Feedback Friday: Le Thai Restaurant Review

Feedback Friday_Please Don't Make Me Eat ThatThe summer is flying by. I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since one of my best friend’s came to visit. Alex and I had a great time and went to a lot of my Las Vegas favorites – Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental (for one drink and the view), Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan (for the secret flower drink), Beer Park at Paris, Commonwealth, Panevino, and Le Thai.

On Friday night, we toured the Neon Museum before a night out downtown. Without hesitation, I suggested we eat at Le Thai to kick off the evening. Le Thai is an intimate restaurant on Fremont Street with a beautiful outdoor patio in the back. The Thai eatery is known for their curries and noodle dishes but I’ve never known someone to complain about anything on the menu. The food is phenomenal; Chef Dan Coughlin knows what he is doing.

I know what you are thinking – a picky eater in a Thai restaurant? – it shocked me, too. I studied the menu on my first visit and nervously selected the Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry. The dish is served with your choice of chicken, beef, pork, tofu, or shrimp and stir-fried bean sprouts, Chinese and American broccoli, mushrooms, onion, carrots, zucchini, and tomato. To fulfill my picky tastes, I asked for Chicken with American broccoli, carrots, and zucchini only. Luckily, the servers always agree. I’ve never had anything else; except the crispy spring rolls to start. Alex was the first of many who I’ve introduced to Le Thai to order the Awesome Flat Noodle Dish. She loved it!

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The only down side of Le Thai’s well-established reputation in Las Vegas is the fact that they only accept reservations for parties of 6 or more. Get in early or be ready to wait! Luckily, we planned ahead and made sure to arrive before the Friday Night crowds.

Restaurant: Le Thai / 523 Fremont Street / Las Vegas, NV 89101 / 702.778.0888 / www.lethaivegas.com

Picky Eater Approval: 5/5

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Feedback Friday: Lemongrass Restaurant Review

PrintMy initial impression at Lemongrass was promising. Two friendly hostesses who showed my aunt and I to the table and our server welcomed us shortly after. The decor in the restaurant made me feel as if I was on an upscale boat docked in the Gulf of Thailand – a wall of thick, ivory ropes hang from the ceiling to the top of the long booth making it feel like a huge sail divides the bar and the restaurant spaces. The large, roped chandeliers in the middle of the room are a great compliment to the design as well. It’s a cool venue that could calm any picky eater’s skepticism.

My boyfriend, Mitch, warned us that he was running late and starving so we ordered a few appetizers, both of which are familiar to my picky taste buds: Vegetarian Spring Rolls and Pot Stickers.  For a Thai restaurant, there are a lot of Chinese items on the menu, which was perfectly fine in my picky opinion. I recently perfected my chopstick game and reached for a sleeve. To my surprise, three chopsticks were enclosed. That’s right! One extra stick accompanied a normal pair of chopsticks. Has that ever happened to you!? Well, it was the first time I’d seen it so I considered it a sign of good luck– maybe I didn’t need to stop at Javier’s for chips and salsa before my dinner, after all.

Side note:  Having a snack before going to a restaurant with an unfamiliar cuisine (or in my case, even a semi-unfamiliar cuisine) is a classic picky eater move. What can we say? We need to make sure we don’t go hungry if the restaurant isn’t what we expect. In this case, I like a specific kind of Thai food and after glancing at the menu days before my visit, I wasn’t sure if the food at Lemongrass had the kind of Thai food that I am used to. A hungry picky eater surrounded by food that I will not eat? And you think your hangry girlfriend is bad…

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My three lucky chopsticks

Unfortunately, my confidence quickly drifted away. Everything looked delicious when the appetizers came to the table but the food was not what I expected. The light and crisp shell of the highly anticipated vegetable spring rolls was mushy and doughy. In a similar way, the pot stickers did not characterize the crisp and upbeat dumplings that my picky taste buds know and love; rather they were limp and slimy.

The only Thai dinner that I eat is ginger chicken and white rice, which wasn’t on the menu (or at least there wasn’t a name or description that looked similar) so I opted for the Sesame Chicken. It’s a straightforward Chinese-American staple that I’ve had before, it’s not spicy, and I can easily avoid the chicken pieces covered in sesame seeds. Lalia and Mitch choose Chicken Pad Thai and Duck Panang Curry. The presentations of all three dishes were beautiful, and when Mitch tasted his Panang Curry he declared it the best he has ever tasted. Lalia was as pleased with the fresh and delicious Pad Thai. They ended up splitting the dishes and left me to the Sesame Chicken, which was unexpectedly mediocre. A thick layover of breading coated the chicken which was more than likely overcooked, making it very tough to chew. Nonetheless, the jasmine rice was outstanding. It doesn’t take much for me to like rice, but this rice was perfect (sometimes it is too sticky or undercooked).

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Altogether, I do not think that I will return to Lemongrass based on the fact that my limiting picky taste buds were not happy with this particular Thai restaurant. Mitch and Lalia disagree (I know because we fought about it as we waited for our check) but that is also why this is a picky eater’s review of the restaurant!

Restaurant: Lemongrass / ARIA Resort & Casino / 3730 S Las Vegas Blvd / Las Vegas, NV 89109 / 877-230-2742

Picky Eater Approval Rating: 2/5

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