T took me to the award-winning Komol Restaurant at the Commercial Center (Las Vegas) last weekend. By award-winning, I mean they are considered one of the best Thai restaurants in Vegas. Having grown up with a Thai nanny as well as been to Thailand countless times, it is as authentic as it comes, in Vegas. It’s not the best I’ve ever had but it was delicious and hit the spot! Best of all, they had a vegetarian menu that was as extensive as their regular one.
If you were to judge this place by its location and interior decor, you’d sorely miss a good dining spot. The Commercial Center is weird. It’s a huge plaza with largely empty store fronts and has rather run-down… erm everything. It’s also located in a not-so-nice, maybe dodgy-looking Chinatown. Inside, the decor is functional. It has your cursory nods and references to Thai culture – some plastic lotus things, pictures of different parts of what might be Thailand and little gold Buddhist shrines in different corners of the restaurants (I think these are really for religious reasons though).
On the day we were here, we were famished! We ordered a lot and this meal filled us up for hours – a small bowl of “fish” Tom Yum soup (hot – but not), “duck”curry (medium – no spice at all), orange sauce “chicken”, corn fritters (aka Tod Mun) and for dessert, fried ice cream. Everything was delicious but I wish it was spicier. Also, for a Saturday afternoon at 3.30pm (past regular lunch hours), the restaurant was 1/3 filled – with about 5 or 6 tables.
We paid just under USD50 for everything (including taxes). I think we had our fill and were satisfied till breakfast the next day! Service was polite and efficient – our water was constantly topped up. The wait time between dishes was minimal so we could eat the entire meal together while everything was piping hot.
If you miss the taste of Southeast Asian food while in Vegas, I would definitely recommend this place – for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. I can’t wait to go back again to try the other dishes when my next craving hits! Mmmmmm…
(Located inside Commercial Center)
953 E. Sahara Ave. E-10 & 12
Las Vegas, NV 89104
Phone: (702) 731-6542
Fax: (702) 731-9268
Mon – Sat 11am to 10pm
Sunday – Noon to 10pm
Food Available To Go