Photos by Scott Harris.

It’s been three months and it’s been hard, very hard, to be without the beloved, renowned Lotus of Siam. Their original location after 19 years was forced to close Sept 8, 2017 due to roof damage. As bad as that news was, there is good news. Very good news. The original location will reopen later in 2018 and their new location on East Flaming has opened with great fanfare. James Beard Award-winner Chef Saipin Chutima and her family have a 17,000-square-foot new baby that is double the size of the much loved original location. 

Lotus of Siam has always been about true Thai home-cooked authenticity and we don’t expect anything to change in their new location. The award-winning wine list will keep oenophiles satisfied with German Rieslings that pair perfectly with Chef’s northern Thai cuisine in both locations. 

The new location is very different when it comes to décor. Penny Chutima has done an exemplary job in the buildout. The contemporary spot features authentic Thai art throughout the restaurant. The bar and lounge area is comfortable and makes you feel like you are in “the land of smiles” with blinds featuring scenes from the countryside.

Chef Saipin will be working out of the current location until the original location is ready to go, but don’t worry, Saipin will be making those complicated sauces with layers of flavors for both locations. This family is a true American success story. Siapin and Bill Chutima opened Lotus of Siam in 1999 featuring Northern Thai cuisine passed down for generations. Northern Thai cuisine is punctuated with aromatic herbs and spices along with savory stews and soulful curries. In 2011 all of Chef Saipin’s work paid off when she won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest. We can breathe easier knowing we can once again enjoy her Khao Soi (Crispy Duck), very tasty Garlic Prawns and of course indulge in a wine list that features many of the best Rieslings in world.