seasoning was the perfect balance of salt, garlic, and pepper. The exact seasoning you would expect if you order Chinese style stir fried garlic crabs. The most surprising part of the dish was how it was prepared: with the prawn shelled but with the shell semi- attached at the tail. First, you eat the perfectly seasoned prawn. Then, you got to enjoy the bonus: the crispy prawn shell. Biting into the shell was like biting into a crispier version of chicharron ( crispy pig skin). I have never seen prawn prepared this way. WHY hasn't any other chef/ restaurant ever thought of that?!!! Lotus of Siam, thank you for this ingenious foresight......
3) crispy duck in panang curry: we had originally planned to order the crispy duck with Chili n mint leaves, but our waiter suggested we order this version since we already had a similarly flavored dish. What great knowledge of the staff to provide helpful tips! He was dead on to make this suggestion. My friend krystal kept raving about the sauce. I think if she was not in public, she may have licked the plate!! LoL!!!
4) drunken noodle with sea bass: at first we contemplated ordering this dish.. It was the most expensive thing we ordered at $30, but we were sold when a patron leaving the restaurant overheard our discussion and urged us to order it saying it was "the reason why we come here". With a reference put that way, we needed no further convincing! The sea bass was extremely fresh n flaky. The drunken noodles were perfectly wok'd: you could taste the "fire" of the wok. A sign that the wok has been well seasoned and the chef knows how to use that to intensify the foods being cooked in it. Awesome dish!
Alas, we were too full to order dessert but the fried bananas with ice cream looked so good that we'll have to come back next time to try it. Oh YES, there will definitely be a NEXT time.. :)
Total for our party of 4: $103. Not bad at all.. I'd come here any day over a buffet!!
- Lotus of SiamMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesAdventure Travelers+ 1Mar 26, 2013
Candidly, not the best Thai food ever despite the hundreds of glowing Yelp reviews - not even close in my book - but it does hit the spot and is easy on the pocketbook for Vegas visitors (I mean this relative to the on-strip offerings not off-strip offerings). It's in a pretty desolate looking strip mall a few miles away from the strip, and there aren't many cabs around, so you should ask them to ring one for you. We did the lunch buffet, which was reasonably priced and had a good selection. Again, it didn't wow me, but I did leave stuffed and happy.
- Lotus of SiamMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 23, 2013
WTF, I just notice I never review this place before. Well, let me get started then!
This is one of must stop place in Vegas for me, and t should be your's too!
2 things that I always order here:
1. Tom Yum Ka - a little bite of sourness with a little bit of heat; a perfect balance of what a soup should be. The chicken and mushroom inside also complements each other perfectly. It's a light soup, not heavy at all, so perfect for any day.
2. Garlic Shrimp - cannot not find it any other Thai restaurants I've been to. It's basically fried shrimp with their secret seasoning. The shells are also fried until their extremely crispy, so you can actually eat it! You MUST try this!
3rd item always depends on my mood. This time, it's chripy duck with drunken noodle. If you ever had pad see you, it tastes like that with lots of basil. The fried duck is crispy and moist, yummmoooo.
If you never had good Thai food before, this is the place to come. Oh, becareful the level of heat you asks for. If you can take spice, then there's nothing you need to worry about, but if you can, go 3 or lower!
- Lotus of SiamMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 1Dec 06, 2012
I came to Lotus of Siam based on its Gogobot reviews. I don't know if it's the best in Vegas, but if it's not, the other restaurant would have to be spectacular.
The restaurant doesn't look like much from its modest strip mall storefront, but it's quite nice inside. The neighborhood is a bit sketchy, so I hope my car is still out there.
- Lotus of SiamOct 08, 2012
Was this the best Thai food I've had, well, um no, does it work for where we were at? sure no problem. Plus I think that it has such an aura about it that maybe I expected too much?
Side note - Funny thing - i've been coming to this shopping complex for years to go to a few Korean restaurants, so I did feel like I was really going for Korean food instead of Thai.
Since a bunch of us were in town so we were there first thing for lunch on Friday. There are no "lunch specials" but there is a $10.99 lunch buffet. I guess it can't be vegas without a buffet?
I know that you don't exactly go to a Thai restaurant for chicken wings, but the garlic black pepper chicken wings caught my eye and I just couldn't let it go. So chicken wings it is.
couldn't do it alone - so got some chicken dumplings as well with some steamed rice. My bestie got the Yellow Curry so we did some sharing.
Curry was decent, but I felt that the veggies weren't really cooked enough. I kinda felt like they just threw it in in the last 2 minutes to warm them and that was it. Not that I was expecting mush, but a little bit more cooked perhaps?
Chicken dumplings were fried, nothing special, I'm sure I've gotten those before in the freezer section at the grocery store.
But the wings deserve 5 stars on their own. They were so GOOD. there was some sweetness to them, but the garlic and pepper were fantastic with the wings. They were cooked (fried) to perfection and still moist enough on the inside. Absolutely loved the flavor profile. Go figure the truly non tradition item was the thing I thought was the best. I'd go back for the wings, but don't know if I'd be willing to get other things...besides, the wings were like 9 bucks on their own for 6, which is a bit steep when you think about it.
Service was quite good, but be forewarned, if you are there with a large group, they can only split it four ways, so be a good customer and bring cash if you've got a large group, not a pile of debit cards.
Parking you ask? This is not on the strip, it's free and there is PLENTY at all times.
- Lotus of SiamAug 23, 2012
This is hands down the best Thai restaurant anywhere, (and I have Thai friends so I have a good point of reference for a white girl). The story is the chef has a grandparent who used to be the chef for the royal family, so the recipes have been passed down. All I know is that every time I am in Las Vegas, I have to go eat there. Either get there right when they open or call ahead for a reservation. It is in a non-descript strip mall, so be careful not to drive past it.
Address:953 East Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Total Reviews:24 Reviews
Open Hours:Mon-Fri 11:30am-2 pm, 5:30pm–9:45pm, Sat & Sun: 5:30pm-10:30pm
Phone:+1 702 735 3033