Lotus of Siam - Dude Grade: B-
24 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Phone: (212) 529-1700
I love me some Thai food. It's such an exciting cuisine where it marries heat, sweet, salty, and sour leading for some big flavor bombs. My golden standard used to be Sripraphai in Woodside, Queens but it has been dethroned by this newcomer. Lotus of Siam originally opened in Las Vegas and it was roundly praised as the best in the city and some even said best in the country. Now, the chef/owner (Saipin Chutima) is opening up a branch in NYC and we are definitely lucky. Definitely the best Thai food I've had in the tri-state area and recommended from this dude although the prices are a tad high.
A WTF caliber fish cake with great flavor and texture - uber fluffy. You could really taste the fish with the spices enhancing the fish cake perfectly. Add the refreshing and bright red curry and cucumber salsa and you're in heaven.
Kao Pad Kra-Pao
stir fried rice with fresh chili, garlic & thai basil
Kang Dang **
red curry made with fresh & dried red chilis, coconut milk, thai basil & bamboo shoots
Sticky Rice **
--- What the F - in a bad way | (no stars - poor to average) | * Good | ** Great | *** What the F – in a good way
Overall Restaurant Experience
- Food (B+) - Generally pretty delicious food and surprised that the desserts were WTF caliber. Watch for the spice though, since my wife thought each dish was a little too spicy for her.
- Service (C+) – Food came out very quick although the servers didn't seem very pleasant.
- Atmosphere (B) – They didn't change anything from Cru's original decor - maybe new chairs? Still the same decor with lots of variations of blond and dark brown wood. We got there at 7:30pm on a Tuesday and were seated immediately. Even with the snow outside, the place was completely packed. There were more groups than couples and the age varied widely from 50's to 20's.
- Price (C) - Prices are a bit expensive for Thai food. About $18 for a thai curry where you can generally get that for $13. Is it worth the $5 difference? I believe it is not, but it was still a very tasty curry dish. Also, a lot of entrees are in the 25-30 price range with some people complaining about the portion size - I didn't mind though.
Sripraphai used to be the king, but the quality has slipped over the last 5 years. This place is the king for me now and although the prices are a bit high, I will definitely go back to try the other dishes - especially the entrees.