Today's Food 4or Thought

Lotus of Siam Las Vegas

Lotus of Siam is located in a non-nondescript mall in Las Vegas off the strip that has gained loyal following among foodies and chefs for interesting Thai food.  How many Thai restaurants you know have James Beard Award and Gourmet Magazine reviews?

En Tuan Soup - Spicy and sour soup with beef tendon, thai basil and beef slices

Tom Kah Kai Soup - Bangkok style with sliced chicken and coconut milk, mushrooms, galanga, lemon grass and lime juice

Basil Moo Krob - Stir-fried crispy pork belly with Thai basil and chilis

Mee Krob - Crispy noodles with sweet and sour sauce, chicken, bean sprout and shrimp

Reservation is definitely recommended or you will be doing one hour waits.  The food is definitely not your run of the mill Thai food.

Lotus of Siam
953 E. SAHARA AVE ​STE A5,
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
702-735-3033

http://www.saipinchutima.com/

Mr Fong BBQ in Daly City - Quick Lunch 

A quick lunch which always works at this Chinese BBQ joint for me.  

See previous visit blogs here.

  • Two meat combo plate - Roasted pork and duck
  • Chinese noodles topped with stewed pigs knuckles - Lots of fat and gelatin and skin and goes well with the noodles.  It is a very traditional Chinese dish.

Mr. Fong’s BBQ
950 King Dr, Ste 101
Daly City, CA 94015

http://www.yelp.com/biz/mr-fong-tai-wu-bbq-and-noodles-daly-city

Sunday Brunch buffet at Moonraker Restaurant at Rockaway Beach

Visited Moonraker on a Sunday at Rockaway beach which offers a brunch buffet with plenty of options.  I have been there for happy hour and dinner a number of times and the food didn’t disappoint with the great view (Previous blogs can be found here)

  • Cold seafood buffet includes shrimp, oysters, mussels, clams and crab and smoked salmon
  • Hot food includes eggs, meats, toasts and roast beef carving station
  • The seafood chowder is quite good
  • There are also a few items that is included in the buffet but you order separately.  In our case we got the waffles with fresh peaches and blueberries.

If you are looking for brunch with a view of the ocean that is close to San Francisco, give Moonraker a try.  Reservations are recommended but not necessary.

Moonraker Restaurant

105 Rockaway Beach Avenue
Pacifica, CA 94044
Tel:  650.557.7025 

http://www.moonrakerpacifica.com

Aburiya Raku - Sushi in the dessert of Las Vegas

Raku is one of those restaurants in Las Vegas that are off the strip and frequented by foodies and visiting chefs.  The restaurant is small and reservations are highly recommended. They feature some of the best sushi I have had in Las Vegas and continues to impress me with items that aren’t available elsewhere.

  • Kuroge Wagyu Sukiyaki - Thin sliced wagu beef served in sukiyaki with vegetables, noodles, and of course raw egg for dipping
  • Tobiuo - Japanese Flying Fish: Served sashimi style and then the body is fried & presented in a rather dramatic manner
  • Sawagani - Tiny River crabs that are fried and eaten whole
  • Kobe Beef Liver Sashimi - Not something you see every day
  • Half order of Raku house made tofu 
  • Seared Foie gras - We had two orders since you can’t get it in California any more

If you are planning to go, you should arrange off strip transportation.  The mall where Raku is located isn’t very large and neither is the restaurant.  Definitely call and expect to be told you only have a limited amount of time to dine if you are trying to squeeze in with short notice.

Aburiya Raku 

5030 Spring Mountain Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
http://www.yelp.com/biz/raku-las-vegas

Tacos El Gordo Las Vegas - taste of Tijuana in Las Vegas

Was recommended to go to Tacos El Gordo by some locals on authentic Tijuana Mexican food experience.  Definitely worth the stop.  There is a location on the strip but we ended up going to the location on E Charleston Blvd.  You have to learn how to order by the station since different stations offer different food and then you go pay.

  • Adobada fries with a side of grilled jalapenos and green onions

First time I had Adobada, pork marinated in a red chilli sauce and tender to perfection.  It is served over fries and topped with sour cream and avocado and cheese.  It is very satisfying.  I also ordered a side of just grilled peppers and green onions, and together this was enough to feed two.

Given the good price, quality and quantity of the food,  I can see why it is popular with the locals.  

Definitely worth returning next time I am in Las Vegas  

Tacos El Gordo 

1724 E CHARLESTON BLVD
LAS VEGAS, NV 89104 

Phone:702-251-8226

http://www.tacoselgordobc.com/locations.html