One of our favorite restaurants in Las Vegas is Lotus of Siam. After spending many years in Thailand we knew this was the real thing the minute we walked in. It is located in a very questionable part of town but well worth the drive. Don't take my word for it. In 2000 it was named by Gourmet Magazine the "single best Thai restaurant in North America.
Saipin Chutima is the owner and Chef of Lotus of Siam. She had been cooking from the age of 5 in Thailand. She has done a great job here as well. Lotus of Siam is nationally acclaimed and has too many awards to mention here.
Their wine list is one of a kind. We have never seen so many Rieslings. In fact Wine Spectator awarded Lotus of Siam its award of excellence.
On our latest visit we made a reservation ( a must for dinner ) and studied their vast wine list. We decided on a Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtropchen Kabinett 1998 Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Germany. The Haart family has the longest wine making tradition in the village of Piesport. As far back as 1382, documents show a certain Johannes Haart owning vineyard property in Piesport and with over 600 years of history behind them, the Haart's have shown a rare dedication and love for wine. During this time they've acquired outstanding vineyard property especially in the famous Goldtröpfchen vineyard. The village is located along the Mosel River in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region. The wines from this region of Germany are usually ripe and elegant with powerful bouquets. These wines have been known to be some of the best in the region.
In the glass this wonderful wine was light to medium bodied with a light gold color. On the nose there were hints of earth and citrus fruit. The palate exploded with hints of lemon, orange and citrus acid as well as mineral attributes then a long finish with citrus acid again on the very finish. This was an incredible wine that we will surely look for again. It also was an choice to pair with the spiciness of the Thai food.
The food is always incredible and our favorite dish is the Thai Beef Salad. After spending six years in Thailand, this dish and every other one we have tried, is the most authentic to the Thai regional cuisine. The best way to describe the marvelous food is to say that during our meal we often exclaim between bites, " this is amazing". If you have not been to this best kept secret of Las Vegas, you have indeed missed a truly amazing culinary adventure.