My husband and I discovered Big Sky, MT in 2012. We’ve made it our winter ski vacation every year since. The scenery is incredible, as is the skiing, and so is the food. I’m going to share with you our favorite spots. First up is Lotus Pad.
This tiny, hip and casual Thai restaurant in a Big Sky shopping center is a must go. As soon as you walk in the door, the flavors swirling out of the open kitchen catch your attention and arouse your senses.
They have an innovative cocktail menu. I had their Ginger Lemon Martini made with house infused ginger vodka, simple syrup and lemon. Yum. Ginger can be an overwhelming flavor, but not in this case. The vodka was perfectly infused.
Our appetizers included the spring rolls, very fresh tasting rolls of shrimp, cilantro, mint, cucumber, carrots and rice noodles served with a nuoc cham dipping sauce.
We also had the delicious Tom Ka Gai (coconut soup). It was perfectly spicy and sweet with a very nice, creamy consistency. It is definitely a big enough portion to share, containing chicken, kaffir lime, galangal, lemongrass, mushroom and bell pepper. This is some of the best Tom Ka Gai I’ve ever had.
Our entrees were the Larp (Lettuce Wraps with Tofu), which is actually on the appetizer menu. Basil, thai chile, peanut, sweet chile sauce and red leaf lettuce,
and the Cashew Chicken, cashews, chicken, red pepper, baby bok choy, zucchini, mushroom and broccoli.
Everything was absolutely amazing. Lotus Pad is definitely not your typical Thai restaurant doing the same old traditional Thai flavors. The flavors at Lotus Pad are unique and incredible. If you’re in Big Sky, you have to go to Lotus Pad! They are located in the Westfork Plaza, Meadow Village, at 3090 Big Pine Drive. Try to make a reservation. Lotus Pad is a small space and gets very crowded.