This simple Thai restaurant has attained near-fanatical cult status, leaving some to wonder, What's all the fuss? Consider the starter of marinated prawns, which are wrapped with bacon and wonton wrappers, then deep-fried and served with a tangy sweet-and-sour sauce. For a main course, try dishes such as charbroiled beef liver mixed with green onion and chile, or the chicken and vegetables with Issan-style red curry. Be warned—this is some of the spiciest food you'll ever try. But another of Lotus's surprises is the phenomenal wine list, on which you might find a vintage to cool your palate.